Palm Beach County Sports Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2019
Contact: Ariana Dominguez
Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Announces Annual Sport Award Finalists
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – – The Palm Beach County Sports Commission (PBCSC) announces 15 finalists for the 2019 Annual Sport Awards Ceremony. The Annual Sport Awards include: Amateur Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year, High School Coach of the Year, High School Player of the Year male and female Outstanding Sports Contributor, Special Olympics Athlete of the Year and the Dick Moroso Memorial Motorsport Award. The recipients of the Annual Sport Awards will be recognized for their achievements in 2018, at the 2019 Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony, presented by Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath. The event will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Monday, March 25, beginning at 5:00pm.
2019 Annual Award Winners include:
Outstanding Sports Contributor
Dorian has been a member of the Holiday Basketball Classic committee for the past three years. He has helped secure The Benjamin School as one of the locations for the tournament and is also the site manager during event play. He plays a crucial role in providing volunteers for the event and coordinates their schedules. Dorian also assists with ad sales, securing sponsorships and ticket sales. He has been a key asset to the functioning of the Holiday Basketball Classic.
Special Olympics Athlete of the Year
Dick Moroso Memorial Motorsport Award
Neil London & Supercar Weeks
Neil London has over 40 years of experience in creative media production and communications marketing. He is a pioneer in the areas of electronic media, corporate communications, entertainment and event marketing since the early seventies. He is also the creator of Supercar Weeks in Palm Beach County and continues to bring attention to the automotive and motorsports industry internationally through this event each year.
Amateur Athlete of the Year
Kylee Hanson, Florida State University, Softball
The former Jupiter High School star closed out her collegiate career with an impressive season in her only year at Florida State with a 2018 NCAA National Championship. She finished with a 30-6 record and two saves. Her 30 wins marked a career high and ranked third in the NCAA. Hanson posted a 1.33 ERA over 204.2 innings of work, allowing just 111 hits and an opponent batting average of .156. She tallied 241 strikeouts, which ranked second in the ACC and 22nd in the nation. She was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Pitcher of the Year and was one of five Seminoles who earned All-ACC first team honors.
Alexa Pano, Lake Worth, Junior Golf
The 14-year-old continues to shine. Among her highlights is shooting a 218 in a 54-hole total to win the prestigious Dustin Johnson World Junior Championship in Myrtle Beach. Pano was selected as a Captain's pick to the 2018 Junior Ryder Cup Team and she helped the U.S. earn another victory. She also captured top honors in the 12th annual Evian Championship Juniors Cup. Pano was runner-up in the 2018 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship and competed in both the 2018 LPGA Thornberry Creek Classic and 2018 Symetra Tour Four Winds Invitational. She closed out the year by winning the Dixie Amateur in late December. Pano shot a 283 to win by one stroke at Woodlands in Tamarac in Broward County.
Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic University, Football
Singletary lived up to his nickname “Motor” as the Owls running back led the nation in rushing touchdowns with 22 and was named a Second Team All-American by Sporting News. He was No. 2 in the nation in total touchdowns and led Conference USA in rushing yards (1,348), rushing yards per game (112.3) and scoring per game (11.0). His 11.0 points per game were also No. 3 nationally. Singletary was chosen as Pro Football Focus C-USA Player of the Year. In his three seasons with the Owls, the American Heritage-Delray grad has 66 rushing touchdowns, which ranks him No. 6 on the all-time Football Bowl Subdivision list. He declared for the NFL Draft, foregoing his senior season.
Coach of the Year
Alton Butler, Palm Beach Gardens Junior Varsity Pop Warner
Butler guided the Gators to their second straight Pop Warner Super Bowl championship. The Gators finished with a 16-0 record and outscored their playoff opponents 108-14. They won the Pee Wee division last year
Samuel Curry, Royal Palm Beach Pee Wee Pop Warner
Curry guided the Wildcats to their first Pop Warner Super Bowl crown. The Wildcats finished with a 15-1 record and outscored their three playoff opponents 86-25.
Andrew Danna, Lynn University, Men’s Golf
Danna was named the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year presented by Golf Pride Grips for Division II, following the Fighting Knights Division II national championship. The 2017-18 men's golf season will go down as one of the greatest in school history as the team defeated top-ranked West Florida 3-2 in match play to claim the program's first NCAA Division II National Championship. Along the way to a national title, Lynn broke program records for lowest 54-hole total (826 – FAU Spring Championship), average stroke average (72.45) and team stroke average. Danna's team extended their NCAA record (Division I and II) streak of match play appearances to seven and national match play finals appearances to five.
High School Coach of the Year
Alex Clarke, Benjamin, Girls volleyball
Clarke led Benjamin to their third consecutive appearance in the Class 4A state final, where they lost in three sets to Shorecrest Prep. Benjamin won both the regional final and state semifinal on the road in three sets. Benjamin finished with a 22-5 record, including a 15-game winning streak leading into the final.
Matt Colin, Wellington, Boys Basketball
In his 10th season as Head Coach, Colin guided the Wolverines to their finest season, setting a school record 31 consecutive wins before losing in the Class 9A final. The 31 total wins were a school record as Wellington won the district and regional titles. Colin basically fielded a new team after losing the program’s best player in Trent Frazier and five seniors to graduation in 2018. They were able to adapt to any situation and produce a highly successful season.
Andrew Mook, Jupiter, Baseball
Mook guided the Warriors to their first State Championship and earned the Class 9A Coach of the Year accolades. The team finished with a 20-11 record, playing a tough schedule to prepare them for the playoffs. In their final poll of the season, Baseball America ranked the Warriors 22nd in the nation.
High School Player of the Year (Female)
Danni Farley, Wellington, Softball
The senior right-hander was dominant on the mound, finishing 14-1 with a 0.37 ERA with 150 strikeouts in 94 innings. Farley also batted .348 with four home runs to help the Wolverines reach the Class 8A regional semifinals. Wellington finished the year at 25-3. She signed with the University of Florida, where she currently plays.
Anabel Fernandez, Seminole Ridge, Weightlifting
The senior won district and regional championships at the 183-pound weight class to qualify for the Class 2A state tournament. Her fourth-place finish was the best of any athlete from Palm Beach County that qualified for the state tournament. At state, she had a 180-pound bench lift and 180-pound clean and jerk lift.
Caitlyn Wurzburger, American-Heritage, Lacrosse
The sophomore continued her spectacular career in historic fashion, recording 105 goals and 116 assists to lead the Stallions to their first-ever State Championship. She is the only player in U.S. high school lacrosse history with three straight 100-goal and 100-assist seasons. She scored two goals and had three assists in the state Class 2A championship game. She was named an All-American and was the US Lacrosse Magazine South Girls Player of the Year.
High School Athlete of the Year (Male)
Alex Bordeau, West Boca Raton, Wrestling
The senior defeated Darius Parker of Riverdale with a pin at 5:03 to earn the Class 2A state title in the 195-pound weight class. He became the first wrestler in West Boca wrestling history to win an individual state title. He is a district and regional champion and finished the year with a 37-2 record.
Troy Jaffy, Olympic Heights, Wrestling
The senior won the Class 2A state championship in the 220-pound class with a 4-2 decision over Braden Buswell of Seabreeze. He had been wrestling at 195 pounds and moved up to 220 pounds just prior to districts. He was 11-0 at 220 pounds and cruised though district and regional championships to advance as a state qualifier and finished the season with a 41-8 record.
Justin Wake, The King’s Academy, Football
Wake led his team to the Class 3A state championship game and finished by completing 166-of-301 passes for 2,490 yards passing with 27 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior also rushed for 494 yards and 10 touchdowns. Wake was named the 2018 Florida Dairy Farmers 3A Player of the Year.