Sequim’s Hope Glasser and Nordland’s Grace Johnson were among the six athletic award winners announced by the Peninsula College athletic department during their awards event last week.
The athletic program also annually recognizes two freshmen female athletes in an award dedicated to the late Annie McMullen, for athletes who exemplify inspiration, dedication, accomplishment and ambassadorship. The 2020-21 winners were Glasser and Alysia Alvarado, of Sherwood, Ore.
“Hope had a great year and was a shot in the arm for our women’s basketball program that suffered some adversity with injuries and from some athletes suffering from COVID fatigue and leaving the program,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean of Athletics and Student Life, who presented the awards at an in-person ceremony on May 27.
“She is such a hard-working and competitive kid that I think it rubbed off on her teammates. They’ve really played over their heads at times as a team and I think they’ve all bought in to just trying to out-work their opponents.”
Ross described Alvarado as a super talented soccer player who had to find her way as part of a super talented team.
“She too works very hard, plays hard, and inspires those around her to follow suit. Off the field, she’ll be part of our student government next year, and on the field, look for Alysia and her teammates to score a lot of goals,” Ross said.
Johnson, who led the women’s soccer team to an unbeaten spring season and also served as student body vice president, won the Wally Sigmar Award, presented annually to a women’s soccer player who exemplifies leadership, athleticism, academics and citizenship.
Jeong Hyun Kang, of Seoul, South Korea, who served as team captain and helped the men to a North Region best 8-1 record, was the men’s Wally Sigmar winner.
The Art Feiro Awards for basketball players who also stand out for their contributions in the areas of leadership, athleticism, academics and citizenship went to Amari Brown of Anchorage, Alaska, and Keith Seldon of Las Vegas, Nev.
Brown and Seldon have led the Pirate basketball teams to a very strong showing in the North Region’s spring season.
“Our Wally Sigmar and Art Feiro award winners were all exceptional student athletes,”Ross said.
“We had so many outstanding young men and women in our athletic program again this year that these four athletes really represented these awards in behalf of their respective teams at the highest level.”
Peninsula College and the rest of the Northwest Athletic Conference held their soccer and basketball seasons in the spring this year, but are working on plans for a “normal” 2021-22 season. The athletes also didn’t use any of their four-year college eligibility this year, so those who came in as freshmen last fall will be freshmen again in September and the 2020-21 sophomores will be sophomores again in 2021-22.
“We expect a few players to be transferring and continuing with their college careers at the next level, but most of our 85 student athletes are coming back in the fall,” Ross said.
“With some strong freshmen recruits already signed, we’re going to be loaded next year. Pirate fans will get to see maybe some of the best teams we’ve ever had. I think it’ll be worth the wait.”