May 18, 2012

Hannah Pollart (center) is honored with the 2012 Darold Propp Student Athlete Award at Northeastern Junior College. With Pollart are (left) Marci Henry, athletic director at NJC, and (right) Larry Propp.

Hannah Pollart (center) is honored with the 2012 Darold Propp Student Athlete Award at Northeastern Junior College. With Pollart are (left) Marci Henry, athletic director at NJC, and (right) Larry Propp, who presented this now annual award in memory of his brother who was a very dedicated fan of NJC athletics. (Courtesy Photo)

During its year-end athletic awards night, Northeastern Junior College recognized a number of athletes for their exceptional performance this past year in men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s softball and men’s baseball.  Among the awards presented was the Darold Propp Student Athlete Award.

Darold Propp was an avid fan of Northeastern athletics, rarely missing a game.  He was a fixture in the Jackson and Edwards Arena inside the Bank of Colorado Event Center on campus during basketball season.  Wheelchair bound, Propp had an established parking place on the sideline in the gym. He followed the athletes with a keen ability to remember performance history and team statistics. So much so that he was  asked to help select the All-Region players on more than one occasion when Northeastern hosted the Region IX men’s or women’s basketball tournaments.

In Darold’s member,  his family established an annual award at the college in his name.  The Darold Propp Student Athlete Award will be presented each year to the student-athlete who most exemplifies the love of the game and honors NJC athletics through respect, positive attitude, work ethic, and leadership. The first recipient of this annual award is Hannah Pollart. 

Pollart just graduated from NJC, receiving an associate of arts degree with a psychology emphasis on May 11th.  The 5’11” power forward was an honor roll student at NJC and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa.  She had a number of leading stats in Region IX of the National Junior College Athletic Association this year and was named to the All-Region Team.  She played high school basketball in Powell, WY, however, her parents have since relocated to southeastern Colorado, living in Holly where her dad, Chuck originated. Her mother, Sue (Owens), was, for a long time, the head women’s volleyball coach at NJC. Sue continued her collegiate career by coaching the volleyball team at the community college in Powell when the family moved there.

Hannah will continue her collegiate basketball career in Oklahoma. She has  signed to play at Cameron University in Lawton.