Sixteen student-athletes were honored by the St. Johns County Sports Club on Thursday as the county's Athletes of the Year.
The senior athletes, a boy and girl from each of eight county schools, were nominated by their schools for their excellence in academics and athletics as well as their contributions to their schools and their communities.
"These young people make us proud," said Circuit Judge John Alexander, who is the sports club's program director. "They are high-achievers, go-getters, making their schools, communities and parents proud."
This was the 24th year that the club presented the Athlete of the Year awards. Two of the athletes received $500 scholarships from the club: Bartram Trail's Reedy Davenport and St. Augustine's Briana Green.
"It was definitely a surprise," said Davenport, who will use the money to supplement her softball scholarship at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Davenport was a four-year varsity softball and basketball player.
"It went quick," she said. "I feel like I was just a freshman and the next day senior (softball) season was over."
Green was a standout on St. Augustine's basketball and track teams. She thrived in both academics and sports while receiving help from the school district's ASSIST program (Aid & Support for Students in Sudden Transition), Alexander said.
"As far as athletic ability, she is one of the best women athletes in the building," said her track coach, Teigh Collins. "In the classroom, she is studious and takes care of her work."
Here is a look at each of the athletes:
Reedy Davenport: Four-year varsity softball and basketball player ranks 17th in her class with a 4.5 GPA. She was named to the Florida Dairy Farmers State All-Academic Team. She was The Record's Softball Player of the Year the last two years and will continue her softball career at Florida Gulf Coast. She finished her Bartram softball career with a .509 batting average, 23 home runs and 143 RBIs.
Riley Smith: Named second-team all-state, the quarterback helped lead the Bears to the Class 7A state championship game. He will continue his football career at Boise State. He was recruited by several Ivy League schools because of his academic achievements and he won the St. Johns County School District's David Macaulay Mathis Memorial Pursuing Victory With Honor Award.
Chase Rocker: Has earned 10 varsity letters in track and field, weightlifting and sideline cheer. She qualified twice for the state track and field championships in pole vault. She is also active as a youth leader at her church and has served on several mission trips to Costa Rica. And she is a cheer coach in special needs classes. Chase is Creekside's valedictorian and finished her high school career with a 4.7 weighted GPA.
Brandon Dickman: Creekside's first four-year district wrestling champion placed three years in a row at state, finishing fifth as a sophomore and third as a junior and senior. Brandon had a 3.37 weighted GPA and will continue his wrestling career at Newberry College. He was also a three-year varsity football player.
Arlyssa Davis: The Daytona Beach resident has been a student at FSDB since the second grade. She played volleyball for six years, cheerleading five years and track and basketball three years each. Was the Dragons' MVP for volleyball. She is also a member of the dance troupe and volunteers with the recreation department.
Ernest Bristol: Was a member of FSDB's football and track teams for four years and the cheer team for two years. Named the Dragons' football MVP and track Most Outstanding Athlete, he will continue his football career at Gallaudet University.
Mya Altiery: Mya, who will graduate at the top of her class, is a two-time district and regional weightlifting champion and a two-time state qualifier.
Nathan Warrell: An FHSAA scholar athlete three years in a row, a captain on the football team and a district champ and state qualifier in weightlifting, Nathan also won district track championships in long jump and high jump in 2016 and 2017. Also was on Menendez's fourth-place competitive cheer team.
Katherine Jakeway: Graduating with a 4.21 GPA, she made all A's throughout her high school career. Katherine was one of the top golfers and tennis players in the state, finishing state runner-up in tennis doubles as a sophomore and going 15-2 as a senior in singles, advancing with her team to states. She also helped lead the golf team to states and will continue her golf career at the University of Tulsa.
Ashton Wood: A three-year varsity letterman in football and four-year letterman in lacrosse, Ashton will continue his lacrosse career at Mercer University. In football, he caught 119 passes for 1,544 yards and 23 touchdowns during his varsity career. In lacrosse, he won an amazing 80.7 percent of his faceoffs and was named Northeast Florida Lacrosse Player of the Year. He has maintained a 4.05 GPA.
Gabi Fasinelli: Advanced to regional track in the 100 hurdles and high jump twice and finished 17th in heptathlon at the AAU Junior Olympic Nationals, scoring six personal bests in seven events. Has a 4.4 weighted GPA and is a member of four National Honors Societies.
CD James: Three-year varsity football player and four-year varsity lacrosse player has a 4.5 weighted GPA and has won several academic awards. Named all-county second team in football and was a team captain in lacrosse his junior and senior year.
Briana Green: Led her basketball team in scoring and was a multi-talented track and field athlete, competing in 300 hurdles, 4x100 relay and long jump, the latter of which she qualified for state. She holds the school record in the 300 hurdles. She is looking to continue her track and field career in college.
Tracey Beshara: A four-year varsity wrestler and two-year varsity swimmer, Tracey maintained a 4.19 GPA and was a member of the student council. He will attend the Air Force Academy.
Shannon Matthaei: Has played soccer since she was 3 years old and will continue her soccer career at Flagler College. She also played volleyball and ran track at St. Joseph, earning a total of nine varsity letters. She won a Mary Award in athletics from St. Vincent's HealthCare.
Kenan Carames: A four-year varsity starter in soccer, Kenan was a member of three district championship teams and was named first-team All-County this past year. Also played free safety and kicker for the football team and ran track.