by Gary W. Hall
Barton College will host the 2018 Pup’s Steakhouse Celebration of Girls and Women in Sports on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m. in Hardy Alumni Hall. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.
Featured speakers for the event will be Riley Bane, Ashley Hartsfield, Rachel Krueger, Hannah Mosley and Katie Wilkinson.
The Carole McKeel Award, which recognizes significant contributions to the participation of girls and women in sport, will also be presented during the event. McKeel is a member of the Barton College Athletic Hall of Fame and served as the first-ever head coach in both women’s basketball and volleyball.
This year’s award recipient will be Rosalie Ellis Bardin, a 1973 graduate of Atlantic Christian College (now Barton) and member of the Barton Athletic Hall of Fame. Bardin served as director of athletics at Southern Nash Senior High School, and coached basketball, softball, track and field, and volleyball.
Bane is a redshirt junior at Barton and graduate of Fike High School. She has led Barton to both regular-season and conference tournament volleyball championships over the past two seasons, and was named Most Valuable Player of the 2017 Conference Carolinas Tournament. She is the daughter of Art and Dr. Susan Bane of Wilson, both of whom played on championship teams as student-athletes at the college.
Hartsfield is a senior at Wilson Christian Academy and has competed in soccer, basketball and volleyball. She is an honors student and is the daughter of Joe and Amy Hartsfield of Wilson.
Krueger is from Jacksonville and will graduate from Barton this spring. She competed for four years on the women’s soccer team for the Bulldogs and is now serving in her second year as president of the Student Government Association at Barton. She played on championship soccer teams at White Oak High School and is the daughter of Joseph and Diane Krueger.
Mosley is an eighth-grader at Elm City Middle School, where she has competed in volleyball, basketball, soccer and cross country. She also plays for a classic-level team for the Wilson Youth Soccer Association. She is the daughter of Will and Joy Mosley of Wilson.
Wilkinson is a graduate of both Barton College and Wilson Christian Academy. She played volleyball for both schools and is currently a graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is the daughter of Todd and Lindsey Wilkinson of Wilson. Her father is the director of athletics at Barton.
The event has been held annually since 2011, and the upcoming program will be the third year that it is sponsored by Pup’s Steakhouse.