finish while the WCU men finished
third. Fifteen schools competed in the
inaugural event. Prior to the event,
WCU hosted the College Am with
over 70 participants. As part of the
day’s activities, the field recognized
the contributions of the Harvey family,
whose son Jason is a former member of
the WCU golf team. The Harvey family,
owners of Big Star Supermarket, the
tournament’s title sponsor, established a
scholarship endowment for a deserving
golf team member in Jason’s honor. The
Harvey’s golf endowment is the second
endowment for the Crusaders’ golf
team. The Dr. Jerry & Vicki Mixon Golf
Endowment was established last fall.
Several former Carey golfers have
moved into the golf industry in various
roles:
Drew Goff (’09), assistant
professional, New Orleans Country
Club, New Orleans
Michael Watts (’09), head
professional, Abita Springs Golf Club,
Abita Springs, La.
Matt Hungerman (’10), assistant
professional, Covington Country Club,
Covington, La.
Gavin Vegas (’12), head professional,
Covington Country Club, Covington, La.
Nic Ishee (’13), assistant professional,
Laurel Country Club, Laurel, Miss.
Michael Wilkinson (’13), assistant
professional, Canebrake Country Club,
Hattiesburg
Women’s Tennis
WCU women’s tennis capped off
a sensational season with a runner-
up finish in the 2013 NAIA Women’s
Tennis National Championship led
by NAIA All-Americans Carola Orna
and Maja Vuzem. The Lady Crusaders
were ranked in the top 10 for the entire
season and spent three weeks as the
number one team in the country. In the
national tournament, WCU picked up
wins over Oklahoma Baptist, number
four seed Savannah College of Arts and
Design, and the tournament’s top seed,
Xavier (La.) to advance to the finals.
In the finals WCU dropped a highly
competitive contest against SSAC rival
AUM.
Track and Field
In their first season of competition,
WCU qualified participants in both
men’s and women’s track and field for
the 2013 NAIA National Championship
in Marion, Indiana, on May 23-26. On
the men’s side, Joash Osoro qualified in
the 5,000 and 10,000 meter run. Osoro,
the SSAC Runner of the Year and a first
team All-American in cross country, won
both events at the SSAC Championship.
On the women’s side, Tisa Smith
qualified in the 100 meter hurdles, long
jump, and triple jump. Smith will also
join teammates Ashton Scarborough,
Olivia Shook, and Asa Evans in the
4x100 meter relay.
Ashlee Arnau, aWCU cheerleader and soccer player, nailed the
half-court shot with the soccer-style-flip throw (pictured left) at
halftime of the men’s basketball final home game against SSAC
rival Auburn-Montgomery in February. Ashlee had been trying
to sink the amazing half-court shot at every home game since
Christmas, and she finally succeeded during her last chance of
the season. As a result of theYouTube video, which had over 12
million hits, Ashlee appeared on the Today Show and several
other syndicated programs, and the shot was the Shot of the
Week on ESPN. The over-night sensation garnered significant
positive publicity for Carey.
Ashlee Arnau
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