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    Brooklyn Sykes, left, and Rylie Price were named Co-MVPs for cross country. Sykes also won the Brandon Warren Courage Award.

Queen City ISD hosts annual Athletic Banquet

By Tim Emmons
Queen City athletes, coaches, administrators and families converged on the campus of Morris Upchurch Middle School on May 9, to honor the student-athletes at their annual sports banquet.
QC AD Justin Burk kicked off the evening’s awards presentation by giving two plaques to football players who went above and beyond.
The Defensive MVP Award went to Jaeger Jaynes, the Offensive Lineman Award went to Daniel Keene and the Offensive MVP Award went to Josh Henry.
Cross Country coach Carrie Hudson awarded Rylie Price and Brooklyn Sykes the MVP Award for the ladies, and she chose Mo McCoy and Logan Price as her MVPs for the boys’ team.
Head volleyball coach Haley Patterson selected Mackenzie Hozdic as her MVP, named Cori Lang Most Dedicated and named Maci Stringer Most Reliable.
First-year girls’ basketball coach Janice McMellon had a season to remember.
The Lady Bulldogs not only finished district 14-0, but also won the district title for the first time in 40 years.
With that Coach McMellon chose Jessica Jones as her MVP, and Jacie Lance received the Fighting Bulldog Award.
This is the third year in a row that Jones has won the MVP, and also the third consecutive year in which both Jones and Lance have received the top awards together.
Lance was named MVP with Jones during their freshman campaign and was named Defensive MVP last season.
For the QC varsity boys’ basketball team Coach Burk selected Tyler Nolen and Alex Carver as Co-MVPs.
The varsity team finished second in a tough district this season, and fought through adversity of being too small to ball.
Boys’ powerlifting coach Tommy Kimble selected Christian Little as his MVP, and ladies’ coach Paige Grey chose Alyssa Clements.
Tennis coach Carrie Hudson chose Dylan Garrison and Mariana Armendariz as her Co-MVPs, and she chose Zac Baum and Kailee Stringer as recipients of the Fighting Bulldog Award.
Golf coach Steven Holmes chose Madison Teale as his pick for MVP, boys’ track coach Kyle Brown chose both Austin Lowe and Christian Little as Co-MVPs and girls’ track coach Janice McMellon selected Madison Jones as her MVP and CeCe Walker as her Fighting Bulldog recipient.
Softball Coach Chelsea Ivy chose Maci Stringer as the MVP for the Lady ’Dawgs softball team, Kenadi Meador was given the Most Dedicated Award, Marlee Durmon the Most Improved Award and Cori Lang the Leadership Award.
Baseball coach David Kennedy handed the MVP Award to Ray Cook, the REPS Award to Kyle Parker and the 2-Strike Award to Jaeger Jaynes.
Athletic Boosters President Tiffany Griggs presented seniors Maci Stringer and Jaeger Jaynes with Senior Awards Booster Scholarships for their contributions made from freshman year until now, getting over hurdles as athletes/students and making a great commitment to the athletic program as well as playing multiple sports at times.
Josh Henry and Maci Stringer were chosen as Bulldog of the Year and Lady Bulldog of the Year respectively for showing good, moral character, being all-around athletes and for being good role models for the younger athletes to look up to.
Last but certainly not least, the Brandon Warren Courage Award was given to seniors William J. Harris and Brooklyn Sykes who, as student athletes, held to the same standards and inspirations as Coach Warren did throughout his high school career.
Coach Warren was the prime example of a “Classy guy” who showed us all that giving up was not an option and his courage and strength through adversity is a testament to all who believe. Coach Warren would want the student athletes to take that courage and use it against whatever giants they may face in the next phase of their young lives.

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