Cowboy Joe Club Announces Annual Scholarship Recipients

December 1, 1998

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Following are descriptions of the annual Cowboy Joe Club scholarships and their recipients:

ANNE STOHRER AWARDED ALUIA SPRATT SCHOLARSHIPFOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Anne Stohrer, a senior outside hitter for the University of Wyoming volleyball team, has been named the recipient of the Aluia Spratt Scholarship. The announcement was made by University of Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club Executive Director Randy Welniak.

The scholarship was established by Aluia Spratt of Riverton, Wyo., to honor a University of Wyoming student-athlete who has demonstrated a strong commitment to academics, athletics and community involvement.

"For the second consecutive year, Anne Stohrer is the recipient of this award," said Welniak. "Anne is an outstanding individual as well as an outstanding student-athlete. She is a wonderful role model for our kids...a hard worker, great student and super athlete. The athletic department and the University of Wyoming couldnt ask for a better representative."

Stohrer, a native of Buffalo, Wyo., is starting for the Cowgirls at outside hitter. She was an integral part of the Cowgirls season, leading the Wyoming squad to 10-4 Western Athletic Conference mark.

BRIAN BROWN NAMED WINNER OF THE JOHN AND HELEN ILSLEY SCHOLARSHIP

Brian Brown, a senior linebacker on the University of Wyoming football team, has been named the recipient of the John and Helen Ilsley Scholarship. The announcement was made by University of Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club Executive Director Randy Welniak.

The scholarship was established by John and Helen Ilsley of Sheridan, Wyo., to aid a UW football player from the states of Wyoming, Montana or South Dakota, who demonstrates academic and athletic excellence.

Former Cowboy football player Jim Talich was last years recipient.

"Brian Brown is the type of student-athlete that most kids dream to become," said Welniak. "With his tremendous work ethic on and off the field, he is a great role model and a well deserving recipient."

Brown, a native of Columbus, Mont., is a three-year starter at linebacker for the Cowboys. Brown was a walk-on to the Wyoming football team in 1995. He came to Wyoming from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. Brown finished his career at Wyoming with 303 tackles, good for seventh on the all-time list.

In 1997 Brown was named Second-Team GTE Academic All-American and First-Team GTE Academic All-District VII with a 3.84 grade-point-average in business.

JAMI LAYA NAMED WINNER OF THE SECOND ANNUALBOB REIMAN ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP

Jami Laya, a senior outside hitter on the University of Wyoming volleyball team, was named the recipient of the Bob Reiman Athletic Scholarship. The announcement was made by University of Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club Executive Director Randy Welniak.

The scholarship was established in memory of Bob Reiman, who passed away in 1996. Reiman loved Wyoming athletics and was a past president of the Cowboy Joe Club. The scholarship is given to a University of Wyoming student-athlete that is a Wyoming high school graduate, has a least a 3.0 grade-point-average and has a strong work ethic.

Last years winner was Cowboy basketball player Gregg Sawyer.

"Jami Laya is an ideal recipient for this scholarship," said Welniak. "She is an excellent student and a tremendous athlete. It is great to see a student-athlete from Wyoming like Jami that has been so successful on and off the court."

Laya, a native of Ranchester, Wyo., has a 3.2 grade-point-average in secondary education. Laya was named the 1998 WAC Mountain Division Player of the Year, and was also a First-Team Mountain Division selection. She helped lead the Cowgirls to a 10-4 mark in Western Athletic Conference play during the 1998 season. She was a Second-Team All-WAC Mountain Division selection after the 1997 season.

AMANDA ROBERTS NAMED RECIPIENT OF GOLDEN EAGLE CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

Amanda Roberts has been named the winner of the 1998 Golden Eagle Club Scholarship. Roberts, a junior on the University of Wyoming womens tennis team, is the second recipient of this annual scholarship.

The Golden Eagle Club Scholarship has been established by the Golden Eagle Club of Cheyenne, Wyo., to help benefit deserving University of Wyoming student-athletes. The announcement was made by University of Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club Executive Director Randy Welniak.

The Golden Eagle Club was for years a primary supporter of Laramie County Community College (LCCC) Athletics. When LCCC dissolved their athletic program, the Golden Eagle Club decided to use the funds they had raised to continue their support of Laramie County student-athletes through the University of Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club.

Former Cowgirl soccer player Jenny Millard was last years recipient.

"Amanda Roberts has represented the University of Wyoming and the people of Cheyenne very well with her performance on the tennis court," said Welniak. "Amanda has played an integral part in the success of the womens tennis program."

Roberts, a graduate of Cheyenne Central High School, has a 2.9 grade-point-average in psychology. She was a member of the inagural University of Wyoming womens tennis team in 1996. Roberts in currently the #6 singles player and #3 doubles player on the Cowgirl squad.

BRIAN VAN EMMERIK NAMED WINNER OF THESECOND ANNUAL RYAN E. WILLSON "WANT TO" SCHOLARSHIP

Brian Van Emmerik, a junior defensive tackle on the University of Wyoming football team, was named the recipient of the Ryan E. Willson "Want To" Scholarship. The announcement was made by University of Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club Executive Director Randy Welniak.

The scholarship was established by the parents of Ryan E. Willson to be given to a deserving Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, or Colorado graduate with excellent work ethic who represents Cowboy toughness.

Former Cowboy football player Brian Lee was last years recipient.

"Brian Van Emmerik represents exactly what this scholarship was intended for...outstanding work ethic and his physical and mental toughness," said Welniak. "Brian had several injuries this year, but continued to bounce back."

Van Emmerik, a native of Salem, S.D., currently has 2.62 grade-point-average in business management. Van Emmerik has been a member of the Cowboy football team since 1996, when he played as a true freshman. He has been a vital member of a strong Wyoming defense and was named WAC Mountain Division Defensive Player of the Week on September 21 for his performance against Georgia.