Hornets News · 2019-2020 John Hay Athletics Awards

Greetings John Hay students, families, and community,

We hope that by sharing the athletic awards for the 2019-2020 school year it will spread some positivity and joy, which is much needed right now. While we realize that sharing these awards virtually is not ideal, it is at least something – it’s at least a way to honor and recognize our incredible student-athletes.

Also, we want to sincerely thank all of our senior athletes. Whether you played for a season or all four years, your contribution to John Hay athletics is greatly appreciated. Every single coach had nothing but incredible things to say about our seniors, and that is not always the case – you are a special group. As you move on to wherever life takes you, remember the life lessons you learned in your sport and use those to excel in every aspect of your life.

The awards athletes were able to earn this year are as follows:

  • Hornet Award: This goes to who best embodies the values of John Hay on the court/field, in practice, at home, and in the classroom
  • MVP: This is based on competitive performance in their respective sport

Before sharing the awards, I do want to answer a few questions I have gotten lately:

  • If I earned a letter/award, when will I get it? Once the athletic department is able to order and purchase again (it is currently frozen by CMSD) we will get your award/letter to you. If you are a 9th-11th grader, you will be able to pick up your award at school once we are back. If you are a senior, we will reach out later with how we can get you your award once we actually have it.
  • When do Fall sports start / when does summer training start? Everything is currently TBD and we cannot do anything until we get strict guidance and guidelines from the district. Once we know, you will know too.
  • How can I prepare for sports to restart? Make sure you get an official OHSAA physical and bring it with you once sports/school does start back. These can be turned in to myself or your coach. As of right now, CMSD will NOT be holding mass physicals this year and is encouraging everyone to go to their healthcare provider. Note: Be sure to get an official OHSAA physical, as that is the only one that can count.
  • Should I contact a coach about a sport I want to join? If you are interested in playing a sport, please let the coach know you want to join. If you have questions about tryouts/schedules/etc. please hold those until we announce when sports start back. You can find our coaches contact at https://www.johnhayhornets.com/coaches.

Now, I present to you the 2019-2020 John Hay athletic awards.


Fall Sports



Coach Grys

The team continued to excel in the Senate League and finished 2nd in the Tournament after being undefeated during regular season matches.

Since 2012 the golf team has won 5 Championships, finished 2nd twice and 3rd once.

This season, the following student-athletes competed in OHSAAA Sectionals at Sweetbriar: Emily Gorman, Brooklyn Macklin, Gregory George.


4th year – Emily Gorman, Sr

3rd year – Gregory George, Jr

1st year – Brooklyn Macklin, So

1st year – Kimberly Amador, So

1st year – Chase Thompson, Fr

Male MVP – Gregory George, CMSD Male Medalist

Female MVP – Brooklyn Macklin, CMSD Female Medalist

HORNET AWARD – Emily Gorman

“Emily was a steady low-scoring golfer for all four of her years of HS competition. She actually finished as the Female “Runner-up” to the medalist all 4 years. Three times to her own teammates, once to a girl from East Tech. Her goal was always to be the best, so to finish 2nd each year came with disappointment that she always handled with Grace, Poise and Dignity. I could not think of a better example of the true “HORNET AWARD” winner. She actually should be recognized by the district as the FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR that usually corresponds with a scholarship award. She is a LEADER in sports and academically as well as her Class President. She is making an effort to play Golf in college. She also was a member of the Softball team for the 3 years prior to the Coronavirus season of 2020.” – Coach Grys

Golf Team Photos

Boys Cross Country

Coach Gerstenberger

Varsity Letters

Owen Kozak

Reyhan Muhammad

Isaiah Miller

Diego Cortez

D’Anthony Crenshaw

Malik Hardaway

Anthony Browning

Martavius Abbott

Ibrahima Diop

Devion Garrett

Jamal Ware

Isaiah Jenkins

Senior Recognition, MVP, & Hornet Award Announcement:

Girls Cross Country

MVP: Marckalya “MK” Hackney

Hornet Award: Sabriyah Abdullah

Letters: Marckayla Hacknet, Sabriyah Abdullah

Girls Tennis

Coach Krishnan

Team: Continued to excel in the Senate Championship and finished 1st consecutively in the past two years.


4th year

Sumayyah Kemp, Senior (CSSM)

Danyel Crossby, Senior (EC)

Leasa Beard, Senior (CSSM)

3rd year

Brielle Miller, Junior (CSSM)

2nd year

Brooklyn Flanagan, Junior (CSSM)

1st year

Desirae Crossby Freshman (A&D)

Kaylee Gutirez, Soph (CSSM)

Ameerah Harvey, Soph (CSSM)

Yaritzy Santizo, Freshman (CSSM)

Girls Tennis MVP

Danyel Crossby, Senior (EC), Third place in the Senate Championship in spite of her first year on the team. Her resilient effort in this season has placed the ream in the best position throughout the season.


Sumayyah Kemp, Senior (CSSM), CMSD Female Singles Senate Champion

Sumayyah was a steady/undefeated winner, this year and always at the top three positions in all 4 years of her HS competition. She as the Female singles “Third place” in the first two years and was the “Second” last year and finished her 4th year with the first place, a senate championship. Her goal was always to be the best, she always led the team with Great sportsmanship, High Energy and Disciplined Work Ethics. I strongly recommend the “HORNET AWARD” for this excellent team player. She shines in multiple sports and academics as well. This scholar will be an asset to the sports & athletic departments of any college, which accept her.

Girls Tennis Photos


Coach Decipeda

Note: John Hay football held their own banquet in the fall of 2019 after they won the Senate Championship to close out the season.
Athletes who received a letter
  • Zayd Abdullah
  • Jordan Bennett
  • Jeremiah Church
  • Johnnie Coleman
  • Nicholas Dent
  • Avante Donerson
  • William Fitzgerald
  • Devontae Jackson
  • Brandon Kelley
  • Chantrell Kimbrough
  • Zibeon McQueen
  • Augustus Miller
  • Davon’tae Powell
  • Jalyn Sweeney
  • Tristen Woodruff
  • Kyle Woods
  • Kurt Woods
  • Sir Bell-Starks
  • Carlos Ferguson
  • Gregory George
  • Michael Graham
  • Trevon Johnson
  • Jordan Kennedy
  • Khyree Conner
  • Demario Floyd
  • Marcus Franklin
  • Saiyd Harvin
  • Brandon Haywood
  • Stanley Turpin
List of seniors:
  • Zayd Abdullah
  • Jordan Bennett
  • Jeremiah Church
  • Johnnie Coleman
  • Nicholas Dent
  • Avante Donerson
  • William Fitzgerald
  • Devontae Jackson
  • Brandon Kelley
  • Chantrell Kimbrough
  • Yaheal Mangum
  • Zibeon McQueen
  • Elwood McWilliams
  • Augustus Miller
  • Davon’tae Powell
  • Jalyn Sweeney
  • Glenn Williams
  • Tristen Woodruff
  • Kyle Woods
  • Kurt Woods
Team MVP
  • Jalyn Sweeney
Hornet Award 
  • Johnnie Coleman

Football Photos



Coach Stewart

Team MVP: Taylor Hite

Hornet Award: Tereese Bowman


Seniors: Caitlyn Williams, Taylor Hite, Camryn Butler, Kaleah Starks, Kayla Randall, Tereese Bowman

Volleyball Photos


Coach Kanuch

Team MVP: Allen Jones

Honet Award: Diego Cortez

Coaches Award: Marshall Shorts

Letters: Diego Cortez, Ibrahima Diop, Allen Jones, Brahaan Singh, Austin Mehring, Marvin Djedje, Jaime Escobar, Lughan Ross, Yasir Ismail, Abbas Monther, Jahlil Niasse, Charles Eppinger, Samyl Sanchez, Abdul Niasse, Darryl Jackson, Marshall Short

Soccer Photos

Winter Sports

Girls Basketball

Coach Crider

This season, the girls basketball team won the Senate Championship for the third year in a row after a dominating regular season.

MVP: Amaya Maxie

Hornet Award: Alana Johnson

Boys Basketball

Coach Sanders

This season, the boys basketball team won the Senate Championship Blue Division after a highly successful regular season.

Varsity MVP: Christopher Drake II

Varsity Hornet: Award: Kyle Jackson

JV MVP: Demetrius Jones-Delmore

JV Hornet Award: Kejaun Rogers


Coach Custer

The girls bowling team finished 2nd in the Senate and the boys team finished 3rd after yet another impressive year.

MVP: Wally Irizarry

Hornet Award: Brianna Harris


Coach Cline

Male MVP: Joseph Scott

Female MVP: Sumayyah Kemp (finished 6th in the state!)

Hornet Award: Saiyd Harvin

Letters: Sumayyah Kemp, Serjia Wiggins, Endiyah Cuff, Jordan Lightning, Joesph Scott, Stanley Turpin, Marckayla Hackney, Saiyd Harvin, Elijah Mallet, Malik Walker, Nina Abercrombie, Craig Watkins, Uzoamaka Oramugo, Aaron Blue

Wrestling Video/Photos


Spring Sports


Coach Gerstenberger

Senior Recognition, MVP, & Hornet Award Announcement:


Coach Kanuch

MVP: Isabel Meltzer

Hornet Award: Emily Gorman

Letters: Isabel Melzer, Asya Abed, Emily Gorman, Nia Badley, Lamiah Owens, Ciara Bell, Jordan Shelton, Nayeli Santana, Kaylee Gutierrez, Shaniya Duckworth, NaTaya Jones, Ameerah Harvey, Kennedi Turney, Diana Antonsanti, LaTanza Chapman, Tyler Williamson, Brooklyn Flanagan, Kristen Williams

Softball Photos

Girls Track

Coach Priester

MVP: Arnae Rodgers
Hornet Award: Sydney Clemons
Seniors: Lateefaht Mogaji, Taylor Hite, Tayla McKenzie
Letters: Ashley Hayden, Sydney Clemons, Emon Brown, Deona White, Arica McKinney, Raushira Chambers, Amani Bivens-Taylor, Tayla McKenzie

Boys Track

Coach Moore

MVP: Devontae Jackson

Hornet Award: Gregory George

Letters: Jalen Sweeney, Brent Ballard, Jordan Bennett, Devontae Jackson, Isaiah Jenkins, Tommy Murray, Reyhan Muhammad, Sayidd Harvin

Boys Tennis

Coach Krishnan

Hornet Award: Ezell Williams (4 Years): Ezell is hard working young man with a great zeal towards the game. He is a motivated athlete and never want to give-up. He always strives to be an excellent player.
MVP: Abdullah Syed (2 years): Abdullah is very committed for all of the practice sessions and games.
Letters: Ezell Williams, Andreas Wilkins, Jonathan Streeter, DeAngeles Williams, Desmond YanMayu, Abdullah Syed


Coach Chavers

Letters: Patricia Walker -EC, Adriana King-EC, Mijah Taylor-EC, Jacia Williams- SM, Sylvia Harris- SM, Tamyra Tate-SM, Taniya Williams-AD, Martinique Abbott- SM, Aliyon Abernathy- EC, Kristen Williams- SM, Dajanette Craig- SM, Rayele Malone-SM, Tajanee Walker- SM

Seniors: Patricia Walker, EC, Sylvia Harris, SM, Rayele Malone, SM, Kristen Williams, SM

Hornet Award – Sylvia Harris

MVP – Patricia Walker

Cheer Photos


MVP – Trayvon Porter

Hornet Award – Ezell Williams, Andreas Wilkins

“Perseverance Award” presented by Trainer Jenny

“For the 2019-2020 school year I choose Marckalya “MK” Hackney to receive the Perseverance Award. MK is a dedicated athlete who shows up to every practice and workout, including summer/preseason training and condition. She never complains and even if something is bothering her (injury wise), it’s usually “not a big deal”. Not only was MK involved for the entirety of the football season, but when asked to join the Cross Country team late in the season, she didn’t hesitate. Oh, did I mention she finished top 2 at the girls’ championship race?
Lastly, we added wrestling to our sporting line-up this year and MK also competed in this without hesitation. MK has displayed true grit in all of these sports and doesn’t let the idea of it being a “boy’s” sport stop her. Her display of perseverance, no matter how mentally, emotionally, or physically tough it may, is inspiring!
Way to go MK!”
Congrats to all of our athletes! Whether you earned an award or not, you are a valued part of the John Hay community and we cannot wait to see what you all achieve next!