A large crowd attended the 2016-2017 All Sports Banquet at The DAG on Tuesday night where they gathered to show their support as well as honor all the Denver City high school athletes in their respective sports.
DCISD Superintendent Gary Davis hosted the event where he introduced the athletes in each sport, including those nominated by their teammates to receive the top honors in the different sports from the freshman through the varsity teams.
After a meal catered by Abuelos of Lubbock Davis opened awards portion by honoring all the senior athletes in the traditional Senior Moment. After announcing each seniors name Davis told who their parents are, activities each one participated in and awards as well as future plans.
The highlight of the event is always the last thing announced each year, that being the prestigious best Male and Female athletes along with the Fighting Heart Award. This year the Female Athlete of the Year Award went Denisse Saenz and the Male Athlete of the Year Award went to Damian Gutierrez. The Fighting Heart Award was presented to Luis Ontiveros.
The first group to be introduced was the different football teams, starting with the freshman team. Receiving the offensive player was Aaron Mendoza and the defensive player was Elias Yanez. The Heart of a Mustang went to Alexis Mendoza. Coaching this team was Abraham Garcia and Tony Livingston.
For the junior varsity, Mustang football team the offensive MVP was Nick Garza, the defensive MVP went to Cris Escalante and receiving the Heart of a Mustang award was Javier Davila. Coaches for the junior varsity were Raul Santillan, Bryce Green, Joe Moore, and Tony Livingston.
Team honors handed out to the varsity Mustangs included Abel Trejo was named as the Outstanding Offensive Lineman; the Outstanding Back award went to Damian Gutierrez; the Outstanding Receiver went to Gerald Grier; the Outstanding Defensive Lineman went to Alexis Gonzales; the Outstanding Linebacker went to Evan Rios, and the Outstanding Defensive Back went to Isaac Gonzales. The Mustang of the Year was Taylor Hobbs and the Heart of the Mustang award was shared by Joel Gomez and Hernan Gonzalez.
The Mustangs finished the district season in fourth place in the district standings with a 1-3 record. 4-6 season record. The fell in bi-district action to Monahans.
Heading up the Mustangs this year in his first year was Daniel Fontenot. Assisting was Jarryd Taylor, Doug Duncan, Raul Santillan, Bryce Green, Joe Moore, Tony Livingston, Robin Cochran, Clete Knippa, David Delgado, Brian Lewis, Jack Garcia, and Mike Louis.
The Fillie volleyball team was next on the agenda to be recognized. For the freshman team, coached by Kody Brown, the Co-MVP went to Camry Spurgeon and Diana Saenz, the Heart of a Fillie award went to Hadlea Stine, and the Most Improved Player went to Natalie Jimenez.
The freshmen had an overall season record of 16-8 and their district record was 7-3.
For the junior varsity, Haylee Villareal was the MVP, the Defensive player was Johnna Hix, the offensive player was Morgan Johnson, and the Heart of a Fillie went to Danilah Aguirre.
Coaching the junior varsity was Jenny McCray. They finished the year with a 28-4 season record, were 9-1 in district, and finished as the district champions.
The varsity, coached by Megan David, finished the year with a 36-8 season record, were 10-0 in district, and district champions. They were also bi-district champions and Area champions before falling in the Regional quarter-finals to eventual state champion Amarillo Bushland.
These Fillies were recognized for their individual team awards; Captains were Chanie Wingo and Jacee Billings, MVP was Chanie Wingo, Outstanding offensive player was Macey Jordan, Outstanding Defensive player was Jacee Billings, Most Improved was Marlow Davis, and Newcomer of the Year was Holly Hemmeline.
Named to the 2016-17 All State Volleyball team was Chanie Wingo. Academic All-State selections were Jacee Billings, Aubrey Burris, Marlow Davis, Logan McLeroy, Denisse Saenz, Claire Seymour, and Chanie Wingo.
Following the volleyball presentations, the varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders were recognized. Varsity cheerleaders were Erica Baker, Nidia Ceniceros, Jessica Delgado, Leslie Prieto, Lindsey Sanchez, and Jewell Santillan.
The Mascot was Veronica Villalobos.
The junior varsity cheerleaders were Jerzey Taff, Brenda Valdivia, Alazey Mishleau, Ailin Ortega, Mariana Polanco, Annisten Sandlin, and Johnna Villarreal.
Both teams were coached by Jennifer Galvan and Janet Gibson.
Next were the Cross Country teams who were recognized for their accomplishments during the fall. For the JV, the Heart of a Fillie went to Saray Vasquez and the MVP was Itzel Manzanera. For the JV Mustangs Tate Maxwell received the Heart of a Mustang and the MVP was Avery Garcia.
Varsity awards for Cross Country was the Fillies MVP was Lupita Gutierrez and the Heart of a Fillie went to Alazey Mishleau. For the varsity boys Jacob Freeman was the Most Valuable Runner and Heart of A Mustang went to Isaac Yanez, and Freshman Up and Coming Runner went to John Bingham.
Laura Taylor coaches all the Cross Country runners.
Athletic Trainer Courtney Pye, assisted by Bill “Doc” Scott, and her Sports Medicine/Student Athletic Trainers were then introduced. They included Michaela Sowell, Alexia Nunez, Annabel Duke, Kailee Gaylon, Natalie Soto, Diana Herrera, Brenda Sotelo, and Samantha Diaz.
Their awards included Michaela Sowell as Newcomer of the Year, Kailee Gaylon and Annabel Duke shared was the Heart of a Fillie, and MVP went to Natalie Soto.
Next on the agenda was the Powerlifting team coached by Jarryd Taylor and Clete Knippa.
The Fillie MVP went to Grayce Riley and Heart of a Fillie was shared by Caitlynn Durham and Angie Ontiveros. For the Mustangs, Abel Burciaga was named Mustang MVP and Heart of a Mustang went to Ivan Valverde. Both Grayce and Abel were state qualifiers this year.
Moving on to the JV Red boys’ basketball team the Heart of a Mustang went to Everardo Navarrete, the Offensive Player of the Year was Jacob Freeman, and the Defensive Player of the Year was Brenevyn Diaz. The coach was Joe Moore. They finished the year with a 7-17 record.
For the JV Boys’ White team the Fighting Heart Award went to Branden Lewis and the MVP was Elias Yanez. Brian Lewis was the coach and they had a 9-15 season record.
And for varsity basketball, coached by Abraham Garcia, the Offensive MVP was Mathew De La Rosa, Defensive MVP was Damian Gutierrez, Heart of the Mustang went Estevan Mendoza, Leather Burner Award went to Emmanuel Zubia, and the Super Sub 6th Man went to Nathaniel Cruz.
The Mustangs finished the year with a 13-17 season record and 0-10 in district play. However, they were in the same district with Regional Finalist Seminole who last on a buzzer beating last shot, Regional Semi-Finalist Estacado, Regional Quarterfinalist Lamesa, and Bi-District finalist Levelland.
Assisting Garcia with his junior high program was 7th grade coach Mike Louis and the 8th grade coach Jack Garcia.
In the Fillie basketball program, the JV Fillie basketball team was coached by Kayla Johnson and Randi Demel. Jayleen Villarreal was the MVP, Heart of a Fillie went to Kaitlin Stephens, Co-Defensive MVP were Natalie Jimenez and Anahi Perez, and Overall MVP was Camry Spurgeon.
This team compiled a season record of 20-5, went 9-1 in district play and were Co-District Champions.
The varsity Fillies, coached by Kody Brown and assisted by Chief Bridgforth, finished the year with a 25-7 season record, which was the most wins in Program History and the best record in Program History. They finished district play with an 8-2 record, losing two times to district champion Levelland, including an overtime loss in the first district game.
Advancing into the playoffs they defeated Perryton 64-52 in the bi-district, defeated Mountain View 46-29 in the Area Round before losing to Greenwood 60-56 in the Area round.
Individual team awards went to Team Captains seniors Aubrey Burris and Denisse Saenz, the only two seniors on the team, MVP was Arielle Adams, Co-Offensive MVP was Holly Hemmeline and Morgan Dial, Defensive MVP went to Cassidy Esmerado, 6th Man of the Year/Super Sub went to Dacey Gutierrez, and the Leather Burner Award went to Aubrey Burris.
In golf, coached by Mike Louis and Abraham Garcia, the Fillies Hailey Henderson was the MVP’s and the Heart of a Fillie went to Erin English.
The Mustang MVP was Alexis Gonzales and the Heart of a Mustang went to Ray Carrasco.
In tennis, coached by Kendra Duncan and assisted by Kayla Johnson, the JV Mustang MVP went to Avery Garcia and the Fillies MVP went to Johnna Villarreal. The JV Heart of a Mustang went to Jacob Pulido and the JV Heart of a Fillie went to Denise Esmerado.
On the varsity level the Fillie MVP went to Jacee Billings, the Mustang MVP went to Michael Aranda, the Heart of a Fillie went to Marlow Davis, and the Heart of a Mustang went to Braden Galvan and Isaiah Sainz.
Next on the agenda was the Mustang track program. For the junior varsity Mustangs, who were once again the district champions, Heart of a Mustang went to Abraham Ontiveros, Outstanding Thrower was Damian Pena, Outstanding Jumper was Octavio Rascon, Outstanding Runner was Aaron Mendoza, and MVP was Eziquiel Gonzales.
For the varsity boys, who was the District Runner Up, Heart of a Mustang went to Gehrig Curtis, Outstanding Thrower was Ivan Esquivel, Outstanding Jumper was Nathan Cruz, Outstanding Runner was Alejandro Caro, and MVP was Jaryd Ivy.
Heading up the Mustang track program this year was Doug Duncan. Assistant coaches were Jarryd Taylor, Robin Cochran, Clete Knippa, Bryce Green, David Delgado, and Joe Moore.
In Fillie track Moraima Villegas was the MVP on the JV and the Heart of the Fillie went to Danilah Aguirre.
For the varsity, Fillies Reagan Calk was the Most Outstanding Track Athlete, the Outstanding Field Event Athlete was Denisse Saenz, the Outstanding Distance Runner was Lupita Gutierrez, the Most Outstanding Relay team was the Mile Relay consisting of Itzel Manzanera, Macy Jordan Arielle Adams, and Reagan Calk, the Newcomer of the Year was Camry Spurgeon and the Heart of a Fillie award was shared by Logan McLeroy and Aubrey Burris.
Coach Megan David was the head track coach and was assisted by Tony Livingston, Laura Taylor, Kody Brown, and Randi Demel.
In the junior varsity, Mustang baseball program Humberto Gonzales was named as the MVP and Heart of a Mustang went to Abel Trejo.
The JV had a season record of 6-17, went 2-8 in district play and finished in 5th place. Brian Lewis was the head coach assisted by Chad Dennis.
For the varsity Mustangs, the Batting Champion was Irving Mijares, the Golden Glove award went to Cameron Garcia; the Heart of a Mustang award went to Holden Sutton and Michael Garcia, and the MVP was Luis Rodriquez.
The Mustangs are currently 19-8, had a district record of 5-5, and finished in 3rd place. They are currently involved in post season play defeating Perryton in bi-district action and are set to take on Midland Greenwood this weekend at Lubbock Cooper.
Coaching the Mustang baseball team is Rodney Curtis, Brian Lewis, and Chad Dennis.
In the Fillie junior varsity softball program the Co-Heart of a Fillie award went to Kayton Pence and Becca McCleskey and the Co-MVP went to Tori Garcia and Alazey Mishleau.
For the varsity Fillies, the Co-Outstanding Hitting Award went to Kathleen Chavez and Haylee Villarreal, the Tri-Fielding Award went to Hanna Gonzales, Julie Barrientes, and Johnna Hix, the Co-Heart of the Fillies Award went to Denisse Saenz and Haleigh Gonzales, and the Co-MVP went to Jewell Santillan and Heidi Gonzales.
The Fillies had a season record of 18-11 and district record of 5-5. They finished 3rd in district action and were defeated in bi-district action by Pampa in an exciting three game series.
Coaching these teams were Steve McCormick and Saul Santillan.
Athletic Director Steve Taylor also announced the 2016-2017 Academic All-District Team. This included Jacee Billings, Ray Carrasco, Gehrig Curtis, John Michael Davis, Marlow Davis, Nadia DeLaRosa, Morgan Dial, Erin English, Cameron Garcia, Heidi Gonzales, Hailey Gonzales, Hailey Henderson, Jaryd Ivy, Macey Jordan, Leslie Prieto, Denisse Saenz, and Chanie Wingo.
The Denver City High School Booster Club sponsors the All Sports Banquet each year. The President this year was Taw McLeroy, Vice President was Gracey Delgado, Secretary was Becky Kleam, and Treasurer was Phyllis Dial.
Senior Holden Sutton gave the invocation at the beginning of the program and Marlow Davis gave the benediction at the end of the event.