The school year is coming to a close and with it, the time for celebration begins.
The Altus All-Sports Association held its annual honors reception Monday evening at the Altus High School cafeteria to recognize the outstanding achievements of Altus High School’s student athletes.
The 2015-2016 school year has been a tremendous year for Altus athletes as the football team claimed its first state championship since 1971 and the boys’ swim team captured its second state title in the last two years.
In addition to those honors, the wrestling team succeded in both district and regional competition and had individual success at the state level with state championships for Taven Birdow at the 220-pound weight class and Montorie Bridges at the 126-pound weight class.
Kali Tovar, a four-year letterman in softball and soccer, was presented with the Cletus B. Street Award by Gretchen Street, granddaughter of the award’s namesake. The award recognizes the outstanding female athlete at Altus High School.
Jayden Benway, a letterman in football, basketball and track, was presented with the Mitch Windle Award which recognizes the outstanding male athlete of the senior class. The award’s first recipient 51 years ago, Jack Diltz, was on hand to present the award to Jayden on behalf of the Windle family.
The Sportsmanship Leadership Award recognizes student athletes for their terrific accomplishments in and out of uniform and for those students who exemplify the qualities of consistent and sincere sportsmanship during the season. Those given that honor are Jamie Craig, baseball; Kiandra Knight, girls’ basketball; Jordan Benway, ninth-grade girls’ basketball; Jacob Cope, boys’ basketball; Jeremi Barnes, ninth-grade boys’ basketball; Sarah Robinson, cheerleading; Hadley David, girls’ cross-country; Josh Baker, boys’ cross-country; Peyton Sirmons, girls’ golf; Chad Jordan, boys’ golf; Deante Harris, football; Kali Tovar, girls’ soccer; Alan Ortiz, boys’ soccer; Kali Tovar, softball; Dayna Brown, girls’ swimming; Walker Sacco and Daniel Brown, boys’ swimming; Jayla Bain, girls’ tennis; Max Lewis, boys’ tennis; Jimmie Kate Dollins and Lexie Herron, girls’ track; Mikey Abuan, boys’ track; Megan McLeod and Kallie Voice, trainers; Montorie Bridges, wrestling and Garrett Pride, ninth-grade football.
In addition to each of those rewards, the Fan of the Year Award was given to Janice Pellam, an educator who seldom misses an event in which her students are involved. Pellam has been employed with Altus Schools for 23 years, but will be retiring following the end of this school year.
The Coaches and Awards Honors were also presented to recognize the outstanding contribution each coach had to his or her team. Coach Janice Hardwick was a finalist for JHACA 2016 Coach of the Year. Coach Linda Wiginton was the 2015 NFHS Swimming Coach of the Year for boys swimming and the 2016 NHSACA Swimming top 8 finalist for Coach of the Year. Coach Nick Williams was the Oklahoma 5A-6A Coach of the Year.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221.