Fabian Kling capped his career at Fort Lewis College as the NCAA Division II Player of the Year, winning his second national championship in men’s soccer.
Dana Schreibvogel led her Skyhawks to the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championships all four years, including a runner-up finish in 2010.
On Tuesday, both players were recognized as the annual FLC athletes of the year. Kling was named the Don Whalen Outstanding Senior Male Athlete of the Year, and Schreibvogel was named the Jan Wilson-Hetzler Outstanding Senior Female Athlete of the Year.
The honors were bestowed at the Skyhawks’ annual awards banquet.
“Fabian is one of the most outstanding student-athletes that I have had the pleasure to experience,” FLC athletic director Gary Hunter said in a news release to The Durango Herald. “His leadership on and off the field and in the classroom is exceptional.”
Kling, atop his player of the year honors, was named the most outstanding defensive player of the final four, the MVP of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament and was the RMAC’s defensive player of the year.
Kling parlayed that success into a tryout with Chivas USA in Major League Soccer. He’s currently playing for the San Antonio Scorpions in the North American Soccer League with former FLC teammates Jeff Jennings, Euan Purcell and former FLC coach Tim Hankinson.
“Fabian is in my opinion one of the greatest footballers we have ever had at Fort Lewis College,” FLC men’s soccer coach Oige Kennedy said in the news release. “Winning two national championships, the NCAA Division II Player of the Year and being selected in the MLS (supplemental) draft by Chivas USA, (he) has distinguished (himself) into a very elite group.”
Schreibvogel, the former rodeo queen from Weld Central High School in Keenesburg, ranks among the FLC career leaders in free throws (third, 325), field goals (fifth, 480), scoring (fifth, 1,308), rebounds (ninth, 567), steals (15th, 143) and blocked shots (19th, 32).
“Dana is the epitome of the phrase ‘student-athlete,’” Hunter said. “She’s not only an outstanding basketball player but an honor student.”
During her career at FLC, Schreibvogel helped the Skyhawks to two RMAC regular-season titles, two RMAC Shootout titles, a 57-1 record on their home court and a top-25 ranking in 59 consecutive polls since Dec. 16, 2008.
“Dana has been the cornerstone of our success this year and the most dominant force to contend with inour conference,” FLC women’s basketball head coach Mark Kellogg said in the news release. “Her leadership both on and off the court was filled with an incredible enthusiasm to win.
“Dana played the game with a lot determination, a lot of poise and a lot of pride. When you watch her play, you see an individual who really just loves the game. Her tireless work ethic and wanting to take the big shots in crucial moments of our games is what sets her apart from most.
“Dana will go down as one of the top players to ever wear a Fort Lewis jersey,” Kellogg said.
Other award winners:
Troy Bledsoe Scholar (Male) Athlete of the Year – Berekk Blackwell (soccer), Logan Ott (cross country).
Troy Bledsoe Scholar (Female) Athlete of the Year – Stephanie Janes (softball), Mary Rose Paiz (basketball), Jenna Santistevan (basketball).
Joanne Parish Outstanding Spectator Award – Kynan Kelly.
Director of Athletic Appreciation Award – Lynne Andrew.
Athletic trainers – Alon Madden and Jylissa Tahy.
Basketball – Matt Billups, Josh Cassaday, Louis LaBate, Matt Morris (men) and Dana Schreibvogel (women).
Cross Country – Christian Gering (men) and Helen Smith (women).
Football – Phil Odell.
Golf – Charlie Laudermilk.
Lacrosse – Jessica Adams.
Soccer – Ryan Wirth (men) and Sara Egbom (women).
Softball – TBA.
Volleyball – Jenna Kinzer.
Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file photo