Block M Awards 2024: Student athletes recognized for strong '23-24

The annual celebration of another successful year of Mexico Tiger sports saw dozens of athletes honored for their work on and off the field with the Block M Athletic Awards.

The awards ceremony, held June 3 in the Mexico High School Avery Skinner Auditorium, saw a number of scholarships given out along with team MVP awards and other traditional special awards.

Ella Blunt and Jacob Poissant were honored as the Lawrence “Sparky” Rector Athletes of the Year, the final award given out to end the evening.

MACS Athletic Director Andrew Gates congratulated the teams and student athletes on a great season all-around and wished the graduating seniors all the best in the next steps of their journeys.

Special awards and scholarships led off the evening, and then coaches took the stage to talk briefly about the successes of their teams and individuals this year, and then awarded the Most Valuable Player trophy.

Listed below are the winners of the special awards and team MVPs for the 2023-24 school year.

Overall Awards

Lawrence “Sparky” Rector Athlete of the Year (Presented by Andy Gates): Ella Blunt, Jacob Poissant
Janice Clark Memorial Athlete Award: Kylee Urquhart, Ethan Becker

Special Awards and Scholarships

Linda Beyer-Shoults Memorial Award (Presented by Lois Beyer and Courtney Shoults): Evelyn Fontana
Jared R. K. Gates Scholarship Award (Presented by Jimmy Loomis, Bob and Debbie Gates): Dakota DeFalco
Edward Albright Jr. Memorial Scholarship Award (Presented by Jeff LaBouef): Ethan Becker
Brian Ariola Award (Presented by Joe Deckman): Maddison Greenway, Hunter Herrington
Charles Giovo II Most Coachable Award: Giana Cutuli, Stefano Magro
Wally Sutliff Memorial Award Most Improved: Mara Williamson, Nicolas Murabito
Charles Giovo Sportsmanship Award: Hailey Comstock, Everett Bryant

Team MVPs

Cross Country: Aubrey Herrington, Ethan Becker
Football: Johnny Greeno, Brayden Mack
Girls Soccer: Giana Cutuli
Boys Soccer: Jacob Poissant
Fall Cheerleading: Kierstyn Ford
Girls Swimming: Evelyn Fontana
Girls Diving: Chelsea Hitzschke
Girls Tennis: Ella Blunt and Avery Mack (doubles team)
Golf: Evan Hansen
Volleyball: Adriana Dimanto

Girls Basketball: Ella Blunt
Boys Basketball: Jacob Poissant, Chris Hermit
Winter Cheerleading: Emma Cadrette
Boys Swimming: Stefano Magro
Boys Diving: Ethan Gilbert
Indoor Track: Madison Poissant, Everett Bryant
Wrestling: Noah Becker

Baseball: Brayden Mack, Jacob Poissant
Softball: Kylee Urquhart
Boys Tennis: Bill Mills
Outdoor Track: Marley Eastman, Ethan Becker
Outdoor Field: Olivia DeStevens, Alexander Marthia
Lacrosse: Hailey Workman
Weight Training: Logan Haynes, Deegan Blue

Athletes of the Year

Pictured are the recipients of the Athletes of the Year award at the 2024 Block M Banquet. From left is Ella Blunt, MACS Athletic Director Andrew Gates and Jacob Poissant.