The Crossett High School Booster Club hosted its annual sports banquet on Tuesday to honor the CHS athletes and their achievements for the year.
Each year the coaches announce the awards in their sports and an overall male and female award is given to the two CHS athletes selected.
This year the overall female athlete was Jayden Thurmon, who lettered in softball, basketball, cheer and tennis and received multiple awards in each sport.
Thurmon made all-conference in softball, basketball and tennis and was noted as the scholar athlete in both softball and tennis. CHS tennis coach Grant Collins said that Thurmon won the district championship in singles and awarded her the female tennis player of the year award. On the softball field, Thurmon plays short and bats third hole; she led the team in all offensive statistics. Coach Justin Skender said Thurmon had the highest batting average, most homeruns, doubles and RBIs and he named her the offensive player of the year.
Thurmon was also awarded the Three Point Specialist and given the Leadership award by her basketball coach Shanae Govan.
“I am so humbled to be selected as the Female Athlete of the Year because there are so many great athletes in our program, but it’s exciting to see my years of hard work and dedication paying off,” Thurmon said.
Bennett Holt lettered in golf and baseball and was named Male Athlete of the Year. Not only was Holt named all-conference, but he was also recognized as the player with the most hits in the entire conference.
“It’s not often that you have a catcher lead you triples, stolen bases, doubles,” CHS baseball Coach Dustin Wolcott said.
Holt was also named all-state for the second consecutive year, which Wolcott said isn’t something that happens very often.
“We get six all-state nominees from our conference and Bennet received all-state for the second year in a row, since I’ve been here he is only the second player we’ve had who got all state multiple years,” Wolcott said.
Holt was also recognized as the Most Improved golfer.
Toynisha Hampton was awarded the Alma Huntsman award, which is given to someone who shows Eagle Pride, spirit and support for the athletic programs throughout the entire year.
“It was an honor to win the Alma Huntsman award and a great way to end my senior year,” Hampton said.
Another special presentation at the banquet was when Dr. Skip MacDonald recognized Crossett for winning the James D. Rankin award, which is a relatively new competition between Crossett and Hamburg. This is the second year for the award and Crossett has won both years. The award is determined by the school that wins the most head to head rivalry games and this year Crossett came out on top.
Coaches Michael Young and Ken McDonald handed out the trap shooting and fishing awards.
Bryce Young was recognized as the high shooter in trap shooting and the fisherman who finished the season with the most points.
Coming in behind Young in the fishing category were Griffin Courson and Andrew McDonald, who both tied for second place; Alex McGilton came in third. Andrew McDonald won the overall big bass award with a catch weighing more than five pounds.
In addition, McDonald awarded Griffin Courson with the “Most Likely in the Water Award.”
“He’s one that starts in the boat, but one way or another, usually ends up in the water,” McDonald said.
Coach Chuck Rawlings recognized all-conference soccer players Anna Hammonds, the goalie for the girls team, and Dwight Ashford, the goalie for the boys team.
Hammonds was also recognized as the girls MVP along with Desiree Sivek, who was named the defensive MVP, and Kristin Stewart who was named offensive MVP. Trinity Knight was named most improved and Alexis Amerson received the Fighting Eagle.
Ashford was named the defensive MVP and two of his teammeates — Melvin Cendajas and Daniel Lemus — were named co-offensive players of the year. Ty Washington was awarded the Fighting Eagle.
The tennis players who were recognized in addition to Thurmon, included the top male, Carson McDonald, and two Rookie of the year players, Griffin Courson and Lynsy Foreman. Coach Collins recognized Grant Roberson as most improved and awarded Jenna Cate Roberts the Eagle Award.
The golf awards included Robbie Jo Freeman, who was named female golfer of the year and Cooper Williams who was named male golfer of the year. Williams was also named as the golf team’s scholar athlete.
Skender said that in addition to Thurmon, he had two other players recognized as all-conference players, center fielder Jenna Cate Roberts and catcher Addison Christy.
Skender awarded Lynsy Foreman with the Coaches Award, Abby Senn with Rookie of the Year and Lexie Cameron as Most Improved.
Sunni Beth Lee was awarded the Lady Eagle award, which is an award that Skender said symbolizes what the coaches expect the girls to be on and off the field.
Roberts was named overall player of the year to conclude the softball awards.
Coach Dustin Wolcott, the CHS baseball coach, said that he had two players in addition to Holt who were named all-conference and two who were named honorable mention.
First baseman Trent Pullin and pitcher and center fielder Cody Kelly were both named all-conference with the short stop Jack Rice and pitcher, Chase Golden, receiving honorable mention.
“Rice was one of the best defensive short stops we’ve had and Chase Golden coming up as a freshman was one of our best pitchers,” Wolcott said.
Kelley was also recognized as the best outfielder in the conference, but Wolcott said Kelley had a great year on the mound as well.
“When he wasn’t on the mound he was in the outfield and he did a great job all year,” Wolcott said.
Grant Roberson was given the baseball academic award, which Wolcott said was tough as his players all had high GPAs.
“We were the only high school in Arkansas nominated for the Academic Excellence award by the American High School Coaches Association,” Wolcott said.
Golden was also named Rookie of the year.
Coach Rodney Lawson coached the boys track team and recognized five different athletes as MVPS. The MVP sprinter award went to both DeAndre Webb and Treyveon Chatman. Desmond Harris and Jeremy Green were recornized as MVP distance runners and the MVP for field events was given to James Hampton.
Lawson said he had one player named all-state, James Hampton, and 11 named all-conference, including Desmond Harris, Jeremy Green, DeAndre Webb, Treyveon Chatman, Devon Shaver, Tyreke Caldwell, Kentrel Williams, James Hampton, Jaylon Brown, Kameron Williams and Willie Taylor. Harris was given the Eagle Award and Chatman was recognized as the Scholar Athlete and the Most Improved.
The girls track coach, Govan, said she had five girls who received all-district and four who received all-state. Anaya Jones, Jaylynn Hampton, Shekirra Gavin, Jada Thorton, Charity Watkins and Harmony Green were all named all-district. Watkins, Jones, Gavin and Jaylynn Hampton were also named all-state.
Anaya Jones was also given the Lady Eagle Track Award and named Best Hurdler. Jaylynn Hampton was given the Field Award. Shekirra Gavin was recognized as the Scholar Athlete for track.
Govan — who also coaches the girls basketball team said — that in addition to Thurmon she had two players recognized as all-conference, Shekirra Gavin and Jada Cooks.
Govan also recognized Gavin as the season’s MVP and gave Cooks the Offensive Award. Jaylynn Hampton received the Sixth Man Award and Anaya Jones was recognized as the Defenisive Player of the Year and given the Blocked Shots Award.
Charity Watkins was awarded for the most rebounds and Sunni Lee was recognized for having the highest GPA.
Boys Basketball Coach Dominic Lincoln said he had three players named all-conference. They were Derrick Luckey, Jaylon Brown and Quendarious Hampton.
Luckey was also named as the Three Point Specialist and the Offensive MVP. Brown was given an award for blocks and rebounds and recognized as the scholar athlete for the team.
Kantrell Williams was named the Defensive MVP, James Hampton was given the Most Improved Award and Jack Rice was awarded the Sixth Man.
This year’s banquet was held in the Crossett Middle School Cafeteria and the meal was served by the Juniorettes and CMS Cheerleaders.