Cowboy and Cowgirl high school athletes were feted Monday night at the annual All-Sports Banquet held at the Ryan High School cafeteria.
Two senior athletes were named overall outstanding athletes for the school year – Mackenzie Lewis and Dawson Tomberlin.
These two awards are voted on by each sport’s head coach and are based on athletic and academic achievement in the 2017-18 school year.
Several awards from each sports were also handed out during the evening.
Tomberlin was selected as the most valuable player for the Cowboy football squad for the past season. He was a valuable asset on both sides of the ball and provided leadership to coach Stan Mueggenborg’s team that finished 6-5 and advanced to the first round of the playoffs.
Tomberlin also set a school record for the longest interception return – a 94-yard return against Bray-Doyle.
Two of Ryan’s top cross country runners were honored during the banquet. Juliet Spangler and Holland Carter were selected as co-most valuable players.
Holland, a junior, set several school marks in various meets during the season and Spangler has been a two-year state qualifier for the Cowgirls in cross country.
Both runners were instrumental in the Cowgirls’ first meet championship for coach Steve Spangler last fall at the Waurika Invitational.
Rounding out the awards for the fall sports season came in fast-pitch softball.
The Cowgirls, coached by S. Spangler had their most successful season in school history as they recorded 16 wins on the season.
For her efforts on the diamond, Emilee Martin was selected as the team’s most valuable player. Abbie Bolin was named the offensive player of the year for the Cowgirls, while Sadie Guzman came away with the defensive player of the year.
It was a tough season on the hardwood for the Cowboys as they managed only five wins on the season for coach Judd Matthes.
Skyler Parkhill, a junior for the Cowboys, was honored as the defensive player of the year, while first-year varsity standout Grayson Tomberlin was named the offensive player of the year.
The Cowgirl basketball team showed marked improvement in the 2018 season despite having only seven players most of the year and only one senior on the squad.
The Cowgirls won only eight games, but it was the most wins by a Cowgirl squad since 2014.
Lily York was the top scorer on Coach Spangler’s squad and for her performance over the season she was named the most valuable player.
Also honored for the Cowgirl basketball team were Samantha Good as the offensive player of the year and J. Spangler as the defensive player of the year.
Ryan competed in three spring sports – baseball, slow-pitch softball and girls’ track. All the squads recently completed their seasons.
The slow-pitch team coached by Mueggenborg struggled to get games in because of weather and cancellations and finished with a 4-8 mark.
Leading the way was Lewis, who was selected as the most valuable player on the team.
Bolin also snagged the offensive player of the year award for the slow-pitch team. Good was named as the defensive player of the year.
Coach Matthes’ baseball squad also had a tough year finishing with a 4-13 mark.
The offensive player of the year honors when to G. Tomberlin who set the school record for most runs batted in during a game with Grandfield. He was the leading hitter for the team.
Camron Villerreal was tabbed as the defensive player of the year and Trey Bryant was named the most improved player for the Cowboy nine.
Coach Spangler’s girls’ track squad was a small one – only four competitors. However, the Cowgirls had a memorable season setting new school marks in the 1,600-meter relay and the 3,200-meter relay.
Two of the keys to the success of the team – J. Spangler and Carter – were honored at the banquet. J. Spangler was named the most valuable player, while Carter was awarded the teammate of the year award.