Seniors honored at Crowley High Athletic Banquet

CROWLEY – Selecting the recipients of Crowley High’s Gardiner Memorial Trophy has traditionally been a difficult task.

But not this year.

Both winners of the prestigious award symboling CHS’ top male and female student/athletes were easy choices. Both were four-sport athletes, both were starters in each sport, and both carried that same excellence over to the classroom.

Donavon Morris earned the honor on the boy’s side while Mandy Burke was the girl’s recipient.

The two received their awards at CHS’ annual Athletic Banquet Tuesday night.

“The accomplishments of these two student athletes were above the class,” said CHS football coach and athletic director Tommy Tate. “Both had a lot of accomplishments on the playing field and a lot of success in the classroom. The awards are voted on by all the coaches and both were unanimous choices.”

Morris was the Gents’ leading receiver in football, helped lead the basketball team to their first district title in 21 years in basketball, was a second baseman/outfielder for the baseball team and played a key role in helping lead the Gents to the District 4-AAA title in track.

He was also a standout in the classroom, graduating with a grade point average of 3.39.

Burke was also a force both on and off the field, graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She is a two-time state champion in powerlifting as well as an All-District performer in softball. She also ran cross country and was a regional qualifier in the discus in track.

Burke also added the softball Offensive MVP award to her list of accolades as well as the Hardest Worker award in cross country. Morris earned the Offensive Captain award in football.

Also during the banquet, athletes were honored for participation with certificates while those earning letters in a sport were presented with their letterman’s jacket. Seniors were also presented with a plaque.

Individual awards were presented in each sport as well.

Those honored with the Hardest Worker award included Arlissa Byers (volleyball and basketball), Henterrio Guidry (basketball), Trey Dupont (cross country), Mandy Burke (cross country), Ben Finley (football), Maranda Guidry (softball), Jake Trahan (baseball) and Brooke Thibodeaux and Brennan Andrus (track).

Team Captain awards went to Kristan Hargrave (volleyball), Karen Citizen (basketball), Tyler Dupuis (cross country), Jenae Bertrand (cross country and softball), George Henagan and Donavon Morris (football) and Troy Wilridge, C.J. Lewis, Isis Broussard (track).

Those honored with MVP awards were Tracie Boyd and Mylaina Brooks (volleyball), Mercedes Rogers (basketball), Jake Trahan and Brooke Thibodeaux (cross country), C.J. Lewis and D’Myrus Daniels (football), Kristan Hargrave and Mandy Burke (softball) and Tyler Dupuis and Jake Trahan (baseball).

Tonori Boutte and Mercedes Rogers were named Outstanding Track Performers while Kaleb Cormier and Kara Wilridge were the Outstanding Field Performers.

Therion Beverly earned the Most Improved award in basketball while Taylor Bertrand received the Teammate award in baseball.

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