Burke, Dukes named Lindsey Wilson Scholar-Athletes of the Year
COLUMBIA, Ky. – Elly Burke and Cameron Dukes have been named 2019-20 Lindsey Wilson College Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
The pair was alerted to the honor this afternoon by phone in place of the college’s annual Honors Convocation ceremony that was canceled due to COVID-19.
Burke and Dukes earned the award based on their academic, athletic, and civic achievements throughout their Lindsey Wilson careers.
“Elly and Cameron are bright, articulate, and selfless student-athletes that have always represented Lindsey Wilson College well,” LWC athletics director Willis Pooler said. “They are leaders by their actions in everything they do. They exude class and embody what we want our student-athletes to be.
“Lindsey Wilson is incredibly fortunate to have some of the very best young men and women representing us each day in the athletic arena, in the classroom, and within our community,” Pooler added. “Elly and Cameron are two of our very best. Congratulations to each of them on this prestigious and well-deserved honor.”
Burke is a four-year member of the Lindsey Wilson volleyball program. She is a business administration major with a 3.93 grade point average.
The Louisville, Ky., native, earned NAIA All-America honors in 2018 and honorable mention All-America honors in 2016, 2017, and 2019. Burke is a four-time All Mid-South Conference performer as well as a four-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region player. She earned MSC Freshman of the Year and AVCA Region Freshman of the Year in 2016.
In the classroom, Burke earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete twice and Academic All Mid-South Conference three times.
Burke helped the Blue Raiders to the MSC regular-season and tournament titles in all four of her seasons at Lindsey Wilson. She helped Lindsey Wilson reach four straight NAIA National Tournaments, including winning the 2017 national championship — where she earned all-tournament team honors.
Burke concluded her career with 1,158 kills, 227 blocks, and 1,243 digs — all ranking in the program’s top-10. She is one of two Blue Raiders with at least 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her career.
Burke helped the Blue Raiders to a 135-12 record over her four seasons, including a 66-3 record against Mid-South Conference competition and a 60-1 record at home.
Dukes is a four-year member of the Lindsey Wilson football program. He is a physical education and health major with a 3.88 grade point average.
The Shepherdsville, Ky., native, is the reigning Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division Offensive Player of the Year. Dukes earned NAIA Honorable Mention All-America last season. He is a two-time All Mid-South Conference performer and a five-time MSC Bluegrass Division Player of the Week.
In the classroom, Dukes earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete twice and Academic All Mid-South Conference three times.
Dukes helped the Blue Raiders to a pair of MSC Bluegrass Division titles and to two NAIA Football Championship Series appearances. Last season, he helped the Blue Raiders to a program-best national semifinal finish.
Dukes ranks third in the program’s history in career passing yards (5,445) and passing touchdowns (54). His 583 rushing yards are the most by a quarterback in the program’s history.
Dukes has helped the Blue Raiders to a 30-5 record over his three-season, including a 17-2 record against MSC divisional competition.
Burke is the fifth volleyball student-athlete while Dukes is the fourth football student-athlete to earn Lindsey Wilson College Scholar-Athlete of the Year.