ACA Athletic Banquet Sees Many AwardsMay 31st, 2011 | By Submitted | Category: Sports
By Fran Hunt
Special from ECB Publishing, Inc.
The annual Aucilla Christian Academy athletic banquet and awards ceremony was held at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 14 in the First United Methodist Church fellowship hall and many young varsity athletes were recognized for their great achievements throughout the year.
Principal Richard Finlayson welcomed attendees. “Welcome to ACA’s annual sports banquet. We are very excited to honor our athletes tonight. This year has shown me once again the quality of the athletes we have here at Aucilla, both on and off the field. We are blessed! The Athletic Committee has had a busy year. We hosted out first Athletic Department Golf Tournament and it was a huge success. We purchased letterman jackets, contributed to the gym locker room renovations, assisted each sport with various projects/needs and we are once again hosting tonight’s sports banquet. We already have several projects planned for next year and appreciate your continued support of our main fundraisers, gold cards and signs. Thank you for continuing to help us as we strive to make our athletic programs better each year,” said Finlayson.
Guests then enjoyed the meal, provided compliments of the ACA Athletic Committee.
Following the meal guests enjoyed the annual Power Point Presentation by Mary Beth Bishop. As is tradition, the presentation was full of great music, funny and serious sports photos taken during the course of the year, and lots and lots of hoots and howls.
Athletic Director, Mary Beth Bishop, presented the Academic Athlete awards to Kaitlin Jackson and Clark Christy. The award is presented to the senior athletes, who have the highest GPA throughout high school.
Cross Country Coach Dan Nennstiel then spoke and handed out the awards for his teams. “Thanks to God for letting me serve with such a great group of Godly people. It takes many people to make the Cross Country ministry possible and thanks to all the parents for being such a blessing, providing snacks, drinks and helping with the meets. A special thanks to Phil Barker for his dedication to our team as an assistant coach and so much more,” said Nennstiel. He added that the girls finished third in District this year.
For the boy’s team he announced that Jay Finlayson was the fastest runner in school history.
Hunter Handley received the award for Most Improved.
Carson Nennstiel received the award for Spiritual Leader.
Jay Finlayson was the Most Valuable Runner.
For the girl’s team, the Leadership award went to Anna Finlayson.
Megan Giddons received the award for Most Improved.
Sarah Sorensen received the award for Most Valuable Runner.
Varsity football Coach Scott Scharinger then spoke and made award presentations. He thanked, “My wife Holli and our kids for their patience and support; my coaches, Pocko Vause, Drew Sherrod, Adam Fato, Daryl Adams, Derrick Burrus, Mike Holm and Richard Watt, for their hard work and commitment; Statisticians David Jackson and Mike Holm; Danny Jackson for film; TOC and Jim Watson; Student Managers Lisa Kisamore and Brooke Kinsey; Ball boy Peyton Scharinger; Melissa Kinsey and the cheerleaders for their spirit; Athletic Committee and Football Boosters for their support; Parents for providing pre-game meals and for their support of coaches and the players; pre-game meal coordinator Patricia Sorensen; voice of the Warriors Dan Nennstiel; National Anthem Mandy Self; Chair Crew personnel; Richard and Kim Roccanti for their technical support; Matt Stafford/Coca Cola, PowerAde, coolers and water bottles; Fraleigh Nursery for their Gatorade donation; and Steve Weeks for field maintenance. He added that the team was second in All-State GPA.
Tanner Aman received the Up and Coming award.
Clark Christy received the Spiritual Leader award.
Brandon Darnell received the Lineman of the Year award.
Clark Christy received the Offensive Player of the Year award.
Levi Cobb received the award for Defensive Player of the Year.
Jared Jackson received the MVP award.
Prior to presenting awards to the varsity cheerleaders Melissa Kinsey had those she wished to thank for a successful year. “The past seven years of coaching cheerleading has been such a blessing in my life. With all of the hard work, laughs, tears and many memories we have made, this year has by far been one of the most memorable. To my Heavenly Father for allowing me to serve in his ministry. Kaitlin Jackson and Taryn Copeland, you are two very special girls. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication that you have given to this squad this year as our Captain and Co-Captain. You have a very bright future ahead of you. We will miss you both; to the parents for all of your support throughout the year, helping with driving the girls to all away games, feeding the teams, working the concession stand during football and basketball season. Thank you for sharing your daughters with me this year and allowing me the opportunity to work with each one of them. They are truly a great group of girls and without you they would not be the person they are today. You each have given them the guidance that they need to succeed in this world and it definitely shows in all that they do. To the Football Boosters for everything that you do for the girls. From feeding the squad to providing all that you do on senior night it is truly a blessing to have you as a part of ACA. To Mr. Finlayson for all of your support. Coach Nennstiel, our Pep rallies on Fridays would have been the same without you. Thanks for putting up with all of our last minute changes. Edwin, Brooke and Donnie, for sharing me everyday with this group of girls. It takes a lot of sacrifice and patience from a family to coach anything and I thank you for allowing me to do this. Varsity cheerleaders, Thank you for making this year full of happy memories. You all are very special to me and will always hold a very special place in my heart, I appreciate dedication and hard work that you put into everything we do. Remember to always put your trusty and faith in God first. May the God who created you just the way you are, help you on your journey.
Ceira Roland received the Most Spirited award.
Julie Ann Schwab received the Dedication award.
Kaitlin Jackson received the award for Best All Around.
Before presenting awards to the varsity boy’s basketball, players Coach Dan Nennstiel said, “Thank you to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for the opportunity to work with so many fine young men. I would also like to show appreciation to Mac Finlayson for all his help coaching and all the uncountable little things he does. Also to James Burkett, Lisa Jackson, Elizabeth Riley, John Stephens and Gatlin Nennstiel.
Most Improved went to Kent Jones.
The Leadership award went to Jay Finlayson.
Corey Burrus received the Defensive Player of the Year award.
Josh Funderburke received the Offensive Player of the Year award.
Clark Christy received the MVP award.
Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Daryl Adams then spoke and presented awards. “I wish to give thanks to Jesus for Hs patience with me and desire to use me in the realm of sports to affect our young people for His glory; my wife for her constant support and shoulder; Ryan for entertaining himself for hours at a time while daddy practices; Richard Finlayson for his patience and insight; Richard Watt for his patience in working with the future varsity girls; Derrick Burrus for his constant friendship, for coaching our youngest team and for keeping the clock; our Boosters for excellent support and all your hard work; Lisa Jackson for willingness to go above and beyond for our teams; David Jackson for filming our games; and John and Marjorie Finlayson for many words of encouragement.
Sarah Sorensen received the Sharp Shooter award.
Anna Finlayson received the Warrior award.
Tiffany Funderburke received the Post Player of the Year award.
And the team MVP was Kaitlin Jackson.
Adams announced that the team was second in the state and the girls had a team GPA of 3.7.
Prior to the presentation of varsity softball awards, Coach Edwin Kinsey had those he would like to thank. “Thank you to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the opportunity to work with the best group of girls around.; to Mr. Finlayson for your guidance and understanding.; to Mary Beth Bishop for your help whenever it is needed; to Paulette Schofill for keeping the book and always knowing what was going on during the game, organizing our concession stand; to Coach Nennstiel for your great announcing ability. to Tom Copeland for your great announcing ability; to Shane McKnight, I will never be able to thank you enough for all that you do around the softball complex. The gift of handy work has been a true blessing to all of us who know what you are capable of creating. To the Athletic Committee for everything you do for all sports here at ACA. There are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes that many are not aware of, and without you, there are a lot of things that our athletes would do without; to the parents, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to coach your daughters this year. You all have raised wonderful young ladies that are a pleasure to be around; to the Lady Warriors, thank you for making this year a success. You all worked hard every day and I couldn’t have asked for more. I look forward to another great season with you; to Mallory Plaines, it has been a pleasure having you as my assistant this year. You have been a blessing in the lives of the girls. I look forward to another year with you; and to Melissa, Brooke and Donnie for your support and sacrifice,” said Kinsey.
Sarah Sorensen received the Golden Glove award.
Sunnie Sorensen received the Best Defense award.
Kaitlin Jackson was presented with the Coaches Award.
Brooke Kinsey and Ashley Schofill were each presented with the Offensive Player award.
Taryn Copeland received the MVP award.
Mary Beth Bishop then presented the awards for Athletes of the Year. The Athlete of the Year is the year’s most outstanding athlete, as selected by the ACA coaching staff. Receiving the Athlete of the Year awards were Kaitlin Jackson and Trent Roberts.