Student-athletes honored at banquet


A school record holder and a player who was an All-American both on the field and in the classroom were named Emporia State University Outstanding Student-Athletes of the Year at the ESU Senior Awards and Honors Banquet May 8, 2013. More than 70 Hornet senior student-athletes and support staff were recognized for their contributions to Emporia State and the Hornet Athletic program.


The award is presented annually to deserving male and female student-athletes based upon their performance over time, athletic achievement, academic success, community service and contribution to the team.

Ben Carlson

Carlson, a senior business administration major from Topeka, Kan., earned honorable mention All-America honors as a linebacker for the Kanza Bowl Champion Hornets. He had a 3.84 cumulative GPA.

He led Emporia State in tackles with 112 on the season.  He was ranked sixth in the MIAA in tackles and was second in the league in fumble recoveries.

Karley Schmelzer 

Schmelzer is a senior elementary education major from Garden Plain, Kan. She led the nation in wins with a school record 31 victories.

She was a three-time All-MIAA softball performer for the Hornets and was an All-Region selection last season. She maintains a 3.34 GPA and is a member of the Emporia State Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and the MIAA Academic Honor Roll.


The Emporia State Athletic Department annually gives special recognition to individuals not currently a member of the staff for their dedication, service and commitment to bettering ESU and intercollegiate athletics. 

Joe Cannon was one of the most prominent supporters of Hornet Athletics over the years. The Joe Cannon Service Award honors his memory, and was presented to Emporians Pete and Leslee Euler.

The Eulers can be found hosting teams and recruits on football game-days, coordinating the football chain gang, hosting team meals, officiating track meets, and participating as members of the Athletic Committee for the Now & Forever Comprehensive Campaign.