Several Denver City high school athletes were honored in their respective sports on Tuesday night, May 14, during the annual 2018-2019 All Sports banquet which once again was held at the Dag Sports Complex.
DCISD Superintendent Gary Davis was again the Master of Ceremonies where he introduced each Coach and then 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 Marcus Garcia, Davis opened the 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, and future plans.
Before the awards portion started Davis recognized two members of the athletic department who have played a major role in taking care of the athletes and organizing different events, including the sports banquet.
Athletic Trainer Courtney Pye was introduced and recognized for her many hours spent and miles traveled taking care of Fillie and Mustang athletes. She will be joining her husband Matthew Flores in Plainview as he continues in his medical field.
Also recognized was Sylvia Stephens who serves as the secretary to the Athletic Director. Sylvia started her career with DCISD in 1991 as a records clerk. Soon thereafter, she began working as the Secretary of the Athletic Director as well as the assistant high school principal. “Miss”, as many affectionately call her, is in her 28th year and plans on retiring in December.
Eric Horton with Town Talk radio was in attendance where he presented Nathaniel Cruz with the first Town Talk scholarship. It’s through Town Talk radio that all of the varsity sports are broadcast from the fall through the spring sports.
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 once again went Holly Hemmeline and the Male Athlete of the Year Award went to Nathaniel Cruz. The Fighting Heart Award was shared by Ailin Ortega and Josh Mills.
The first group to be introduced was the different football teams, starting with the freshman team. Receiving the offensive player was Enrique Banuelas and the defensive player was Aiden Wells. The Heart of a Mustang went to Alec Martinez. Coaching this team was Clete Knippa and Zach Duncan.
For the junior varsity Mustang football team the offensive MVP was Michael Farrell, the defensive MVP was shared by Tadan Tapaha and Leo Dominquez and receiving the Heart of a Mustang award was Isaiahs Valles. Coaches for the junior varsity were Raul Santillan, Rob Cochran, and Steven Taylor.
Team honors handed out to the varsity Mustangs included Alex Castro was named as the Outstanding Offensive Lineman; the Outstanding Back award went to Aaron Mendoza; the Outstanding Receiver went to Alejandro Chavarria; the Outstanding Defensive Lineman went to Adam Velasco; the Outstanding Linebacker went to Elias Yanez for the second year in a row, and the Outstanding Defensive Back went to Miguel Dominguez. The Mustang of the Year was shared by Elias Yanez and Aaron Mendoza. The Heart of the Mustang award was shared by Josh Mills and Alexia Mendoza.
The Mustangs finished as the district champion with a 4-0 record and an 8-4 season record. After defeating Littlefield in bi-district play they lost to Eastland in the Area round.
Heading up the Mustangs once again this year was Daniel Fontenot. Assisting was Doug Duncan, Raul Santillan, Tony Livingston, Steven Taylor, Robin Cochran, Clete Knippa, David Delgado, Zach Duncan, Brian Lewis, Mike Louis, Chris Gonzales, and Abe Garcia.
The Fillie volleyball team was next on the agenda to be recognized. For the freshman team, coached by Leah David, the Co-Defensive MVP went to Alyssa Jimenez and Alexis Garcia and the Co-Offensive MVP was shared by Anai Adame, and Melissa Soto.
The freshmen had an overall season record of 14-11 and their district record was 5-3.
For the junior varsity the MVP was Camry Spurgeon and the Defensive players were once again Alazey Mishleau and Natalie Jimenez. The Heart of a Fillie went to Hadlea Stine and Josey Gomez.
Coaching the junior varsity was Jenny McCray. They finished the year with an 18-9 season record and 6-4 in district play.
The varsity was coached by Megan David and assisted by Jenny McCray, Leah David, Diane Lewis, and Amariz Antillon. They finished the year with a 40-4 season record and had a perfect 8-0 district record as the district champions. They advanced into Post Season play where they were bi-district champions, Area champions, and Regional Quarterfinalist before falling to Regional finalist Bushland.
These Fillies were recognized for their individual team awards; Captains were Morgan Johnson and Holly Hemmeline, MVP was Holly Hemmeline, Outstanding Offensive player was Jayleen Villarreal, Outstanding Hitter was Lexi Ivy, Outstanding Defensive player was Morgan Johnson, and Outstanding Blocker was Marley Jordan.
Named to the Academic All State Volleyball team was Ailin Ortega and Morgan Johnson and TGCA All-State Players were Holly Hemmeline and Lexi Ivy.
Following the volleyball presentations the varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders were recognized. Varsity cheerleaders were Julian Lopez, Ailin Ortega, Mariana Polanco, Diana Saenz, Brenda Ramirez, Angel Alaniz, Alazey Mishleau, and Johnna Villarreal.
The Mascot was Karissa Martinez.
The junior varsity cheerleaders were Karlee Trinidad, Josey Gomez, Valarie Yanez, Daniela Villa, Nikaya Ontiveros, and Sadie Jones.
All American Cheerleader Certificates were presented to Junior Varsity cheerleader Daniela Villa and Varsity Certificates were presented to Ailin Ortega, Mariana Polanco, Alazey Mishleau, Johnna Villarreal, and Angel Alaniz.
Both teams were coached by Tenna Montana.
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 Denise Esmerado and the MVP was Alexis Orona. For the JV Mustangs Kanton Galvan and Daron Pacheco shared the Heart of a Mustang and the MVP went to Brayden Welch.
Varsity awards for Cross Country were Fillies MVP Katelynn Valenzuela and the Heart of a Fillie went to Maria Ariza. Co-Freshman Up and Coming Runner was Adamari Torres and Haley Orona.
For the varsity boys Jacob Freeman was the Most Valuable Runner and Heart of a Mustang was shared by Nathaniel Cruz and Eziquiel Gonzales. Co-Freshman Up and Coming Runner was Alec Martinez.
Randi Demel coached all of the Cross Country runners and was assisted by Celesta Garcia.
Athletic Trainer Courtney Pye and her Sports Medicine/Student Athletic Trainers were then introduced. That included McKinzie Black, Damaris Diaz, Diana Herrera, Lizzie Valverde, Kenton Duncan, Brenda Sotelo, Kirsten Freeman, Jennifer Larrea, Rocio Molina, Selena Pedroza, Maria Rodriguez, and Jamie Sotelo.
Their awards included Jamie Sotelo and Lizzie Valverde as Newcomers of the Year, Kirsten Freeman was the Heart of a Fillie, and MVP was shared by Damaris Diaz and McKinzie Black.
Next on the agenda was the Powerlifting team coached by Tony Livingston and Clete Knippa.
Managers and Knee Wrappers were Lizzie Valverde, Karlee Trinidad, and Kyler Duncan.
The Fillie MVP went to Katelynn Valenzuela and Heart of a Fillie went to Nikaya Ontiveros. Regional Qualifier was Katelynn Valenzuela.
For the Mustangs, Adam Velasco was named Mustang MVP and Heart of a Mustang went to Johnathan Vidal. Regional Qualifiers included Johnathan Vidal and Adam Velasco.
Next on the agenda was Mustang basketball. For the JV White boys’ basketball team the Heart of a Mustang went to Alec Martinez, the Offensive Player of the Year went to Aiden Wells, and the Defensive Player of the Year was Israel Gandara. The coach was Chris Gonzales.
For the JV Boys’ team the Heart of a Mustang Award went to Kanton Galvan, the Offensive Player was shared by Tate Maxwell and Andres Ortega, and the Defensive Player of the Year was Marcos Franco. They finished with an overall record of 11-15 and 3-11 in district finishing in 6th place. Brian Lewis was the coach.
The Varsity basketball team was coached by Abraham Garcia. The Offensive MVP was Josh Mills, Defensive MVP was Nathaniel Cruz, Heart of a Mustang went to Daron Pacheco, Leather Burner Award went to Branden Lewis, and the Super Sub (6th Man) went to Nick Rodriquez.
The Mustangs finished the year with a 17-13 season record and 5-9 record in district play.
The Mustangs might have been in one of the toughest 3A districts in the state when looking at the four teams who advanced into the playoffs; Shallowater was an Area Finalist, Brownfield was a Regional Semi-Finalist, Abernathy was a Regional Quarter-Finalist, and Littlefield was a Bi-District Finalist.
Assisting Garcia was Brian Lewis and Chris Gonzales. Helping with his junior high program in the 7th grade was Coach Mike Louis and the 8th grade coach was Zach Duncan.
In the Fillie basketball program the junior varsity Fillie basketball team was coached by Randi Demel. Her team compiled a season record of 5-19 with a district record of 3-12.
The Co-Heart of a Fillie went to India Shirley and Melissa Soto, Offensive MVP was Alyssa Jimenez, Defensive MVP was Emma Spurgeon, and Co-MVP was Melissa Soto and Anai Adame.
The varsity Fillies, coached by Chief Bridgforth, finished the year with a 23-7 season record. They finished district in third place with a 10-4 record behind Regional Finalist Idalou and Regional Quarterfinalist Shallowater.
The Fighting Heart Award went to Moraima Villegas, 6th Man of the Year/Super Sub was shared by Nadia De La Rosa and Camry Spurgeon, Co-Defensive MVP was Haylee Villarreal and Holly Hemmeline, Co-Offensive MVP was Holly Hemmeline and Jayleen Villarreal, and MVP was Holly Hemmeline.
Other individual awards earned by the Fillies included Haylee Villarreal and Jayleen Villarreal being named to the 2-3A All District Team, Holly Hemmeline was the District MVP, TABC All-Region was Holly Hemmeline, All State honors went to Holly Hemmeline, TGCA All-Star Legacy Team was Holly Hemmeline, and TABC All-Star was Holly Hemmeline.
There was no 9th grade Fillie basketball team.
In golf, coached by Mike Louis and Abraham Garcia, the Mustang golf team finished in 3rd Place at the Tahoka Invitational and 2nd Place in District. The Fillies also finished in 2nd Place at the Tahoka Invitational and 3rd Place in District.
For the Fillies Hadlea Stine and Karlee Trinidad shared MVP honors and the Heart of a Fillie went to Halie Cruz.
The Mustang MVP was Brayden Welch and the Heart of a Mustang went to Blaise Sanchez.
Regional Qualifiers included Chandler Ford, Blaise Sanchez, Tadan Tapaha, Jakodee Robertson, and Brayden Welch.
For the Fillie and Mustang tennis teams, the JV Fillie MVP went to Lauren May and MVP for the JV Mustangs went to Kanton Galvan. The JV Heart of a Mustang was Sawyer Davis and the JV Heart of a Fillie was Alicia Villegas.
The Mustang MVP went to Octavio Rascon and the Fillie MVP was shared by Denise Esmerado and Ely Orona. The Heart of a Fillie went to Keelan Parker and Niria Villa and the Heart of a Mustang went to Bailey Reyes.
Coaching the tennis team was Kendra Duncan assisted by Diane Lewis.
Next on the agenda was the Mustang track program. For the junior varsity Mustangs, who finished 3rd in the district standings, the Heart of the Mustang went to Leo Dominguez, Outstanding Thrower was Sawyer Davis, Outstanding Jumper was Andres Ortega, and Outstanding Runner was Zachary Perez, and Aiden Wells was the MVP.
The Varsity Mustangs also finished in 3rd place in the district meet. Heart of a Mustang went to Daniel Alderete, Outstanding Thrower was Josh Mills, Outstanding Jumper was Fernny Vega, and Outstanding Runner was Jorge Ronquillo. The MVP was shared by Nathaniel Cruz and Miguel Dominguez.
Doug Duncan is the Head Mustang Track Coach and is assisted by Tony Livingston, Robin Cochran, Clete Knippa, Zach Duncan, David Delgado, and Daniel Fontenot.
Regional Qualifiers included Nathaniel Cruz, Miguel Dominquez, Jorge Ronquillo, Juan Herrera, Uriel Rodriguez, and Mario Gonzales.
In Fillie track Katelynn Valenzuela was named as the Most Outstanding Track Athlete; the Outstanding Field Event Athletes were Lexi Ivy; and the MVP Track and Field Athlete was Alazey Mishleau. The Heart of a Fillie award went to Holly Hemmeline.
Regional Qualifier was Lexi Ivy in the high jump.
For the junior varsity Fillies Noelia Villegas was the Most Outstand Track Athlete, the Most Outstanding Field Event went to Natalie Jimenez and the Most Valuable Track and Field Athlete was Emma Spurgeon.
Coach Megan David was the head track coach and was assisted by Randi Demel, Leah David, Amariz Antillon, Jacklyn Duncan, and Chief Bridgforth.
In the junior varsity Mustang baseball program Omar Larrea was the Most Improved and Heart of a Mustang went to Michael Farrell.
The JV had a season record of 15-8-2, went 10-2-1 in district and tied for 1st place. Steven Taylor was the head coach.
For the varsity Mustangs the Batting Champion was Irving Mijares, the Golden Glove award went to Braden McGary; the Heart of a Mustang award went to Daven Blanco, and for the second year in a row the MVP was Luis Rodriquez.
They were bi-district champions when they swept Tulia in straight games before being eliminated in the Area round by Alpine.
They finished the year with a 22-7 overall record and were 12-2 in district play finishing in 2nd place.
Coaching the Mustang baseball team was Chris Gonzales and Steven Taylor.
In the Fillie junior varsity softball program the Co-Heart of a Fillie award went to Jordon Garcia and Destiny Diaz. The MVP was Camila Leyva.
For the varsity Fillies the Outstanding Hitting Award went to Simone Roberson, the Fielding Award went to Alexis Orona, the Heart of the Fillies Award went to Ailin Ortega and the Co-MVP went to Alazey Mishleau and Haylee Villarreal.
Coaching these teams were Steve McCormick, Saul Santillan, and Jennifer Gonzales.
Also introduced at the end of the program were those athletes on the 2018-2019 Academic All District Team. These students had a grade point of 4.0 each six weeks and participated in at least one varsity sport.
These included Daven Blanco, Dulce Cacique, Nadia De La Rosa, Damaris Diaz, Denise Esmerado, Zeke Gonzales, Lexi Ivy, Morgan Johnson, Marley Jordan, Madi McLeroy, Josh Mills, Daron Pacheco, Bailey Reyes, Jorge Ronquillo, Diana Saenz, Jamie Sotelo, Jackson Streun, and Katelynn Valenzuela.
Senior Holly Hemmeline gave the invocation at the beginning of the program and Daron Pacheco gave the Benediction at the end.
The Denver City High School Booster Club sponsors the All Sports Banquet each year. The President this year was Angie Ontiveros, Vice President was Leslie Escalante and Freddie Sanchez, and Treasurer was Aurelia Garcia.