Schefske, Graverson Earn GLVC Spalding Sportsmanship Awards

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Lewis’ Schefske and Graverson Earn GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Awards

Published: May 18, 2020.

The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced the 2019-20 James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Awards honorees on Monday (May 18). Lewis University's Ryan Schefske (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East) and Carly Graverson (Franklin, Wis./Franklin) were named the Flyers' recipients of the Spalding Sportsmanship Award.

Schefske and Graverson were two of 32 student-athletes honored, with two coming from each league institution.

Schefske played four seasons at Lewis, appearing in 117 games. He recorded 113 hits, including 22 doubles, six triples and 16 home runs, while scoring 79 runs and driving in 78. Schefske was an All-GLVC Second Team selection in 2019.

Graverson played four seasons at Lewis, appearing in 83 games with 12 starts. She scored 207 points and grabbed 140 rebounds while shooting 44.1 percent from the field. Graverson scored a career-high 17 points at Lindenwood on February 29. She reached double figures in scoring four times in her career.

Lewis' men's indoor track and field team was the recipient of the team Spalding Sportsmanship Award.

Each institution – through the head coach – names one award honoree at the end of their respective sports season who distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior.  The student-athlete must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.  With their sport recognition, the honorees became eligible for the overall James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award, where each institution selects one male and one female student-athlete from its season-long list of honorees to be named as James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Individual Award winners. 

Furthermore, during the initial nomination process, each institution's coach ranks the top-three teams within the sport that best displayed good sportsmanship throughout the season. The team with the highest point total is then named that sport's James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Team Award winner.  At the conclusion of the academic year, the institution that accumulated the highest point total across all sports is named the James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Overall Award winner.  As a result of the cancellation of the spring season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, eight spring sports team winners were not determined and therefore no overall team winner was declared for the 2019-20 season.

The GLVC renamed its annual sportsmanship award in 2016 after Spalding, who is referenced as one of the league's two "Founding Fathers" and for his longtime service at Bellarmine.  Spalding was first a basketball student-athlete at Bellarmine, who later returned to serve his alma mater as assistant basketball coach (1957-66), head basketball coach (1966-71), men's cross country/track coach (1961-75), men's tennis coach (1961-62), and men's golf coach (1967-69), before being elevated to director of athletics (1971-94). During his tenure as AD, Spalding expanded Bellarmine's participation in intercollegiate sports from four to 16 teams, and played a prominent role in both the formation of the GLVC and the sponsorship expansion of women's athletics within the league.  Long revered as one of the league's pioneers, Spalding was inducted as a charter member of the GLVC Hall of Fame in 2001.  He died in 2012 at the age of 79 following a lengthy illness.


School Male Winner Female Winner
Bellarmine Chris Gambert, Baseball Sabrina Fussenegger, Softball
Drury Peter Kuster, Wrestling Erica Dahlgren, Swimming & Diving
Illinois Springfield Emmons King, Cross Country Rachel Cobert, Volleyball
Indianapolis Brody Conner, Wrestling Pilar Echeverria, Golf
Lewis Ryan Schefske (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East), Baseball Carly Graverson (Franklin, Wis./Franklin), Basketball
Lindenwood Austin Stofer, Wrestling Aly Smith, Lacrosse
Maryville Iwan Webster, Soccer Casey Berberich, Track & Field
McKendree Nick Foster, Wrestling Calypso (Callie) Pohlman, Basketball
Missouri S&T Alex Staples, Track & Field Abby Klein, Softball
Missouri-St. Louis Derrick Freeman, Baseball Emma Thorngren, Golf
Quincy Andrew Rund, Football Dami Adeyinka, Basketball
Rockhurst Joe Specht, Baseball Colleen Pikus, Soccer
Southern Indiana Nathan Hall, Track & Field Morgan Sherwood, Basketball
Southwest Baptist Quinn Nelson, Basketball Meleah Ridenour, Track & Field
Truman Quinn Miller, Cross Country Meghan Gasper, Volleyball
William Jewell Ryan Hoffman, Track & Field Maddie Wingert, Volleyball


Men's Cross Country: Missouri S&T Women's Cross Country: Illinois Springfield
Football: William Jewell Volleyball: Truman State
Men's Soccer: William Jewell Women's Soccer: Bellarmine
Men's Swimming: McKendree Women's Swimming: McKendree
Men's Basketball: Southwest Baptist Women's Basketball: Quincy
Men's Indoor Track & Field: Lewis Women's Indoor Track & Field: Southwest Baptist
Wrestling: Bellarmine Women's Bowling: Maryville
Men's Golf: Maryville Women's Golf: Missouri S&T
Men's Lacrosse: No award presented Women's Lacrosse: No award presented
Men's Tennis: No award presented Women's Tennis: No award presented
Baseball: No award presented Softball: No award presented
Men's Outdoor Track & Field: No award presented Women's Outdoor Track & Field: No award presented


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