USC’s Stubbs captures Bench Award, Goolsby receives Barry Sanders Award shortly after personal loss

WICHITA, Kansas – Honoring athletes and coaches on an emotional night, an array of awards were given out Thursday at the Greater Wichita Sports Banquet at the Hyatt Regency. USC’s Garrett Stubbs won the Johnny Bench National Collegiate Catcher of the year honor. Recently signing with the Houston Astros organization, Stubbs beat out his finalist counterparts Kade Scivicque from LSU and Matt Winn of Virginia Military Institute. At one time, over 90 players from across the nation were reportedly on the list of candidates.

Several extremely well-deserved prep honors went out as well. Bishop Carroll grad Denzel Goolsby received the Barry Sanders High School Male Athlete of the Year Award. He dedicated it to his father who passed away the night before the ceremony after suffering a brain aneurysm.

Preparing to launch his college football career with K-State, Goolsby wasn’t initially going to attend this week’s function at the Hyatt, but his family situation changed his plans. He returned home from Manhattan to see his father one more time and say his last words. Under painfully difficult circumstances, Goolsby made time to attend the banquet, accept his award and address the crowd with a very moving speech that paid tribute to his father. It ended with a standing ovation.

Among the extensive list of other awards that went out on Thursday, Maize’s Keiryn Swenson was named the High School Female Athlete of the Year. In addition, Wichita State basketball players Tekele Cotton and Alex Harden were name College Male & Female Athletes of the Year.

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