A pair of record-breaking seniors were recognized on Friday as the 2011-12 Apprentice School Co-Athletes of the Year. Senior wrestler Marcus Chevres and men's basketball senior Isaih Harrison will be honored by the Peninsula Sports Club at its annual Headliners Night on June 18 with the award.
Chevres finished a senior season with his own "four-peat" performance at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Nationals in March. The outside machinist apprentice from Norfolk, VA., Chevres earned his fourth NCWA All-American honor as he finished third at 133 pounds. That made him the second four-time NCWA All-American in school history and helped him finish the year with a stellar 30-4 record. He also set the school all-time wins record ending his career with a 134-37 record. He had a 16-match winning streak spanning from Jan. 28 to nationals on March 9.
Chevres won the USCAA National Invitational at 133 pounds and took his fourth NCWA Mid-Atlantic Conference crown in February – winning 133 pounds for the third straight year after taking the 125 pound bracket as a freshman. Chevres was also named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association Second Team All-State Wrestling squad making him the first three-time honoree in school history.
Apprentice School Head Wrestling Coach Bruce Shumaker had high praise for Chevres. "Marcus was in my first recruiting class and we can only hope to bring in wrestlers that have his drive and determination each year," he said. "Chevy made it fun to be a coach."
Senior men's basketball player Isaih Harrison followed Chevres' lead by lifting his team to a fourth-place finish at the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships in March. Prior to that tournament he was named to the USCAA All-American squad for the third straight year and was named to the All-Tournament team at the conclusion of the tournament. He was also a three-time honoree by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association All-State College Division team. Harrison earned second team honors as a sophomore and was a two-time first team selection which made him the first three-time honoree in school history.
The Abbeville, La. native and sheet metal apprentice, set nine career records and 12 single-season records in his final campaign that saw him average 20.9 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. He averaged a double-double for the second straight year and ended his career as the all-time leading rebounder (984) and second in career points (1748).
Head Coach Franklin Chatman was equally as praiseworthy of Harrison's performance both on and off the court. " Isaih is well deserving of receiving the Co-Athlete of the Year. He was our team leader on and off the court," said Chatman. "Whether he was leading the team in rebounding, scoring, or assisting teammates with class work, he was always a class act. Isaih will truly be missed!"
This marks the third time since 2003 that the Builders have had Co-Athletes of the Year and the first since 2009 when women's basketball standout Rahshann Lewter and wrestling national champion Cecil Lee were the honorees.