Lanter, Eskew honored with Lee’s Conn Award
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Women’s soccer player Clair Lanter and baseball’s David Eskew have been named the winners of the 2013 Lee University Charles Paul Conn Athlete of the Year Award.

The awards are presented annually to individuals who best exemplify the athletic, academic and spiritual leadership of Lee University student athletes.

Lanter’s accolades include:

— Three-year captain and first ever sophomore to serve as Lee women’s soccer captain

— Three-time SSAC All Conference Member 2009

— Second-team NAIA All-American

— Four-year starter

— Three-time national champion

— 3.97 GPA with lowest grade being an A- as a very tough political science major

— Two-time participant in Model UN

— Volunteer at Austin Hatcher Foundation

— Only Lee University student to win NAIA A.O. Duer Award

“Clair has been an integral part of our successful women’s soccer program, playing on three of the NAIA National Championship teams," said Lee AD Larry Carpenter. "She is an outstanding student and has been actively involved in community service projects while at Lee. She is an outstanding role model for the youth in our community.”

"Clair is one of the most unique individuals that I have ever met,” said Lee women’s soccer coach Matt Yelton. “She does not bend and change based on the crowd that she is in, but she is always herself no matter what.

“Clair has an uncanny ability to reach everyone that she interacts with. As one of our players said at our banquet, 'everyone on this team is in a different place in terms of their walk with Christ, but Clair is able to connect and encourage each person on this team no matter where they are with their faith.'

“In my 16 years of college coaching, Clair is a player that I will always hold up to future teams as the example that I would like for our players to strive towards. She was not the most talented individual, but she always got the most out of her ability. She was not the fastest player, but rarely got beat for speed. However, she was the most competitive individual that I have ever coached, and wanted to win at everything she took on.”

Eskew’s accolades include:

— Graduated with honors (3.53 GPA) and a bachelor’s in accounting in May.

— Named NAIA Scholar-Athlete in 2012 and 2013

— Named to SSAC Scholar-Athlete team in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013

— David participated in many community service outreach projects as a member of the program, including renovating local baseball fields, reading programs, food distribution programs to the needy, etc.

— Five-year player in Flames program and a part of four World Series teams (possibly five based on completion of this year’s season). Teams that he has been on have compiled a current record of 250-62-1 record.

— Named to SSAC All-Freshman team and named SSAC Freshman of the Year in 2010 (record 6-1, including a win against Embry-Riddle to put the team into World Series title game in 2010)

“Although David has dealt with injuries throughout his career, he had shown a resilience and competitiveness that you expect from a winner," said Carpenter. "After being hit in the face with a line drive that would have ended many careers, David stepped back on the mound and has continued to be a vital part of our team. His hard work on the field carries over to the classroom where he excels, twice being named an NAIA Scholar-Athletes. We will certainly miss David as he moves on to begin his career.”

“David’s career has been one of overcoming one obstacle after another,” said baseball coach Mark Brew. “He has suffered so many setbacks that were out of his control. I pay him the ultimate compliment when I say he is the most resilient player we have ever had in our program. His career has been all about overcoming adversity and he has done so when many would have quit.

“On the field he is a great competitor and in the classroom he epitomizes what a student-athlete should be. He is person of great character and my respect for him is immense and I think he is a worthy recipient of this award.”