For the first time, Glen Rose High School’s sports awards have been split into fall and spring banquets, and Monday night marked the first of the two celebrations for the 2017-18 school year.

The participants in volleyball, football, cross country, team tennis and cheerleading were recognized in the inaugural GRHS Fall Sports Banquet in the Somervell County Expo Center, following an inspirational speech highlighting the importance of teamwork and helping others be their best delivered by Christian pastor Dennis Funderburg of Granbury’s Stonewater Church.

The coaches in each sport introduced their players and presented their team’s Tiger Excellence award winner.

Girls cross country coach Ramsey Ghazal, whose team won four invitational meets and led the Lady Tigers to their first district title since 2002, introduced freshman Jocelyn Mims as their Tiger Excellence award winner. Mims advanced all the way to the state meet in Round Rock, and earned all-region and all-state honors.

Boys cross country coach Gregger Yeager introduced freshman Orrin Miller as his Tiger Excellence award winner.

Yeager, also the GRHS tennis coach, next presented Harrison Hawkins with the Tiger Excellence award for team tennis, which is played only in the fall.

Head volleyball coach Sandy Langford introduced her players, who put together a record-breaking 48-2 season in 2017. The Lady Tigers reached the state tournament for the first time in the GRHS volleyball program’s history. Langford presented two Tiger Excellence awards — one to Emma Bozarth (by vote of the varsity players) and one to Annie Bryant (by vote of the volleyball coaching staff).

Head football coach Cliff Watkins, who led his 9-2 Tigers to their second straight district title and their first-ever back-to-back outright district championship seasons, presented their Tiger Excellence award to junior running back Westen Halcom. After leading the team in rushing for a second consecutive season, Halcom was voted Offensive Most Valuable Player for District 4-4A. He also was named honorable mention all-state by the Associated Sports Editors along with teammate Tanner Stroud, a defensive lineman. 

Cheerleader sponsor Aimee Gordon and GRHS athletic trainer Hannah Davis each introduced the participants in their programs and highlighted their contributions and achievements.

The banquet was put on by the GRHS Athletic Booster Club. Board members Blaine Stroud (president), David Halcom (vice president), Jennifer Stroud (treasurer), Laura Willis (concessions), Elvin Willis (reporter), Stephen Dunson (membership), and Katherine Placide (merchandise) were also recognized for their efforts.