The seventh annual Trinity Valley Community College athletic banquet recognized the best athletes across the Cardinal and Lady Cardinal programs Tuesday at the Athens Country Club.
The banquet was called 'The Night the Stars Come Out' as athletic director Brad Smiley said the 2016-17 season was a night of champions at Trinity Valley.
"It has been a lot of fun and a great year," Smiley said. "It was a fun night to celebrate a lot of accomplishments by the teams, the individual athletes and the coaches. The superlative winners had a lot of discussion. I love the fact that ever sport is well represented. It is tough and when everyone is winning championships, it is tough. The committee did a great job this year."
The Male and Female Athletes of the Year of Cardinal football player Da'Quan Patton and Lady Cardinal basketball player Naomi Davenport.
During his sophomore season for the Cardinal football team, Patton was named a second team All American linebacker recording 89 tackles, 2.5 sacks, six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one interception. He helped guide the Cardinals to an 11-1 record and a Heart of Texas Bowl championship victory.
Da'Quan is a special young man and had a great career here," Smiley said. "He did everything that was asked of him on and off the field. I could not be more proud of him and he will represent Kansas State very well."
When it comes to Davenport, she helped the Lady Cards to a second straight National Junior College Athletic Association runner-up finish in Lubbock. Davenport averaged 16.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. She hit 100 three-pointers.
Davenport was a second-team All-America selection last year.
The Unsung Hero Award was given to Lady Cardinal softball player Breana Florez. The description of the award is a player who is the glue that holds a group, family or team together. A person that leads by his/her actions, both on and off the playing surface.
The Dynamic Duo award was presented to Cardinal cheerleaders Jonathan Jackson and Matt Torres. Jackson and Torres finished up their careers with multiple national championships.
The Rock award was given to Lady Cardinal volleyball player Diana Giordani. The description of the the award is the ultimate team player. This athlete is respectful and loyal to both their teammates and coaching staff and is always willing to do what is asked of them with a smile on their face. In essence, this student-athlete is solid as a rock and you can count on them at all times.
The Male Leadership award was given to Cardinal sophomore basketball player Amaad Wainright, while the Female Leadership award was presented to Lady Cardinal volleyball player Carol Bodziak.
The leadership awards are given to athletes who are a true leader that has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.
The Cardinal award, which is given to a sophomore who has been an outstanding all-around performer as a student, an athlete and a leader while at Trinity Valley was given to Cardinal football player Caden Novikoff.
"What I hope every year is when I list off the accomplishments of each individual athlete, everyone responds by saying 'Yep, that's why'," Smiley said. "That is exactly what it is and you can't compete with anyone of them that we called out. It is a tough competition but it is a no-brainer when it is done."
Here are the last seven Male and Female Athlete of the Year winners.
The Cardinal volleyball team won the Cardinal Cup for the third straight year and fourth time overall. The Teacher of the Year award was given to Jenny Cooper.
Smiley announced the creation of the Lucy Strom-Miller Cardinal Cheer Scholarship. Strom-Miller retired this year after 19 years of working in the athletic department.
TVCC MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
2011 – Everett Daniels
2012 – D.D. Scarver
2013 – Quincy Russell
2014 – Ryan Polite
2015 – Dedrick Basile
2016 – Jerod Evans
2017 – Da'Quan Patton
TVCC FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
2011 – Jasmine Scott
2012 – Jenea Barrett
2013 – Shannon Smith
2014 – Adut Bulgak
2015 – Jazmine Spears
2016 – Maya Singleton
2017 – Naomi Davenport
(Story courtesy Athens Daily Review)