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May 20 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Softball player Brittany Leslie (Pittsburgh, Pa./Keystone Oaks) and football player Brian Liptock (New Salem, Pa./Uniontown) have been voted as the Susan and William Hanna Award winners as the top Senior Athletes of 2009 by the Bethany Athletic Department.

As the recipients of the Hanna Awards, Leslie and Liptock will be honored at next fall’s Hall of Fame Dinner on Friday, Oct. 9 and also at halftime of the Homecoming football game against Thiel on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Leslie was a four-year letterwinner and two-time All-PAC selection on the softball diamond. She earned First Team All-PAC laurels as a senior after starting all 45 games in centerfield for the Bison and leading all PAC outfielders in putouts with 76. Leslie also led BC in walks (16) and finished second in runs scored (27). For the year, she batted. 244 with eight doubles, two triples and 11 RBIs to help Bethany go 24-21, reach the PAC Tournament championship game and earn an ECAC Tournament bid.

As a junior, Leslie received Honorable Mention All-PAC accolades after she helped BC sweep through the conference tournament for the program’s 12th

PAC championship and also won two games at NCAA Regionals to finish in third place at the Ithaca Regional. On the season, she hit .246 with one home run, which came in the PAC Tournament championship game, three triples, seven RBIs and 16 runs scored.

For her career, Leslie totaled one home run, nine doubles, six triples, 28 RBIs and 55 runs scored while playing a role in the Bison’s turnaround during her tenure. After Bethany failed to reach the PAC Tournament her freshman year, the Green and White recorded back-to-back 24-wins seasons and reached the postseason in her final two years.

Brittany, who graduated May 16 with a degree in sports communication, is the daughter of Bev Fitzwilliam and Paul Leslie.

Liptock was a four-year starter on the offensive line for Bethany and three-time all-conference choice on the gridiron. Despite missing the final three games because of injury, he was still voted Second Team All-PAC by the coaches of the league after his play at right guard helped the Bison set single-season school-records for points scored (280) and passing yards (2,578).

In his junior season, Liptock earned First Team All-PAC recognition after he anchored an offensive line which allowed the fewest sacks in the PAC (15). He also helped clear the way for the offense to set single-season Bethany record with 4,150 yards of total offense and also score 272 points, the second-highest total in one year at the school (now third after the 2008 season).

Liptock was also a key part of the turnaround in Bison football. After three straight one-win seasons, including his freshman campaign, Liptock’s play helped Bethany post 11 victories in his final three years, the best stretch at BC since they won 14 contests from 2000-02.

Brian, who graduated May 16 with a degree in environmental science, is the son of Robert & Joanne Liptock.