Athletes of the year

Senior Brionna Emery and junior William "Buddy" Ruby were named the Laurence "Sparky" Rector Athletes of the Year at Wednesday's MACS Block M ceremony.

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.

Special Awards

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


Team MVPs

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

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