STERLING, Kan. – Sterling College gave fans the opportunity to vote for the Athletic Moment of the Year for the 2011-2012 academic year. After counting the 133 ballots that were filled out, the results are in. Ten different moments received votes and we will count down the top five moments to the top moment which will be awarded the Athletic Moment of the Year.
Tie 4th: Women's Basketball Upsets No. 1 Friends and No. 2 Southwestern to Win the KCAC Tournament
Led by Coach Lonnie Kruse, the Lady Warrior basketball team made an improbable run through the KCAC Championship Tournament, culminated with a 62-61 victory over Southwestern in the KCAC Tournament Championship at Hartman Arena on Championship Monday. Seniors Kelly Curtis and Megan Patrick scored in double figures in the championship for Sterling while freshman Lori Dauer recorded a double-double. The win game Coach Kruse and the Lady Warriors their 16th bid the the NAIA Championship Tournament.
Tie 4th: Trent Stutzman Breaks All of SC's Three-Point Shooting Records
Senior men's basketball player Trenton Stutzman showed in 2011-2012 that he was one of the deadliest outside shooters in Sterling basketball history. Stutzman came into the season already holding the single season three-point record with 88 made three-point field goals, a record that Stutzman shattered this season. During the season, Stutzman drained 113 three-point field goals to break his own record. On February 2, 2012 against Kansas Wesleyan in the Gleason Center, Stutzman broke the single game record of eight made three-point baskets by making nine, a feat he would repeat on February 9, 2012 against Bethany College. Stutzman capped off the season by breaking Michael Moncrief's eight year old career made three-point record of 252 by scoring 311 three-point baskets in his career.
3rd: Golf Wins the Sterling Fall Invitational and Tanner George Wins Individual Medalist
In the final tournament of Sterling's fall season, the Warriors won the Sterling Fall Invitational held at Carey Park Golf Course with a team score of 591, a five stroke victory over the nearest challenger. Sterling's Tanner George was the top individual medalist, winning the tournament with a two round total of 144 (+2). All member of the Warrior varsity squad finished in the top ten individually with Layton Bogle finishing fifth, Luke Redmon finishing sixth, Jacob Gose finishing seventh, and Lincoln Redmon finishing 10th.
2nd: Sara Doll Competes in the Marathon at NAIA Nationals
After shattering the Lady Warrior record in the half marathon by 18 minutes with a time of 1:30:41, Sarah Doll qualified with an "A" standard for the NAIA Outdoor National in the marathon. On March 26, 2012, Doll competed in the marathon during the NAIA National Championship Track & Field Meet in Marion, Ind. Ranked as the 33rd best runner in the race, Doll jumped 18 spots, finishing 15th out of 41 qualifiers. Doll finished with a time of 3:17:21 which broke the Sterling record in the marathon by 42 minutes. After breaking the record, Doll became only the second person in Sterling history to hold five school records at one time. The other person to accomplish the feat is SC Hall of Fame member Rene (Zimmerman) Wilson.
Athletic Moment of the Year: Baseball Goes Undefeated in the KCAC Championship Tournament to Earn a Trip to the NAIA Opening Round
After being Co-Champions of the KCAC Regular Season with Tabor College, the Sterling College Warriors entered the KCAC Championship Tournament with the top seed. The Warriors defeated the University of Saint Mary in the first round of the tournament 8-3. In the winner's bracket final, the Warriors beat Tabor 8-6 to earn a spot in the championship. Tabor was Sterling's opponent in the championship game and Sterling upended the Bluejays 9-5 to win the KCAC Tournament Championship. The Warriors finished the season with a school record 45 wins and with the first 40 win season in Sterling history. The Warriors were led by first year head coach Adrian Dinkel. Under Dinkel's tutelage, the Warriors advanced the Opening Round Championship, falling one game short of the NAIA World Series and finishing the season with a 45-14 record.