BY MIKE MARZOLF
Special to the Tribune
As the end of the athletic season winds down at Barton Community College, the Booster Club and athletic department held their annual Athletic Banquet this past week.
All the teams were recognized, including their team and individual accomplishments.
Several awards were given out to athletes and coaches as well as the Booster of the Year award.
Headlining the list were the Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
Renan Sousa was named the Male Athlete of the Year for his performance on the soccer field. Sousa was the Player of the Year in the Jayhawk Conference this past season for the Cougars.
Ayesha Champagnie picked up the Female Athlete of the Year award for her efforts on the track and in the field. Champagnie is still competing in the outdoor season with sights set on the heptathlon gold medal at the NJCAA Championships. That would go with her record breaking performance in winning the gold medal in the pentathlon during the indoor season.
The Coach of the Year went to Doug Kaiser, who led his women’s golf team to their fourth straight Jayhawk Conference and Region VI titles. Kaiser also coached the men’s team to a top 20 ranking and a fourth place finish in the conference. The women’s team will compete in the NJCAA Championships later this month.
The Assistant Coach of the Year was awards to Alan Clark for his work with the women’s basketball team. Clark just completed his fourth season as the assistant for the Barton women and took on added responsibility this past season with Trevor Rolfs serving at the head coach as well as the athletic director.
A pair of track athletes picked up the Most Inspirational Athletes of the Year awards. For the men, it was Anthony Adderly winning while Widline Lageroy won the award for the women.
For the second straight year Colton Zink named the Skyler Hill award winner. Zink is a sophomore for the baseball team.
Bob Harris was named the Booster of the Year.