Male Athlete of the Year: Robert Longerbeam
Longerbeam looks for an open receiver.
Longerbeam, a corner and wide receiver turned quarterback dominated during last season. He was able to use his elite 4.38 second 40-yard dash speed to scramble all over the field to make plays. During his first five starts at quarterback the offense averaged over 30 points a game. He is also an elite track athlete who helped contribute to the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay teams qualifying for nationals at the first invitational of the year. In the St. James seven on seven football league, he led number one ranked T.C. to an undefeated 10-0 regular season–beating rivals Lake Braddock and West Potomac to get there.
Male Runner-Up: Ibrahim Bangura
Bangura crosses the finish line and qualifies for nationals.
When healthy, Bangura has been a force on the football field and a generational talent around the track. Unfortunately, this year the injury bug has kicked in and he has not been able to reach his full potential. Still, despite his hamstring injury, he has still been incredibly effective. During indoor track, he helped lead the 4 x 200 relay team to second place at the indoor track state championships. Bangura won the track state championship for the 100 meter sprint.
Honorable Mention: Andrew Poore
Poore tries to get by a defender.
Poore is a special talent on the lacrosse field. He makes the games exciting with his wild goals and big motor that helped lead T.C. to the district championship game against West Potomac. Poore had 40 goals and 36 assists this past season and there was never a moment where he looked outmatched.
Male Student Athlete of the Year:
Wilson prepares to snap the ball.
Wilson might be pound for pound the best player on the T.C. football team. Wilson, a First Team All District Center, has been able to maintain a standard of excellence off the field, posting a 4.6 GPA for this year.
Female Athlete of the Year (Tie):
Trinity Palacio and Sasha Bates
Bates dribbles down the court.
This girls basketball duo was electrifying to watch this past season. Palacio, the district player of the year, and Bates, the defensive player of the year, led their team to a fourth straight district championship and the brink of a state championship.
Palacio stares down a defender.
Palacio was an incredibly efficient player who averaged 17 points a game. She was able to knock down three pointers, dish out assists and take the ball to the paint on demand. Bates was a dominant force at shooting guard.The Concord University commit has a huge motor on the court and there was never a moment where she did not give 100 percent effort.
Female Runner-Up: Caroline Bates
Bates kicks the ball past a defender.
An unstoppable force at forward, Bates lead her team in goals. Her toughness and leadership is what helped drive the girls soccer team to a perfect 14-0 record. She was a mismatch for any girl trying to guard her.
Honorable Mention: Courtney Holford
Holford launches the shot.
Holford is the best girls shot putter in the state of Virginia. At the Virginia indoor track state championships, she threw 42 feet 6.25 inches, beating the next closest thrower by over two feet.
Female Student Athlete of the Year: Colleen Walsh
Walsh looks to pass.