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SDMS Athletes honored at annual banquet

By Kelly Bledsoe
Football, cheerleading, softball, basketball, baseball, and volleyball players gathered at Camp Walter Johnson last week and were recognized by fellow players, parents, teachers and coaches for excellence in games and practices.

“It is important to come together at the end of the season and celebrate as a team and community,” co-athletic director Amanda Beck said. “It is a time to recognize accomplishments throughout the season, some obvious and some not.”

Coaches stood at the podium, summarizing the season and acknowledging athletes who led the team, displayed exceptional sportsmanship, or improved skills in their sport.

Every athlete was recognized for participation and each coach presented several distinctive awards.

The Team Before Self Award went to football players Tanner Delattre and Dakota Mitchell. Kacie Gordon and Hannah Ferrell received the Most Dedicated Award in cheerleading. Softball distinctions went to Emily Tiller for Most Improved and Jayden Shively received the Coach’s Award. Boys Basketball Coach’s Award recipients were Tanner Delattre and Jaden Shively. Heather Gallimore and Natalie Soles received the Coach’s Award for girls basketball. Baseball Most Improved Award went to Dakota Mitchell and Jaden Shively received the Coach’s Award. Lanie Hulin received the Team Leader Award for volleyball and Abby Duckett received the Most Improved Award.

Congratulations to all our outstanding Wildcat athletes!