MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Presented to the male athlete deemed to be the most exceptional in a given year.
Ryan Konkle, Baseball – Konkle helped the Flying Dutchmen post a 25-19 overall record in the 2016 season while setting single-season school records with 68 hits, 17 doubles and 59 RBI. He was the first Hope baseball player to reach the 50-RBI mark. Konkle finished the season with a .447 batting average and an on-base percentage of .543. He was named to the All-MIAA First Team and received All-American Second Team honors, the highest honor of a Hope baseball player in the last 25 years.
Winton Munch, Men’s Golf – In his final season, Munch led the Flying Dutchmen to their fourth consecutive MIAA Conference Championship in the fall of 2016. He finished league play with a season average of 72.3 strokes and earned All-MIAA First Team honors.
Michael Stephan, Football – Stephan anchored an offensive line that rushed for a school-record 2,738 yards over 10 games. He was named MIAA Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Concordia, Chicago. Stephan earned All-MIAA First Team honors and was a D3football.com All-Region honoree. He was named the offensive MVP by his Flying Dutchmen teammates and received the 2016 Allan C. Kinney award for maximum contribution to the football program.
Gunnar Elder, Men’s Lacrosse – During the 2016 season, Elder became the first Flying Dutchmen to reach 100 career goals. He also set records with 65 goals, 34 assists, and 99 points during his junior season. Elder was named to the All-MIAA First Team.
Julian Morrison, Men's Cross Country and Track & Field – In the 2016 track season, Morrison was the MIAA Champion in the 10,000-meter race, finishing 15 seconds ahead of second place. His performance earned him All-MIAA honors in track. During the 2017 cross country season, Morrison ran to All-MIAA honors and All-Region honors at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional.
Harrison Blackledge, Men’s Basketball – Blackledge averaged 20 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while leading the Flying Dutchmen to a regular-season MIAA title and to the sectional round of the NCAA Tournament. He was named the MIAA MVP and received MIAA First Team honors. Additionally, Blackledge was recognized as a NCAA Division III First Team All-American and Great Lakes District Player of the Year. Blackledge was the recipient of the 2017 Jostens Trophy as the most outstanding NCAA Division III men’s basketball player of the year.