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April 30, 2014

East Central athletes honored at annual awards banquet

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This season, the ECU baseball team added a new award in memory of Chris Lane. The award will be presented to a baseball player who shows what it truly means to be a Tiger — dedication, hard work, a positive attitude and team work —  all characteristics that Chris Lane exemplified. The inaugural award was presented to the five players who knew Chris the best: seniors Robert Buitrago, Ethan Gold, Levi Keeton, Josh Lavender and Michael Mariano.

Athletics also honored a member of the ECU staff who has been a great supporter of athletics. Jerry Meek was given a Special Recognition Award for his dedication to the teams in his role as bus driver. Jerry and his wife, Aileen, have spent several years driving the teams to their road competitions.  But they are also some of the biggest supporters of those teams on the road and at home.  

“Tiger Athletics is only as successful as the commitment to excellence displayed daily in everything we do. Taking our teams on the road to play and then returning them safely is a passion for Jerry and Aileen Meek,” commented Williams.  “Their dedication to Tiger Athletics is paramount to our continued success, and we thank them for the care and support they continually give ‘their kids.' We felt it appropriate to publicly recognize Jerry and Aileen by letting them know how much they impact the Tiger family.” 

You can always pick Jerry and Aileen out of the crowd as some of the loudest orange-clad fans. his season the GAC also took notice, interviewing Jerry during a timeout at the GAC Volleyball Tournament and calling him the first and loudest ECU fan in the building.

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Following is a complete list of the awards and the 60 student-athletes who will graduate next month or after the summer session:

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