Two Butler Community College student-athletes have been nominated for the Greater Wichita Sports Commission’s College Athlete of the Year award.


 


Two Butler Community College student-athletes have been nominated for the Greater Wichita Sports Commission’s College Athlete of the Year award.


Markus White, a defensive end on the football team that won the NJCAA National Championship, is one of three finalists for the College Male Athlete of the Year. He was named NJCAA National Defensive Player of the Year after leading the nation in sacks and forced fumbles. He will play next year at Florida State University.


Two other Butler football players have earned the Sports Commission award in the past, as Rudi Johnson was honored in 1999 and Austin Panter was honored last year. Like White, both also had earned NJCAA National Player of the Year honors.


Butler softball pitcher Lauren Supak is one of three finalists for College Female Athlete of the Year. She compiled a 25-1 record as a pitcher for the Grizzlies, who won the Region VI championship and qualified for the NJCAA World Series for the second consecutive season.


Supak was named a second-team NJCAA All-American.


The awards presentation ceremony will be held Friday at the Hawker Beechcraft Activity Center in east Wichita.  A reception will start at 6 p.m. with the banquet to follow at 7:15. Other awards will also be presented, including Wichita area high school male and female athlete of the year, professional sports athlete of the year and the Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate catcher.