Air Force Water Polo Announces 2007 Team Awards
Feb. 15, 2008
USAFA, Colo. - Air Force water polo head coach Jeff Ehrlich is proud to announce the recipients of the 2007 team awards, as given out during the team's annual awards banquet last weekend. The Falcons celebrated a successful season which included a final 15-14 record, a third-place finish at the WWPA Championship and a final ranking of 14th in the nation.
Sharing MVP honors this season were senior co-captains Justin Berry (Windermere, Fla.) and Clark Condict (Irvine, Calif.). The team's co-offensive MVPs for two straight seasons, Berry and Condict once again led the Falcons in scoring in 2007. Condict, named a third-team All-American this season, scored a team-high 62 goals in 2007, while adding 20 assists. He closes out his career with 242 points, ranking seventh all-time at the Academy, while ranking fourth with 169 career goals. A first-team All-WWPA selection, Condict was also named to the all-tournament team at this year's conference championship.
Meanwhile, Berry finished the season with 54 goals, bringing his career total to 139. Berry, who suffered through a medical emergency at the end of the regular season, was named a second-team All-WWPA selection and was a first-team choice at the WWPA Championship. Also receiving recognition on the all-tournament team was sophomore Alex Churnside (Orange, Calif.), a second-team selection after scoring the game-winner over Santa Clara in overtime of the third-place contest.
Berry and Condict also received the captains' award, along with classmate Chris Pace (Santa Ynez, Calif.). Pace,
who earned the Strength and Conditioning Award, was named the Hardest Worker for the third-straight season. Wrapping up the evening, Pace was presented with the Derek Argel Memorial Award, named for the former Air Force water polo player who was involved in a fatal aircraft crash in Iraq in May 2005. The Derek Argel Memorial Award, now in its third season, is awarded annually to the player who demonstrates perseverance and an incredible work ethic, those attributes which most exemplify the character of Argel.
Named the most valuable defensive player was sophomore Jack Hines (Riverside, Calif.), one of the Falcons' top defenders at 2-meters while adding 18 goals and 15 assists on the year. Fellow sophomore David Ostrom (Mission Viejo, Calif.) earned recognition as the most improved player after taking over the starting goalkeeper position from last year's MVP, Denver Saunders. Ostrom recorded 213 saves in his first year as Air Force's starting goalie.
Rookie of the year honors went to Bobby Geiger (Buellton, Calif.), who recorded 18 goals and 11 assists in his first season with the Falcons. Geiger, who scored the game-winner against UC San Diego in the opening round of the WWPA Championship, was also named to the WWPA all-rookie team.
Other awards handed out at the Falcons' annual banquet included nods for the Most Inspirational and the Coaches Award. Junior Joey Brewer (Clovis, Calif.) who was sidelined for most of the season with an injury, was named Most Inspirational for the second straight season, while classmate Jason Fung (Honolulu, Hawaii) was given the Coaches Award.
Also honored at the banquet were a group of athletes who held at least a 3.0 GPA for the semester. Included in this group were Berry, Pace, Kevin McDonald (Jr., Santa Ynez, Calif.), Miles McMullan (Jr., Irvine, Calif.), Andrew Strawbridge (Fr., San Jose, Calif.) and Robert Hemker (Fr., Missouri City, Texas).