The Shore honors student-athletes at The Harry’s
Oussama Chouati and Lucia Babic were recognized as the school's Athletes of the Year during the 2018 edition of The Harry's
Oussama Chouati and Lucia Babic were recognized as the school's Athletes of the Year during the 2018 edition of The Harry's
May 14, 2018

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland The fifth annual showcase of The Harry’s took place this past Monday (May 7), as Maryland Eastern Shore athletics showed their gratitude to the student-athletes who excelled all season long in the department’s mission of scholarship, sportsmanship, and citizenship.

Hundreds of student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and supporters made their way to the William P. Hytche Athletic Center for the ceremony. The Harry’s kicked off with academic honors, where over 100 student-athletes were honored for their work in the classroom. The men’s golf and volleyball teams were recognized as the school’s team of scholars for having the highest team GPA’s in the department.

Volleyball also earned the Quantam Leap Award after finishing the season with a 27-9 record and a trip to the Women’s National Invitational Volleyball Championship for a first round matchup with West Virginia. Additionally the squad was recognized for leading all Division I teams in aces per set.

Several individuals earned specific distinctions at the end of the evening. Men’s basketball sophomore Montraz Oliver (Princess Anne, Maryland) and track & field freshman Benita Kiabilua (Pretoria, South Africa) were honored with the Jostens’ Award for Sportsmanship, signifying student-athletes who are role models for their teams on and off the court. Baseball senior Isaiah Chambers (Bowie, Maryland) and softball senior Samantha Casarez (Seylmar, California) were named Citizen Athletes of the Year for their work in the community.

More academic honors were handed out to baseball junior Ryan Rotondo (Warwick, Rhode Island) and bowling senior Jalesa Johnson (Delmar, Delaware). The duo received Male and Female Scholar Athletes of the Year for having the highest cumulative GPA’s among student-athletes.

The evening wrapped up with the most prestigious honors. Track & field senior Oussama Chouati (Manresa, Spain) earned the 2017-18 Male Athlete of the Year Award. Chouati led the Hawk men all season long, including a runner-up MEAC finish in cross country, and is set to compete in the NCAA Outdoor East Preliminaries in Tampa, Florida later this month.

Volleyball junior Lucia Babic (Sisak, Croatia) won the 2017-18 Female Athlete of the Year Award. The Croatian native was instrumental to the Hawks 27 win season, and received a place on the All-MEAC team as a profilic outside hitter.

The final award for The Harry’s was the Hawk of the Year, given to an administrator who excelled in helping Maryland Eastern Shore achieve its athletic mission. This year the honor was given to Administrative Assistant Anne Carter for her prowess in helping the Hawks’ business operations, as well as her office organization skills and spiritual guidance. Carter received the award for the second time.

Director of Athletics Keith Davidson concluded the event with remarks and an ode of gratitude for Dr. Juliette B. Bell for her service to the university and its athletic department.

]Below is a list of every team award, where student-athletes were recognized for their achievements for their specific squad.

2017-18 The Harry’s Team Awards   

Men’s Golf—Young Lee (MVP), Darius Davis (Most Improved), Blair Waters (Coach’s Award)

Women’s Tennis—Alese Brown (Most Improved), Michal Kittrell (Coach’s Award), Sarah Adewumi (Rookie of the Year)

Men’s Indoor Track & Field —Oussama Chouati (MVP Track), Tamunoibi Dabipi (MVP Field), Judah Corriette (Coach’s Award), Chisom Onukwugha (Rookie of the Year)

Women’s Indoor Track & Field —Sharon Jerop (MVP Track), Jessica Roney (MVP Field/Rookie of the Year), Amirah Jones (Coach’s Award)

Cheerleading—Ashley Magruder (Most Improved), Savonn Lanier (Coach’s Award), Zion Brinson (Rookie of the Year)

Women’s Basketball—Bairesha Gill-Miles (MVP), Ciani Bryom (Most Improved), Jordyn Smith (Coach’s Award)

Men’s Cross Country—Oussama Chouati (MVP), John Akakeya (Coach’s Award), Ngoy Yamitshi (Rookie of the Year)

Women’s Cross Country—Sharon Jerop (MVP), Lenneisha Gilbert (Most Improved), Neus Quinonero (Coach’s Award)

Men’s Basketball—Logan McIntosh (MVP), Tyler Jones (Most Improved), Ahmad Frost (Coach’s Award)

Bowling—Alexandra Hernandez (MVP), Danielle August (Most Improved), Jalesa Johnson (Coach’s Award)

Women’s Golf—Josephina Oh (MVP), Eleisha Jones (Coach’s Award), Jasmin Cunningham (Rookie of the Year)

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field—Oussama Chouati (MVP Track), Judah Corriette (MVP Field), Donovan Mundy (Coach’s Award), Janoi Brown (Rookie of the Year)

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field—Luan Gabriel (MVP Track), Christina Cropper (MVP Field), Sharon Jerop (Coach’s Award), Jessica Roney (Rookie of the Year)

Softball—Samantha Casarez (MVP), LeAnn Gingrich (Coach’s Award), Nasya Goodman (Rookie of the Year)

Volleyball—Lucia Babic (MVP), Koya Sowells (Most Improved), Mere Serea (Coach’s Award)

Baseball—Toby Hoskins (MVP), Dominic DeBlasie (Most Improved), Dillon Oxyer (Rookie of the Year)

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