Athens Review, Athens, Texas

June 4, 2014

The year of the Hornet

Aguilera, Jefferson named athletes of the year for Athens High School

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

Athens — The student athletes of 20 Athens High School sports teams wrapped up the year with one last goodbye to a great season.

On Monday, they were recognized for those accomplishment during the athletic banquet at the Cain Center.

Seniors Cari Aguilera and Chris Jefferson received the female and male athlete of the year awards.

Aguilera and Jefferson receive a $750 scholarship from Coca-Cola for being named the top athletes.

Aguilera is attending Eastfield College for volleyball. Jefferson is attending Trinity Valley Community College for football.

Girls coordinator Dee Evans gave the introduction for Aguilera.

“This young lady has been a four year letterman in volleyball, basketball and track and does great in athletics and in her school work,” Evans said. “She is one of the most coachable athletes that I have had to work with.”

Aguilera was named the MVP in volleyball and basketball.

For Jefferson, the award was given to him by coach Paul Essary.

“This young man always works hard in everything that he does,” Essary said. “He is a defensive player that gave it everything he had. He is a great singer in the choir program also and I am very proud of him.”

Jefferson was named the co-linebacker of the year, a team captain in football and the defensive MVP in basketball.

Superintendent Blake Stiles presented the coach of the year honors to Paul Essary and Gerald Anthony.

The football and boys basketball teams went undefeated in district play as the football team finished 10-1.

The basketball team finished the year at 29-2 after losing to Kilgore in the playoffs.

Senior Garrett Conley was presented with a $500 baseball scholarship from Mike Head — in honor of Fred “Bud” Head Jr.

Conley is attending East Texas Baptist University in the fall. Conley was named the most valuable player for the baseball team.

Senior K.J. Cumby was awarded with the Tarrance McGee football scholarship for $500. He will be attending East Texas Baptist University in the fall.

Cumby was named the defensive player of the year for the football team.

The following is the list of award winners during the athletic banquet.

Football

Defensive Player of the Year

K.J. Cumby        

Co-Offensive Player of the Yea

Logan Fuller and Juan Guzman

Defensive Lineman of the Year

Chris Prox

Offensive Lineman of the Year

Jared Bailey

Co-Linebacker of the Year

Adam Stallings and Chris Jefferson

Receiver of the Year

Nic Fincher

Defensive Back of the Year

Nikell Roberts

Offensive Back of the Year

Devin Hall

Special Teams Player of the Year

Travon Fuller

Team Captains

Anthony Sanders, Nic Fincher, K.J. Cumby and Chris Jefferson

Seth Howard MVP

Anthony Sanders

Kevin Loden Fighting Heart

Tayron Hall

Cross Country

Most Valuable Runner - Boy

Pedro Galvan    

Newcomer of the Year - Boy

Jordy Castaneda

Co-MVP

Olivia Negrete, Monica Negrete and Omeke Irego

Co-Newcomer of the Year-Girl

Maria Ortiz and Daisy De La Fuente

Volleyball

MVP

Caridad Aguilera

Co-Offensive Player of the Year

Elizabeth Hilliard

Hannah Feinsod

Defensive Player of the Year

Hadley Cain

Heart and Hustle Award

Krystal Davis

Newcomer of the Year

Alexandria Gatlin

Softball

Most Valuable Player

Haley Durden

Co-Newcomer of the Year

Kristin House and Samantha Smith    

Defensive Player of the Year

Sarah Red

Offensive Player of the Year

Josee McNeece

Hornet Leadership

Krystal Davis

Heart of a Hornet Award

Mallary Rummel

Baseball

Offensive MVP

Travis Takata

Defensive MVP

Josh Darden

MVP

Garrett Conley

Hornet Award

Lance Funkhouser

Golf

MVP

Shane Renberg

Samantha Smith

Boys Track

MVP

Travon Fuller

Hornet Tough Award

Dylan Hart

Newcomer of the Year

Billy Ruth

Girls Track

MVP

Jada Bowman

Newcomer of the Year

Kyra Robison

Fighting Hornet

Leah Lawrence

Tennis

Most Improved

Hayden Gore

Newcomer of the Year

Andrew Young

Hornet Award

Jake Bywaters and Jessica Moore

Powerlifting

Outstanding Lifters

Jose Rodriguez

Cesaleigh Monmouth            

Boys Soccer

MVP

Enrique Rodriguez

Offensive Player of the Year

Jose Martinez

Defensive Player of the Year

Juan Mota

Newcomer of the Year

Carlos Nunez

Hornet Heart Award

Alexis Beltran

Girls Basketball

MVP

Caridad Aguilera

Offensive Player of the Year

Bryla Barker

Defensive Player of the Year

Leah Lawrence

Heart Award

Hadley Cain and Seaira Walker    

Team Captain

Josee McNeece

Girls Soccer

Co-Offensive Player of the Year

Kyra Robison and Makayle Traxson    

Defensive Player of the Year

Ashley Garcia

Hornet Heart Award

Olivia Negrete

Swimming

MVP

Allison Hardin

Most Valuable Diver

Avery Weinstein

Newcomer of the Year

Lauren Takata

Fighting Heart

Paula Contois

Most Improved

Mary Cheedle

MVP

Alex Garner

Newcomer of the Year

Jose Rodriguez

Fighting Heart

Nathan Garner

Most Improved

Josh Sims

Boys Basketball

MVP

Anthony Sanders

Defensive MVP

Chris Jefferson

Mr. Hornet

Josh Garrett

Offensive MVP

Ryan Jefferson

Trainers

Co-Trainer of the Year

Alexis Ramirez and Josue Prado

Tarrance McGee Scholarship

K.J. Cumby

Fred Head Scholarship

Garrett Conley

Female Athlete of the Year

Caridad Aguilera

Male Athlete of the Year

Chris Jefferson