KINGSPORT, Tenn. - The Appalachian Athletic Conference announced the 2015 All-Conference Team and awards, and Ridge Hoopi-Haslam of Tennessee Wesleyan is the Player of the Year, the league announced on Monday.
Hoopi-Haslam led the conference in batting average (.441), slugging percentage (.901), hits (71), doubles (22), triples (5) and home runs (14). He also batted in 53 RBIs. Hoopi-Haslam also ranks second nationally in slugging percentage, sixth in batting average and total doubles, and seventh in total bases (145). He was named the AAC Player of the Week twice, making him the only play to win it more than once this season.
Polanco batted .411 with 12 doubles, five triples, 13 home runs and 52 RBIs. He also posted a .785 slugging percentage, ranking him sixth in the NAIA. Polanco earned the AAC Player of the Week award once this season.
Berry guided Tennessee Wesleyan to a 22-5 conference record, securing the regular-season championship.
The Champions of Character consists of one player of each team in the league who best represents the core values of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative. The five core values are integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. Making the Champions of Character Team are: Garrett Schilling of Bluefield, Hunter Lamoureux of Bryan, Logan Suggs of Milligan, Daniel Branon of Montreat, Harrison Pollard of Point, Luke Daniel of Reinhardt, Tyler Radcliff of St. Andrews, Logan Longwith of Tennessee Wesleyan, Caleb Hardy of Truett-McConnell, and Zach Dillman of Union.
A total of 57 student-athletes made the All-Academic Team. To make the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.25 and be a sophomore, junior or senior. Reinhardt had the most players on the team with nine, while Union and Point each placing eight on the list.
To view the entire awards list, please visit the awards page.