Kevin Fogg (left) and Karen Blocker (right) are the King and Queen of the 2012 Flames Report "Homecoming Court."
The following article first appeared in the Oct. 6 issue of Flames Illustrated, the official game program for the Liberty-Gardner-Webb Homecoming football game. The text has been updated to reflect accomplishments which have taken place since the original article deadline, but the honorees have not changed.
In honor of Homecoming weekend on Liberty Mountain, this week's Flames Report utilized a timeless Homecoming tradition to honor some of the top performers from Liberty's fall sports teams. Below you will find the Flames Report's selections for Liberty's second annual fall sports "Homecoming Court," based upon student-athletes' contributions so far this season.
Note: Student-athletes are listed according to their athletic eligibility, as opposed to their academic class standing. All student-athletes were eligible for selection as King and Queen, which are essentially the Flames' fall sports MVP awards to date.
Freshman Attendants: Ngetich Kipchirchir (Men's Cross Country) and Caroline Douglas (Volleyball) – Both Kipchirchir and Douglas sat out the 2011 season due to injury, but each has returned to action in a major way this fall. Kipchirchir placed fifth overall at the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational on Sept. 15 and first among Big South Conference entrants. As a result, he was tabbed Big South Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week. The conference leader in kills, Douglas was the Big South Freshman of the Week on Aug. 27 and Oct. 1. She also garnered a trio of all-tournament team accolades early in the season.
Sophomore Attendants: Nick Sigmon (Football) and Megan Johnson (Field Hockey) – Despite missing the Norfolk State game due to injury, Sigmon leads the Flames with four tackles for a loss and is tied for third on the team with 23 total stops. Similarly, Johnson has been a defensive stalwart for the Lady Flames, who just wrapped up a five-game winning streak. She has also contributed on the offensive end with three goals and an assist, including the game-winning goal at Lehigh on Aug. 26.
Junior Attendants: Sam Duininck (Men's Soccer) and Jade Craycraft (Volleyball) – Duininck shares the team lead with two goals. One of them proved to be the game winner in the Flames' 3-0 Big South blanking of Longwood on Sept. 1. Craycraft has done a bit of everything from the setter position this fall, helping Liberty win four of its first five Big South matches. She tops the team in assists and double-doubles while also ranking among the Lady Flames' leaders in kills, aces, digs and blocks.
Senior Attendants: Greg White (Men's Soccer) and Jennifer Klugh (Women's Cross Country) – White has been a key contributor at both ends of the field for Jeff Alder's squad. Entering the week, he has started 67 straight matches at defender for the Flames. He is also tied for the team lead with a pair of goals scored. The two-time defending Big South champion, Klugh has picked right up where she left off this fall. She was honored as ECAC Division I Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week after placing sixth at the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational on Sept. 15.
Homecoming King and Queen: Kevin Fogg (Football) and Karen Blocker (Women's Soccer) – Fogg has been the Flames' top kick and punt returner this season, highlighted by a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown against Norfolk State. As a result, he was tabbed Big South Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 10. Defensively, he has contributed 18 tackles, two tackles for a loss, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble. Blocker has also been a defensive standout, as evidenced by the goalkeeper's Big South Defensive Player of the Week accolade on Sept. 25. Entering the week, she boasts a sterling 0.79 goals-against average and seven shutouts. Her blanking of George Washington on Sept. 14 was Blocker's 16th career shutout, establishing a new school record.
Author's Note: Unfortunately, Kevin Fogg suffered an apparent season-ending injury the same day this article was originally written. We at the Flames Report pray for a complete and speedy recovery for Kevin.
Paul Carmany is an assistant athletics communications director for Liberty Athletics.
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