Athletic distinction, sportsmanship and academic success for the 2017-18 season were celebrated recently at the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) annual athletic awards banquet held at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Center.
During the ceremony, coaches from CSM’s athletics department presented awards for accomplishments in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, volleyball and women’s lacrosse. Athletic awards for CSM’s Hawks’ teams capped off a fulfilling spring season overall, with a total of 78 wins and 114 losses across all sports.
Athletes of the Year
Softball starter and co-captain Samantha Summers, of Mechanicsville, was named the Female Athlete of the Year. Summers returned to her second season of college softball and ranked within the top 25 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). She was the only player in the top 25 who did not strike out the whole season. She also ranked in the top 10 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (JUCO).
CSM basketball player Juwan Smith, of Lexington Park, was named the Male Athlete of the Year for his outstanding play with the Hawks. The sophomore starting point guard was named Second Team NJCAA Division II All American, Second Team All-Maryland JUCO and First Team NJCAA Region XX. Smith racked up impressive stats for the Hawks, with an average of 20.1 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, 82 steals and 4.4 assists per game. In addition, he sunk 98 three-pointers during the season.
Savanna Pavkov, of Clinton, was awarded the Scholar Athlete of the Year for maintaining 36 credit hours with a 4.0 average while delivering a solid performance on the girls’ softball team as the Hawks’ left fielder.
The Wings of the Hawk Award is an award given by the entire athletic department to an individual for helping the athletic program behind the scenes. This year it was presented to two recipients for their outstanding support of all athletes. Director of Student Services Dr. Dorothy Collins and Coordinator of the Southern Maryland Studies Center Anna Kephart were recognized for providing academic support to the students. The two worked with athletes who were struggling academically throughout the season on study strategies and techniques to help lift their success.
Other Award Winners
Outstanding Leadership Award: Jazmin Summers, of Mechanicsville
Player of the Year: Kelsea Burgess, of Leonardtown
Coaches Award: Max Bode, of Nanjemoy
Coaches Award: Paul Burton, of Pomfret
Offensive Player of the Year: Alexandra Allen, of Billings, Montana
Defensive Player of the Year: Brandie Todd, of Charlotte Hall
All Around Player of the Year: Ashley Hall, of Hughesville
All Around Best Male Runner of the Year: Jacob Weber, of Great Mills
All Around Best Female Runner of the Year: Allison Mattera, of Huntingtown
Coaches Award: Jennifer Nanosi, of Hyattsville
Coaches Award: Te’a Green, of Landover
Award of Academic Excellence: Amashia Moyd, of Montgomery Village
Award of Academic Excellence: Alexandra Allen, of Billings, Montana
Most Valuable Player: Juwan Smith, of Lexington Park
Coaches Award: Sean Scott, of Waldorf
Most Valuable Player: Kayla Clark, of Chaptico
Most Improved: Jenna Purdy, of La Plata
Team Player of the Year: Heather Donovan, of St Leonard
Offensive Player of the Year: Samantha Summers, of Mechanicsville
Pitching Award: Lindsey Wood, of Hollywood
Hawk Award: Megan Cunningham, of La Plata
Most Valuable Golfer: William Garrett, of Chesapeake Beach
Leadership Award: Tyler Potts, of Owings
Offensive Leader: Derek Taitano, of Hollywood
Defensive Leader: Gavin Moore, of Waldorf
For information on athletics at CSM, visit www.csmd.edu/Athletics.
To view photos from the CSM Athletic Awards banquet, visit http://csmphoto.zenfolio.com/18athbanquet