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M State Fergus Falls Holds 47th Annual All Sports Banquet

By Steve King, 04/29/22, 12:30PM CDT


Legacy Hall on the M State Fergus Falls campus hosted a long-standing tradition in Spartan Athletics, the annual banquet that recognizes all Spartan athletic teams and individual award winners. The event was catered by the American Legion and a rib dinner was provided. The night was capped off by the selection of the Male and Female Student Athlete of the Year and the Coaches Award winners.

Baily Marty, a sophomore from Chokio, Minnesota received the Female Student Athlete of the Year award for her excellence in the classroom and in athletics.

Baily participated in volleyball for the Lady Spartans, who finished 3rd in the NJCAA national tournament and ranked #3 in the nation. Baily’s accomplishments on a national, conference play, and individual level are as follows:

  • MCAC All-Academic Team
  • NJCAA All-American 1st Team
  • MCAC South Player of the Year
  • MCAC South All-Division 1st Team
  • MCAC All-Division Team
  • Region 13A All-Tournament Team

Baily also has an impressive individual volleyball resume:

  • Broke school record for digs in a single match with 52 digs
  • #1 in the conference for digs/set (7.89) and total digs (821)
  • #2 in the nation for digs/set and #1 in the nation for total digs this season
  • Current M State All-Time record holder for total digs with 1,385 beating the previous record of 1,029,
  • Five times named MCAC Defensive Player of the Week
  • Two time named NJCAA Division III Defensive Player of the Week
  • Has played in every match and every set during her two years.

The 2021-2022 Male Student Athlete of the Year award was awarded to sophomore Christian Norby. Christian is a pitcher and outfielder for the Spartan baseball team. Christian is an academic All MCAC recipient and a captain of the baseball team. The Spartan baseball team is still competing, and stats are not complete and conference and national awards for the 2022 are not available currently.

The coaches in the Spartan athletic department also select winners for the Coaches Award. This award is typically awarded to one male and one female student athlete that has exemplified what it means to be a Spartan. It is a person of high character, a great teammate, and someone that is always willing to help the coaches and others be their best.

The Female Coaches award winner was awarded to Mackenzie Foss. Mackenzie is a freshman from Battle Lake and attended Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. She participated in volleyball, basketball, and is still competing in softball.

The Male Coaches award winner is Mikey Vall. Mikey is a freshman from Eau Claire, Wisconsin and attended Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. Mikey participates in golf and will be playing in the national tournament for the Spartan golf team in June 2022.

Pam Phillips with President Carrie Brimhall. PHOTO PROVIDED

Baily Marty, Mackenzie Foss, Mikey Vall and Christian Norby. PHOTO PROVIDED

Another highlight of the evening was the very deserving induction of Pam Phillips into the Spartan Boosters Legends Hall of Fame. Pam exemplifies what it means to be a Spartan Booster. Her commitment to the student athletes to help and assist in any way possible has not been matched. Her unwavering spirit for the athletic programs on the Fergus Falls campus, her dedication to service on the Spartan Booster club, and the tremendous pride Pam has in the Fergus Falls campus has been an inspiration to all people fortunate to witness her work and have been touched by Pam’s generosity and spirit. Congratulations Pam!