MEXICO – Mexico High School recently recognized student athletic achievement during their annual Block M Awards.
Seventeen sports teams at Mexico were recognized as scholar athlete teams this year, meaning that collectively they achieved a grade point average of 90 or above.
The Laurence “Sparky” Rector Athlete of the Year Award was presented by Rector himself to students Hannah Fravor and Joshua O’Reilly. The Charles Giovo Sr. Sportsmanship Award was presented to Aliza Deasy and Tucker Cahill.
The Linda Beyer-Shoults Dollars for Scholars Memorial Award is presented annually to a senior female athlete who best demonstrates Linda’s qualities of dedication, enthusiasm, self-motivation, respect for others, being a team player and having a positive attitude. This year’s award was presented to Cheyenne Trudell.
The Lawrence J. Van Horn Memorial Award is presented annually to two senior student athletes who exemplify the qualities of academics, athletics and community service. This year’s award was given to Olivia Towndrow and Ashton Ariola.
The Edward E. Albright Memorial Award is presented annually to senior athletes continuing education and athletics at the college level who have demonstrated teamwork and leadership qualities. This year’s award was given to Ashton Ariola, Kaitlyn Belcher and Austin Reed.
The Brian Ariola Award is presented annually to the most improved cross country male and female athletes during the 2017-18 school year, which were Emma Hyde and Austin Reed.
The Charles Giovo II Award is presented annually to the most coachable male and female athletes during the 2017-18 school year, which were Kaitlyn Belcher and AJ Yost.
The Wally Sutliff Memorial Award is presented annually to the male and female athletes, who, in the opinion of the coaches, have shown the most improvement in their athletic careers at MACS. This year, the award went to Rachel Zacharias and Dylan Eastman.
The Fan of the Year Award was presented to former board of education member Janice Clark, who sadly passed away earlier this year. The award was received by her son Brian Clark.
Shannon P. McDermott, class of 1980, was inducted as this year’s Hall of Fame member.
The following students were recognized as the Most Valuable Players of their teams:
Reed Fravor (Baseball), William Ruby (Basketball-Boys), Aliza Deasy (Basketball-Girls), Kian Long (Diving- Boys), AJ Yost (Swimming- Boys), Hannah Leone (Cheer Fall), Natasha Ratcliff (Cheer Winter), Kyle Higby (Cross Country- Boys), Emma Hyde (Cross Country- Girls), Josh O’Reilly (Football), Anna Bigelow (Indoor Track Girls -running), Kyle Higby (Indoor Track-boys), Wyatt Jensen (Indoor Track-boys), Brandi Maynes (Indoor Track-Girls -Field), Brionna Emery (Lacrosse), Kyle Higby (Outdoor Track-Boys), Wyatt Jensen (Outdoor Track- Boys), Ashton Ariola (Outdoor Track-Girls-Running), Reatha von Holtz (Outdoor Track-Girls-Field), Dustin Barck (Soccer Boys), Ashton Ariola (Soccer Girls), Melissa Murray (Softball), Joshua Hadcock (Spring Weight Training), Jessie Faulkner (Swimming-Girls), Carolyn Zedack (Swimming-Girls), John Ocker (Tennis-Boys), Joe Ocker (Tennis-Boys), Kimberly Heagerty (Tennis-Girls), Ryan Mosher (Varsity Golf), Hailee Woods (Volleyball), Caleb Kinsey (Winter Weight Training), Dean Shambo (Wrestling), Joshua O’Reilly (Wrestling), Austin Reed (Wrestling) and Jack Ryan (Ice Hockey).