York -- York Comprehensive High School athletic director Steve Boyd praised student-athletes for extending their commitment beyond the field of play during the Fall Sports Awards Ceremony held just before the holiday break in the school cafeteria.
Boyd said YCHS had 150 athletes participating in community service projects that included ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, a food drive for PATH, reading to elementary students, Adopt-A Highway and Cheer for Children.
"We're proud of our athletes' community service involvement as well as the awards presented to them," he said.
Boyd said he was equally proud of the cumulative 3.0 GPA maintained by the fall sports athletes.
Though YCHS is the smallest 4A school in the state, Boyd said the kids are learning to compete.
"We want our players to learn the value of team work and leadership," he said. "We have good coaches that are role models to the athletes, teaching them to become good citizens in life."
Boyd said there were 250 fall sports participants, with eight athletes making all-region and the girls golf to advancing to the playoffs.
Boyd encouraged parents of athletes to support the YCHS Athletic Booster Club.
He said boosters established a $34,000 budget this year that benefits all athletic teams.
The following is a list of awards recipients:
Athletic trainers: Extra Mile Award, Raychel Jackson.
Jayvee cheerleaders: Most Dedicated, Brittany Mobley; Coach's Award, Bailee McCoy; Most Spirited, Kayla Dover.
Varsity cheerleaders: Coach's Award, Abigayle Clark; Sportsmanship Award, Mallory Hudson; Most Dedicated, Kayla Graham; Most Spirited, Megan McWaters.
Girls cross country: Coach's Award, Lesley Leake; Most Improved, Sarah Schultz; Most Valuable, Ashlyn Barnwell.
Boys cross country: Coach's Award, Ethan Brown; Most Improved, Andrew Guempel; Most Valuable, Bronze Brown.
Girls tennis: Most Valuuable, Victoria Young; Cougar Pride Award, Hannah Whitesides; Coach's Award, Holly Canipe.
Varsity volleyball: Most Improved, Amy Herbert; Team Academic Award, Laura Caruso; Coach's Cougar Pride Award, Gina Patton; Player of the Year, Tori Bailey.
Jayvee volleyball: Most Improved, Samantha McDonald; Cougar Hustle Award, Savannah Wells; Most Valuable, Brittany Cannon.
Girls golf: Coach's Award, Katie Childers; Most Improved golfer, Kristen Moose; Most Improved Player, Cyndi Smith.
Jayvee football: No Excuses Award, William Benfield, Legrand Guerry, Ty Dervin.
Varsity football: No Excuses Award, Joe Goins, Ben Kennon, Brandon Martin, Jamie Smith, Brian Hough, Kevin Susigan, Richard King, Taylor McSawin.
Captains Award: Taylor McSwain, Adrion Crawford, Jamie Smith, Brandon Martin.
Cougar Community Service Award: Joe Kimball.
Bank of York Impact Player of the Year: Quastin Walker.
Fall sports all-region:
Football: Jamie Smith, Ben Kennon, Quastin Walker, Richard King.
Volleyball: Keely Wells, Shealy Bigach,
Girls golf: Katie Childers, Cyndi Smith.