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Pigskin Club Honors D.C. Athletes

The Pigskin Club of Washington, Inc., recently held its 79th annual awards banquet at The Catholic University of America’s Edward J. Pryzbyla Center, where it honored some of the D.C. area’s top high school, college and professional athletes, coaches and community service individuals for their contributions.

Highlights of the Feb. 15 event included Jahmal Harvey being named as boxer of the year, Bowie State University quarterback Amir Hall as Black college football player of the year and Bowie head coach Damon Wilson as Black college football coach of the year.

Other honorees included:

Sophia Kurnot of Good Counsel as hockey player of the year; Heather Hinz, also of Good Counsel, as girls soccer player of the year; Jenaisya Moore of Northwest High School as volleyball player of the year; and Daniel Diaz-Bonilla of the Heights High School as boys soccer player of the year.

A star-studded group of local high school football talent was named to the 26-member All-Met team, including DeMarrcos Hellams of DeMatha and Lavonte Gater of Ballou, who were named offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively.

Among the coaches cited for their leadership were Kelly Massino of Good Counsel as field hockey coach of the year; Ryan Alexander of Sidwell Friends as girls soccer coach of the year; Colin Gleason of The Heights as the boys soccer coach of the year; Charles Ezigbo of Chantilly High School as girls volleyball coach of the year; and Daniel Tyson of Bell Multicultural and Randy Trivers of Gonzaga College High School as football co-coaches of the year.

Other notable award recipients included Kenitra Wilson of the DC Divas football team as the offensive player of the year and Miteka Truehart as the defensive player of the year.

Enoch E. Thompson was honored as the Pigskin Club Community Service Person of the Year.

Hall of Fame inductees included Frank A. Harris Jr., Brian J. Thomas Sr. and Joseph C. Hackett Jr.

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