During events at SSHS Thursday (May 20), Athletic Director Greg Owens announced the 2020-2021 winners of the Forrest Gregg MVP Award and the James Cameron Fighting Heart Award.
Two Wildcats and a Lady Cat received the Gregg MVP Award: Nylah Lindley, Kaden Wallace and Ryan Carrillo.
Lindley was a standout in volleyball, basketball and softball. Softball accolades have not yet been announced but Lindley was 1st Team All District in Basketball and Honorable Mention and Academic All-District in Volleyball. She will be attending Tuskegee University in Alabama, where she will play softball.
Kaden Wallace was called a joy to coach. Wallace was the unanimous 1st Team All District DH in Baseball and was selected as the Wildcats’ team Co-MVP. Wallace was also 2nd Team All-District in Football. It was noted he overcame a major injury in football this year proving his toughness and desire to compete.
Ryan Carrillo was 1st Team All-District at linebacker and a State Powerlifter and Co-MVP of the Powerlifting Team. Carrillo was referred to as an intense competitor who loves the game of football, and as one who played with a high level of energy every play.
Three Lady Cats and a Wildcat were named winners of the James Cameron Fighting Heart Award: Bre’Asia Ivery, Dalanee Myles, Mariam Tran and Alfredo Olavide.
Ivery was the 2020-2021 Basketball All-District Defensive MVP, was a Regional Qualifier in Track and received Honorable Mention in Volleyball.
Myles was a Regional Qualifier in Track who also contributed on Relays. In addition, she was named 1st Team All-District in Basketball.
Tran has been a mainstay on the Lady Cats Golf Team for 4 years. She is a 1st Team All State Golfer, as well as All-Region and All-District this year. Tran is also a 4-time Girls Golf MVP and 4 time Academic Athlete. Tran plans to attend SMU to study law.
Alfredo Olavide is said to love being a Wildcat. He is described as hard working and a pleasure to coach. Beginning as a freshman who had never played football, he became a varsity player as a sophomore.
Some physical issues ended his career early but he continued to inspire and lead his teammates. Olavide was an Honorable Mention All-District Offensive Lineman and earned 2nd Team Academic All State honors.