MEXICO — Senior Brionna Emery and junior William “Buddy” Ruby were honored as the Laurence “Sparky” Rector Athletes of the Year at Wednesday’s Block M ceremony, held at the Mexico High School gym.
Emery excelled in varsity soccer and lacrosse in her final year with the Lady Tigers. She was also named Most Valuable Player for her respective sports.
Ruby starred on the varsity basketball and soccer squads this season. He received MVP honors for basketball.
Mexico Academy and Central Schools Athletic Director Andy Gates welcomed everyone to the ceremony and praised the ones involved in athletics with the Tigers.
“I’d like to thank everyone that helps run the athletic programs (here at Mexico),” he said.
With his first school year as athletic director almost in the books, Gates mentioned how he is excited for the future of MACS athletics.
“It’s truly been a pleasure working to provide athletic opportunities for our student-athletes,” he said. “I’m looking forward to all we can accomplish together in the coming years through hard work, determination, and dedication.”
The ceremony also revealed this year’s inductees for the MACS Hall of Fame. The Class of 2019 includes Russell Daniels (2002 graduate), William Dumas (1956), and Blaine Wills (1990).
Below is a list of special award winners and team MVPs from the Block M ceremony.
Fan of the Year: Forrest Meeks
Section III Cheerleading Scholarship: Sheila Wallis
Linda Beyer-Shoults/Dollars for Scholars Memorial Award: Jolie Pelow
Edward E. Albright Memorial Award: Dylan Long and Rachel Rose
Brian Ariola Award: Rachel Rose
Charles Giovo II Award: Destiny Teachout and Logan Craig
Wally Sutliff Memorial Most Improved Award: Jolie Pelow and Jared Perkins
Charles Giovo Sr. Sportsmanship Award: Aliza Deasy and Connor Spurling
Baseball: Thomas Gessner
Softball: Kendall Cuyler and Brianna Urquhart
Boys Basketball: Connor Spurling and Buddy Ruby
Girls Basketball: Brynn Wills
Boys Diving: Kian Long
Boys Swimming: Dylan Long
Girls Swimming: Alexa von Holtz
Fall Cheerleading: Sheila Wallis and Molly Blasier
Winter Cheerleading: Kierra Webster
Boys Cross Country: Evan Ladd
Girls Cross Country: Shannon Michaelis
Football: Marcus Turo and Isiah Turo
Girls Indoor Track: Anna Bigelow (track) and Reatha von Holtz (field)
Boys Indoor Track: Daniel Gowans (track) and Morgan Derby (field)
Girls Lacrosse: Brionna Emery
Girls Outdoor Track: Adria Ariola and Carolyn Zedack (track); Reatha von Holtz (field)
Boys Outdoor Track: Daniel Gowans (track) and Morgan Derby (field)
Boys Soccer: Connor Spurling
Girls Soccer: Brionna Emery
Boys Tennis: Joe Ocker and Neil Deloch
Girls Tennis: Kimberly Heagerty
Boys Golf: Connor Revette
Girls Volleyball: Aliza Deasy
Weight Training: Jonathan Rasbeck and Tim Dullen
Wrestling: Dean Shambo
Hockey: Ryan Mosher