Davis Yake '08, Assistant Athletic Director
Freshman running back Kyree Koonce headlined the Tigers' 14 All-ODAC selections while being named Hampden-Sydney's first football Rookie of the Year since Drew Smith in 2004. Four other Tigers also earned First Team selections with sophomore receiver Cam Johnson, senior offensive lineman P.J. Melnick, senior linebacker Nick Martin, and senior cornerback Sidney Henry all getting nods.
Senior tight end Mel Savarese, senior offensive lineman Todd Edstrom, junior defensive lineman Ben Carson, senior safety Larry Haskins, and senior punter Jordan Chalkley all earned Second Team honors.
Senior receivers Austin Perryman and Michael Mey, senior linebacker Jay Brooks and senior safety Tyler Martin were all named to the Third Team.
Koonce had a standout rookie season, leading the ODAC in rushing while compiling the second best season for a Tiger back with 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also added 29 receptions for 286 yards and two more touchdowns. Koonce hit the century mark seven times, and rushed for at least 200 yards two times.
Johnson led the Tiger receiving core with 830 yards and nine touchdowns on 58 receptions, averaging 83.0 yards-per-game and 14.3 per-catch. The sophomore ranked third in the ODAC this season in total receiving yards.
Melnick earned his second All-ODAC honors after being named to the Second Team last year. Melnick helped the Tiger offense to average 27.3 points-per-game on 413.6 yards of offense. Of those 413.6 yards, 258.1 came through the air and 155.5 on the ground.
Martin finished the season with 52 tackles in nine games, including 5.0 tackles-for-loss. Additionally, he added one interception with a 40-yard return and one fumble recovery.
Henry had another solid season in the secondary, after earning Second Team All-ODAC nods last season. This year, the senior led the ODAC and ranked seventh nationally with six interceptions. He added eight break ups for 14 passes defended to go with 62 tackles - 2.5 for loss - and one fumble recovery.
Savarese was the Tigers' fifth best target this season, catching 17 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown. The tight end averaged 10.6 yards-per-catch.
Edstrom started every game for the Tigers at center this season, and the captain helped the Tiger offense to outputs of 27.3 points- and 413.6 yards-per-game.
Carson wreaked havoc on opposing backfields, finishing the year second in the ODAC in both sacks (6.0) and tackles-for-loss (11.5). Overall, he had 44 tackles and a pass break up, while his 11.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage were for a total of 65 yards.
Haskins was second on the team in both tackles (79) and interceptions (2) while also adding 3.0 tackles-for-loss and two additional pass break ups.
Chalkley handled the bulk of the punting duties for the Tigers, and did so with great success, averaging 42.7 yards for his 31 kicks. He pinned four punts inside the 20-yard line and booted nine kicks of at least 50 yards.
Perryman had the best season of his career, hauling in 40 passes for 458 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 45.8 per game and 11.4 per catch.
Mey was right there with Perryman, recording 498 yards and three touchdowns on 36 catches. He was second on the team in both yards-per-game (49.8) and yards-per-catch (13.8) of players with at least ten catches.
Brooks finished the season fourth on the team in total tackles with 61 while adding 4.0 for loss, and one interception.
Tyler Martin led the team with 80 total tackles and was second on the team with 7.5 tackles-for-loss. He also picked off one pass, broke up another, recovered a fumble, and blocked a kick.
Hampden-Sydney Basketball and the Roundball Club recently hosted the Tenth Annual Tip-Off Banquet at the Princess Anne Country Club in Virginia Beach. The ballroom was filled to capacity to celebrate the 105th year of Hampden-Sydney Basketball. The excitement for this season was palpable, with four starters returning and several other key players back in the mix along with a promising recruiting class.
Leon Owens, the grandfather of senior captain Mitch Owens, led the invocation; dinner and Head Coach Dee Vick's speech on the season outlook followed. Next, Cannon Watson, the voice of Hampden-Sydney Football and Basketball on WFLO, was the moderator for a Q&A session with Coach Vick and the three captains from the Tidewater area: Owens, senior captain Mike Murray, and junior captain Jake Duncan. Tim Daffron, father of Mike Murray, then shared his thoughts on watching Murray mature during his four years and spoke of the difference H-SC has made in his son's life. Finally, Jim Alexander '76 closed out the night with his traditional H-SC cheer.
Robert Kerby was named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Kerby stands out both on and off the field for the Tigers. Academically, Kerby maintains a 3.89 grade point average as a Chemistry major with minors in Biology and Spanish. A multi-honoree on the ODAC All-Academic Team as well as the Dean's List, Kerby is a 2015 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District First-Team selection, making him eligible for Academic All-America nomination. He is one of just six students selected for the H-SC/Centra Pre-Health Rotational Shadowing Program. He also serves as the Vice President of the H-SC chapter of Chi Beta Phi national scientific fraternity and is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership) honor society.
On the field, Kerby led Hampden-Sydney with 15 points on seven goals and one assist.
The seven goals are tied for fourth in the ODAC. He recorded a pair of two-goal games in wins over Southern Virginia and LaGrange.