National, state and local sports award designees included several Newark residents.
After leading Hodgson to the Division I state championship, junior quarterback C.J. Henry was named the Gatorade Delaware Football Player of the Year.
Henry, a first-team all-state selection and offensive player of the year as selected by the Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches Association, passed for 2,351 yards and 31 touchdowns. He also rushed for 362 yards and six touchdowns.
“What makes C.J. special is the way he stays calm in any situation,” offensive coordinator Dave Collins explained. “No matter what a defense throws at us in the form of blitzes or coverages he doesn’t panic, reads it, and takes what they give us. He is a true student of the game and understands the X’s and O’s part of it better than any other quarterback I have coached. It also helps he is a tremendous athlete with incredible arm strength and can turn a broken play into a touchdown at any moment.”
The award includes a $1,000 grant through Gatorade’s “Play it Forward” program that can be donated to Henry’s charity of choice. Henry has chosen the Boys and Girls Club of Newark, an organization he has been part of for years.
“Growing up, I’ve always been involved at the club, whether it was for basketball, working, volunteering, working out, or just going there to relax,” Henry said. “It has been a place I can go whenever and know that I am welcomed, safe and at home. The Boys and Girls Club of Newark is really a big family. They treat you like their own and it’s really a great feeling for me being able to be a part of that. I’m proud to say that I am a ‘Club Kid.’”
Hamilton in Hall of Fame
Newark resident Cheryl Hamilton was recently inducted into the National Association of Women’s Gymnastics Judges Hall of Fame.
Her resume includes serving as a judge at four Summer Olympics in Los Angeles (1984), Atlanta (1996), London (2012) and Rio de Janeiro (2016). She has also judged several world championships along with other national and international meets. She has chaired the USA Gymnastics women’s technical committee and served on numerous other ones.
A native of Mays Landing, N.J., after competing at Fairmont State University (W.Va.), Hamilton opened First State Gymnastics in Wilmington in 1976.
Mini Max award winners announced
High school football coaches across the state nominated one player from their team to be the recipient of the Mini Max award, a state-level award sponsored by the Maxwell Football Club.
Players were evaluated based on several criteria in addition to their football performance, including community service and academics.
Local winners are Ethan Potter (Caravel Academy), Ryan Gui Dibo (Christiana), Tariq Lawler (Glasgow), Erik Shimko (Hodgson), Alex Aviles (Newark), Collin Pargoe (Red Lion) and Patrick Palm (St. Mark’s).
One player will be selected as the Maxwell Football Club Delaware High School Player of the Year. Delaware’s winner, who will be announced at the annual Delaware Interscholastic Football Coaches Association banquet, automatically becomes eligible as one of three candidates – along with the winners from New Jersey and Pennsylvania – for the Jim Henry Award, which is announced at the Maxwell Club National Awards Gala on March 6.
Newark Charter seniors Chloe Rogers and Emma Ueltzhoffer were second-team all-state selections as voted on by the Delaware Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association. The duo helped lead the Patriots to a 14-1 regular season and a win in the state tournament.