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Student-athletes honored for skill, academics, leadership, inspiration

Golfer Rhea Badgett, two-sport star Liz Meredith, and soccer player Matt Vogel were named co-female and male Pioneer Athletes of the Year during the annual awards ceremony in May. Academic, leadership, and inspiration awards were also given.

Badgett, a senior from Madisonville, was a four-time All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference first team member, finishing second in the league tournament as a first-year player. Meredith, a senior from Johnson City, Tenn., was a starting outfielder on the softball team and a team captain for the swimming and diving squad. Vogel, a senior from Lexington, was an HCAC Player of the Year and also won All-Region and All-American honors.

Meredith also won the Senior Leadership Award, presented by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee for leadership on and off the playing field.

Baseball pitcher Brent Roach, a senior from Georgetown, Ky., won the George H. Stopp Award as the student-athlete with the highest grade point average over a four-year career.

Cancer survivor Ben Luking, a senior from Louisville, received the Pioneer Inspiration Award. He ended his career as the winningest pitcher in the history of the Transy baseball program.

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2008 award winners, from left, Rhea Badgett, Matt Vogel, and Liz Meredith. Not pictured, Brent Roach, Ben Luking.

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