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Student Athletes Honored at Athletic Awards Banquet

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Lady Panther Volleyball player Ricki Albritton received the 2011 SFCC Panther of the Year Award from Rick Hitt, athletic director.


“Our coaches each year look for three important qualities in potential student athletes,” said Dr. Norm Stephens, president, South Florida Community College. “First is academic capability, second is athletic ability, and third is to be good citizens and representatives of the college in the community. I commend this year’s student athletes on excelling in all three areas.”

Dr. Stephens congratulated the SFCC Lady Panther Volleyball team, Lady Panther Softball team, and the Panther Baseball team at SFCC’s annual athletics banquet, Monday, May 2 for their academic and athletic achievements.

“I hope you take what you’ve done, learned, and accomplished during your time at SFCC and continue your strive for excellence,” said Rick Hitt, athletic director. “Just remember, no matter where life takes you, you’ll always be a Panther.”

During the SFCC athletics banquet, each athlete was honored with a participation award from his or her coach.  Athletes who received special awards were:


Best Offensive Player- Kalee Schlabach

Best Defensive Player- Melissa Tullo

Most Valuable Player- Ricki Albritton

Coach’s Award- Shelby Flint


Pitcher of the Year- Nicole Helms

Best Defensive Player- Laura Lovell

Most Valuable Player- Ashlee Quigley

Coach’s Award- Laura Lovell


Most Improved Player of the Year- Eric Bailey

Offensive Player of the Year- Kyle Newton

Top Gun Award- Andres Lopez

Co-Defensive Player of the Year- Brandon Kirby

Co-Defensive Player of the Year- Brett Clements

Coach’s Award- Brett Clements

Scholastic Athletes of the Year: (given to a male and female sophomore with the highest cumulative GPA)

Male- Cody Higgins

Female- Laura Lovell

 2011 SFCC Panther of the Year- Ricki Albritton


Lady Panther Volleyball players (from left) Shelby Flint, Kalee Schlabach, Melissa Tullo, and Ricki Albritton at the SFCC athletic awards banquet.











Panther Baseball players and coaches (from left) Kyle Newton, Eric Bailey, Brett Clements, Head Coach Rick Hitt, Cody Higgins, Brandon Kirby, Assistant Coach Andy Polk, and Andres Lopez.



Lady Panther Softball players (from left) Nicole Helms, Laura Lovell, and Ashlee Quigley at the SFCC athletic awards banquet.


Panther Baseball player Cody Higgins received the Male Scholastic Athlete of the Year Award from Dr. Leana Revell.



Lady Panther Softball player Laura Lovell received the Female Scholastic Athlete of the Year Award from Dr. Leana Revell, SFCC vice president, educational and student services.


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