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Steve Boyd, athletic director at York Comprehensive High School, used last month’s well-attended fall sports awards ceremony as a platform to promote student-athletes, the booster club’s impact and academic pride.
Speaking to athletes, coaches, parents and faithful supporters of Cougar athletics, Boyd reminded those in attendance of generous financial funding made available by the school’s athletic booster club.
“Our booster club raised over $30,000 for the total athletic department this school year,” Boyd said of the boosters’ financial commitment to every YCHS team. “The booster club has raised $350,000 since 1996.”
Mindful of the unyielding commitment the school receives from the school district, booster club and a loyal fan base, Boyd said YCHS athletes do not have to pay $100 to participate in the sport of their choosing like athletes at other schools in the state.
Boyd lauded the coaches for their year-round commitment to the well being of the YCHS student-athletes.
“Much emphasis is placed on classroom achievement,” he noted. ““Our coaches monitor the athletes’ classroom work. They look at interim reports and nine-week report cards.”
Said Boyd, “We are proud of our student-athletes and look forward to recognizing them at the awards ceremonies.”
The following is a list of awards recipients for the fall season:
• Girls cross country: Most Improved runner, Sarah Garrison; Most Valuable Runner, Hannah Barnwell; Coach’s Award, Tiarra Fryer.
• Boys cross country: Most Improved Runner, Colt Parker; Most Valuable Runner, John Stewart; Coach’s Award, Luke Bomar, Chris Ingolia.
• Girls golf: Most Improved Golfer, Mallory Prosser; Most Valuable Golfer, Sarah Smith; Coach’s Award, Kimball Prosser, Taylor Ramsey.
• Jayvee cheerleading: Most Dedicated, Kinleigh Wilkerson; Most Spirited, D’Asia Cherry; Coach’s Award, Haley Chickoree.
• Varsity cheerleading: Most Spirited, Ashley Terry; Sportsmanship Award, Morgan Tolson, Most Dedicated, Carolyn Wilkerson; Academic Award, Katie Logue; Coach’s Award, Scottee Burns.
• Girls swimming: Most Improved Swimmer, Emily Kolk; Most Valuable Swimmer, Jessica Myers; Gold Medal Award, Dae Bigach.
• Boys swimming: Most Improved Swimmer, Seth Miller; Most Valuable Swimmer, Sam Ferguson; Gold Medal Award, Dylan Reed.
• Girls tennis: Most Improved, Kaitlyn Felske; Cougar Pride, Heba Abdin; Coach’s Award, Katherine Wilkins.
• Jayvee volleyball: Most Improved Player, Shelby Ashe; Most Valuable Player, Aubrey Wood; Cougar Pride, Amber Counts.
• Varsity volleyball: Most Improved, Nora Childers, Taylor Sharp; Academic Award, Morgan Kuczler; Coach’s Cougar Pride, Ke’atra Jamison; Player of the Year, Kara Powers.
Powers was named to the all-region volleyball team in Region 3-AAAA. Sarah Smith was named to the all-region girls golf team in Region 3-AAAA.