CAMDEN By PATRIC FLANNIGAN
The Camden Fairview School District held its annual All Sports Banquet on Monday at the C.F. High School Gymnasium to honor its student athletes.
The Tate Award that is given to the best student athlete over their three years in high school sports for their academic prowess as well as their performance on the field or on the court was given to Tyree Holliman and Anna Dawson.
Dawson has been a three-sport student athlete throughout her high school career serving as an all conference performer in softball, basketball and volley ball. Holliman has been a steady force on the track and field team and earned all-state as a linebacker on the Cardinal’s football team. Both students have maintained a 3.5 GPA over the last three years.
The back-to-back state champion C.F. Gymnastics team and its coaches Nancy Delorme and Brandi Garcia were recognized for its dominant season. The team featured three student athletes that ranked in the top five among Arkansas High School gymnast throughout the year with Shayla Hall being the No. 1 ranked gymnast in the state. Hope Hesterly also held the No. 1 ranking in the state over the season while Mariah Kelley was a tope five performer. The Lady Cardinal Gymnastics team won every meet by at least 12 points this year despite overcoming adversity - including an injury to a team member the day of the state title meet.
Other notable accomplishments that were celebrated during the banquet were those of the C.F. Baseball team and Tai’Sheka Porchia.
The Camden Fairview Baseball team was present but the awards will be given out after the conclusion of its season. The Cardinals will play in the State Playoffs on Thursday after upsetting Region 7 No. 1 ranked Arkadelphia in the southern Regional Tournament in Magnolia last weekend.
Porchia was recently announced to the Arkansas All-Star Basketball team. She will also compete in the heptathlon for the second consecutive year and is a favorite to win. Last year, Porchia placed second and finished with 4125 points. This year she won state in the 300m Hurdles and triple jump. Porchia accounted for 38 points during the 4A State Championship meet.
Another highlight during the night were the special awards that were given out during the event. C.F. Dean of Student and alumnus Rodney Frazier presented the Rod Morris award to Gabe Rucks. Frazier was a classmate and teammate of Morris when he collapsed on the football field during the first day of two-a-day practices in 1997 and passed away. Frazier said that Morris “always had a smile” and was a great person to be around. He also recognized Morris’ mother who was in attendance. Frazier said that Rucks exemplifies what it means to be a hard working and presentable student athlete.
Long time Camden Fairview coach and instructor Sherman Brooks was on hand to present the Jim Pickett Scholarship Award to Bailey Carmody and Keith Johnson. Brooks reflected on his friend Pickett and talked about how much he cared for students and treated everyone with respect. The Pickett family established the scholarship after Pickett’s death in 2007. A $1,000 was awarded to Carmody and Johnson.
The Richard Johnson Award for the best freshman student athlete is presented to a male and female every year. This year, two males were selected in Jacoby Barker and Logan Robertson. The female recipient is Gabby Tidwell. The Al Rose Sportsmanship award was given to Mya Campbell and Darius Smith.
C.F. Athletic Director Ricky Tucker and C.F. High School Principal Gary Steelman presented the Academic Achievement Awards for student athletes that maintained a 3.5 GPA throughout high school. Tucker said that this was the most AAA award winners that he could remember. Those recipients are; Grace Tidwell, Anna Dawson, Mason Furlow, LaKresha Holley, Khalia Calaham, Hope Hesterly, Bailey Carmody, Alexis Bryant, Shane Collins, Luke Jeffus, Lexi Betts, Gabrielle Fife, Alijah Evans, Ashauni Edwards, Shayla Hall, Keith Johnson, Mya Campbell, Tyree Hollmain and Krysta Bass.
Tucker also presented service awards to Fairview United Methodist Church Men, Greg Smith, Jamie Semple, Farmer’s Bank & Trust, Generations Bank, Richard Robertson, Terri Long and Wood’s Place for their support during the school year.
Below is a full list of the awards from each sport:
• Offensive lineman of the year - Stacey Wilkins
• Defensive lineman of the year - Kayvion Kelly
• Offensive back of the year - Keith Johnson
• Defensive back of the year - Jarred Lockhart
• Linebacker of the year - Demetrius Moorte
• Defensive Cardinal Award - Oren McCoy
• Offensive Cardinal Award - Dakota Lawson
• Wide Receiver of the year - Jalen Moore
• Special Teams player of the year - Qwaishawn Thompson
• Cardinal Fight Award - Brock Gaston
• Offensive player of the year - Qwaishawn Thompson
• Defensive player of they year - Tyree Holliman
Girls Cross Country
• Cardinal Award - Lakiyah Hopson
Boys Cross County
• Cardinal Award - Francisco Espinosa
• MVP - Bailey Carmody
• Offensive player of the year - Anna Dawson
• Defensive player of the year - Raven Porchia
• Cardinal award - Julie Milner
• Leadership Award - Khalia Calaham
• Co-Offensive players of they year - Qwaishawn Thompson and Jalen Moore
• Newcomer of they year - Dashaire Ford-Burton
• Most improved player - Jaden Bates
• Best Field Goal Percentage - Christian Strahan
• Hustle Award - Javien Clemmer
• MVP - Tai’Sheka Porchia
• Offensive player of the year - Anna Dawson and Jayla Jackson
• Newcomer of the year Jhiya Jefferson
• Coaches award - Alijah Evans
• Cardinal Award - Takari Glover
• MVP - Shayla Hall
• Outstanding gymnast - Mariah Kelly
• Spirited gymnast - Bianca Garcia
• Dynamic gymnast - Hope Hesterly
• MVP - Isaiah Fields
• Cardinal Award - Darius Smith and Terry Kelly
• Outstanding field event - Jaleel Welch
• Outstanding runner - Khalil Anderson
• Top Newcomer - Kaci Leichmon
• Cardinal Award - Kennedy Lee
• Most improved - Kierra Miller and Megan Miller
• Outstanding runner - Alijah Evans
• MVP - Tai’Sheka Porchia
• Outstanding field event - Zintaria Carroll
• Girls MVP - Heather Vaughan
• Boys MVP - Austin Greening
• Defensive award - Jaylei Massey
• Offensive Award - Bailey Carmody
• Cardinal Award - Lexi Betts
• MVP - Anna Dawson
• Best ball striker - Mason Furlow
• Cardinal Award - Chad Sponer and Yedeyah Washington
• MVP - Shane Collins
• MVP - Hope Hesterly
• Cardinal - Mya Campbell
• MVP - Veronique Moore
• Cardinal Award - Gabrielle Wright
• Girls MVP - Gabrielle Fife
• Boys MVP - Jacob Wylie
• Coaches Award - Keaton Arnold and Elizabeth May