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The Athletic Department of St. Louis College of Pharmacy offers a variety of athletic activities designed to meet the interests and needs of students, faculty and staff.
At the intercollegiate level, student athletes compete in NAIA men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, women's volleyball, and women's softball.
The College's intramural program and club sports provide an outlet for those looking to engage in competitive sports without a large time commitment. A free fitness incentive program awards participants for establishing and maintaining exercise habits.
The Fitness Center on campus includes basketball/volleyball courts, free weights, weight machines and a variety of cardiovascular fitness machines. Membership is included in tuition costs.
News from the Pillbox
Athletes Receive Awards at Athletic Banquet
The STLCOP women’s basketball team poses for a picture at the Athletic Awards Banquet on April 7.
On Sunday, April 7, the STLCOP Athletic Department hosted the annual athletic awards banquet in the Carlisle rooms for the 108 varsity athletes who represent STLCOP through intercollegiate competition and their parents. After a luncheon, coaches talked about their teams' seasons and presented varsity awards as well as special team awards. (2013 men's and women's track and field, 2013 men's tennis, and 2013 softball are sports which were currently in season and will receive their awards at a later date.)
President Pieper made a special presentation to honor Samantha Bryant (women's basketball) as a recipient of the Red Cross Collegiate Leadership program and scholarship. Dean Holstad presented the prestigious NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete award to Kelly Plach for volleyball and Alexis Abadie for women's tennis. STLCOP's Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. Peter Hurd, distributed STLCOP scholar-athlete awards to 20 athletes.
Below is a list of special award recipients.
2012 Men’s Track & Field:
Track Athlete of the Year – David Baker
Field Athlete of the Year – Alec Daily & Brian Pankey
2012 Women’s Track & Field:
Track Athlete of the Year – Kamara Cox
Field Athlete of the Year – Bethany Chew
2012 Women's Volleyball:
MVP - Kaitlyn LaBoube
Offensive Player of the Year - Alyssa Hitpas
Defensive Player of the Year - Mallory Mensing
Coaches' Award - Kelly Plach
2012 Men's Cross Country:
Most Valuable Runner - Matt McKenzie
Blood, Sweat & Tears Award - Yang Pan
2012 Women's Cross Country:
Most Valuable Runner - Sarah Pollmann
Blood, Sweat & Tears Award - Sarah Pollmann
2012 Women's Tennis:
Singles Player of the Year - Anna Karasiewicz
Double Team of the Year - Amanda Empson & Callie Hogancamp
Coaches' Award - Anna Karasiewicz
2012 Men's Tennis:
Singles Player of the Year - Mitch Gardner
Doubles Team of the Year - Matt Respicio & Brad Rumancik
Coaches' Award - Alex Cline
2012-13 Women's Basketball:
Newcomer of the Year - Emi Santhuff
Most Dedicated - Emily Nickels
Most Improved - Courtney Darrah
2012-13 Men’s Basketball:
Most Valuable Player – Shawn Menckowski
Offensive Player of the Year – Gozie Uzendu
Ironman Award – Luke O'Brien
Leadership Award – Alish Kuply
Red Cross Collegiate Leadership Program and Scholarship:
Samantha Bryant (Women's Basketball)
NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete:
Alexis Abadie (Women's Tennis)
Kelly Plach (Volleyball)
Justin Adams (Men's Track & Field)
Daniel Britt (Men's Cross Country, Men's Track & Field)
Bethany Chew (Women's Cross Country, Women's Track & Field)
Amanda Empson (Women's Tennis)
Kierstyn Fornoff (Softball)
Mitchell Gardner (Men's Tennis)
Alyssa Hitpas (Volleyball, Softball)
Tiffany Hopkins (Softball)
Fred Jaeger (Men's Cross Country, Men's Track & Field)
Peter Jaeger (Men's Cross Country, Men's Track & Field)
Clayton Maxfield (Men's Track & Field)
Matt McKenzie (Men's Cross Country, Men's Track & Field)
Mallory Mensing (Volleyball, Softball)
Jonathan Orf (Men's Track & Field)
Brian Pankey (Men's Track & Field)
Jade Pfleger (Volleyball, Softball)
Kelly Plach (Volleyball)
Brad Rumancik (Men's Tennis)
Kelsey Toler (Volleyball, Softball)
Gozie Uzendu (Men's Basketball)
STLCOP Student-Athlete Selected for Leadership TrainingOne of 14 Across the Country
Donated blood helped save Samantha Bryant's brother. Now she is working on saving more lives. Bryant, a second-year student, basketball, and track and field athlete at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, was one of just 14 student-athletes across the country selected to attend the Red Cross NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program. She'll travel to the Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, D.C., in June. There, Bryant will take part in coaching, mentoring, and professional leadership training.
For Bryant, the opportunity is a chance to give back.
"It is vital for me to promote the importance of giving blood, after blood transfusions helped save my brother's life during cancer treatments," Bryant says. "I'm proud to be working with the Red Cross. It was a big surprise to be selected to attend the leadership program."
Once her training is complete, she'll be organizing and promoting blood drives on campus and across the region. Bryant is from Baring, a small community in northeast Missouri.
"This is a big honor for Samantha," says Athletic Director Jill Harter. "She's the first Eutectic to be selected for the leadership program. We are very proud of her."
"In my time at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, I've seen how pharmacists positively impact the community," Bryant says. "I know I'll come back from this training with a deeper knowledge that will make me and my classmates stronger health care leaders."
Eutectic Mascot Makes Fodder for ESPN Blogger
STLCOP's Mortarmer McPestle caught the interest of ESPN contributor Doug Williams, who blogged about the uniqueness of the Eutectic mascot on Dec. 26. In his blog, Williams explored the creation of the mascot and included the official STLCOP "cheer," along with quotes from athletic director Jill Harter, sports information director Briana Hepfinger, and student mascot Tyler Edwards. The blog attracted attention from local talk radio station 1120 KMOX, who picked up the story later that day. A KMOX evening host spent six minutes discussing the mascot, even taking an on-air call from a STLCOP alum who explained the term "eutectic." To view the entire ESPN blog, click here
Morty, the Eutectic, Ranks in the Top-25 Cheesiest Mascot Rankings
In a fun twist on the AP Top-25 fall college football rankings, Frito Lay's Chester Cheetah released his inaugural "Top-25 Cheesiest Mascots" rankings in a press release on August 20th, ranking St. Louis College of Pharmacy's Morty, the Eutectic, 20th on the list.
With rankings based on "cheese factor" and all-around silliness, "The Fighting Pickle" of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts topped the list. Morty was also beat-out by the likes of "The Boll Weevil" of the University of Arkansas-Monticello, "SuperFrog" of TCU, and "Gladys, the Fighting Squirrel" of Mary Baldwin College. When asked for comment, Morty simply gave his trademark "cheesy" grin.
To see a complete list of Chester Cheetah's official Top-25 Cheesiset Mascots, click here.
2012 Fall Cross Country Classic
St. Louis College of Pharmacy is hosting the 2012 Fall Cross Country Classic Saturday October 20, 2012. Click here for information.
STLCOP Honors David Baker for All-American Title
On Monday, April 30, students, faculty, staff, friends, and the St. Louis media convened in the St. Louis College of Pharmacy gym, known as the Pillbox, to honor David Baker as an All-American.
Men's Track Team is KIAC Runner-Up; Women Take Third
At the 2012 KIAC championships, Eutectics Head Coach David Baker was named KIAC Men's Coach of the Year, Alec Daily was named KIAC Men's Track Athlete of the Year, and the Euts came home with nine individual event champions and 24 all-conference performances. Click here to read more.
Shawn Menckowski Named All-Conference for Men's Basketball
Third-year guard Shawn Menckowski was named to the KIAC All-Conference team for his outstanding performance this season.