Athletics Awards Banquet
Top Cats honored
Hudgins, Toole, Powell and Russell are cited
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The annual Athletic Banquet was held in a packed Mundt Room saw a spirited crowd of players, coaches, families and friends applaud the efforts of the teams that represented Southwestern Assemblies of God University during the past school year.
While only one team posted a winning record, the Women’s Basketball Lady Lions, there was plenty of praise and honors to be distributed! Outgoing Athletic Director, Dr. Jerry Boone, emceed the event, introducing each team’s head coach, who summarized their season.
A complete list of respective teams’ scores and statistics as well as individual player stats are available through the links on this site to the Red River Athletic Conference, the Central States Football League and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Here is a summary of the awards that were announced by each team and by various conferences and national affiliations:
Overall SAGU 2010-2011 Athletic Honor Roll
Jared Hudgins - Male Athlete of the Year
Brittani Toole - Female Athlete of the Year
Sarah Powell – Female Champion of Character, Women’s Soccer
Ryan Russell – Male Champion of Character, Men’s Basketball
Champion of Character Nominees:
Dustin Jett, Baseball
Michael Hendon, Football
Kaitlyn Weaver, Cheerleading
Brenden Kowalski, Men’s Soccer
Rachel Harris, Women’s Basketball
Tina Brown, Volleyball
Head Coach: Greg Hayes. Assistant Coaches: Clay Scarborough, Brady James, Joe Ward.
Patrick Wherland – Co-Most Valuable Player
Dustin Jett – Co-Most Valuable Player
Ben Chavez – Pride of the Lions Award
Jared Denton – Defensive Player of the Year
Patrick Wherland – Offensive Player of the Year
Cameron Ward – Co-Pitcher of the Year
Tim Kolczak – Co-Pitcher of the Year
Men’s Basketball Lions
Head Coach: Dr. Jerry Boone. Assistant Coaches: Jimmie Williams, Gerren Hamilton.
Ron Horne - Most Valuable Player
Ron Horne - Mr. Defense Award
Jared Gibson - Sharp Shooter Award
Craig Grigsby - Coaches Award
Nathaniel “Duce” Ward - Leading Rebounder Award
Ronald Horne: RRAC - First Team All-Conference. NCCAA – All-American First Team.
Nathaniel Ward: RRAC - Second Team All-Conference.
Jared Gibson: RRAC - Honorable Mention.
Women’s Basketball Lady Lions
Head Coach: Arlon Beadles. Assistant Coach: Jacob Rodriguez
Stephanie Hawkins - Most Valuable Player
Heather Jefferson - Outstanding Defensive Player
Sierra Hankins - Most Improved
Chelsea Jones - Leading Scorer
Gabby Bruner - Leading Rebounder
Chelsea Jones: RRAC First Team All-Conference. RRAC – All-Tournament Team. NAIA – All-American Honorable Mention. NCCAA – All-American First Team. MVP of Central Region.
Stephanie Hawkins: RRAC - Second Team All-Conference. NCCAA – All-American Honorable Mention. NCCAA Nationals All-Tournament First Team.
Heather Jefferson: RRAC - Honorable Mention. NAIA - Scholar Athlete. NCCAA - Scholar Athlete.
Gabby Bruner: NAIA - Scholar Athlete. NCCAA - Scholar Athlete.
Rachel Harris: NAIA - Scholar Athlete. NCCAA - Scholar Athlete.
Coach Arlon Beadles: NCCAA - Coach of the Year in the Central Region.
Head Coach: Beverly Robinson. Assistant Coach: Leslie Villarrial.
Andrea Serros - Outstanding Leadership Award
Bianca Alarcon - Best Sportsmanship
Catherine Sullivan - Most Dedicated
Kaitlyn Weaver - Best All-Around
Head Coach: Jesse Godding. Assistant Coaches: John Allen, Shane Wheeler, Shawn Daniel, Anthony Saincilaire, Greg Timberman, Jeff Brantley, Danny Goodman.
Isaac “Ike” Caston - Most Improved Player
Jared Hudgins - Defensive Player of the Year
Eddie Bailey, Jr. - Offensive Player of the Year
Michael Thomas - Lineman of the Year
Derek Brewer - Lions Pride Award
Jared Hudgins: VSN (Victory Sports Network) NAIA All American Honorable Mention. CSFL - First Team All-Conference. CSFL – Player of the Week. Pre-Season All-American (The Sporting News).
Darion Waits: CSFL – Second Team All-Conference.
Eddie Bailey, Jr.: CSFL – Second Team All-Conference.
Derek Brewer: CSFL – All-Academic.
Nick Ekanem: CSFL – All-Academic. Pre-Season All-American (The Sporting News).
Michael Hendon: CSFL – All-Academic.
Jonathan Hulett: CSFL – All-Academic.
Nathan Kallal: CSFL – All-Academic.
Paul Sielski: CSFL – All-Academic.
Michael Thomas: CSFL - All-Academic.
Men’s Soccer Lions
Head Coach: Aaron DeLoach. Assistant Coach: Corbin Waller.
Cesar Galvan - MVP
Sam Cabrera - Heart of the Lion
Joe Ballah - Offensive Player of the Year
David Flores - Defensive Player of the Year
Cesar Galvan: NCCAA – All-Region Team
Joe Ballah: NCCAA – All-Region Team
Women’s Soccer Lady Lions
Head Coach: Tim Grant. Assistant Coach: Mandy Fortner.
Jessica Powell - Heart of the Lion
Perla “Tiky” Acosta - 110th Minute Award
Noelle Pugliese - 110th Minute Award
Madison Wells - Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year
Natalie Horton - Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year
Shelby Morgan - Newcomer of the Year
Volleyball Lady Lions
Head Coach: Hank Moore. Assistant Coaches: Jacob Rodriguez, Meredith Wendel.
Brittani Toole - Most Valuable Player of the Year
Jordan Briggs - Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Year
Krystal Cisneros - Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year
Laura Espinoza - Most Improved Player
Alissa Kirk - Heart of the Lion Award
Brittani Toole - RRAC – First Team All-Conference. Front Row Player of Year. NAIA – First Team All-Region; Honorable Mention All-American. NCCAA – First Team All-Region, First Team All-American, First Team National Tournament. AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Assoc.) – First Team All-American.
Krystal Cisneros: RRAC – First Team All-Conference. NCCAA – First Team All-Region.
Jordan Briggs: RRAC – First Team All-Conference. NCCAA – First Team All-Region.
Taylor Calverley: RRAC – Second Team All-Conference. NCCAA – First Team All-Region.
NOTE: To view a full showcase of photos from the banquet, go to the SAGU Athletics page on FaceBook, where all Athletic Features are posted.