The athletic program at Providence Creek Academy is young but continues to grow each year as Athletic Director Michelle Grace Candileri was quick to point out June 4 at this year’s athletic awards ceremony.
“This year PCA athletics has made leaps and bounds reaching new heights at the competitive level with season highlights,” Candileri said. “We’ve had over 100 student-athletes throughout the year, 23 coaches and 10 sports teams.”
Among this year’s highlights were the volleyball team’s first volleyball play day, the boys basketball team finishing with a school-best 10-2 record, a competitive cheerleading team making waves in several tournaments, and cross country runners placing 20th and 21st in the Central Delaware Middle School meet this year.
Another highlight this year was having three boys basketball players recognized as 2011-2012 Tobacco-Free Sports Middle School Players of the Year: Malik Velmar, 7th grade; Maurice Williams, 8th grade; and Isaiah Russell, 7th grade.
Throughout the ceremony, each coach was able to discuss their team and hand out certificates to each sports team participant. The MVPs of each team were announced, followed by the biggest awards of the day: Female and Male Athletes of the Year
Parag, Bush named Athletes of the Year
Prior to naming each of the Female and Male Athlete of the Year, Candileri explained the decision, made by Saints coaches, came easy this year as each athlete gives true meaning to a student athlete.
“They demonstrated hard work in their academics and leadership qualities in their athletics. They are dedicated, committed, and put heart into everything they do,” she said.
Kourtnie Parag – a basketball, volleyball and softball player – was named the Female Athlete of the Year. Parag will attend St. Thomas More next year.
“I have watched her throw a football better than most boys. She gives 100 percent hustle, and though hard on herself at times, she values her coaches, her teammates,” Candileri said.
Ladell Bush – a football and basketball player – was named Male Athlete of the Year. Seen as a positive role model, Candileri said the word to best describe Bush is leader.
“He leads by example in the classroom, within his peers, and as a team player. He shows enthusiasm, pride and heart,” Candileri said. “He doesn’t just work for himself, but he works for others and that’s what separates him from the rest.”
Bush has also been accepted into St. Thomas More.
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