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.
Mercer Men’s Basketball
The Bears achieved the program’s first outright Atlantic Sun regular season championship with a win over Stetson on the final day of the regular season. Mercer capped the season with a 21-10 (14-4 A-Sun) record, reaching the 20-win mark in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history. The Bears also posted the school's first back-to-back winning seasons since 1984-85 and 1985-86.
Andre Dorsey, Kennesaw State Men's Indoor Track and Field
Sophomore Andre Dorsey, the 2013 Most Valuable Performer of the meet, highlighted this year’s championship with a point total of 36. Dorsey claimed two titles on day two, winning the triple jump with a distance of 16.04m and the high jump at 2.18m, while also placing in the long jump (4th), shot put (5th) and weight throw (5th).
At the NCAA Championships, Andre Dorsey claimed second team All-American honors at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championship with an 11th place triple jump of 15.72m. He became the first Kennesaw State track and field athlete to earn All-American honors since joining the Division I ranks in 2006.
Dorsey’s jump of 15.72m is his second best lifetime jump, falling just short of his 16.04 mark that was set at the 2013 Atlantic Sun Championship.
FGCU became the first team to sweep Florida on its home turf since 2009. The Eagles took all three games of the series with the No. 7 Gators on Feb. 22-24. The sweep propelled the Eagles onto the national scene and into a number of national polls, topping out at No. 23 with Baseball America.
In game one, reigning and preseason A-Sun Pitcher of the Year Ricky Knapp threw a 92-pitch complete game in an 8-2 win. The Eagles followed with a 8-3 victory on Saturday to clinch the series. With the series sweep in doubt in the bottom of the 10th with no outs and the bases full of Gators, junior righty Harrison Cooney worked out of the jam, setting up the go-ahead three-run home run from junior Sean Dwyer in the top of the 11th.
Shanasa Sanders, Stetson Women's Basketball
Sanders had an incredible month of February, earning two A-Sun Player of the Week awards and averaging a team-high 17.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
She opened the month with a 23-point outburst at UNF, then recorded an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double at Jacksonville, helping the Hatters rally on the road for a 21-point win. She also scored her 1,000th career point in the Jacksonville game and later earned her first career Player of the Week honor.
The next week she helped Stetson to a pair of home wins, scoring 17 points vs. ETSU and 23 again vs. USC Upstate, once again claiming the league’s Player of the Week honor.
She added 18 points at Northern Kentucky, 17 points at Lipscomb, and 16 points at home against Kennesaw State.
For the month, Sanders shot 49% from the floor, 35% from behind the arc, and 81.5% from the free throw line. She scored 16 points or more and grabbed five or more rebounds in seven of the Hatters’ eight games. She helped lead Stetson to a second-place finish in the regular season and helped set a program record for most conference wins in school history (14).
Charlene Charles, Jacksonville Women’s Track and Field
Charles was named the Most Outstanding Field Performer after leading Jacksonville to its eighth consecutive Track & Field Championship. She became the first athlete in A-Sun history to win the long jump three times after leaping a season-best of 19-04.25 to capture the title for the third time in the last four years. She also jumped 5-07.00 in the high jump to finish in second place. Her record-setting pentathlon performance earlier in the season ranked 14th nationally and qualified her for the NCAA Championships.
Charles is a communications major with a 3.81 GPA.
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