Roasts, toasts and a celebration of Stags and Athenas athletics at the annual CMSPYs

A close-up of a red ribbon that reads "CMS."
(Bella Pettengill • The Student Life)

Adorned with Cardinal and Gold, Roberts Pavilion almost out-dressed the Stags and Athenas that gussied up for the annual CMSPYs (a parody of the ESPYs) hosted last Thursday night.

Each spring, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) puts together an awards dinner to celebrate their athletes and programs. The event is light-hearted and, in addition to awards, includes trivia games, roasts and lots of laughs.

Baseball team member and emcee of the event Paul Roche CM ’23 said he took the position after friends on the SAAC board asked him to step up. Roche said he went into the night with the goal of keeping it enjoyable and amusing.

“It’s the end of the year; we wanted to have a good time and highlight some good moments,” Roche said. “I just wanted to have fun, maybe have some people laugh and try not to cross too many lines.”

Awards such as Best Moment, given to Stags basketball for their victory over No. 2 ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor, and Breakthrough Athlete of the Year, won by basketball’s James Frye CM ’26, highlighted the event. Athletes from each class were additionally honored with Cate Lewison HM ’26 claiming Freshman of the Year.

Lewison, a two-sport athlete for CMS in soccer and lacrosse, took home the SCIAC’s Newcomer of the Year award in the fall for Athena’s soccer. Now in the spring, Lewison is currently the lacrosse team’s leading goal scorer. Still, Lewison made sure to credit the people around her as the ones who helped her reach such high heights early on.

“I’m super grateful for all my teammates and coaches and I know my teammates who are SAAC reps put a lot into this event, so I was just honored that they wanted to nominate me and recognize me to represent our team”

Despite earning a collection of hardware just one year into her career at CMS, Lewison believes the focus should be on the team as a whole.

“I don’t like to think about it. I don’t think it means anything. As long as my teams and our programs continue to be successful, that’s what matters in the long run and this year I’ve been able to support that”

The first and only speech of the night from a recipient was given by assistant Athenas soccer coach Mikey O’Connor. After just one year on staff, O’Connor was honored as Behind the Scenes MVP (Coach) of the Year. In his speech, O’Connor praised CMS for its close-knit community.

“I want to appreciate everybody here; you guys have been awesome,” he said. “CMS is a big family — from anybody on the coaching staff to all the players and athletes.”

O’Connor ended his speech by giving a shout-out to his team and left Roberts with a hopeful message for the future.

“Athenas, you guys rock; you guys are the best,” O’Connor said. “2023-2024 we’re gonna have awesome seasons here for all our athletes. I can tell.”

AWARDS:

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year: James Frye CM ’26 (Stags Basketball)

Comeback Athlete of the Year: Jake Tracey CM ’24 (Stags Baseball)

Freshman of the Year: Cate Lewison HM ’26 (Athenas Soccer & Lacrosse)

Sophomore of the Year: Justin Edwards CM ’25 (Stags Football)

Junior of the Year: Jenna Holmes CM ’24 (Athenas Volleyball)

Senior of the Year: Josh Angle CM ’23 (Stags Basketball)

Best Moment: Stags Basketball beating No. 2 Ranked Mary Hardin-Baylor

Behind the Scenes MVP (Athlete): Jesse Beyer SC ’23 (Athenas Water Polo)

Behind the Scenes MVP (Coach): Mikey O’Connor (Athenas Soccer)

Coach of the Year: Marvin Sanders (Stags Football)

Team of the Year: Athenas Tennis and Stags Baseball

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