University of North Alabama football receiver Lee Mayhall of Jackson, Tenn., and women's soccer forward Chloe Richards of Cornwall, England are among the recipients of the 2015 Gulf South Conference “Top Ten” Awards.
These awards, based on athletic, academic and extracurricular achievement during the 2014-15 academic year, recognize the top five male and top five female student-athletes as the cream of the GSC crop. The top male and female receive the Commissioner's Trophy, the Conference's most prestigious honor.
The presentations will be made at the GSC's Annual Awards Banquet, Thursday, June 25, at the Sandestin Beach Resort in Destin, Fla. starting at 6:30 pm. The entire ceremony will be streamed live.
The “Top Ten” are selected with the assistance of an advisory committee representing the ADs, SWAs, SIDs, FARs and Presidents from randomly selected GSC schools, which makes a recommendation to the Commissioner, who has the final decision.
Four seniors highlight the five women's winners: Courtney Albritton (Valdosta State, Softball, Sycamore, Ga.), Taylor Holland (Delta State, Softball, Grenada, Miss.), Amy Philamlee (Union, Basketball, Jonesboro, Ark.) and Paige Rowland (Shorter, Softball, Eufaula, Ala.). Completing the list is junior Chloe Richards (North Alabama, Soccer, Cornwall, England).
Albritton is the defending female GSC Commissioner's Trophy winner. UNA advanced a women's soccer standout to the Top Ten for the fourth time in the last five years, as Richards follows three-time winner Nikki Brown.
Richards was the 2014 Daktronics Division II National Player of the Year and led the nation in four statistical categories while leading the Lions to a 14-4-1 record and a spot in the Division II National Tournament. She earned All-GSC and Academic All-GSC honors.
A trio of seniors highlight the five male Top Ten winners: Kyle Caldwell (West Alabama, Football, Dadeville, Ala.), Trey Casey (Christian Brothers, Basketball, Cincinnati, Ohio) and Lucas Mould (Alabama Huntsville, Baseball, Athens, Ala.). The pair of underclassmen include junior Lee Mayhall (North Alabama, Football, Jackson, Tenn.) and sophomore Tyler Sullivan (Delta State, Football, Louisville, Miss).
Mayhall is the first-ever Lions' football student-athlete to be recognized in the GSC “Top Ten/Top Eight” since 1997. Despite missing part of the 2014 season due to injury, Mayhell ranked among the Lions leading receivers and earned All-GSC and Academic All-GSC honors. He was a first-team Academic All-America selection with a 4.00 cumulative GPA in Industrial Hygiene.