(Left to right) Compton College softball player Riah Nunley and football player Gregory Filer, III were each named the Sophomore of the Year at the 2018 Tartar Athletics Awards banquet, which celebrated the achievements of Compton College student-athletes for the 2017-18 academic year.
Compton College football player Gregory Filer, III and softball player Riah Nunley were each named Sophomore of the Year at the annual Tartar Athletics awards banquet. The end-of-the-year celebration recognized the achievements of Compton College student-athletes during the 2017-18 academic year.
Filer, who signed with Montana State to continue his football career, was named All-California Region IV First Team Defense. Nunley, who signed with Jarvis Christian College (Texas), was named All-South Coast Conference South Second Team.
The event kicked off by honoring all of the postseason award winners and those who have already signed to continue at four-year institutions. Twenty-eight student-athletes earned postseason honors in their respective sports, while seven student-athletes have signed agreements to continue competition.
Six student-athletes were honored for their academic achievement, boasting the highest grade point averages on their respective squads, while exhausting their eligibility at the two-year level.
Freshmen Julissa Gamboa (women’s soccer) and Billy Sanchez (baseball) were named Rookies of the Year, while Nunley and sophomore L’kielynn Taylor (men’s basketball) earned Performance of the Year honors. Nunley blasted a pair of home runs in two different games, while Taylor posted back-to-back triple-doubles in conference play this season.
The awards ceremony was capped by honoring men’s soccer player Ivan Vasquez who was named Most Inspirational after overcoming a number of obstacles to earn his associate degree this year.
The Tartars had much to celebrate in 2017-18, and the Compton College Athletics program is looking forward to an even better 2018-19.
2018 Tartar Athletics Award Winners:
David Cooper, Football
Brian Araux, Men’s Soccer
Jasmin Hill, Women’s Soccer
Chris Townsell, Men’s Basketball
Alexandro Rodriguez, Baseball
Beatriz Herrera, Softball
Rookie of the Year
Julissa Gamboa, Women’s Soccer
Billy Sanchez, Baseball
Sophomore of the Year
Riah Nunley, Softball
Gregory Filer III, Football
Performance of the Year
Riah Nunley, Softball
L’kielynn Taylor, Men’s Basketball
Coach of the Year
Amanda Evans, Women’s Soccer
Keith Higgins, Men’s Basketball
Team of the Year
Carina Perez, Women’s Soccer
Danny Hernandez, Baseball
Special Recognition Award
Marilyn Vaughn, Accounting Technician
Most Inspirational Award
Ivan Vasquez, Men’s Soccer