Student-Athletes recognized during Athletic Hall of Fame

Potomac State Sophomore Athletes 2012

Athletic Director Shawn White (left) and Campus Provost Kerry Odell (right) presented students Chynna Kiser (second from left), Juan Flores-Beserra (center) and Victoria Thompson with Outstanding Athlete of the Year awards during Potomac State College of West Virginia University’s annual Athletic Hall of Fame banquet held earlier this spring.

During the annual Athletic Hall of Fame banquet this spring at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, students Chynna Kiser and Victoria Thompson were recognized as Outstanding Female Athletes of the Year. Juan Flores-Beserra was recognized as the Dana G. Lough Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year as well.

Kiser served as captain of the women’s soccer team in 2011 and played in the position of sweeper. In addition to maintaining a high grade-point average in all her classes, she also tutored and encouraged other students on and off the playing field.  

Kiser was named All-Region XX in 2011, was named to the All-Region XX Tournament Team and had 16 shutouts in two years. “Chynna is probably the best defensive player I’ve ever seen at Potomac State. She’s the total package – brains, speed, determination, power, and was an outstanding team captain,” said Mark Sprouse, women’s soccer coach at the College. Kiser was also nominated for Athletic All-American and Academic All-American. She is an early childhood education major from Franklin, W.Va.   

Thompson was a two-year starter on the Catamount’s softball team where she played in the position of pitcher. During her freshman year at the College she boasted a .385 batting average which included six home runs, a 4-3 record and a 3.7 ERA. Thompson’s ability increased during her sophomore year with a batting average of .455 and another six home runs. Her pitching record was 12-5 with a 2.09 ERA. “Tori brought energy and leadership to our team. As an outstanding student athlete on the softball team, she quickly became one of the most respected players on the team,” said James Walton, women’s softball coach. Thompson is a general studies major from Bristow, Va.

Flores-Beserra, a general studies major from Mt. Jackson, Va., served as captain of the men’s soccer team at the College. Under his leadership, the Catamounts advanced to the Region XX semi-finals and ended the season with a 10-5-1 record. “Juan played in the midfield position and gave our team great leadership this season, scoring seven goals and having six assists during the past two years,” said Ray Kiddy, men’s soccer coach.