By Doc Smith
Thursday evening was a night of celebration as Jacksonville High School student athletes from all sports were recognized for their achievements during the annual athletic awards banquet, which took place inside the high school cafeteria.
In addition to the much-anticipated legacy awards being presented, athletes that were selected for all-district teams or individuals that represented the school at the regional level were also lauded.
Academic all-state recipients were also introduced to the large crowd that was in attendance.
Long-time Indian radio announcer and former Tribe quarterback, Matt Montgomery, served as the evening's master of ceremonies.
Seven memorial scholarship winners were revealed.
That list included, Kevie Mathis (Wanda Patton), Kevie Mathis (Heather Folden), Mu-stafa Ziedan (Jonathan Sanders), Ruston Diers (Payton Diers), Lon-dedric Taylor (Rick Watson), Javon Johnson (Dick Sheffield) and Trevor Ewalt (Pete Lammons).
The Indian Spirit Award went to Carter McCown while the Maiden Spirit Award was bestowed upon Da-Monica Franklin.
Multi-sport athlete Christy Belk took home the Stephen Joseph Recognition honor.
The Maiden Award went to Alanna Jeffcoat.
The Jacksonville Ath-letic Booster Club awarded two scholarships valued a $500 each to the male and female athletes with the highest grade point averages.
Winners were Abel Sandoval and Suzi McCuistion.
McCuistion was also named to the academic all-state team in tennis, as was Sametria Baker and Kevie Mathis in girl's basketball.
Mathis and Mackenzie Crow earned academic all-state in volleyball.
Three members of the Tribe baseball team (Brett Eckles, Trevor Ewalt and Dillon Rod-riquez) also picked up academic all-state honors.
The Jacksonville Tennis Association (JTA) presented college scholarships to Carolina Hernandez and Cesia Hernandez, who will both be attending Jacksonville College and McCuistion, who will be enrolling in Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.