St. Cloud High School’s Eno Inyang, and Osceola’s Jaekus Hines are the 2020 Orange Belt Conference Female and Male Athletes of the year, as announced by the Osceola County School District Tuesday.
Both are juniors and have links to the award. Inyang, a three-sport athlete at St. Cloud in volleyball, basketball, and track and field, was also the county’s Player of the Year in 2019.
Hines, a 2020 Class 3A state champion wrestler after two runner-up state finishes, continues a family legacy. His older brother Malyke, a multiple state champion and now a collegiate wrestler at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, is a prior OBC Male Athlete of the Year.
Among the other awards announced Tuesday:
Female Academic Student Athlete of the Year: Emmalee Stephens, Liberty High: Stpehens is a three-sport athlete (volleyball, weightlifting, and softball), and has a 4.0 unweighted/4.58 weighted GPA. She plans to attend the University of Florida.
Male Academic Student Athlete of the Year: Elijah Fielding-Gunn, Harmony High: Gunn is a two-sport athlete (football and track and field), and has a 4.0 unweighted/4.66 weighted GPA. He plans to attend the University of Central Florida.
Mike Fields Distinguished Leadership Award: Scott Marlega, Harmony High (Girls’ Soccer and Unified Basketball): This award is named after Coach Fields who was an educator, coach, athletic director, and community leader in Osceola County. Academic performance and sportsmanship were attributes of his professional career.
OBC Athletic Director of the Year: Rick Tribit, Celebration High
Top Female Academic Team: Girls’ Cross Country at Gateway High — 3.85 GPA
Top Male Academic Team: Boys’ Tennis at Harmony High — 3.73 GPA
Overall Academic GPA Champions: Harmony High with a 3.41 GPA – This is the school’s eighth championship since 2010.
Orange Belt Conference All Sport Champion: St. Cloud Bulldogs – This is the school’s eleventh championship since 1987. Standings included the fall and winter seasons only.
Last week the District announced that St. Cloud boys soccer coach Weylan Craig and Liberty softball coach Kathrin Pennanan were voted the M. Dean Cherry Co-Coaches of the Year.
“I am extremely proud to recognize these individuals for their amazing accomplishments,” said Ryan Adams, Coordinator of Athletics for the Osceola School District. “The Osceola School District is home to tremendous student athletes, coaches, and sports programs that promote excellence in the classroom, in competition, and in life.”
The Osceola County School Board believes strongly in the benefits of athletics to positively impact students and schools both inside and outside of the classroom.