SFCC honors student athletes at banquet;
inducts newest class into Athletics Hall of Fame
SEDALIA—The State Fair Community College Athletics Department staff, Booster Club members, parents and fans celebrated the academic and athletic achievements of the college’s 2011-2012 student-athletes April 3 at the Best Western State Fair Inn.
Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas and Assistant Coach Josh Sash presented the men’s basketball team awards. The Roadrunners are coming off of a 15-15 season, having played one of the toughest schedules in the country.
Sophomore Alfonzo Houston earned All-Region 16 honors. He also was the team’s leading scorer for the season. Freshman guard Kenny Chery also earned All-Region 16 honors. Chery led the team in assists and steals on the season. He also received the Roadrunner Award.
Freshman forward Ayo Ojo received the award for the highest field goal percentage; he also was the team’s leading rebounder this season. Sophomore wing Antonin Galaya received awards for the highest three-point percentage and highest free throw percentage. Freshman guard Montrell Watts was named the team’s best defensive player.
Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher and Assistant Coach Buck Scheel presented awards for the women’s team. The Lady Roadrunners finished the season with an 18-12 record, playing the toughest schedule in the history of the program.
Sophomore guard Ariel Easton earned second team all-American honors and first team All-Region 16 honors. Easton was the team’s leading scorer and led the team in free throw percentage. She received the Lady Roadrunner Award. Freshman guard Ryneka Church earned first team All-Region 16 honors. She also earned the award for the highest three-point percentage and led the team in assists.
Sophomore guard Alexas Brown received the award for the highest field goal percentage. Sophomore forward/center Cheyenne Williams was the team’s leading rebounder and feshman guard Voneisha Harris was the team’s best defensive player.
SFCC President Dr. Marsha Drennon and Vice President of Education and Student Support Services Dr. Brent Bates presented the awards. Members of the men’s basketball team receiving awards were freshman Charles Beard, freshman D'Angelo Tucker, Chery, Galaya, and Houston.
Members of the Spirit Squad receiving awards were sophomore Ariel Baldwin, freshman Jessica Becker, freshman Morgan Fairfax, sophomore Megan Girard, freshman Jenny Matthews, and freshman Kayla Snapp.
The evening concluded with the induction of the newest class of the Roadrunner Athletics Hall of Fame: Dr. D.C. Payne, Bob Oehrke and Jimmy Lassiter.
Payne has been a member of the SFCC Booster Club since its first meeting in 1968 and served as treasurer for many years. He rarely misses an SFCC home basketball game and also attends many road games.
“It’s a great honor to be inducted into the SFCC Athletics Hall of Fame and to be a part of SFCC basketball for 43 years,” said Payne. “I think the greatest honor is to be included with the people who have been inducted in the past and those who were inducted tonight.”
Payne has seen many teams and players at SFCC throughout the years, but thinks the best team ever at SFCC was the 1978 team.
“That team didn’t make the national tournament because they lost in the region championship, which at the time was a best-two-out-of-three series,” said Payne. “Six of the top seven players received Division I scholarships when they left SFCC.”
Oehrke has devoted many hours to the SFCC athletic program during his 18 years as a member of the SFCC Booster Club. He drives the team vans, films the away games, accompanies coaches on recruiting trips, and has even washed uniforms. Because of his support, coaches are able to focus on game preparation.
“I was the last one to think I would ever get inducted into the Hall of Fame,” said Oehrke. “I really appreciate it and want to thank the coaches, past and present, and everybody who had anything to do with it.”
Lassiter played at SFCC during the 1971-72 basketball season. He broke the SFCC career scoring record by midseason. He was named to the All-Region 16 team in 1972. He was also named an NJCAA All-American while leading SFCC to the NJCAA national tournament, one of only two trips to nationals made by the men’s basketball program at SFCC.
SFCC Athletics Department