Chelsey Hannesson Earns Golden Eagle Award

Doran, Hannesson and Sparks named Most Valuable Players at EWU's 2009 Soccer banquet

Senior Chelsey Hannesson of the Eastern Washington University women's soccer team was given the Golden Eagle Award, Iron Eagle Award and Co-Defensive MVP at the 2009 banquet on Jan. 30.

The Golden Eagle Award is the team's top award and is given to the most complete player on and off the field. Hannesson was also named Co-Defensive Most Valuable Player with senior teammate Brittany Doran.

In addition, Hannesson was given the Iron Eagle Award.  This award is given to a student-athlete for excellence in the weight room.

Hannesson is a 2006 graduate of Walnut Grove Secondary in Langley, B.C., and was named to the All-Big Sky Conference first team. Doran, a 2005 graduate of Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood, Wash., was named BSC All-Tournament and also was a first team All-BSC selection.

Junior Brittney Sparks was named the team's Offensive MVP. Sparks had a school-record 11 goals on 43 shots with three game-winning goals in the 2009 season. So far in her career at Eastern, she has 14 goals (also a school-record) and three assists. Sparks was also named to the All-Big Sky first team and is a 2006 graduate of Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, Wash.

The Emily Squires Award is given annually to an upperclassman with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. She has to be a varsity letter winner and a significant contributor to the community off the field. This year the award was presented to Lacey Schreiner, a 2007 graduate of Enumclaw High School in Enumclaw, Wash. She was also awarded the Silver Eagle Award, which is given to the team's MVP of the spring season.

Junior Lisa Dimak and sophomore Charlene Hitchcock were awarded the Most Improved Award. This award is given to the player who either improved greatly from one season to the next or showed tremendous improvement since preseason. Dimak is a 2006 graduate of Shorecrest High School in Lake Forest Park, Wash., and Hitchcock is a 2008 graduate of Tumwater High School in Tumwater, Wash.

Receiving All-Big Sky honorable mention were Dimak, junior Hannah Kreminski, sophomore Whitney Brannan and freshman Lauren Jacobsen.

The banquet was also the final farewell for a quartet of seniors -- Amanda Cheney, Doran, Hannesson and Morgan O'Friel.

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