A small in numbers, but big in stature girls golf team topped the Smithfield-Selma story lines this fall.
Comprised of just three members, the minimum required to field a team, the Spartans unexpectedly took home the Two Rivers 3A Conference title. State qualifier Parker Watson won the individual conference championship title, tied for eighth in the 3A state championships and was recognized as the MVP for the Spartans. Natalie Hill and Maggie Riley both qualified for regionals and were named Most Improved and Most Dedicated, respectively.
Senior outside linebacker Raequan Smith was awarded the Defensive POY honor and Tyquan Dublin, the team’s leader rushing leader, was named Offensive POY. Alex Wagner, a 6-foot-5 senior, won the Lineman of the Year Award.
Caleb Silver had a strong season for the boys cross country team, finishing sixth in the Two Rivers Conference championship, and qualifying for the state championships. Freshman Nishaun Theet was presented with the Most Improved award.
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Like Theet for the boys team, sophomore Gwyn Reece is a promising young runner for the girls side and Reece took sixth place in the Two Rivers Conference championships with a 20:35.00 mark and was a state qualifier as well.
In volleyball, Maya Anderson-Badillo was named Top Sever thanks to her 38 aces this season, which led the team. Senior Kayla Wakefield had 59 kills this season and was second on the team in blocks and won the Coaches Award.
Three-year No. 1 player Caroline Carter won the MVP for the girls tennis team.
Nilton Perez had a stellar season for the Spartans boys soccer team. The senior scored 32 goals and had 21 assists to win the Offensive POY award. Joseph Rios was the heart and soul of a strong Smithfield-Selma defense and was recognized as the Defensive POY.
Girls Most Valuable Runner: Gwyn Reece
Girls Coaches Award: Kiniah Street
Boys Most Valuable Runner: Caleb Silver
Boys Coaches Award: Tymothy Jones
Boys Most Improved: Nishaun Theet
Lineman of the Year: Alex Wagner
Defensive POY: Raequan Smith
Offensive POY: Tyquan Dublin
Bobby Daniels Award: Austin Blackman
MVP: Parker Watson
Most Improved: Natalie Hill
Most Dedicated: Maggie Riley
Defensive POY: Joseph Rios
Offensive POY: Nilton Perez
Coaches Award: Nestor Olguin
MVP: Caroline Carter
Sportsmanship Award: Carlee Sharpe
Leigh Krisan Millard Award: Ariana Wieland
Coaches Award: Kayla Wakefield
Top Server: Maya Anderson-Badillo
Most Improved: Mikayla Rabil