DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern Oklahoma State athletics celebrated its 2017-18 accomplishments as it handed out its yearly honors.
In all, more than 20 student-athletes were recognized for their work in the classroom or in competition.
Zach James, a junior from Whitesboro, took home the Most Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year honor after being named the Great American Conference Golfer of the Year and taking home the GAC Individual Championship while leading his team to a Central/Midwest Super Regional.
James set the school record for wins in a season this year with three and heads into the regional averaging a score of 70.69 per round.
On the women’s side, softball players Kelsey Meeks, a junior from Limon, Colo., and Elexis Watson, a freshman from Muskogee, Okla., shared the Most Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year honor.
Meeks led the GAC in wins as a pitcher with 27 victories and boasted a 2.81 ERA with 110 strikeouts in 231.2 innings.
Watson led the team with a .391 average that included flirting with the school records in doubles and home runs while driving in 51 and scoring 40 runs.
In the classroom, Destiny Riddle and Caitlin Cosby shared the top academic award as Co-Female Scholar Athletes. Riddle, a junior from Muskogee, Okla., is a psychology major who hit .355 at the plate and picked up five wins in the circle. Cosby, a sophomore from Keller, was the GAC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Year and nationally ranked in digs while leading the conference in that category.
Trevor Proctor, a senior from Lewisville, was the Male Scholar Athlete, majoring in management while appearing in four golf tournaments and recording 11 rounds this season.
Rounding out the men’s and women’s academic top five are as follows:
Alissa Benson, Volleyball; Mykaela Walce, Softball; Katie Webb, Women’s Basketball; Maria Martinez, Women’s Tennis.
Austin Skinner, Football; Bailey Burks, Baseball; Geoff Davis, Football; Kevin Gray, Football.
The MVP for each team were also announced with those honorees being voted on within their own teams. Those MVPs were:
Football — Joel Carlos
Volleyball — Alissa Benson
Cross Country — Skye Summers
Women’s Basketball —Emem David
Men’s Basketball —Jett Jobe
Women’s Tennis — Sandra Reljic
Men’s Tennis — Carlos Anez
Golf — Zach James
Softball — Elexis Watson / Kelsey Meeks
Baseball — Brett Akins.