Stengle and Wheeler Receive Top Athletic Honors

Stengle and Wheeler Receive Top Athletic Honors


Stengle and Wheeler Receive Top Athletic Honors
CUA holds Senior Banquet on Thursday evening


WASHINGTON - Seniors Kim Stengle (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) and Stephen Wheeler (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) were named the winners of the Donley and Harris Cups at the Catholic University Senior Awards Banquet Thursday evening at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.  The awards are the highest honor for graduating student-athletes.  Both recognize outstanding achievement in athletics, academics and in the campus community.

Stengle is one of the most decorated Cardinals in the recent memory.  The two sport athlete has been an All-Capital Athletic Conference performer in both track and field and soccer.  In track, she holds the school record in all four throwing events and has won five conference championships.  Her junior year she was named the CAC Track and Field Athlete of the Year.  On the soccer field, she was the starting goalkeeper during the Cardinals undefeated conference season in 2005 when they made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.  That season she was also named first team All-CAC.

Outside of athletics, Stengle has a 3.4 GPA and will graduate with a degree in elementary education after already making the Dean's List.  She is a member of Pi Gamma Mu (International Honor Society in Social Science), the Career Services Student Advisory Board and the College Republicans.  Stengle also volunteers with DC Reads and the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Wheeler has been a member of the men's basketball squad for four years but solidified himself as an outstanding player this past season.  The senior center earned second team All-CAC honors as well as All-South Region honors for his season averaging 6.3 PPG and 4.4 RPG as well as notching a team-high 65 blocks.  He was named to the CUA Classic All-Tournament squad after leading the Cards to the title with two career performances.  The team captain has been a part of three conference championships and as many NCAA Tournament runs.

Wheeler is a business marketing major who has held down a 3.4 GPA over the past four years.  He is a member of the Dean's List and has also served as a Student Athlete Advisory Committee representative.  Outside of CUA he has coached both CYO and AAU basketball teams.  Wheeler has also taken part in the Help the Homeless 4 on 4 Basketball Tournament and served as a guest MC for the AIDS in Africa Fashion Show.  With the other members of his team he has volunteered at Children's Hospital and participated in the Stop the Silence 10K run.

The Donley and Harris Cups are given out annually to a male and female student-athlete; criteria for selection include excellence in three distinct areas; academic excellence, athletic excellence, leadership and service.