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Athens hosts 2019 athletic banquet

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Hornets celebrate their 2018-19 athletes and staff

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ATHENS–The Athens Hornets celebrated their 2018-19 athletic season with their annual sports banquet May 6 at Athens High School.
Student-athletes, staff, coaches, parents, friends and family all came together to commemorate a successful athletic season from all their teams and to hand out individual awards for athletes who displayed character, courage and heart throughout the entire school year.
Going from the beginning of August all the way through May, the cheerleaders keep spirits up and help to cheer on the home team and get the crowd into the game. The Hornet award for cheer went to both Mackenzie Roberts and Sydney Robertson and the cheer MVP is awarded to Jasmine Vargas.
The trainers are also there every step of the way for the student-athletes and coaches to provide the best care they can for injuries or any sort of problem that can arise during a sporting event. They’re always there to tape up an ankle or deliver water to the dehydrated athletes as well as many other things that may go unnoticed.
To honor them, the Hornet award for the training staff went to Josephine Miles and Rebecca Owen with the training MVP going to Kasish Shrestha.
Volleyball kicks off every athletic season in early August with games beginning even before the school year starts. The volleyball Hornet award went to Abigail Garcia and the MVP award was handed out to Caitlin Bomer.
Under the Friday night lights, the Athens Hornets football squad played their final season under veteran Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Paul Essary. The Heart award went to seniors Drew and Ryan Cook with the football MVP going to senior offensive/defensive lineman Kenshawn Barron.
The cross-country team trains during the offseason and prepare for their season during the sweltering summer to get ready for competition during the school year. Both Samantha Salazar and Aryn Rodriguez took home the Hornet awards with Kelly Lopez and Jose Escobedo winning the MVP awards for the girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams.
Next up was the girls’ basketball team that clinched a postseason berth and went on to win the 2019 Bi-district championship over Sunnyvale before falling in the Area round to Gilmer. The Hornet award went to Tamya Hubbard with team MVP going to Mimi McCollister for the Lady Hornets.
For the boys’ basketball team, they finished 14-17 overall under Head Coach Clifford Thompson. Kenshawn Barron took home the Hornet award with Aryn Rodriguez being named the team MVP.
The tennis Hornet award went to Natalie Harrell and Reagan Gore with the team MVP awards going to Maria Garcia and Carson Adair.
The Athens Lady Hornets girls’ soccer squad finished off an impressive 2019 season with a Bi-district championship and an Area title with wins over Community and North Lamar before falling in the Regional quarterfinal to Paris.
The Athens Hornets boys’ varsity soccer team finished up 2019 at 16-14 overall with a 10-4 district record to clinch a postseason berth. The Hornets then defeated Sunnyvale in double overtime to take the Bi-district championship before falling to Paris in the Area round of the playoffs. Jestin Torres and Jesus Almaguer took home the Hornet award with MVP going to Manuel Gallegos.
For the powerlifting season, Baylee Brown would take home the Hornet award with Bree’Kayla Thompson winning MVP for the powerlifting squad.
As track and field season rolled around, Andrew McBride would win the Hornet award for boys’ track with Jamaze Roberts taking home MVP. In girls’ track and field, Tamara Lewis was given the Hornet award and Ava Brimage took home MVP.
For girls’ golf, Maci Wilmeth would win the Hornet award and Morgan Gould was named the girls’ golf MVP. In boys’ golf, Logan Warnock was handed the Hornet award and Josh Bateman was named the boys’ golf MVP for the Hornets.
Out on the lakes competing for the Athens High School fishing team, TJ Garrison and Trey Salazar went home with the Hornet award while Caleb Bomer and Reed Allen took home MVP honors.
Rounding out the athletic season was the Lady Hornets softball squad and the Hornets varsity baseball team.
The Lady Hornets clinched a postseason berth in 2019 and took down Caddo Mills in the Bi-district round of the playoffs, winning two games out of three. Athens would eventually fall in the Area round against Bullard to wrap up the 2019 season. The Hornet award was given to Lindsey Roberts and both Brooklynn Cook and Karlie Cook were softball Co-MVPs.
For the Hornets baseball team, TJ Rockmore won the Hornet award with Chris Garcia taking home the team MVP.
Overall, it was a successful year for both the Hornets and Lady Hornets student-athletes in their respective sports and in the classroom in 2018-19.


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