Top athletes honored by sportsmans club

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The Alexandria Sportsmans Club handed out their end-of-the-year awards to 19 student-athletes as well as to six other recipients on May 22.
At the banquet, which was held at the Old Town North Holiday Inn – T.C. Williams (6), Ireton (5), St. Stephens & St. Agnes (5) and Episcopal (3) – were all well represented.

Fall Awards Football
Episcopals Danny Coale. The senior wide receiver, defensive back, kick returner, punter, placekicker will play collegiately at Virginia Tech. Coale, coached by Mark Gowin at EHS, helped lead the Maroon to an 8-1 record this past fall. In his career, Coale caught 109 passes for over 2,000 yards.

Cross Country
T.C. Williamss Brad Kenimer. The Titan has a 4.0 academic average and advanced to the Virginia State Meet this past fall. In addition, Kenimer finished 40th overall out of 300 runners at the prestigious Footlocker South-National Race. According to the Titan, I want to thank my coach Mike Hughes.

Volleyball
St. Stephens & St. Agness Ashley Headen. The senior was a four-year starter, three-year All-ISL honoree and a two-time VIS Player of the Year. The Saint, who played for Betsy Rice, will take her skills to Stony Brook University (N.Y.).

Field Hockey
St. Stephens & St. Agness Micaela OToole. The senior was first-team All ISL, first-team All-Met (Washington Post) and second-team All-State. OToole, also a lacrosse player, will play college lacrosse at Georgetown Univ.

Soccer
Episcopals Abel Shadow Sebele. Sebele, who hails from Zimbabwe, scored 17 goals and added 12 goals this past season. He is known on the field for his fluid play and for his decisive runs.

Winter Awards

Boys Basketball
T.C. Williams Mike Davis. The senior had an out of town commitment and his award was accepted by T.C. Williams athletic director Kerry Donley. Davis, who played the post, was selected as the Northern Region MVP in the Northern Region Basketball Tournament. During his senior season, Davis averaged 18 points/seven rebounds and three assists per game.

Girls Basketball
T.C. Williams Tiarra Ruffin-Pratt. The sophomore guard averaged 25 points/11 rebounds/four steals and four assists per game. She has reached 1,000 career points faster than any other (male or female) Titan in school history. Ruffin-Pratt has already received more than  200 recruiting letters from an array of colleges with two high school seasons remaining.

Wrestling
Bishop Iretons Tim Dean. The senior (171 pounds) finished his career as St. Albans Tournament Champion, VIS State Champion and WCAC
Runner-Up. He finished his senior season with a 50-4 record and will wrestle collegiately at Army (West Point).

Swim/Dive
Bishop Iretons Francis Briggy Imbriglia. The junior won the Alexandria Sportsmans Club award following his freshman and sophomore year as well. Imbriglia, a diver, was VIS State Champion.

Ice Hockey
St. Stephens & St. Agness Briggs Davis. The junior is the Saints all-time leading scorer – with another season remaining. He was named All-IAC following both his sophomore and his junior seasons.

Spring Awards

Baseball
Bishop Iretons Tyler Dupre. The junior catcher batted nearly .490 for Cardinal head coach Rich McCoppin. Dupre also led the team in home runs and in RBIs. He was chosen second-team All-WCAC and also plays football and basketball for the Cardinals.

Softball
Bishop Iretons Chrissy Sborz. The senior will play collegiately at Brevard University. The pitcher was a four-year starter at Ireton (for coach Mark Heiser) and has a career batting average of .400. Sborz also won the award following her sophomore and junior seasons and has a career slugging percentage of .800.

Track/Field
T.C. Williams Samella Koroma. The senior was selected All-American and has also garnered a number of All-State and All-Region honors. Koroma, who throws the shot and discus, will take her skills to the University of Richmond this fall.

Boys Rowing
T.C. Williamss Owen Jones. Jones said, I want to thank my coaches and my parents. Rowing is a sport that requires a lot of persistence and a lot of hard training.

Girls Rowing
T. C. Williams Meredith Kasey-Cosier. The Lady Titan commented – Rowing is a go hard or go home sport. I want to thank my coaches, [T.C. Williams athletic director] Kerry Donley, my parents and my family for this award.

Tennis
Episcopals Cary Cowart. The left handed Maroon player said, I want to thank the Alexandria Sportsmans Club and my parents. It was a real honor when I found out that I was chosen for this award.

Golf
Bishop Iretons Brian Dauer. Dauer, who was coached at Ireton by Charlie
Hall and Ryan Fannon, was selected All-State (VIS). Commented Fannon, Brian was a long hitter who also was soft on the green.

Boys Lacrosse
St. Stephens & St. Agnes – Mark White. The senior goalie helped lead the Saints to an overall record of 16-5 in 07 including the IAC Tournament Runner-up Trophy. The Saints ended Georgetown Preps 48 game win streak with a one-goal win in the IAC semi-finals. White and his twin brother Mike – will both play for the Univ. of Maryland.

Girls Lacrosse
St. Stephens & St. Agnes Liz Downs. The senior is a member of the under-19 National Team as well as a High School All-American. Downs helped lead the Lady Saints to the ISL AA Title as well as to the VIS State Title. She and 10 other senior Saints, who played for Kathy Jenkins, will play college lacrosse – Downs specifically will play at the Univ. of Virginia.

Other Awards
Coach of the YearT.C. Williams Boys Basketball Coach Ivan Thomas
Sportsman of the Year Award Donnie Simpson
Past Presidents Award Donnie Simpson
Hall of Fame Award Bob Stumpf
Civic Award Mike Oliver
Recreation Department Athlete of the Year Shannon Smythe

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