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Gateway Meeting coaches, athletes honored at Florida Theatre

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Dozens of coaches and university student-athletes from 17 Gateway Meeting schools were being honored Monday evening at the Florida Theatre.

Amid the honors handed out ended up the all-sports activities trophies for boys and women sports activities, the two won by Mandarin Superior Faculty. Mandarin outscored Fletcher and Stanton to acquire the girls’ trophy and topped Fletcher and Sandalwood for the boys’ trophy.

A single exceptional mentor from just about every activity was honored with the Mike Houser Award. Among the the winners was O.J. Smaller, who announced this wintertime that he’s stepping aside from coaching soccer at Riverside Superior College. Fletcher coach Brad Plummer, who led the Senators to the state championship, gained for ladies soccer.

Englewood volleyball mentor Cynthia Bateh received the Bernard Wilkes award, supplied to the mentor who “exemplifies the enthusiasm, charisma, sportsmanship, real sincerity in caring for his/her athletes, and other attributes that designed Mentor Wilkes these types of a discover ambassador in his sport and the Conference.”

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Mandarin athlete Ellie Jackson was honored for earning all-Gateway Conference honors in 3 sporting activities, Volleyball, Ladies Basketball, and Flag Soccer.

Eight athletes had been honored for earning all-Gateway Meeting for 4 a long time in a sport: boys swimmers Gate Hulbert (Mandarin), Drew Salls (Sandalwood) and Elisha Dees (White). Alyssa Wyatt (Mandarin women cross country), Manyi Ngu (Stanton women golfing), Josey Rossignol (Fletcher ladies soccer), De’Quon King (Raines wrestling) and Charley Mims (Parker baseball).

The Gateway Conference has been all-around because the 1950s and the awards demonstrate has been held approximately as extended. This yr, 8 condition champions, seven individuals furthermore Fletcher girls soccer were honored as nicely.

“Every calendar year, we want to make this even larger and greater,” mentioned Tammie Talley, Duval County General public Faculties athletic director. “We have won so quite a few state championships this yr in the Duval County Community Faculties. So being ready to celebrate not only gateway conference championships but state championships by means of the FHSAA, I think is definitely enjoyable.”

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Why all of the championships this calendar year? It in fact commenced past spring when seven state observe and industry championships had been won by Gateway Meeting faculties and athletes. The craze continued into this faculty calendar year.

“I just believe it’s our youngsters are doing work more durable it’s possible soon after what we went through a few of several years in the past where individuals ended up sitting down at property and we weren’t taking part in sporting activities, and maybe that just lit a fire less than some of them and received them enthusiastic to function a tiny bit harder,” Talley said. “We are super thrilled to be celebrating them.”

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