An all encompassing athletic banquet hadn’t been done before to most people’s knowledge. On Wednesday Allen County Community College held an event it plans to make an annual affair.
The ACCC Athletic Banquet was for all the Red Devil teams — fall, winter, spring sports plus cheer and dance. It was good to see all those athletes in one place. Well, not all, because the golf team was in Lawrence playing golf. Basketball players, both women and men, were on official campus visits to four-year colleges. Several fall athletes had already “moved on.”
Mindi Lozenski, a sophomore from Leavenworth, and Zack Doolan, a sophomore from Kansas City, Mo., were named the 2009-2010 ACCC Female and Male Athletes of the Year. Lozenski was the setter for the ACCC volleyball team the past two years and was an outstanding student in the classroom. So was Doolan, who played as a mid-fielder for the Allen County men’s soccer team the past two years.
All the teams were presented in front and seasons talked about. Team awards — voted on by team members — were given to the most inspirational, the most improved and the most valuable.
It was a great night for Allen County Community College and its student-athletes.
Job well done.
JUST A LITTLE NOTE about some big doings for Iola High School in May. The Mustangs and Fillies will host the 2010 Southeast Kansas League track meet on May 13, a Thursday, then the next Friday, May 21, Iola High is hosting the 2010 Kansas Class 4A Regional Track Meet.
“We’re very excited about having both meets here,” said Marvin Smith, IHS head track coach. “When we got the new track built, I wanted Iola High to become like Fredonia, Burlington, Coffeyville, Girard; those schools have reputations of running track meets well.”
Iola is building that reputation. It has held a SEK meet and even a 4A regional the first year it had the new eight-lane track. Crest High holds its invitational meet here now instead of Burlington.
Smith said he was lucky to have people like Terry Lower, Jack Morrell and Jack Stanley from the Iola Middle School to help along with their staff.
“We’re looking for voluteers to help run both the league and regional meets. So put those dates on your calendar and come out and help us put on the best track meets in the area,” Smith said.
Contact Smith at IHS.