Anne Arundel Community College athletes in five fall sports and a coach received awards at last week's fourth annual Fall Sports Awards Ceremony.
The Athletic Director's Award went to two-sport coach Tom Smith, whose women's basketball and softball teams were honored for their academic achievements. The women's basketball team had a collective 2.96 grade-point average while the softball team's GPA was 3.01.
David Dori of Chesapeake High was named most valuable player of the tennis team, which won the Region XX championships and is bound for national play this spring. Dori was a first-team All-JuCo singles player and a second-team selection for doubles.
The most improved tennis player for Anne Arundel was Brian Schulz of Oklahoma. Schulz earned All-JuCo first-team doubles and second-team singles honors. Todd Wyatt of Delaware, who made All-JuCo second-team singles and first-team doubles, was the team's unsung hero.
Rodney DeConti of Meade was named MVP of the men's soccer team that went 15-6 before losing to top-seeded and nationally ++ ranked Allegheny-Pittsburgh in the NJCAA Region XX tournament semifinals.
Glenn Hedgecoth of Northeast High was named the most improved player and Lawrence Sancomb of Meade won the team's unsung hero award.
Other team members recognized for their selection to the All-JuCo team were Brian Lawson (Mount St. Joseph), Patrick Mohr (Spalding), Jonathan Plummer (Glen Burnie) and Jody Haislip (North County). Haislip was the team's scoring leader for the season and the school's all-time career scoring leader.
Tracy Tobin of St. Mary's was the MVP of the women's soccer team, which finished with a 6-10 record.
Jenefer Rice of Queen Anne's was the team's most improved player while Broadneck graduate Suzanne Driver was named the unsung hero. Michelle Cope (Se
verna Park) was the team's leading scorer and was named to the All-JuCo, All-Region XX and All-Region Tournament teams.
Penni Woolford of Queen Anne's was the MVP for the 23-13 volleyball team. Woolford had 219 kills and 103 solo blocks.
Leesa McMickle of Annapolis, a weakside/middle hitter, led the team with the most underhand service aces and was voted the most improved player. Jessica Maczis of Meade was the volleyball team's unsung hero.
The Division II champion cross country team was paced by Broadneck's Doug Murphy, voted most valuable male runner for the second year in a row. Janine MacMillian of Chesapeake was selected most valuable female while Marc Mallonee (Broadneck) and Ann Heiser (Severna Park) were selected as most improved.
Amanda Shiplette of Annapolis was the unsung hero for the women's cross country team and Robert Parkhurst of Iowa was named unsung hero of the men's team.