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Honorable Honors -- All-Sports Banquet tops Como-Pickton year

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COMO—It was a night of celebration.

After all the equipment is packed away, uniforms have been stored neatly, bats, balls, gloves, batons, and spikes have been retired–the athletes, coaches, staff, family and friends at Como-Pickton came out for one final evening together last night for the annual high school all-sports banquet.

The top honor of the night was the Ron Heflin Fighting Heart award, named for a former coach that suffered an untimely death in the line of duty. This award is a reminder of the lasting impression Heflin made at Como-Pickton.

Those recipients included: Hunter Cain-cross country, Maci Kight-volleyball, basketball, softball, and track, Christina Sandate-co-volleyball, Austin Darby-football, Ryan Carpenter-basketball and baseball, Shelby Harrison-co-volleyball, Deanna Garrett-co-track, and Trevor Cagle-track.

Athletic director Paul Tullis gave the greeting followed by the nation anthem sung by C-P athlete Jenna Sturgill. Fellow athlete Spencer Boyd presented the prayer over the barbecue meal that was catered by Big Smith while during multiple power point sports photo presentations entertained guests. The 2008-09 banquet was held in the secondary cafeteria.

As well, each coach selected a particular player for the Eagle award in each sport. Receiving this accolade was Billy Brenna and Dianna Mejia for cross country, Skye Brumley for volleyball, Spencer Boyd for football, Dawnyel Spaid and Austin Darby in basketball, Christina Sandate for softball, Jeff Hendricks in baseball, Maggie Ledesma and Dustin Flowers in track.

Beginning the night's presentations was Coach Virginia Green as she introduced the Special Olympics.

The following is a recap of each sport by their respective coach:

Cross Country-Green expressed how thankful she was for the success of her athletes and how this was her first time to coach boys in cross country. Newcomer awards went to Seth Sturgill and Zoila Gonzales.

Volleyball-Coach Frances Mowat expressed how she is always learning as a coach and that this bunch of kids have taught her so much this past year. Mowat had difficulty choosing a hitter award because the two were split by only one point. Middle Hitter awards went to Breanna Peoples and Manon Schakel. Hitter award went to senior Maci Kight and Setter of the Year went to Christina Sandate. Jessica Hendricks was announced as the Newcomer of the Year and JV MVP went to Kadi Baxter.

Football-After the football awards, head coach Paul Tullis was honored by the seniors with an autographed photo collage. Tullis expressed his thanks to all of his coaches for making his job so much easier and to the team for all of the hard work. Offensive Lineman award went to senior Dylan Mowat, Offensive Back was junior James Carter, Receiver award was junior Corey Gibson, Defensive Lineman went to junior Zach Hankins, Linebacker was junior Brandt Steele, and Secondary awards was junior Jeff Hendricks. For the JV, freshman Tanner Brumley was the MVP.

Girls Basketball-Head coach Linda Rankin, new to C-P this year, took the podium for the Lady Eagle basketball awards. “Leaving a legacy,” said Rankin is what this season has been all about for the team. That is exactly what they did by making the playoffs. “The girls worked very hard…all of them have been leaders.” Rankin re-lived Spaid's continuous rally for the team and spirit with her white towel before she presented her with the Eagle award. The MVP went to teammates Maci Kight and Shelby Harrison. Defensive Player of the Year was Jordan Carlock. JV MVP was Marbellis Rasgado.

Boys Basketball-Head coach Ryan Aguirre was unavailable as he has since taken a new position in West Texas area. On his behalf, assistant coach Roy Moody spoke of Eagle basketball. Moody said, “These boys have been very coachable…there were times we would have to run the kids out of the gym to lock up.” He also expressed his thanks to Coach Aguirre for allowing him to coach the JV team. Three-year C-P veteran Moody joked that he was a not a preacher, but a health teach in reference to Rankin. He presented the “force in the lane” senior Dylan Mowat with the Defensive Player award and “Mr. Eagle” senior Austin Darby with the Eagle award. Offensive player went to James Carter, and JV MVP was Julian Ramirez.

Softball-Also new to C-P this year, Lady Eagles head softball coach Sheila Askins summarized the season. “It wasn’t exactly a success, but we have made leaps and bounds with each (multi-sport) player giving 110 percent,” Askins said. With a smile, she blamed the basketball team for the late start to softball, but equally thanked coach Rankin for all of her support. “We are here to have fun.” MVP went to pitcher Megan McCoy. Defensive player award was given to Violet Perez, also the recipient of the Newcomer of the Year award for the district. Offensive player went to “a girl that had never played softball, I just got her to run some bases…next thing she is a starter” Skye Brumley. Most Improved Player of the Year was Michaela Williams.

Baseball-Former baseball player, Dustin Carr recapped his year as the Eagles head baseball coach. “It was an exciting season…nail-biter games every time,” he said. He was particularly proud of the home game against Caddo Mills. For the JV team, Carr expressed that he had selected two players that “just did everything asked from taking books to taking a base” as he rewarded Korey Hankins and Dakota Shelby as MVPs. Most Improved Player went to Spencer Boyd, and Hitter was Austin Darby. The Pitcher award went to Zach Carpenter, who also received the All-District award.

On the JV side, Coach Moody was presented a gift certificate in order to take out his wife/coach Moody, Cecile. Moody and Carr started a new tradition presenting each seniors with a miniature bat.

Girls Track-Giving out Blow-Pop suckers was the tradition of the girls track program this year initiated by head coach Virginia Green. She referenced her “tall people” Breanna Peoples, Long Jumper award and Manon Schakel, Triple Jumper award for their endless fun. Newcomer of the Year was Moriah Nolen, Distance runner award went to regional participant Alondra Alonso, Sprinter was Evelyn Zarco, Shot putter Diana Ramirez, Discus Thrower award was split between Lanequia Bryant and Jenna Sturgill. Some of the Lady Eagles were moved to tears in thanks for this past season.

Boys Track-Re-living the success of this past track season was Eagle head track coach Greg Roller. New to C-P this year, Roller held great pride in his track team although the number of participants was not huge. Roller explained that the 17 events of a track meet are much more complicated that it sounds. His athletes were always working hard and very respectful. All of them learned more about track this year, “for example, not to eat Frito chili pie before competing.” He wished he had more awards to give out because each of them had been deserving for their work this season. Roller wished his only senior, Dustin Flowers, the best of luck on his future as he awarded him the Eagle honor. Roller was honored to coach them into the regional track meet. Outstanding Field Event went to Hunter Cooksey, Outstanding Sprinter award went to Angel Mercado, Outstanding Distance Runner was Hunter Cain, and JV MVP was “Neon” Deon Robinson. The Cooksey family presented the Roller family with certificates for a night of fun along with their thanks.

The night ended with the announcement of the Ron Heflin awards as previously mentioned along with thanks to the administration, school board, athletic booster club, staff, and Cindy Roller, coach Greg Roller's wife for her aid with the sports photos and stories on Como-Pickton.

After which, many photo displays were auctioned with the profits going to the C-P Athletic Booster Club.




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