Polk County All Sports Awards and Hall of Fame Evening Set for June 26
Posted on June 20th, 2012 by Jessica Roberts Taylor
The Lakeland Center’s Sikes Hall will be the center of attention for the Polk County sports community on June 26 for the 11th annual Polk County All Sports Awards (PCASA). 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 local sports personalities.
The PCASA Selection Committee, which is made up of local business leaders and sports figures, meets annually to identify nominees based on the established criteria for each award, and they then vote on the final award recipients in each category.
The 2012 Polk County All Sports Awards category winners include:
Professional Athlete of the Year: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
Bernie Little Sports Executive Award: Mike Lapan, the Lakeland Center
Commissioner’s Award for Perseverance in Sports: Hunter Ratcliffe, Lake Region High School
Male Amateur Athlete of the Year: Brandon Jorge, Lake Gibson High School
Female Amateur Athlete of the Year: Emily Brauckmuller, Auburndale High School
Male Collegiate Athlete of the Year: Ontarrio McCalebb, Auburn University
Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year: Octavious Freeman, University of Central Florida
Male Team of the Year: Lake Wales High School Basketball
Female Team of the Year: Bartow High School Softball
Female Collegiate Team of the Year: Florida Southern College Golf Team
Male Collegiate Team of the Year: To Be Determined
In addition to the All Sports Awards, the highlight of the evening will be the induction of five new members into the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame. The 2012 inductees include former Florida Southern Baseball Coach and New York Yankees scout Joe Arnold; Head Football coach of Frostproof High School for 36 years, and three-time Florida Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year, Farris Brannen; Florida Southern College basketball standout John Ebeling; Doug Gordin, who led Florida Southern College to five NCAA Division II Championships as their Head Golf Coach. In addition to the four inductees from the world of sports, Hoyt Barnett will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a Contributor.
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. From the event’s humble beginnings the Polk County All Sports Awards has evolved into an evening awards banquet that honors not only local high school athletes, but also amateur athletes and major professional sports stars that hail from Polk County such as Ray Lewis and Tracy McGrady. The evening’s festivities are taped for later broadcast on 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.