On June 12, R.D. Parker Collegiate coaches handed out one of the biggest prizes from their year-end Trojan Awards to two deserving athletes.
Both Ashley Williams and Tressa McDonald walked away from Wednesday’s ceremony with the title for senior female athlete of the year, largely because of their contributions to RDPC’s soccer and basketball programs.
During the 2018-19 school year, McDonald singlehandedly won the Zone 11 soccer championship for the school by burying a kick from midfield that gave her team a 1-0 victory in the finals.
Meanwhile, Williams fought through a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) to help the senior girls basketball squad win bronze at provincials.
McDonald was named a tournament all-star during that very same competition.
Coach Christine Sim said she decided to give this prize to both athletes because of the commitment they put into RDPC sports over the past four years.
“Ashley’s been dominant every single year in all the sports that she’s played,” said Sim. “Tressa was a phenomenal leader. Coachability was phenomenal and … she’s literally everything that we ask for in an athlete at R.D. Parker.”
Murphy Krentz won top senior male athlete for the second year in a row, having been named the badminton team’s most valuable player earlier in the awards ceremony.
Ethan Alcock rounded out the ceremony’s big four awards by picking up the title for junior male athlete of the year, with his biggest recent accomplishment being a silver medal win in provincial badminton alongside his brother, and doubles partner, Evan.
Finally, Matthew Hordosi and Shiv Vyas shared the Spirit of Sport award for their sheer passion for sport and willingness to volunteer.