On the Evening of Wednesday, May 30th, Parker held its annual athletics banquet, honoring athletes across all sports for a variety of awards, honors, and accomplishments.
In addition to each team recognizing both their Parker Power award winner and their MVP, there were several other major awards and honor given.
CIF ACADEMIC TEAM AWARDS
Each year the CIF San Diego Section honors the teams with the highest cumulative GPA in their geographic region of the city. This year, there were 11 Lancer teams who finished with the highest team GPA in the metro region:
Football (3.38), Boys Water Polo (3.76), Girls Tennis (3.75), Girls Golf (3.78), Boys Soccer (3.47), Girls Basketball (3.67), Boys Track and Field (3.56), Girls Track and Field (3.69), Boys Lacrosse (3.46), Girls Lacrosse (3.71), and Boys Tennis (3.82)
UT ALL ACADEMIC TEAMS
Each season, the San Diego Union-Tribune honors Junior and Senior Varsity athletes who have achieved at least a 3.0 GPA. This year, Parker had 144 athletes named to the UT All Academic teams. 40 of those athletes had GPAs over a 4.0.
The High School Sports Association honors two students from each high school who have unweighted GPA's over 3.5, demonstrated superior leadership, and excellent citizenship, including character, integrity, and ethical behavior. Parker's two recipients of this award were seniors Frannie Lang and Nick Miller.
CIF SPIRIT OF SPORT AWARD WINNERS
Every season, each school nominates 1 male and 1 female athlete for the CIF Spirit of Sport award, which is given based on exemplary sportsmanship, school leadership, and community service. From those nominations, each section chooses 1 male and 1 female winner. In what was an unprecedented level of recognition, all 3 male winners this year were Parker seniors. Football player Bryan Shaw won in the fall. Soccer player Ben Krongard won in the winter. Baseball player Michael Yourg won in the spring. Krongard was also chosen as the winner for the entire state of California during the winter season.
CHUCK FREER SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Every year, Parker honors two athletes who have demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship for the duration of their entire athletic careers. Chosen to receive this award were seniors Elina Pepper and Collin Green.
DAVID GLASSEY ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Every year, Parker honors two athletes who have achieved extraordinary success throughout their athletic careers. In addition to their on-field or on-court achievements, the recipients of this award are also recognized for their outstanding leadership, work-ethic, and the example that they set for their teammates. Chose to receive this award were seniors Beatrix Thomas and Bryce Neels.
PARKER ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS
Two Parker seniors were so outstanding over the course of their careers, that they were nominated for consideration to be inducted into the Parker Athletics Hall of Fame. Cole Harris was nominated for the sport of sailing, and Sterling Hayes was nominated for the sport of baseball.
Harris, who signed a letter of intent to sail at Dartmouth College next year, graduates Parker as one of it's most decorated sailors in the school's history. In his 4th year as a skipper, he led Parker's sailing team to a second place finish in the 2018 national competition.
Hayes, also signed a letter of intent, his being to play at Vanderbilt University next year. In his 4 year varsity career, he was a 1st team all conference selection 4 times, including twice being named the conference pitcher of the year, and once being named the player of the year. His career ERA of 1.17 places him among the all time section leaders. He helped lead the Lancers to Championship game appearances in both his junior and senior seasons.
CIF SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR NOMINATION
Senior Tanner Penrose has been nominated by the school for consideration as the CIF San Diego Section Scholar Athlete of the year. While running cross country for the Lancers this year, Tanner led our Boys team to a CIF Division 5 championship this year, including finishing a silver medal in the Division 5 individual finals with a time of 16:32. Tanner was also selected to the Union-Tribune All Academic team, earning his spot with a 4.39 GPA. Tanner will be attending Boston College Next Year.
PARKER MALE AND FEMALE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Finally, Parker honored their Male and Female Athletes of the year at our annual end of the year awards assembly. Selected as the honorees were seniors Giselle Alota and Sterling Hayes.
Alota earned 13 Varsity Letters throughout her Parker career, competing in cheer, basketball, lacrosse, and track and field. While serving as captain of the cheer and track teams, she earned the most accolades on the basketball court, where she was a 4 time 1st team all conference selection, as well as the league player of the year after her junior season. She graduates Parker in the top 3 in nearly every statistical category on the court including points, assists, steals, and 3-pointers. She will be continuing her athletic career next year at the United States Naval Academy.
Hayes graduates Parker as one it's most decorated baseball players in the program's history, having also been chosen as a 1st team all league selection 4 times, including twice as the conference pitcher of the year, and this year as the conference player of the year. His career ERA of 1.17 has him among the all time section leaders. When he wasn't pitching, Hayes was still an integral part of the batting order, and was one of the top infielders in San Diego County. He will be continuing his career next year at Vanderbilt University.
by Matt Morrison