Senior basketball player Mark Wagner is the recepient of the LaGrange College Eagle Award, presented at the annual athletics ceremony in Callaway Auditorium on Wednesday. The award is given to the year's outstanding male and female athletes.
The award reads: "For Outstanding Efforts—You have accepted the challenge to soar above the world and to succeed where others might falter. You have been decisive where others have hesitated. You are recognized as a leader for your efforts. Truly, you are an inspiration like the Majestic Eagle."
Wagner, a political science (pre-law) major from Cape Coral, Fla., was a four-year letterman for the Panthers, helping to lead them to two USA South Tournament Championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances. He finished his career ninth on the school's career scoring list with 1,433 points.
This season, Wagner was selected to the USA South All-Conference second team. He made a conference-leading 87.8 percent of his free throws, was second with 61 steals, fourth with 2.1 steals per game, and third in points (443), fourth in free throws made (108), seventh in free throws attempted (123). Wagner is one of only three LaGrange players to score over 1,000 points and have over 200 assists in his career.
Wagner has worked as a volunteer in numerous community service projects including: mentor with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, helping paint houses in Harlem Heights, working with youth at the Twin Cedars Boys Home, and Special Olympics.