Local stars come up aces in Glendale

Local student-athletes recognized at Alex Theater for their integrity and sportsmanship.

May 25, 2011|By Charles Rich,

GLENDALE — In the classroom and out on the athletic fields and courts, there's the responsibility of performing to a high standard.

For a group of local high school and junior college student-athletes, they've been taught by their teachers and coaches the traits of integrity and sportsmanship.

The second annual Athletes with Character and Ethics Awards, sponsored by the Glendale Character and Ethics Project, celebrated many of the high-caliber student-athletes from Crescenta Valley High, Glendale and Hoover and Glendale Community College on Wednesday night at the Alex Theater with respect to the project's theme standards of strong moral character, sportsmanship, integrity and responsibility.


"I think it's a great honor because it says a lot about our community and it highlights the importance of great integrity and character," said Crescenta Valley High softball pitcher and Stanford-bound Erin Ashby, who picked up the award for Scholastic Female Athlete with Character and Ethics. "It's such an honor to be chosen and it allows me to carry on what it means to be a good person."

Fifteen awards were handed out. Each school reeled in at least one award.

Glendale Community College collected six awards. The tennis program was tabbed as the Male Team with Character and Ethics and Coach Bob MacKay was named the Coach of a Male Team with Character and Ethics.

"When you strive to win, you strive to win championships," MacKay said. "When you win a sportsmanship award, it just goes above that.

"Our team exemplifies what sportsmanship is about and that's exactly what we did all year."

Meagan Knight of Hoover was named the Female Athlete with Character and Ethics after starring on the girls' volleyball team.

Hoover Coach Charles Min said Knight excelled on the court and in the community teaching the sport to younger students potentially interested in beginning a career of their own.

"She's always been an amazing person," Min said. "She goes out there and does a lot of things outside of volleyball.

"She works with the elementary school students and I've heard a lot of good things about her in the classroom."

Glendale boys' basketball Coach Steve Snodgress, who was named the Coach of a Male Team with Character and Ethics, said he's relished the opportunity to coach student-athletes for an extended period of time.

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