Sterling Announces Outstanding Senior Athletes
Sterling College Athletic Director Andy Lambert and the SC Athletic Department have announced the 2008 Outstanding Senior Athletes. This year’s outstanding senior athletes are Joey Gilsdorf, Jaymi McAnally and Natalie Gordon. “These three senior student-athletes have been tremendous to their respective programs on and off the field,” said SC Athletic Director Andy Lambert. “They have represented Sterling College extremely well and are well deserving of this award.” Gilsdorf, a 6’5, 285lb, offensive lineman, Providence, Utah was a unanimous and Repeat selection by the KCAC football head coaches as an offensive lineman on the KCAC All-conference First-team Offense honor team. Gilsdorf helped protect the #11th best offense in the nation this season. Joey is the first player ever to be named a first team All-American by the AFCA from SC. "This is a tremendous honor for Joey and our program," said Sterling College Head Coach Andy Lambert. "He (Joey) had an outstanding senior season and probably one of the best four year careers that I have ever coached. This is a very deserving honor for a great young man who has been an instrumental part of our success the past four seasons."
Joey has been an All-KCAC performer for three seasons and has been a part of the SC football team for four seasons and the Warriors have an overall record of 25-14. He is majoring in Business Administration at Sterling College.
McAnally, a 5’6, forward, from Buda, Texas was another All-KCAC First Team performer this season for the third time in her career. She was named to the Honorable Mention list her freshman year despite only playing in ten games after suffering a broken leg. Jaymi was a named to NAIA All-Region Team twice in her career and was a six-time KCAC Player of the Week and a two-time Region Player of the Week. “Jaymi has been nothing but spectacular for our program these past four years,” said Head Soccer Coach Justin Morris. “She has impacted this program as much as anyone in my nine years of coaching. She overcame a broken leg her freshman year, and bounced back to lead the team in goals the very next season. She is going to be missed tremendously.” Jaymi ended her career as the second all-time leading scorer and second in assist in Sterling history. She tallied 41 goals and 30 assists in her career. McAnally helped lead the Warrior’s to a school record for wins in 2005 with a 14-5-1 record. Her record while at Sterling was 45-31-2 overall while posting a 25-11 mark in the KCAC. She also was a team captain for three seasons. Jaymi is majoring in Exercise Science and Education at Sterling College.
Gordon a native of Arvada, Colorado is a three time NAIA National Qualifier. She qualified for outdoor 400 hurdles twice in her career and once in the indoor 600 meter dash. Natalie holds school records in the 400 meter dash, the 400 hurdles and was a member of the 4x800 relay team who set a school record with a time of 9:52 "Natalie is one of those athletes who works for everything she has,” said Head Track Coach Jack Dillard. “If she has the ability she hones in and perfects it, if she lacks something she busts her tail to get better. She never backed down from a challenge and was always willing to give more than 110% for the team even if it meant doing 7 events at a track meet. She is a great young lady, a great servant leader and a very talented runner whose determination to succeed in life will take her a long way." Gordon has been a 3 time All-KCAC Champion in and been named an All-KCAC performer eight times in her career. She also was named to the All-KCAC Academic Team twice in her career. She has been an all KCAC performer in almost every event she has participated in her career. Gordon is heading to nationals May 23-26th in Edwardsville, IL to compete in the 400 meter hurdles at the end of May.
Natalie is majoring in Communication at Sterling.
(Pictured above, left to right, Natalie Gordan, Joey Gilsdorf and Jaymi McAnally)