Raven Luckett was selected Female Athlete of the Year and Brent Fleetwood was chosen as the Male Athlete of the Year at the Smyrna High Athletic Awards Thursday, May 22.
Raven Luckett was selected Female Athlete of the Year and Brent Fleetwood was chosen as the Male Athlete of the Year at the Smyrna High Athletic Awards Thursday.
“The awards recognize these athletes for their excellence on the field and on the court, but also for the things it takes off the court and off the field to make a great athlete,” said Smyrna High School Athletic Director Bill Schultz.
He said Luckett and Fleetwood have led by example with their positive attitude, teamwork, and guidance with younger athletes.
Luckett was also named the Most Valuable Player for indoor track. The senior has won a total of nine state titles in indoor track and outdoor track during her high school career, and will be playing volleyball for the University of Delaware.
She said receiving the Female Athlete of the Year Award was “amazing.”
“I’m honored and humbled,” said Luckett. “I can’t believe it. I’m so excited.”
Luckett said the keys to her success have been her dedication to keep going despite setbacks, along with a solid work ethic instilled by her parents and coaches, whom she thanked for all of their support.
She said this year’s indoor track state championship was probably the highlight of her high school career.
“I accomplished my ultimate goal of beating a certain athlete in the 400 meters,” said Luckett, who didn’t want to reveal who that opponent was. “I had never been able to beat her in the 400, until this year.”
Fleetwood capped his remarkable high school career by becoming the first Smyrna High wrestler to win four state championships while compiling the most wins in school history with 163. He won the wrestling team MVP award Thursday, and will be wrestling for Central Michigan University.
Fleetwood said winning the Male Athlete of the Year Award is “an incredible feeling,” and he appreciates being selected.
He said his success is because “I lived the sport I chose. I eat, sleep, and breathe wrestling.”
Fleetwood thanked his family including his parents and sister Jade, along with all of his coaches through the years, including Kurt Howell, Cory Frederick, and Jody Wilson.
He said the best moments of his high school career were winning the state title as a freshman, capturing the Beast of the East title in 2012, and finally, as a senior, becoming the first Smyrna High wrestler to win four state titles.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS
Here are the MVPs in each sport announced at the ceremony:
Boys Cross Country - Gabe Mojica,
Girls Cross Country - Tori Vickers,
Field Hockey - Stacey Staley,
Football - Jose' Ortiz,
Boys Soccer - Dylan Keller,
Volleyball - Morgan Popovich,
Fall Cheerleading - Casey Polasko,
Winter Cheerleading - Gabby Virdin,
Girls Basketball - Alexus Stroud,
Boys Basketball - Stedman Kpana,
Indoor Track - Raven Luckett,
Wrestling - Brent Fleetwood,
Baseball - Nick Macey,
Softball - Taylor John,
Golf - Kevin Polk
Boys Lacrosse - Joe Russillo,
Girls Lacrosse - Liza Holford,
Girls Soccer - Kayla Kennedy,
Boys Tennis - Josh Allison,
Girls Tennis - Morgan Popovich,
Boys Track - Kyle Smith,
Girls Track - Ashley Morris.
Also at the May 22 ceremony, the Smyrna High School Coach of the Year honors went to Maura Schafer who coaches cross country, indoor track, and outdoor girls track.
The Smyrna Athletic Boosters presented scholarships to Alyson Davis, Kayla Kennedy, Morgan Popovich, and Taylor Price, a $3,000 donation to the Athletic Department, and jackets for all the junior athletes.