SouthtownStar Athletes On Campus: Lewis’ Alec Pickett named GLVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men’s soccer
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media February 14, 2014 7:38PM
Alec Pickett, of Lewis | Supplied photo
Updated: February 16, 2014 2:10AM
Lewis’ Alec Pickett was chosen the Great Lakes Valley Conference’s 2013 Fall Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men’s soccer.
The league selects one student-athlete in each conference sport to be designated the GLVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The award is based upon athletic accomplishments, both team and individual, and academic performance in the season upon which the award is based.
Pickett, a Mokena native, was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Men’s Scholar All-America Soccer First Team, CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team, NSCAA All-America Second Team and Daktronics All-America Third Team.
In addition, Pickett, who was Lewis’ goalkeeper, was named the GLVC Defensive Player of the Year, helping the Flyers reach the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen.
Pickett, who prepped at Providence, is majoring in physics. He has a cumulative 3.95 grade-point average through seven semesters, including a 3.83 GPA in the fall. Pickett is a three-time Academic All-GLVC honoree.
On the field, Pickett notched 10 solo shutouts and was a part of 13 shutouts in 2013. Pickett had a .869 save percentage, which was the best in the GLVC and ranked sixth in the nation.
Three Southland residents were named to the 2013 Missouri Valley Football Conference’s All-Newcomer Team.
The first honoree was Western Illinois wide receiver Lance Lenoir (Crete-Monee). Lenoir, who started all 12 games for the Leathernecks, was one of two true freshmen to play for Western in 2013.
The Crete resident became the only freshman in program history to lead the team in receiving yards (489) and scoring (42 points). With seven touchdown catches, Lenoir not only finished tied for ninth among Western’s single-season top 10, but he also had the second-most touchdowns of any freshman in the country and the most by a true freshman. Six of Lenoir’s seven scoring catches came during MVFC play.
Also honored was Illinois State quarterback Blake Winkler (Lincoln-Way East). Winkler started the final nine games of the season for the Redbirds, completing 127-of-217 passes for 1,637 yards, 12 touchdowns and a 58.5 completion percentage. The Frankfort native ranked fourth in the MVFC with a passer efficiency rating of 132.8 and completed 10 passes of over 30 yards or more.
The final Southland honoree was Indiana State return specialist/running back LeMonte Booker. The Sandburg graduate led the Sycamores with 25 kickoff returns for 578 yards (23.1 yards-per-return average). He added a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against national champion North Dakota State.
The Orland Park resident was Indiana State’s third-leading rusher with 42 carries for 175 yards, and one touchdown. He also caught seven passes for 39 yards. Booker returned five kickoffs against Youngstown State and North Dakota State and had a season-best 173 yards of returns vs. North Dakota State, which was the highest single-game total in the MVFC this season.
Go with Joe
Tight end Joseph Hawkins was one of three Norfolk State football players to receive postseason honors from the Beyond Sports Network.
Hawkins, an Eisenhower graduate, was named to the BSN All-America Honorable Mention Team for the 2013 season.
Hawkins led Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tight ends with 39 catches for 438 yards and one TD. He ranked ninth in the MEAC in receptions per game (3.3).
Additionally, Hawkins was one of seven Spartans named to the 2013 All-MEAC Team. Hawkins was one of four Norfolk State athletes chosen to the All-MEAC First Team. Hawkins finished his career with three consecutive All-MEAC honors.
Hawkins is just the second Spartan offensive player to earn three All-MEAC accolades. Hawkins, who was a second-team pick in 2011 and a first-team selection in 2012, also is the second Spartan offensive player to earn two All-MEAC first-team honors in his career.