Many accomplishments of Daleville High School student-athletes were highlighted May 9 at the school's spring athletics banquet.
Before the awards were presented, Daleville Board of Education member Johnny Buchanan delivered a message on improvement, persistence and proceeding through life with courage.
“I think all of you are winners,” he said. “I know you’re going to (improve), and I know you’re going to have courage…to represent us well.”
The Daleville baseball, softball, track and field, girls basketball and boys basketball teams were honored after the message.
The Warhawk varsity baseball team finished its season with a flourish, with wins against Pike County.
DHS baseball coach Brien Sullivan recognized the players and presented Christopher Perkins with the Sportsmanship Award for the year.
"I tell my little boy stories every night before he goes to bed," Sullivan said. "He always wants to know, 'What happened on that baseball field, Daddy?' That's something big for me to share with him. They're his heroes. The guys will never know how much they mean to him. You guys mean a lot to us. I hope you had as much fun as I did over the season. It went by too fast."
The junior varsity team was also recognized and presented with certificates.
The junior high softball team was recognized next, followed by the varsity Lady Hawks.
"This year was my first year coaching girls," Daleville softball coach Desmond Lett said. "They taught me a lot. I know we weren't as successful as I wanted us to be and some of the girls wanted to be, but we had fun. We really did have fun."
The track and field program had a solid year, and was each student-athlete was recognized by coach Robert McCall along with sectional and state presentations.
The DHS student-athletes who competed at the sectional meet were Makelle Blair, Amerikus Enfinger, Corey Holloway, Tamiyah Johnson, Kingston Lister, Sincere McKenzie, John Mosner and Stevanna Thomas.
The student-athletes who competed in the state meet were Joye Anderson, La'Jasha Fils-Aime' Tyler Presley, Kori Raybon, LaTyana Raybon and Kenyetta Stephens.
"All of these (student-athletes) I am looking at as leaders next year except for Kenyetta, who is going to be leaving us and moving on (after graduation)," McCall said. "I'm so fired up about working with all of (you)…in the coming years."
Daleville girls basketball assistant coach Yolanda Terry presented the girls junior high basketball team with certificates commemorating its 9-4 season, and DHS junior high boys basketball coach Everette Marshall presented his team with certificates to recognize its undefeated 14-0 season.
"These young men know what's expected," Marshall said. "For us to be successful, we must first be successful in the classroom. That's why student comes before athlete."
Akealis Bloodsaw was named Most Valuable Player, and McKenzie was the Offensive MVP. Cameron Giles was the Defensive MVP, and the Sixth Man Award went to Jordan McDonald. The Warhawk Award was presented to Tomar Hobdy.
The varsity Lady Hawks basketball team finished 20-10, and the three seniors amassed 71 wins in three years.
The players were recognized by DHS girls basketball coach Zach Kelley.
Kelley presented the Hustle Award to Raiven Hallford. The Team Captain Award went to Stephens.
The Defense Award went to La'Jasha Fils-Aime' who led the team in steals with 5.5 steals per game.
The Offense Award went to Aleecea Harris, who averaged 10 points a game and led the Lady Hawks in scoring, rebounding and blocks.
The Sixth Man Award went to Kiarra Pouncy.
Daleville boys basketball coach Blake Garner then recognized the junior varsity boys basketball team before he honored the varsity team.
Bryce Souders earned the Scholar Award. The Most Improved Player Award was presented to Austin Valdez. Jaymiane Fils-Aime' and Kainan Pouncy earned Team Captain Awards, and Kainan Pouncy was named the MVP.
Kainan Pouncy finished the year with 17.8 points a game, 8.4 rebounds a game, 6.1 steals a game, 5.7 assists a game, 1.5 blocks per game and a 52.5 shooting percentage from the field.
The Daleville Sun-Courier recognized Harris as its Female Athlete of the Year, and Kainan Pouncy as its Male Athlete of the Year.