Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s annual All-Sports Picnic provided food, fun and honors Tuesday night.
This is the night when Southeastern recognizes outstanding academics and athletics from its own.
Male and Female Scholar Athletes of the Year, and Most Outstanding Male and Female Athletes of the Year highlighted the individual awards.
Team achievements were noted, along with individual team Most Valuable Players.
Most Valuable Cooks were the football coaches who fired up old smokey and grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken breasts.
Team achievements included the first Super Regional appearance for men’s golf.
Also, football’s fourth-straight Lone Star Conference North Division championship; an LSC Tournament appearance for women’s basketball; LSC Tournament appearances for men’s and women’s tennis with regional bids due out Wednesday; baseball’s third-straight LSC Tournament berth; and softball’s ninth LSC-N championship with a high ranking of 6th in the NFCA National Poll.
The 2007-08 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year was Deana Brooks, who played tennis for coach Pat Mauldin.
The Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year was Weslee Vance, who played golf for coach Paul Aycock.
The 2007-08 Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year was Ashley Graham, who played softball for coach Ron Faubion.
The Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year was Randall Clay, who played baseball for coach Mike Metheny.
Cliff Eddings, who played football for coach Ray Richards, was named LSC-North Academic Player of the Year.
Destiny Brown, who played basketball for coach Darin Grover, was named Co-Newcomer of the Year.
Ken Reed, who played basketball for coach Tony Robinson, was named Co-Freshman of the Year.
Benjamin Disley, Co-Sportsman of the Year, and Nikita Ryashchenko, Co-Freshman of the Year, played tennis for coach Stephen Paine.
Perhaps most meaningful of all to the athletes are the individual team Most Valuable Players. This honor is voted on by teammates.
Fans, and sometimes coaches, may be fooled on occasion. Teammates are not fooled.
Southeastern’s 2008 MVPs by sport:
Volleyball — Jordan Parks, coached by Skip Freeman
Football — Bernard Daniel
Cross Country — Stephanie Heald, coached by Dr. Brad Ludrick
Women’s Basketball — Jessica Hocker
Men’s Basketball — Kyric Rambo
Women’s Tennis — Jenna Newton
Men’s Tennis — Jesse Buchanan
Men’s Golf — Brad Aycock
Softball — Rachel Lynn
Baseball — to be named later