Millennium High honored three athletes at the charter school’s awards ceremony May 15 at the Tracy Learning Center. They are the senior athletes of the year, Isaiah Woods and Grace Hosman, and the first Falcon Four award winner, Colton Duke, recognizing his four years as a three-sport athlete.
Woods has been a leader on the Millennium varsity football team for four years and is the Falcons’ all-team leading rusher, with the school’s single-season rushing record, 2,067 yards in 2018, and career rushing record, 4,362 yards. He was the Central California Athletic Alliance’s most valuable offensive player for 2018.
He also participated for four years on the Falcons’ track and field team. This year he is the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 5 champion in the 110-meter high hurdles, and he won that event in eight of the nine meets he ran it.
When his name was announced as the male athlete of the year, it affirmed the school’s recognition of his efforts.
“I was really joyful when I heard my name get called, just for all of the hard work that I’ve been putting in here every year,” he said.
Woods has attended the Tracy Learning Center since kindergarten, so he understands how much a strong athletics program means to all of the students at the school.
“I know that there’s a lot of underclassmen and others that look up to me, so I have to perform my best and it pushes me each day to strive to do better and better,” he said. “It has made me a much better student-athlete overall.”
He now heads to Chapman University in Orange County, where he will play NCAA Division 3 football as he studies sound engineering and music production.
Hosman was selected as Millennium’s female athlete of the year for her four years on the Falcon softball team. She is a repeat all-CCAA player, and the Falcons won the CCAA title her freshman and sophomore years and made it to the SJS Division 6 championships, finishing as runner-up, in two of her four years.
Starting in her freshman year, she has been the Falcons’ batting leader in three out of four years, with a batting average above .600 in every season, including a .606 batting average as a senior.
Hosman said the award represented her desire to be one of her school’s standout athletes.
“I’ve wanted this award ever since freshman year, so I was happy I got it,” she said. “It feels really good to be able to represent our school like that.”
She added that the effort it took to be a successful student-athlete was worthwhile.
“It’s hard balancing school and softball because I also play travel ball,” she said. “It’s been tough, but it means a lot to be able to do that for my school and myself, to put myself out there. It’s made me more confident in what I’m doing, and it’s introduced me to a lot of people I wouldn’t have met before and I’ve been more outgoing because of it.”
She will attend Portland State University in Oregon in the fall on an athletic scholarship and will play NCAA Division 1 softball for the Vikings while studying criminal justice.
Duke has played 12 seasons of sports at Millennium High as a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams for all four years. He’s played four seasons of varsity football, three seasons of varsity basketball and two full seasons of varsity baseball.
“It takes hard work in each sport,” he said. “You have to put the work ethic into school and sports at the same time.”
He also appreciated that student-athletes have the chance to be role models at the Tracy Learning Center.
“It gave me a family in the school and connected me to the community of the school,” he said. “I can help people around the school. They know my name and they can always come to me and I’ll help them out.”
Duke plans to attend San Jose State University in the fall, where he will study biology.