April 1, 2013
OREM, Utah - Utah Valley University Athletics has announced its nine recipients for the Perry Homes Scholar Athletes of the Month for November, December, January, February and March: Avery Garner (wrestling), Holton Hunsaker (men's basketball), Alle Finch Cardwell (women's basketball), Stephen Wickhamshire (men's track), Sally Hansen (women's track), Michael Dart (men's golf), Jordyn Dougal (women's golf), Kai Hatch (baseball) and Megan Peay (softball).
The nine student-athletes are now finalists for the Scholar Athlete of the Year at the annual Wolverine Club Athletic Awards taking place later this month. They will also be honored during Monday's Wolverine Club luncheon.
Garner, a 141-pound junior from Boise, Idaho, is a two-time Western Wrestling Conference All-Academic Team member and was named second team all-conference this season after placing second at the NCAA West Regional in early March. The exercise science major put up a 3.82 GPA last semester and holds a 3.36 cumulative GPA at UVU. This season, Garner recorded 20 victories on the mat as he went 20-11 overall and 8-2 in duals.
A junior guard from North Salt Lake City, Hunsaker was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 Team in January. The accounting major has a cumulative 3.9 GPA and is a two-time UVU Scholar Athlete of the Month and a member of the Great West Conference's All-Academic Team. On the court, Hunsaker was named first team All-Great West Conference after averaging 13.2 points per game for the Wolverines. He scored a Great West-high 37 points in a game at Chattanooga, tying a school record with eight 3-pointers made.
Finch Cardwell, a 5-11 senior from Riverton, Utah, helped lead the women's basketball team to a Great West Conference title this season. The versatile combo-guard played many roles for Coach Nixon's squad this season as she played four different positions. Cardwell, who is majoring in physical education teaching, currently holds a 3.7 cumulative GPA and averaged 6.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game this season.
Wickhamshire, a senior from Salt Lake City, won the heptathlon at the Great West Conference Indoor Championships in Houston, Texas, at which the Wolverines finished second as a team. The political science/public law major who holds a 3.99 GPA, won the 60 meters (7.47 seconds), shot put (38 feet, 7.5 inches), and long jump (20-2.25), to score 4,114 points.
Hansen, a senior from Standrod, Utah, who prepped at Raft River HS in Malta, Idaho, placed second and third, respectively, in the 60H (9.57) and 400 meters (1:01.77) at the BYU Cougar Indoor Invitational. The chemistry major holds a perfect 4.0 GPA and was also part of the 4x400 relay team that finished fifth (4:00.65) at the Bronco Indoor Classic hosted by Boise State University.
Dart, a sophomore from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is currently third on the team in scoring average at 75.00. The Business Management/Entrepreneurship major who currently holds a 3.67 GPA has two top 20 finishes, including a season-best tie for 12th at the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational. He shot a season-low 70 in the first round of the Washington State Snowman Getaway in Chandler, Ariz.
Dougal, a senior from San Antonio, Texas, leads the team in scoring average at 77.48 in nine tournaments with two top 10 finishes - fifth at the Weber State Wildcat Invitational and sixth at the Bobcat Invitational - and five top 20 finishes. Dougal, who holds a 3.56 GPA in exercise science, shot a season-low 72 in the second round of the Price's Give'em Five Intercollegiate in Las Cruces, N.M.
Hatch, a senior shortstop from Bellingham, Wash., is a two-time Great West Conference All-Academic Team member and a two-time first team All-Great West member on the field as well. As a junior, exercise science major was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 Team while starting all 59 games for the Wolverines at batting .342. This season, Hatch is leading the team with a .362 average and ranks among the national leaders with 11 doubles so far this season.
An exercise science major from Centerville, Utah, Peay has posted a 3.96 cumulative GPA. On the field, Peay has played most of the season as a relief pitcher and outfielder. The sophomore is 2-0 with a 3.62 ERA in the circle and is hitting .250 with a .417 slugging percentage -- third highest on the team -- at the plate. Against Youngstown State on March 12, Peay went 2-for-3, including a grand slam, while also pitching a complete game to lift UVU to an 8-3 win.