First Annual “HSJ Chronicle Sports Awards” an outstanding success


(Awards Breakfast)

Awards Breakfast a great start to a  new tradition


A capacity crowd joined the Hemet-San Jacinto Chronicle staff to celebrate the first annual HSJ Chronicle Sports Awards.  This year’s awards focused solely on football, but an expanded banquet is planned for next year.

The five awards went to:

Kajiyah Hollowayne, Quarterback…MVP of the year Award.

Asaiah Aguilar, Kicker…Clutch Performance Award

Arturo Ojeda, Jr., Left Tackle…Lineman of the year Award

Marcos Flores, Linebacker…Sportsman Award

Sheldon Newton, Defensive Line…Game-Changer Award

Accepting for Sheldon Newton was Arturo Ojeda, Jr.

These banquets can sometimes hit snags, but the Applebee’s staff was perfect and the event was a complete success. This could not have happened without the help of Kitchen Manager Jennifer Trabucco and wait-staff Jesus Betancourt and Carlos Zambrano.  Applebee’s Manager Melissa Silva could not have been more helpful giving her assistance, time and talent in allowing the Chronicle to host our first awards breakfast banquet. Applebees holds many of these community-support, fund-raising, charitable breakfasts, and the Hemet San Jacinto Chronicle thanks Melissa and the entire staff of Applebee’s.

The HSJ Chronicle’s senior writer, Ray “Rusty” Strait, and our senior sports writer and owner of, Kyle Headlee were on hand, as Kyle spoke and handed out the awards.  You could see a real bond between our sports writer and the students and staff of the schools.

We received many emails and calls about this first awards banquet. Many questioned why we focused solely on football, and some asked if we were going to include girl’s sports next year.

As we said earlier in this article, the Chronicle will be expanding our awards banquet next year: we will be including both male and female sports and the banquet and awards ceremony will be expanded to the Applebee’s bar and dining room. Our plan is to include at least 6 sports. We would appreciate your feedback which will help us plan next year’s banquet.

For more info on the HSJ Chronicle 2019 Sports Awards, please see Kyle Headlee’s article in the sports section, section B

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