Top athletes honored at annual awards ceremony
SPORTS | High-scoring women’s basketball All-American Elena Delle Donne and slugging first baseman Jimmy Yezzo of the baseball team were named the UD Alumni Association Outstanding Female and Male Athletes of the Year for 2013.
Also at the annual UD Athletics awards banquet in May, basketball player Chelsea Craig and football player Paul Worrilow earned the prestigious Mary Ann Hitchens and Edgar Johnson awards. In addition, 26 student-athletes were recognized as the newest members of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national college athlete honor society.
Delle Donne made a lasting mark at UD, not only as one of the most outstanding athletes in NCAA women’s basketball history, but also for her work as an exceptional student. Nearly every record and honor imaginable came Delle Donne’s way during her four-year career as she led the Delaware basketball squad to new heights, including this past season when the veteran-laden Blue Hens posted a record of 32-4, won the conference title and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
In baseball, the Blue Hen squad played itself into the thick of the CAA championship race each of the last two seasons, and Yezzo, a junior first baseman last season, played a huge role in that resurgence. The left-handed slugger led the CAA in batting average (.410), hits (96), doubles (28), RBI (64), total bases (167) and slugging percentage (.714) while starting all 55 games. He committed just one error in 515 chances at first base for a .998 fielding percentage.
Worrilow, a linebacker and four-year starter, excelled on the field and in the community throughout his UD career. With 377 career tackles, he is ranked No. 5 all-time for the Hens.
Craig combined hard work and dedication to excel in the classroom and the community while leading her team to unprecedented success on the court, with consecutive undefeated CAA titles.
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