All five Judson athletic teams gathered in Archibald on Thursday, April 12, along with parents, friends, and coaches to celebrate their achievements throughout their 2017-2018 seasons. The night kicked off with a prayer from senior basketball and softball player Madison Casale, followed by the presentation of awards.
Before presenting awards, each coach took a moment to reflect on his or her season. Soccer coach Justin Pino commended his players for their positivity and teamwork by saying, “It is so enjoyable to watch your players grow not only as a team but as people. They have exhibited such a positive environment and attitudes that I am so proud of.” Varsity volleyball captain Kayla Oliver spoke on behalf of her team and possibly gave away the team’s number-one bonding secret: van ride worship concerts and team Bible study.
Pamela Mitcham summed up the achievements of her team with Isaiah 40:31: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Mitcham said that the verse epitomizes the bond that the equestrian team has created this season. “The team has grown together, and gotten stronger together, and we are so proud of their accomplishments,” said Mitcham.
Softball and basketball coach Tom Hannah discussed the hardships that his team faced throughout the season. Hannah expressed how he often stressed to his team that statistics are not always the most important aspect of the game. Hannah said, “This year was such an enlightening experience. We have statistics, but we don’t always prefer to talk about them. No matter what our results were at the end of the season, I will always remember the fun we had on those long van rides.” Hannah spoke for all of his team members when he said, “When you have a [losing] season you are usually ready for it to end, but I for one was not.”
Athletic director Marsha Ford won the night and received a standing ovation from all who attended the banquet for her hard work and dedication to Judson Athletics. Senior softball and basketball player Tiffany Watson said it best by expressing, “Ms. Marsha is not just an athletic director, she is someone I can confide in, someone who gives me advice, and someone whom I am very grateful for.” All athletic teams presented Ford with cards and notes of appreciation before bringing the night to a close.