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Gookie Dawkins speaks to a packed gym at the NHS Athletic Awards Banquet.
Gookie Dawkins speaks to a packed gym at the NHS Athletic Awards Banquet.
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NEWBERRY — The Newberry High School Athletic Department honored and recognized its student-athletes May 19 in the Scott Gym.

Guest speaker was Newberry High graduate Travis “Gookie” Dawkins, who was a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic gold medal baseball team and played professional baseball for 14.5 seasons.

“Know your surroundings and keep your circle very, very small,” Dawkins said in addressing the students. “Respect your parents and coaches because without them, none of this is possible. Keep God first and go for your dreams.”

Award winners included the following:

Junior Varsity Cheerleading

• Most Promising: Kennedi Jeter and Kennedy Glasgow

Varsity Cheerleading

• Academic: Camisha Jones

• Best Base: Bailey Bouknight

• Most Spirited: Alana Boyd

• Most Valuable: Fatima Cromer

Head varsity cheerleading coach Latisha Simon is leaving at the end of the school year and moving to New Jersey.

Boys’ Swimming

• Coach: Zachary Laprise

• Academic and MVP: Tyler Laprise

• All Region: Tyler Laprise, Zachary Laprise, Adam Westwood, Bailey Clark and Ethan Burge

Girls Swimming

• Coach: Hannah Barnett

• Academic: Alexandria Kesler

• MVP: Josie West

• All Region: Claire Barnardo, Josie West, Kelsey Underwood, Sydney Diener and Hannah Bennett

Junior Varsity Volleyball

• Most Promising: Matassa Gibbs

Varsity Volleyball

• Academic: Arnasia Boyd

• Coach: Tyneshia Lindsay

• Co MVP and All-Region: Arnasia Boyd and Deasia Davenport

Girls Tennis

• Academic and Coaches: Sarah Jane Senn

• Most Improved: Itzel Espinosa

• MVP: Hannah Carey

Boys Tennis

• Coach and Academic: Mac Werts

• MVP: Scott Groseclose

Werts and Groseclose also won the regional sportsmanship award

Golf (combined boys and girls team)

• Most Coachable: Marcy Whelcel

• Winning Attitude: Leslie Facio Martinez

Junior Varsity Softball

• Most Promising: Armani Carter

Varsity Softball

• Coaches: Jenna Shealy and Erika Jones

• Academic: Alexandria Kesler

• All-Region and MVP: Arnasia Boyd

Girls Track

• Most Improved: La’ Precious Glenn

• Academic: Octavia Grandy-Goodman

• Fastest Female: Fatima Sims

• Coach: Breanna Davenport

Boys Track

• Best All-Around: Isiah Ruff

• Academic: Ryheem Clark

• MVP: Tyler Duncan

Junior Varsity Baseball

• Most Promising: Trey Kinard

Varsity Baseball

• Coach: Jake Bickley

• Highest Batting Average: Hercules Etheredge

• Academic and the Billy O’dell Pitching Award: Jack Huggins

• MVP: Jared Harmon

• All-Region: Jack Huggins, Hercules Etheredge and Jared Harmon


• Most Improved: Ernest James

• Coach: Frank Buchanan

• Academic: Javier Sosa

• All-Region: Ernie James and Javier Sosa

JV Girls Soccer

• Most Promising: Maria Martinez

Varsity Girls Soccer

• Coach: McKenzie Holmes

• Academic: Amelia Foster

• MVP: Dana Cornejo

• All-Region: Jackie Garcia, Larenia Lopez and Dana Cornejo, who was also named Region Co-Player of the Year

JV Boys Soccer

• Most Promising: Lesandro Bautista

Varsity Boys Soccer

• Golden Boot: Erick Arroyo

• Coach: Rodolfo Sosa

• Captain: Jose Lozano

• Academic: Cesar Sosa

• All-Region: Joel Alvarez, Jose Lozano, Ernesto Bautisa and Erick Arroyo

• All-State: Joel Alvarea and Ernesto Bautisa

JV Football

• Most Promising: JaCeree Caldwell

Varsity Football

• MVP Offensive Lineman: Ray Williams

• MVP Offensive Back: Jaylen Caldwell

• MVP Receiver: Drew Ahrens

• MVP Defensive Lineman: Stephen Davis

• MVP Linebacker: Frank Buchanan

• MVP Defensive Back: Jaylen Lindsay

• Academic: Jared Harmon

• All-Region: Jaylen Caldwell, Jaylen Lindsay, Jose Lozano, Ray Williams and Yafari Werts

JV Girls Basketball

• Most Promising: TyNasia Gladney

Varsity Girls Basketball

• Coach and Academic: Octavia Grandy-Goodman

• Most Improved: Tyshiria Bates

• MVP: Arnasia Boyd

• All-Region: Tyshiria Bates, Nigeria Davis and Kelcey Felks

• Region Player of the Year: Arnasia Boyd

JV Boys Basketball

• Most Promising: Zy Riley

Varsity Boys Basketball

• Most Improved: Raquon Davenport

• Coach: Jaylen Lindsay

• Academic and MVP: Trey Miller

• All-Region: Notorious Booker, Trey Miller and Bennett Wilson

• All-State: Bennett Wilson

• North/South All-Star Game: Notorious Booker

• Carolina’s All-Star Basketball Classic: Bennett Wilson

• Willie Scott Sr. Sportsmanship Award: Ray Williams

• Bulldog Award: Bobby McLeod

• Louise Buzhardt Sportsmanship Award: Lexi Kesler

• Stuart Leslie Leadership Award: Trey Miller

After the banquet, fried gator was made available in honor of the varsity boys’ basketball team who defeated the Lake Marion “Gators” for the state championship in March.

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