SANFORD, Florida - The Raider Celebration didn't officially start until 6:30 p.m. on Sunday evening, but the room was full by 6 o'clock. This might be because Dr. McGee was speaking or because coaches instill time management skills in their Student-Athletes, but probably because this was the last time this group would all be in the same place. With post-season and graduation looming, there won't be another chance for Seminole State Athletes to share some quality time. The night was a success in many regards and sharing memories was at the top of the list.
Dr. John Gyllin served as emcee and after dinner introduced Dr. E. Ann McGee as guest speaker. This was the last time that Dr. McGee would speak at the (15th annual) Raider Celebration as the President. She reminded the Student-Athletes that they should always include Seminole State on their resume or Bio.
Each of the coaches announced their sports awards. Director of Athletics Kurt Esser gave out the Mack Blythe, Softball Excellence and the Athlete of the year awards. But the highest honors were once again the graduation cords. All graduating student-athlete received a blue and gold cord to wear during graduation ceremonies.
Award winners for the year are as follows:
- Female Athlete of the Year - Erica Chiang (Women's Golf) (top right)
- Male Athlete of the Year - Zak Wilson (Baseball) (top left)
Mack Blythe (Freshman/Newcomer of the Year):
- Kelsi Smith (Softball) (middle right)
- Scott Fickas (Baseball) (middle left)
- MVP - Jake WrightMost
- Improved - Austin Hurwitz
- Coaches Award - Brady Martello
- MVP - Tai Anudit
- Most Improved - Samantha Brimhall
- Coaches Award - Alex Naumovski
- Co-MVP - Chelsea Peace
- Most Improved - Keri Allen
- Coaches Award - Kayla Casella
Taylor Langworthy (bottom right) was awarded the Softball Excellence Scholarship based on academics, athletics and community service.
- The 2017 Softball team finished 53-11 and Champions of the Mid-Florida Conference
- Coach Courtney Miller won her 1,000 career game on March 17, 2018
- Seminole State will serve as host of the NJCAA Region 8 Softball Tournament, May 3-6, 2018
- The 2017 Baseball team finished 25-25, its best record since 2013
- The 2017 Women's Golf team finished 2nd at the NJCAA Championships in Duluth, GA
- Seminole State Golf has finished in the top 3 in the Nation for the last 6 years
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About the Seminole State Raiders:
The Raider Athletics Department of Seminole State College was established in 1965 and initially led by Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach Joe Sterling. Seminole State now sponsors five sports all competing in the NJCAA Division I. Both Baseball and Softball facilities are located on College Drive on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.
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