The Palm Beach County Sports Commission (PBCSC) announces 12 finalists for the 2016 Annual Sports Awards. The Annual Sports Awards include; Coach of the Year, High School Player of the Year male and female, Andrews-Ceravolo High School Coach of the Year, and Outstanding Sports Contributor of the Year. The recipients of the Annual Sports Awards will be recognized at the 2016 Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony, presented by Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Sunday, March 20 beginning at 5:00pm.
2016 Annual Award Finalists include:
Coach of the Year
Brian McMahon, Palm Beach Atlantic University-Men’s Soccer
Brian McMahon just completed his second year as head coach of the Palm Beach Atlantic University Men’s Soccer team, leading them to a 17-2-1 record, best in program history, and captured the school’s first-ever NCAA Division II South Region championship. In just his second season with the Sailfish, Coach McMahon was named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) NCAA Division II South Region Coach of the Year.
Brandon Miller, Keiser University-Men’s and Women’s Golf
Brandon Miller is in his 6th year coaching both the men’s and the women’s golf teams at Keiser University and both teams are currently ranked # 1 in the NAIA. The women’s team won the National Championship in 2015 by a total of 22 strokes.
Bob White, Palm Beach Atlantic University-Women’s Volleyball
Coaching veteran Bob White finished his tenth season as the head women’s volleyball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Through the leadership of White, the Sailfish made it to the championship match of the NCAA Regional Tournament in 2015 and finished the season with an overall record of 30-4.
High School Player of the Year (Female)
Lea Mitchell, Boynton Beach High School-Girls Gymnastics
In 2015 Lea, an accomplished gymnast, placed first in both the vault and floor disciplines at the Florida State meet. She was also the 1st place Regional floor champion, and participated in the National Invitational Qualifier, placing 1st on vault and 3rd All Around.
Kassidy Roberts, Glades Day-Girls Soccer
The senior midfielder led the area in scoring with 50 goals and 11 assists while leading the 17-5-1 Gators to the Class 1A regional semifinals.
Courtney Tompkins, American Heritage High School, Delray-Girls Soccer
The senior goaltender is an all-around athlete who excels at soccer, where she earned four letters. She also earned 3 letters in softball and two in volleyball. She won a FHSAA State Soccer Championship in her freshman and junior seasons.
High School Athlete of the Year (Male)
Josh Carr, Royal Palm Beach High School-Football
The senior QB had 1,507 passing yards for 17 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. He added 508 rushing yards for 8 touchdowns (2,015 total yards and 25 total touchdowns in 11 games).
Triston McKenzie, Royal Palm Beach High School-Baseball
The senior pitcher went 9-5 with a 0.79 ERA in 15 starts. The right-hander struck out 157 batters and walked 16 in 91 innings. In the Florida High School state tournament, he pitched five complete games before Royal Palm was beaten in the semifinals.
Ahmmon Richards, Wellington High School-Football
The senior wide receiver finished with 50 catches and 967 yards while scoring 4 TDs for the Wolverines, the District 9-8A runner-up. He also was selected and participated in the prestigious US Army All-American Bowl game.
Andrews-Ceravolo High School Coach of the Year
Austin Bowe, Seminole Ridge High School-Girls Flag Football
Bowe Led the Seminole Ridge girls flag football team to the state title and a perfect 19-0 season. His team rolled through the playoffs, outscoring teams 139-0 in 5 games, including 12-0 over Tampa Robinson in the state final. It was the Hawks fourth state championship in 6 years under Bowe, who retired after the season.
Matt Colin, Wellington High School-Boys Basketball
Colin led the Wolverines to several major milestones en route to the State Championship -- 29-3, the program's most wins in a season and 16-game winning streak, the best in school history. Wellington finished ranked 17th in the state. Colin was voted Coach of the Year by the FHSAA for Class 8A and Florida Boys Coach of the Year by USA Today.
Boomer Mears, Olympic Heights Community High School-Wrestling
Mears coached the 2015 Palm Beach County Champions. His team has been Palm Beach County champions 3 out of the past 4 years, and have won 6 straight District Championships. The pre-season poll ranked his team #1 in the County for 2015/2016.
Steve Politziner, Vice President of ESPN West Palm and Good Karma Broadcasting will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the awards celebration. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is honored to have Steve Politziner back as the emcee of this year’s celebration and look forward to a very special event.
Tickets are available online at www.palmbeachsports.com/HOF or by calling the Palm Beach County Sports Commission at 561-233-3180.
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