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2014 Polk County Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Named

Polk County All Sports Awards and Hall of Fame Evening Set for June 24 at the Lakeland Center

Lakeland, Fla. (June 5, 2014) — The Lakeland Center’s Sikes Hall will be the center of attention for the Polk County sports community on June 24 for the 14th annual Polk County All Sports Awards (PCASA) and Polk County Sports hall of Fame Ceremony. The annual tradition of honoring athletes from Polk County for their excellence and achievements on and off the playing field will be held at 6:15 p.m. with the evening’s festivities being emceed by Bright House Sports Network’s Drew Fellios and Polk County Sports Marketing’s Mark Jackson.

The highlight of the evening’s events is the annual Polk County Sports Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. The five new members that will be inducted into the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame at this year’s Polk County All Sports Awards Ceremony include: current Polk State College Director of Athletics and Former Florida Southern Baseball player Bing Tyus; former Florida Southern Women’s Tennis Coach who led the Mocs to 11 Sunshine State Conference Championships, Ed Jeffries; David Saliba, who is the baseball coach at Santa Fe Catholic and was inducted in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame earlier this year; former Bartow High School Volleyball Coach Marnee Cobb, who was the second female high school athletic director in Polk County (1991-2007). In addition to the four inductees named in the Athlete/Coach category, Thomas Bryant will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Contributor category.

The PCASA Selection Committee, which is made up of local business leaders and sports figures, meets annually to identify All Sports Award nominees based on the established criteria for each award, and they then vote on the final award recipients in each category. The 2014 Polk County All Sports Awards category winners include:

Professional Athlete of the Year: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
Bernie Little Sports Executive Award: Bing Tyus, Polk State College
Commissioner’s Award for Perseverance in Sports: Donavia “Angel” Walker, Westwood Middle School
Male Amateur Athlete of the Year: Sam Horsefield, Ridge Community High School
Female Amateur Athlete of the Year: Bri Folds, Lakeland Christian School
Male Collegiate Athlete of the Year: Tim Crouch, Florida Southern College
Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year: Hannah Rogers, University of Florida
Male Prep Team of the Year: Winter Have High School Baseball
Female Prep Team of the Year: Lakeland Christian School Soccer
Female Collegiate Team of the Year: Webber International University Bowling
Male Collegiate Team of the Year: Southeastern University Basketball

In addition to the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame and the Polk County All Sports Awards, the event will also recognize The Ledger High School Athlete and Coach of the Year for each sport, as well as, the Large and Small School of the Year. The Polk County All Sports Awards and Hall of Fame induction ceremony is a partnership between The Ledger and Polk County Sports Marketing that began in 2000 when Polk County Sports Marketing wanted to create a platform to honor the abundance of athletic talent coming from Polk County. “We have been doing this for many years and there is never a shortage of talent to recognize in Polk County,” said Mark Jackson, Director of Tourism and Sports Marketing for Polk County. The evening’s festivities will be taped for later broadcast on the Bright House Sports Network.

For more information on the Polk County All Sports Awards or to purchase tickets to Polk County’s biggest night of sports, contact Polk County Sports Marketing at 863-551-4750.

Contact: Al Snow
Polk County Tourism & Sports Marketing
al@centralfloridasports.com
863-551-4718

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