Spring Sports Come to a Close

The tennis team says goodbye to three seniors: Maddie Bales, Olivia Rivas, and Grayson Garraty.

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The tennis team says goodbye to three seniors: Maddie Bales, Olivia Rivas, and Grayson Garraty.

Anna Padron, Junior Staff Writer

The Spring Sports Banquet is the perfect way to close a successful year of athletics for Academy. The group honored at the spring banquet is one of the largest and most diverse groups of athletes to be honored. The sports being honored include Tennis, Softball, Track and Lacrosse.

The night starts off with Athletic director, Kevin Vargas, providing a brief recap of each sports season. Following Vargas’ speech athletes and their parents enjoyed a meal catered by Carrabba’s. While people finished their food Vargas, inducted Dr. Kelly Glover Zavitz (A’03) into the Academy Athletics hall of fame. After Zavitz was inducted, the first awards of the night were presented. Two girls received the “Three Sport” award. This award is presented to an athlete that plays a sport in every season. Sophomore Katherine Hahn and Freshman Greta Dieck both received this award for their hard work in Cross Country, Basketball, and Track. Before the teams split into their perspective areas for the team award, there was one more award to be given. The “Athlete of the Year” award is the highest honor an athlete can receive at a sports banquet. It goes to a senior that achieved excellence in athletics and that demonstrates a good attitude in all ways. This year University of Florida Commit, Julia Lester, was named “Athlete of the Year”. Lester is known for not only her amazing athletic ability but her humility as well. After this award was presented, the four sports split up into different areas to present team awards.

Tennis

Coach: Sean Craft

Awards:

Impact Player: Caitlin Neal

Coaches award: Olivia Rivas

Most Improved: Brooke Breeze

Sydney Wynne Spirit Award: Anna Padron

Freshman Caitlyn Asher explains, “I was super excited to get my varsity letter. Getting my letter with the tennis pin really made me feel like a part of the team.”
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Freshman Caitlyn Asher explains, “I was super excited to get my Varsity letter. Getting my letter with the tennis pin really made me feel like a part of the team.”

Softball

Coach: Don Barron

Awards:

Offensive Player of the year: Haley Morrell

Defensive player of the year: Alexis Miniet

Most Improved: Allie Weachter

Coaches Leadership Award: Katie Hale

Junior Katie Hale shares, “I really love going to the sports banquet because it’s a great way for us to reflect on our season and eat really yummy food from Carrabas’.”
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Junior Katie Hale shares, “I really love going to the sports banquet because it’s a great way for us to reflect on our season and eat really yummy food from Carrabas.”

Track and Field

Coaches: Ray Rodriguez and Kristen Lawerence

Awards:

MVP of Field: Katherine Hahn

MVP of Sprinters: Gabbie Hogan

Spirit Award: Lindsay Calka

MVP of Distance: Greta Dieck

Freshman Isabella Leandri reveals,“It was a lot of hard work running but getting my varsity letter made it worthwhile.”
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Freshman Isabella Leandri reveals,“[Running is] a lot of hard work, but getting my Varsity letter made it worthwhile.”
Lacrosse

Coach: Ariana Louder

Awards:

MVP: Skylar Martinez

Head, Heart, Hustle: Jayne McLaughlin

Jaguar Warrior: Clarisse Ramos

Leader by Example: Camille Yodzis

Junior Skylar Martinez confesses, “This season we won seven games so we really improved from last season especially for being a second year team. We have lost a lot of seniors but hopefully next year we will be even better”
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Junior Skylar Martinez confesses, “This season we won seven games so we really improved from last season especially for being a second year team. We have lost a lot of seniors, but hopefully next year we will be even better.”

For many freshmen, the spring sports banquet was a celebration of their first season as a high school athlete. For seniors, their high school sports banquet was the last time they would share a meal with their team. Seniors look back fondly on all of the memories created on court or on the field. Being a student athlete sets students apart, it allows them to develop strong discipline, time management, and teamwork skills.

Senior Jayne McLaughlin shares, “My last sports banquet was super emotional. The lacrosse team, while only having a program for two years, has an UNBELIEVABLE bond. I’m going to miss every girl on the team so much, we are just a big family and I love every single girl like she’s my sister.  I’ve learned playing high school sports that it doesn’t matter if you have drama with someone on your team or if  you’ve had a bad day, that field is the place you get to let it all go and spend quality time with other people, working as a team, bonding in something that you all love.”

The lacrosse team says goodbye to seven seniors: Jayne McLaughlin, Camille Yodzis, Eva Prendergast, Grace Toups, Clarisse Ramos, Jade Meurer, and Gabi Vivero.
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The lacrosse team says goodbye to seven seniors: Jayne McLaughlin, Camille Yodzis, Eva Prendergast, Grace Toups, Clarisse Ramos, Jade Meurer, and Gabi Vivero.

Senior Olivia Rivas confesses, “It was very bittersweet. It felt as if one chapter of my life was quickly coming to a close and a new chapter was about to begin. I honestly could not have asked for a better group of girls to be my teammates. They were the best and have seen me at my best and at my worst. I love them a lot and I will definitely miss every single one of them next year.”

The spring sports banquet is an exciting night to celebrate all of the athletic achievements in the season and throughout the year. Athletes look forward to the banquet to celebrate their team and their sisters.