The West Hills College Coalinga athletic department hosted its first Academic & Athletic Achievement Awards on Friday evening, as a packed gymnasium of full of 250 student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty, staff and community supporters joined the dinner celebration to cap a successful 2016-2017 sports year for the Falcons.
Sixteen student-athletes were announced as top award-winners in several categories. They shared heartfelt speeches, featuring memories of victories and championships, but mostly of special bonds with their teammates, coaches and support staff – and overcoming adversity to reach their goals of earning A.A. degrees and transferring to four-year universities.
Awards were also presented to several coaches, supporters, and teams – including WHCC football (league champions) and women's rodeo (highest team GPA).
The event was co-presented by the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Three of its members Scotty Ingle (president) from the baseball team, Abigayle Hampton (vice president) from the rodeo program, and Romario Saunders (men's sports representative) from the basketball team, joined Eric Mendoza, associate dean of athletics, as masters of ceremony.
"We are extremely proud of our award-winners, and there are many more that also deserve special recognition," Mendoza said.
"This is how we measure success in the West Hills College Coalinga athletic department – these are the victories that matter most. We are grateful for the event turnout, with the campus and community support. It's important that we all hear our student stories and the positive, life-changing impact our coaches and staff members have during their journeys in Coalinga."
West Hills College Coalinga Falcons
2016-2017 Academic & Athletic Achievement Awards
"Scholar-Athlete of the Year"
Alexandra Lovett, Softball
Audrey Maze, Rodeo
Rafael Rico, Football
Kiesha Ramos, Softball
Troy Arce, Basketball
"Team of the Year"
"Most Inspirational Player"
Teonia Gonzales, Volleyball
Daviontee Robinson, Football
"Sophomore of the Year"
Cassidy Barnes, Rodeo
Justin Hayden, Football
Caden Lehman, Rodeo
"Rookie of the Year"
Abigayle Hampton, Rodeo
Darius Scott, Basketball
Sierra Allen, Volleyball/Softball
Scotty Ingle, Baseball
"Performance of the Year"
Chase Martinez, Softball
Alante Uribe, Baseball'
"Coaching Staff of the Year"
Softball, Head Coach Staci Mosher & Assistant Coach Gabi Brixey
"Special Recognition Award"
Community Supporters, John & Annie Clatt
WHCCD Chancellor, Dr. Frank Gornick
"Highest Team GPA"
Women's Rodeo (3.10, Fall 2016)
"President's Citation" (4.0 GPA)
"Dean's List" (3.0+ GPA)
Students were nominated by their respective coaches, and winners were selected by an awards committee.
More news and event photos coming soon.