During the 42-year history of softball at Colby, many outstanding women have taken the field to represent the Mules. One of these women, Patty Valavanis ’80, led a distinguished career both academically and athletically at Colby and an award in her honor is given out each year. The prestigious honor is acknowledged at both the College awards ceremony and the Colby Athletics Senior Awards Presentation.
Many other Colby softball players have distinguished themselves both on and off the field, bringing great credit to Colby. Softball player Miki Starr ’07 was the exceptional student-athlete recognized with the Valavanis Award in 2007 and Tory Starr ’09, Miki’s sister, earned the honor in 2009. Brianne Wheeler ’14, a four-year player at third base, earned Colby’s Millett Award in 2014 as the athlete who has contributed the most to Colby. Megan Michie ’15 ranked first in her graduating class at Colby and spoke at graduation.