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NMJC Student Athletes Honored

NMJC Student Athletes Honored photo 4/30/2008 10:27:13 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. Student athletes from New Mexico Junior College's baseball, basketball, cross country/track, golf, rodeo, athletic training and cheerleading programs were honored for their outstanding achievements on Tuesday, April 29, at the 41st Annual Athletic Awards Banquet in the Ben Alexander Student Learning Center.

According to President Steve McCleery, while individuals were being recognized for their singular efforts, the real honor was reserved for the overall accomplishments of the teams. "We're celebrating your success tonight, not as individuals, but as team members," he said, "because the team is greater than any individual effort. And remember, you win as a team, but you're a student first and an athlete second."

He also reminded the several hundred people in attendance that the role of each student-athlete extends beyond the playing field. "Just think of the story you tell with your life -- not with your athletic ability," he said. "You'll have many opportunities in your lifetime to affect others with your life. Make it worthwhile, and make it affect others in a positive way. We're all in this together to change society for the better. Be sure to do your part."

Dr. Richard Lloyd, Professor of Physical Education and Athletic Director, presented Recognition Awards to all four of his athletic trainers: Chris Gomez, Ashley Kirby, Jennifer Renteria, and Travis Thompson-Campbell.

Nelda Helms, Professor of Physical Education and sponsor for the ThunderSpirits cheerleading program, also presented Recognition Awards to all eight cheerleaders: Emily Bingham, Michelle Echeverria, Elena Flores, Katie Horton, Ashley Kerby, Aysha Perea, and Linda Sanchez.

In Men's Basketball, Head Coach Jimmy Voight presented awards to the following players: Louis Benson - Best Offensive Player; Louis Benson - Free Throw Award; Fabio Ribero - Most Improved Player; A'Dontis Flournoy - Best Defensive Player; and Cory Davis - Most Assists.

In Women's Basketball, the following players received awards from Head Coach Drew Sanders: Malorie Marshall - Leading Scorer; Brittney Davis - Leading Rebounder; Brittany Foster - Leading Free Throw Percentage; Alesha Jackson - Leading Field Goal Percentage; Dominique Haywood - Leading Steals; and Malorie Marshall - Leader in Assists.

Rodeo Head Coach Philip Berry made the following presentations: Kallie Lamb - High GPA (Freshman); Stephanie Rodriguez - High GPA (Sophomore); Landon Hyvonen - High Point Rodeo (Men); and Tatum Patten - High Point Rodeo (Women). Maggie Moore received the Sportsmanship Award.

Keith Blackwill, Head Coach for Women's Cross Country / Track team, presented Shantel Thompson with the Most Outstanding Indoor Freshman Athlete award. Monica Fierro received the Most Outstanding Indoor Sophomore Athlete award.

Golf Coach James Black presented five awards, including Vinicius Blasi - Most Improved Golfer and recipient of the Academic Award and Bryan Hackenberg - Best Stroke Average and Most Valuable Golfer. James Curry and Bryan Hackenberg were both All Conference - in the top ten in stroke average for the Western Junior College Athletic Conference - and Golf Coaches Association of America/Ping players - voted one of the best ten players in Region V. Hackenburg was also an All-Region player - in the top ten in stroke average for the National Junior College Athletic Association Region V.

First-year Head Baseball Coach Cory Hall presented a number of awards, including Wade Landowski - Most Home Runs; JR Robinson - Outstanding Pitcher; Nick Sanders - Outstanding Defensive Player; Kellen Monreal - Highest Batting Average; Zach Osborne - Most Valuable Player; and Adam Delagarza - Jack Poyner Award.

Special Recognition Awards for support to NMJC's athletic programs were presented to Elsie Hill, Kim Adams, and Barbara Summers, as well as Dr. Richard Lloyd, Athletic Trainer, and Richard "Doc" Morris, former AD and current Assistant Rodeo Coach.

The Dutch Klein Award, which recognizes outstanding athletic ability, leadership, scholarship, and citizenship, was presented to JR Robinson.

Photo Gallery: http://www.nmjc.edu/athletics/images/banquet08/

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