Several area high school senior student-athletes will be honored tonight and have a chance to earn money for college at the Greater Denton Sports Commission annual awards banquet.
The GDSC honors three male and three female student-athletes in Denton County, as well as area coaches. The student recipients receive college scholarship money from the organization.
The banquet is set for 7 p.m. at Oakmont Country Club in Corinth and will feature guest speaker Stephen Howard, a former NBA player who is now an ESPN college basketball analyst and the New Orleans Hornets studio analyst, as well as an award-winning motivational speaker.
The nominees include several student-athletes who have been in the headlines in recent years, including Argyle’s Spencer McCloud, who won a Class 3A state basketball championship in 2012 and repeated last week as the Class 3A state high jump champion. The senior is set to go to Texas on a track scholarship.
Also nominated is Krum’s Julia Schmaltz, who has done it all for the Lady Cats — starring as an all-state basketball player and District 9-3A MVP as well as earning regional berths in both track and tennis.
McCloud will be joined in the boys category, in which three awards will be given out, by Liberty Christian multi-sport standout Foster Ford. He helped the Warriors to the TAPPS 5A state baseball championship and the TAPPS 5A track championship. He is the son of Sanger baseball coach Steve Ford.
Other boys nominated include Ponder’s Jack Beer, Denton basketball player Manny Patterson, Hebron state-champion distance runner Robert Domanic, Aubrey’s Collin Scribner, who is going to play baseball at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Krum’s Travis White and Guyer’s Terrell Singleton, who was a starting linebacker for Guyer’s Class 4A Division I state championship football team.
Joining Schmaltz among the girls nominees are Liberty Christian’s Mackenzie Millican, Denton volleyball player Kendall Wagner, Hebron distance runner Rachel Jones, Aubrey’s Kelsey Scribner, Calvary volleyball player Cory Grant, who helped lead her team to its first state championship in TAPPS 2A, Ponder’s Madison Stout and Guyer softball standout Suzette Palmer, a four-year starter for the Wildcats who helped lead Guyer to the state tournament as a freshman.
Other awards given out at the banquet include Collegiate Coach of the Year, High School Coach of the Year (boys and girls), Youth Sports Volunteer of the Year, the Jim Bateman Award and the All-Sports Trophy, given to the top high school athletic program of the year in Denton County.