Robbinsville alum Katie Williams has been named Brevard College’s female athlete of the year.
Williams is a junior for the Tornados women’s basketball team.
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BREVARD, N.C. – Football’s Michael Gruber and women’s basketball’s Katie Williams were announced as the Brevard College Male and Female Athletes of the Year at the athletic department’s awards ceremony on Monday night.
This marks the first time each student-athlete has received Athlete of the Year honors. Gruber emerged from a field of four men’s candidates, while Williams defeated five other nominees in a vote of Brevard’s head coaches and athletic administrators.
Gruber earned first team all-South Atlantic Conference honors after wrapping up his career as the most prolific tackler in Brevard history since the Tornados reinstated the football program nine seasons ago. He ended the regular season second among active Division II players and 10th among active players across all three NCAA divisions with 392 career tackles, a figure that left him 98 tackles clear of his closest competitor in the Brevard record books. His 113 tackles this season gave him three of the top four tackling seasons in Tornados’ history.
2014 marked Gruber’s third all-conference selection and second to the all-league first team. He was a candidate for several national awards, including the Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the most outstanding Division II player, and the Cliff Harris Award for the top small-college defensive player in the nation. In addition to his tackling prowess, Gruber forced a fumble, recovered another, and had an interception on the season.
He was selected to two postseason all-star games, both of which are typically reserved for NCAA Division I players. He was the leading tackler at the FCS National Bowl in Miami with 11 stops, then made an additional two tackles at the Medal of Honor Bowl an hour from his hometown in Charleston, South Carolina that was broadcast to a national television audience on NBC Sports Network.
Williams, a junior guard from Robbinsville, North Carolina, finished third in the SAC by averaging 16.8 points per game. She shot at a 42.4 percent clip both from the field and beyond the arc and knocked down a Brevard record 86.7 percent of her free throw opportunities.
She was named second team all-conference and to the first team of the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association’s College Division. She also earned AstroTurf SAC Player of the Week honors in February. On the season, she scored 10 or more points on 16 occasions, including 11 consecutive games from January 3 to February 7, and surpassed the 20-point mark seven times.
Although she played well consistently throughout the season, Williams saved some of her best performances for Brevard’s games on the biggest stage. She scored a school record 35 points in an 83-72 win over Lenoir-Rhyne, a game televised locally on WMYA My40. Her buzzer-beating 25-footer against regionally-ranked Carson-Newman forced overtime in a game the Tornados went on to win, and she averaged 28.7 points per game during a four-game winning streak that was Brevard’s longest in over three years.