The Henry P. Iba High School Citizen Athlete Awards were added this year to the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards. Its purpose is to recognize and honor young men and women in Tulsa-area schools who excel in athletics, academics and school/community service involvement. The winners are awarded $2,000 each to attend the college of their choice and the runners-up each receive $500.
Area high schools’ athletic directors made nominations. The judges were John Moss, KTUL-TV sports director; John Holcomb, The News on Six sports director; Nathan Thompson, FOX23 sports director; and Michael Peters, Tulsa World sports editor.
Sarah Bateman is the female winner. She graduated from Booker T. Washington where she was a four-year varsity starter as middle hitter for Booker T’s volleyball team. She has twice been recognized as the MVP of the Green Country Conference, TTCU Student Athlete of the Month, All Tournament Team on multiple occasions, All Vype First Team, All Metro First Team and All State Large School East. She has participated in the USAV Girls Junior National Championships and earlier this year was named MVP of the USAV Oklahoma Region Tournament for the 18s division.
She will continue playing volleyball for the Drury University Panthers in Springfield, Missouri, where she plans to pursue a major in biology with an emphasis in environmental science.
Off the court, she was chosen to be the spokesperson for the 2015 OCCJ Anti-Bullying Rally. She is an active member of First United Methodist Church. For several years, she has been a counselor for Camp Friendship and now serves on its board. As a member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered at the Day Center for the Homeless, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and also tutored students in need. In 2013, she spent the summer as an apprentice at the Little Light House, working with children with special needs.
Bateman was nominated by Booker T’s Athletic Director John Potocnik, who said, “Sarah has maintained a 4.3 GPA and displays leadership, character, and the work ethic that will help her succeed in the future.”
The runners-up in the competition were Jessica Schuler, softball, Charles Page High School in Sand Springs and Nicholas Williams, cross country and track, Sapulpa High School.
The Iba Awards were created in 1994 by the Rotary Club of Tulsa to recognize a male and female influential premier athlete for their success in their sport, and more importantly, for being positive role models who give back to their community – not only by donating to worthy causes, but by being personally dedicated and involved in their chosen charities.
David Warriner is the male winner. He graduated from Union High School where he played tight end for the Union Redskins varsity football team. He started every game his senior year and was awarded All-district Academic and All Conference Tight End.
In the classroom, Warriner pushed himself in academics and was in the top 15 percent of is class with a 4.3 GPA. He received the AP Scholar award and enrolled in advanced placement courses.
Besides football, he has another talent –playing piano since he was three years old. He has competed in auditions at Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma City University and the University of Oklahoma. He was state qualified four times, received a perfect score (1+) four times and awarded the OMTA Merit Award twice. He has developed a broad spectrum of material ranging from classical to modern.
His community service has primarily been through church and the Boy Scouts of America. He volunteers regularly with Kids Against Hunger and at John 3:16. He is a third generation Eagle Scout and one of his community service projects was building a toy shelf for the children’s area at DVIS. Not only did he build the shelf, he solicited donations of toys and stocked the shelves for the children.
Warriner was nominated by Kirk Fridrich, associate athletic director and head football coach at Union High School, who said, “He is an important part of our team because of his leadership and athletic ability. But it is his demonstrated leadership that has made the most impact on our team.”
Tyler Lockett, NFL Seattle Seahawks wide receiver and former wide receiver for the Kansas State Wildcats, received the male athlete award. The female recipient was former Olympic gold and silver medalist, Madeline Manning Mims. The Chairman’s Award recipient, which has been presented only four times in the 23-year history of the Iba Awards, is Amy Wollmershauser, a multiple international gold medal winning Special Olympics athlete from Tulsa. Returning as master of ceremonies was The News on 6 Sports Director John Holcomb, who served as the emcee in 2011.
This year’s keynote speaker was a professional football icon and one of the greatest to ever play the game: Emmitt Smith. Other sports celebrities who attended the event included Barry Switzer, Billy Sims, area coaches and athletic directors.
The awards are named after Henry P. Iba, former Oklahoma State University basketball coach and coach of three U.S. Olympic basketball teams. He was an unparalleled success as a coach, a leader, and a citizen and these awards recognize and honor athletes who best exemplify a high degree of citizenship in his image.
This prestigious was held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on June 27. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation, The Little Light House and Special Olympics Oklahoma.