WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College Sports Information handed out its two most prestigious awards to top student contributors during the academic on April 25th in a ceremony in Griffin Hall.
The featured speaker for the event was nationally acclaimed sports writer and NPR contributor Charlie Peirce who also writes for Sports Illustrated and Esquire magazines. Pierce spoke of his connection to Williamstown, his work under Frank Deford at the nation's first national daily sports paper, The National and what storytelling looks like in the modern era. He then took questions from the audience.
Both the Frank Deford Award and the Aaron Pinsky Award are unique in all of college athletics.
The three Deford honorees and the two Pinsky honorees are all spring Varsity athletes at Williams.
Three honorees are members of the Ephs' men's lacrosse team, while the Deford winners represent Williams' women's golf team and men's cross country and track & field teams.
2019 Pinsky Award Winners: (L to R): Peggy Pinsky,
Lincoln Pinsky, Rachel Pinsky, Cory Lund & Rock Stewart
Sophomore Cory Lund (El Segundo, Calif.) and junior Rock Stewart (Darien, Conn.) received the Pinsky award for their contributions as color commentators on webcasts. Lund worked webcasts of women's soccer over his first two years as a color commentator. In addition Cory added Women's and Men's Ice Hockey color commentary this year.
Rock Stewart was recognized for his excellent color commentary the past two years on men's soccer, men's and women's ice hockey and his newest sport, football.
Keith Harrington who has worked a number of games for NSN Sports doping play by play on Eph webcasts said this about Cory and Rock: "Both Cory and Rock are a pleasure to work with. They are like working with talented professionals. I am impressed by the smooth delivery and thorough game analysis of both."
John Lawrence, another frequent NSN broadcaster of Eph contests, who has worked with Rock many times noted, "Rock always had a great sense of the rhythm of the broadcast. He was always well prepared each time he went on the air. What I appreciated most was that he always took the job seriously."
Receiving the Deford Award this year were seniors Cori Chan, Zeke Cohen and junior Ryan Rilinger.
Cori Chan (Windsor, Ontario) is not only one of the best women golfers in Williams history, but also an outstanding student, and a strong contributor in writing recaps of women's golf, men's ice hockey, and women's ice hockey.
In the fall Cori will be attending in the Columbia University School of Dentistry.
Zeke Cohen (Chevy Chase, Md.) has competed in cross country and track & field for the Ephs. Zeke has written for men's cross country and track & field for three years. Last year he attended the NCAA outdoor Championships for TrackYack.com and Eph Sports Information.
Zeke has not yet decided on what he will be doing immediately after graduation.
Junior Ryan Rilinger (Byran, N.J.) has done in-game stats for field hockey, basketball (mix of men's and women's over threee years), football two2 years, served as a fill-in for tennis and soccer postseasons two years and has been a substitute stat keeper when needed for lacrosse, softball
Associate Sports Information Director Kris Dufour stated, "From his first day in Sports Info as a first-year, Ryan has been as dedicated and reliable as any person I've worked with in 15 years. His love of sports and Williams has led him to help in field hockey, volleyball, football, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, softball and tennis. His work is exemplary and his attention to detail is unparalleled."