BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following the conclusion of the winter sports season, Conference Carolinas has handed out their Winter Scholar Athletes of the Year. King University had three student-athletes earn the distinction for their respective sports, Bonnie Durrett for women’s basketball, Maegan Henry for women’s indoor track and field, and Logan Lyle in men’s basketball.
Women’s basketball – Bonnie Durrett
Durrett was a mainstay in the Tornado lineup all season and was among the team's most important contributors. The junior nearly averaged a double-double, scoring 10.8 points and grabbing 9.8 rebounds per contest both lead the Tornado. She was near the national leaders in rebounding all season and ended the year as Conference Carolinas’ second-leading rebounder. The West Paducah, Ky., native led the team in rebounding 18 times this season, including in each of King's first 11 contests, and nine times has been its most productive scorer. Among her eight double-doubles on the season are 14 double-digit scoring efforts, and she has reached the 10-rebound plateau on 12 occasions. Durrett carries a cumulative grade-point average of 3.61 while majoring in Spanish with a minor in Health Education.
“Bonnie is an extremely hard worker both on the court and in the classroom,” stated head coach Josh Thompson. “She takes pride in what she does and pursues excellence in all areas of her life. She is a great teammate and we love having her on our team.”
Men’s basketball – Logan Lyle
Lyle has been a key performer for the Tornado since he came to King three years ago. This season, the junior led King to a third place finish in Conference Carolinas. He has been one of the conference’s top three-point shooters each of the last three years, and this year was no different as he ranked second in Conference Carolinas in three-point baskets, and 10th with a three-point field goal percentage of 40.6. The Unicoi, Tenn., native led the Tornado to the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship game by pouring a career-high 30 points in King’s quarterfinal win over North Greenville before matching it in the semifinals in King’s win over Barton College. During 2013-14, he became a 1,000-point scorer and has 1,251 points going into his final season in Scarlet and Navy. He is currently second in school history in three-point baskets and seventh in three-point field goal percentage. Lyle is majoring in Business and has a cumulative grade-point average of 3.51.
“We always try to recruit the best local player each year at King,” head coach George Pitts said. “Three years ago it was a no brainer in who we wanted to recruit locally. Logan was by far the best player in the area and was an excellent student. He has continued to shine at King – he was Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year in 2012 and second team all-conference in both 2013 and 2014. Logan has a great understanding of why he is at King. He is here to obtain a degree in business management and has always wanted to do as well as he can in the classroom. Logan is a perfect example to our entire team about the importance of doing as well as he can, not only on the court, but more importantly, in the classroom.”
Women’s track and field – Maegan Henry
Henry has picked in the outdoor season where she left off during the indoor season. The junior has already set, and broken her own school record in the hammer throw with a mark of 44.30 meters at the Liberty Collegiate Invitational. So far this season, the Bluefield, Va., native has the best marks in both the shot put and hammer throw in Conference Carolinas. Her top shot put of the season, 13.56 meters is more than two meters farther than her closest competitor, while her school record hammer throw of 44.30 is also more than two meters better that second place in Conference Carolinas. Henry is majoring in Biology with a minor in Secondary Education and has carried a cumulative grade-point average of 3.81.
“Maegan is the epitome of a student-athlete,” said head coach Amanda Williamson. “She is dedicated to both her academics and track career. Her dedication and work ethic shows through her success in the classroom and in the field. It is a pleasure to coach Maegan, and she is very deserving of this accolade.”
Each Conference Carolinas school submits candidates that are the best of the best for the conference from their sport while meeting certain qualifications for nomination. The qualifications include being a junior or senior student-athlete with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale in all work completed at their member institution that have played in a conference sponsored sport. The GPA is calculated based on the student-athletes cumulative average through the previous semester and each student-athlete must have attended their member institution for at least one academic year. Additionally, in order to qualify for the award the student-athlete must be a current member of the All-Conference Carolinas First, Second, or Third Team that were recently selected by head coaches from conference member institutions that nominate and then vote upon award winners.