Athlete of the Year

STARS Student Athletic Recognition Awards Ceremony 2022

May 17, 2022

Welcome to the annual STARS Student Athletic Recognition Awards Ceremony.

This year's event will be an in person awards ceremony at the College of Central Florida, Lecanto Campus.

We will be honoring the players of the year in each fall, winter and spring sport, the top scholar-athletes, male and female MVPs, and the overall male and female athletes of the year.

To vote for Female and male Reader's Choice VOTE HERE

STARS - Student Athlete Recognitions - Vote one per day, once for your favorite female and once for your favorite male student athlete. Then Come Cheer on Your Favorite Student Athletes at the awards ceremony, May 17 taking place at the College of Central Florida in Lecanto. Tickets are $10. Get tickets at the door.

STARS - Student Athletic Recognition Awards 2022

In its 15th year, the STARS Student Athletic Recognition Awards is the Citrus County Chronicle honoring the high school student - athletes in each fall, winter, and spring sport. We also honor the top scholar-athletes, male and female MVPs, and the overall male and female athletes of the year.

Congratulations to all of the nominated student-athletes


Mackenzi Grey, Jr., Lecanto
Mallori Grey, Jr., Lecanto
Julia Shipes, Jr., Seven Rivers Christian
Girls Cross Country
Kendall Gibson, Sr., Citrus
Mackenzie Scordato, Sr., Citrus
Catalina Veldwijk, Soph., Lecanto
Girls Swimming
Grace Burkholder, Jr., Lecanto
Nicole Shanks, Fr., Lecanto
Olivia Szylkowski, So., Crystal River
Girls Golf
Megan Allen, Sr., Crystal River
Maegan Pungsuwan, Soph., Lecanto
Angelica Smith, Soph., Lecanto


Football - Offense
Colton McNeely, So., Citrus
Luke Malmberg, Sr., Lecanto
Nehemiah Vann, Jr., Seven Rivers Christian
Football - Defense
Logan Frederick, Sr., Citrus
Brent Summers, Jr., Seven Rivers Christian
Braeden Williams, Sr., Lecanto
Boys Cross Country
Brandon Rydzewski, Sr., Lecanto
Thomas Tyler, Sr., Citrus
Tristan Woods, Sr., Citrus
Boys Swimming
Josh Ambrose, So., Lecanto
Drew Jenkins, Jr., Citrus
Mateo Valach, Fr., Lecanto
Boys Golf
AJ Burns, Soph., Lecanto
Hunter Williams, Jr., Lecanto
Luke Wood, Soph., Citrus


Girls Basketball
Jillian Landgraf, Jr., Citrus
Mckayla Smith, Sr., Seven Rivers Christian
Peyton Spaulding, Sr., Lecanto
Girls Soccer
Mallory Mushlit, Jr., Lecanto
Marley Spate, Sr., Lecanto
Melody Byers, Sr., Seven Rivers Christian
Girls Weightlifting
Genesis Gonzalez, Fr., Crystal River
Rebecca Tatun, Sr., Citrus
Allison Wilson, Sr., Lecanto


Boys Basketball
Josh Berrios, Sr., Lecanto
Nick Post, Sr., Lecanto
Deonte Sesler, So., Citrus
Boys Soccer
Elijah McNeil, Jr., Lecanto
Naed Rivera, Sr., Crystal River
Braeden Williams, Sr., Lecanto
Diego Mendez, Sr., Lecanto
Blaine Reed, Jr., Crystal River
Logan Simpson, Sr., Citrus


Girls Tennis
Malena Hamilton, So., Citrus
Nandini Karanam, So., Lecanto
Mirabelle Tahiri, Jr., Lecanto
Girls Track and Field
Jurisah Bailey, 6th, Seven Rivers Christian
Abcydee Rome, Sr., Lecanto
Julia Shipes, Jr., Seven Rivers Christian
Flag Football
Elisha Bluford, Fr., Lecanto
Mackenzie Kusnierz, Sr., Lecanto
Phoebe Shaw, Sr., Crystal River
Molly Bender, Sr., Citrus
Emma Christensen, So., Lecanto
Katelyn Tillis, Sr., Crystal River


Boys Weightlifting
Trenton Clark, Sr., Crystal River
Trenton Slanker, Sr., Citrus
Logan Frederick, Sr., Citrus
Boys Tennis
Riley Dodd, Jr., Citrus
AJ Nelson, Sr., Citrus
Freddie Sansone, Sr., Citrus
Boys Track and Field
Cody Bishir, Sr., Citrus
Donovan Foster, Jr., Lecanto
Morgan Resch, Jr., Lecanto
Wyatt Pochis, So., Crystal River
Steve Sams, Sr., Lecanto
Cristofer Walley, Jr., Citrus