Athens Review, Athens, Texas


May 1, 2014

TVCC ATHLETIC BANQUET: A Valley good celebration

TVCC honors athletes during fourth annual athletic banquet

Athens — Trinity Valley wrapped up another successful year on Tuesday night with the fourth annual TVCC athletic banquet at the Athens Country Club.

The six head coaches and head athletic trainer Troy Scott recognized the accomplishment of their athletes throughout the year.

With all teams wrapped up but softball, coach Ashley Johnston did not hand out awards since the team will be playing in the regional tournament today at Angelina College in Lufkin.

Athletic director Brad Smiley said he was pleased with how the night turned out for the department.

“For me, it is an evening of pride and we get a chance to celebrate these young men and women,” Smiley said. “We get to brag about these young men and women. We know that they are going to go off to bigger and better and greater things in their lives.”

The following names are of students that were nominated as Academic All-Americans this past season: Julianne Anchling, Melissa Billingsley, Dominique Brooks, Ruben Camacho, Enric Cordoba, Sara Cruz, Amelie Guinci, Douglas Johnson, Erica Jordan, Mikaela Lozada, Hunter McCoy, Kaitlyn McShan, Scott Pellegrin, Shelby Reddington and Ryleigh Thompson.

The top award winners during the night went to D'Nerius Antione for the leadership award, Sara Cruz was named the Unsung Hero and Patrick Ingram was named the Rock award winner.

The Female Athlete of the Year was basketball player Adut Bulgak, while the Male Athlete of the Year was Ryan Polite. The Cardinal award winner was softball player Melissa Billingsley.

“We went round and round with our selections. It took us a while to figure out how we wanted to get everything done and to make sure everyone was represented,” Smiley said. “I think the committee did a great job and we had some great competition in some of the awards.”

Smiley said the future looks bright for the Cardinals program.

“I see us continuing what we are doing,” Smiley said. “Right now, this past year counting softball every program but one played in the regional finals. Two of the programs ended up winning the regional tournament and cheerleading finished second nationally.”

He said he hopes the student athletes will remember what it means to have Cardinal Pride and that the coaches care about every athlete in their program.

“A night like this is one that they will remember and take with them forever. I think this was a great night,” Smiley said. “I don't think there is any college in the country that matches what we do year in and year out. I am very proud to be a part of such a special place like this.”

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