Crons sponsors the monthly "Achiever Award," which is presented to the school recognized by a fan vote for the most notable achievement from the month prior. Below are the descriptions of each submission, along with the poll in the right-hand sidebar.
Stephen Hurt, Lipscomb Men's Basketball
Averaging a double-double over the course of the month, Lipscomb redshirt freshman Stephen Hurt claimed a pair of Atlantic Sun Newcomer of the Week awards for his play in December. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native averaged 13.3 points per game and added 10.3 rebounds. After notching his first career double-double at Kentucky (12 pts., 11 reb.), Hurt scored 23 points and grabbed a Lipscomb freshman record 18 rebounds on the road at Austin Peay. His efforts led to him being named one of three ESPN.com "Top Performers of the Night." Hurt followed up his performance against the Govs with his third-straight double-double (15 points, 13 rebounds) on the road at Memphis.
Sarah Hansen, FGCU Women's Basketball
In FGCU's 76-70 upset of SEC foe LSU, Sarah Hansen finished with a career-high and game-high of 30 points, her 11th double-figure scoring performance of the season. She finished 7-of-12 shooting from the field, 2-of-4 from long distance and a perfect 14-of-14 from the charity stripe. Hansen registered the second 30-point performance in FGCU’s Division I history and the first since Feb. 12, 2009. The McKean, Pa., native also tallied nine rebounds, three assists and three steals. For the month Hansen averaged 17.1 points and 7.0 rebounds while leading the Eagles to a 5-2 record (including wins over Virginia Tech, Richmond, LSU).
Mercer Men's Basketball
During the month of December Mercer Men's Basketball went 5-2 and posted road wins over a pair of BCS conference schools (Alabama, Florida State). The Bears trailed with less than 10 minutes to go in Tuscaloosa and Tallahassee before rallying for wins. Mercer also posted a 2-0 mark at home, including a win over Stetson in the conference opener on New Year's Eve.
Travis Wallace, North Florida Men's Basketball
Wallace led the Ospreys in scoring and rebounding for the month of December, averaging 18.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He also paced the squad with a 69.1 shooting percentage from the field. Wallace recorded double-figure points in all seven of UNF’s games and ended the month with four consecutive games with 20 or more points. That streak was highlighted by a season-best 27 at Portland. He shot better than 50 percent from the floor in every game and had a pair of games shooting better than 80 percent while handing out 1.6 assists per game. Wallace earned MVP honors at the Las Vegas Classic after helping lead UNF to the championship and was named Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week for the first time in his career.
As the Official Motivation and Apparel Brand of the Atlantic Sun
Conference, Crons sponsors the monthly "Achiever Award" to recognize what
A-Sun fans deem the most notable performance from each month.
The Crons Brand provides what it calls “high quality motivational
apparel, merchandise, and accessories to inspire people to get better and
constantly strive for their goals.” It also strives to reinforce positive
messages to athletes about what it takes to be a winner and the importance of
working harder than anyone else in order to reach their full potential.
communicates this message through four separate product categories: Team Gear,
Lifestyle Apparel, Nutritional Products, and School Programs. Crons is a
national brand with its message-themed and motivational merchandise and apparel
already in use by more than 500 schools and organizations in 25 states.
Crons perpetuates its message through its Achievers Program, designed
to teach students the importance of setting and achieving goals. The program
focuses on fostering skills that will help young people set smart, measurable
goals now and in the future – leading to academic, personal and professional