Student-athletes honored online

Athletic banquet moves to virtual format to honor hard work

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With most end-of-the-year banquets and award presentations moving to an all-online format, the Sealy High School athletic banquet went the same direction by releasing an eight-minute video on the Sealy ISD YouTube page honoring the high school student-athletes with team MVP and other awards.

The night normally reserved for coaches’ speeches about the highs and lows of the season, culminating in the revelation of who the teams’ most valuable players were for their respective seasons took a different form in the online medium but remained a way to recognize the hard work put into seasons that may not have finished.

The entire Sealy High coaching staff put together a welcoming message to the viewers and the athletes they said they missed so much.

“We are confident that the accolades would’ve flourished if it weren’t for the abrupt half of our spring sports. As coaches, we are very proud of each and every one of you,” the message says. “For you seniors, the next chapter of your life is about to begin. We would like to wish each one of you a blessed future. Know that the Sealy coaching staff will always be here for you when you need us.”

To kick things off, the “Ole Man” Award was presented to Rick Bauman, known as “The Voice of the Tigers,” who was credited for his support over the last 30 years.

“He started to attend games in 1988 and has been seen in our stands or in the press box ever since,” a statement in the video says. “Rick was a coach for 7-on-7 football and organized flag football for many years. He has helped prepare many students for junior high sports.”

The statement also says Bauman started announcing in 1994, eventually calling softball, track and football games before serving as the Vice President and President of the Tiger Booster Club. Other contributions included working on the tunnel crew and helping out occasionally on Sealy Tiger Sports Network, the internet radio station.

“Rick served on the Sealy School Board of Trustees for six years,” the statement says. “Rick has always been there when the Tigers have needed him and we would like to honor him with the ‘Ole Man’ Award.”

A slideshow of the team pictures was then shown before each team’s MVP was announced. After those were the superlative awards which recognized individual student-athletes for outstanding performances.

Honors like the Jeff Barry Award went to Eastlynn Cloud and Zoee Jeffrey to recognize athletes who have gone through some hardships and struggles during their time on Sealy teams throughout their careers. The Lady Tiger Pride Award was given to Haley Reese, a multi-sport athlete who is not only passionate about the sports that she plays but also Sealy Tiger sports in general according to volleyball head coach Kim Boyd at last year’s presentation.

In addition, Avery Oliver was recognized with the Coaches Choice Award as a multi-sport student-athlete who went above and beyond the coaches’ expectations and Raegan Newsome won the Tigerette Award. Ally Dickens and Patrick Washington were also bestowed with the T.J. Mills Award for always putting in the extra work and not always receiving the credit.

Finally, Reece Novicke was honored with one of the highest awards on the male side according to head football coach Shane Mobley at last year’s ceremony, the Ricky Seals Tiger Award. Novicke did a little bit of everything in his time as a Tiger, excelling on the football field and basketball court as well as dabbling on the track and golf course and always represented Sealy well, coaches said.

Normally the athletic banquet is one of the first awards night in the string of events leading up to graduation and although the timing was thrown off a little bit due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the student-athletes were still honored for their work in the 2019-2020 sports seasons.

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