Peninsula College women’s soccer player Aubrey Briscoe (a 2011 JDHS graduate) and basketball players Karli Brakes (JDHS 2011) and Olivia Henderson (JDHS 2011) were honored as winners of Peninsula College’s annual athletic awards, announced at the Board of Trustees awards event earlier this month.
The athletic department honors one athlete from each of the school’s four teams who exemplifies leadership, sportsmanship, citizenship, academic achievement and athletic ability.
The Wally Sigmar Award for soccer went to Briscoe and Pirate men’s player Mark Cottrell.
According to the Peninsula Daily News, Briscoe, of Juneau, Alaska, was playing junior varsity soccer when coach Kanyon Anderson saw something in her that her high school head coach didn’t — and she turned out to be quite a success story at Peninsula, earning a starting role her freshman year, and then leading the Pirates to their first-ever women’s sports championship last fall when Peninsula won the NWAACC women’s soccer title.
Briscoe was named to the West Region All-Conference Team and the NWAACC All-Academic Team, and has earned a scholarship to play at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont., in the fall.
Cottrell, of Victoria, is a freshman starting defender at Peninsula and, at age 25, a natural leader for the men’s soccer team that won their second NWAACC title.
Brakes, and Pirate men’s player TreShawn King-Dunbar, of Anchorage, were awarded the Art Feiro Award.
Brakes led the entire NWAACC in assists, averaging six per game, and was named the North Region Defensive Player of the Year.
In her two years at Peninsula, the hard-working Brakes helped the Pirates to back-to-back NWAACC Tournament appearances and her efforts have resulted in an academic scholarship, which will allow her to play at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., next fall.
Henderson was honored with the 2012-13 Annie McMullen Award (along with soccer player Misty Kaiwi), an athletic award from the McMullen family endowment that goes specifically to support returning female athletes who have overcome challenges through hard work and dedication to be successful in their sport.
Peninsula’s other two athletic awards are from the McMullen family endowment and are specifically to support two returning female athletes each year who have overcome challenges through hard work and dedication to be successful in their sport.
“We have 90 athletes in our program, and were blessed with truly outstanding young men and women this year, so these six truly represent the ‘character, competition, community’ mantra that the NWAACC and Peninsula College are all about,” Pirates athletic director Rick Ross stated it was especially hard to see Briscoe go but he was thrilled with all the opportunities the Juneau athletes now have to play at the next level, and on scholarship.
“We were blessed with outstanding young men and women this year,” Ross told the Peninsula Daily News. “These six truly represent the ‘character, competition, community’ mantra that the NWAACC and Peninsula College are all about.”
Brakes’ graduating teammates all received scholarships and will attempt playing at the next level. They include Most Valuable Player Taylor Larson (JDHS 2011), the Pirates all-time leading scorer, who received an athletic scholarship to Central Methodist University in Missouri; Abigail Jones (Haines), Pacific College associated student council representative, vice-president and 3.9 GPA holder, who has accepted an academic scholarship to Pacific University in Oregon; All-Defensive and second team all-league player Jesse Ellis (Skagway) has an athletic scholarship to CMU and will again team with Larson; Second-team all-league Jasmine Yarde (West Valley, Fairbanks) has an athletic scholarship to Post University in Connecticut; and PC blocked shots leader Jonica Durbin (Seabeck, WA) will attend Pacific on academic scholarship.