2003-04 Athletes of the Year
Thursday, August 24, 2004
"Walsh University Names Female and Athletes of the Year"
Walsh University has announced its Female and Male Athletes of the Year for the 2003-04 academic year. Ashley Norman (Basketball/Sr., Zanesville, OH/Philo HS) and Lindsey Wilt (Volleyball/Sr., Bucyrus, OH/Galion HS) were selected Co-Female Athletes of the Year and George Theodoris (Track/Sr., Fort Myers, FL./HS) the Male Athlete of the Year.
Norman averaged 16.3 points and averaged 7.8 rebounds in leading Walsh to their first 20-win season since 1997-98. She earned first team All-American Mideast Conference South Division and honorable mention NAIA and Women?s Basketball Coaches Association All-American honors. Norman was the Cavs Co-Captain and Most Valuable Player and earned AMC Player of the Week honors. She recorded nine double doubles and scored a career high 30 points against Roberts Wesleyan and grabbed a career best 16 rebounds against Urbana. Norman finished as Walsh's second all-time leading scorer with 1,725 points and third all-time leading rebounder with 827.
Wilt, who earned Athlete of the Year honors in 2001, capped a great year with second team NAIA All-American honors. The setter on Walsh?s 37-5 NAIA Elite Eight team, Wilt led the Cavs to their finest season of all-time and third straight NAIA National appearance. She led the American Mideast Conference in assists per game (12.99), while earning conference and Setter and Player of the Year honors. She was the NAIA Region IX Player of the Year and a first team All-AMC South Division choice. Wilt finished first in career assists per game (11.74), service aces per game (11.74) and second in career assists (5,965).
Theodoris capped an outstanding senior season with NAIA All-American honors in the triple jump. He set a Walsh record and gained All-American recognition with a jump of 49' 1½" at the national championships. Theodoris was an American Mideast Conference champion in the triple jump and a former AMC Men's Track Performer of the Year (2002). He was a NAIA Indoor and Outdoor national championship qualifier and a starter at defensive back on the Cavs? football team, earning second team All-Mid States Football Association honors.