Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Tony DeAngelo, the 76ers’ Tyrese Maxey, the Philadelphia Phillies, and Jay Wright will be among those honored Jan. 23 at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association’s 118th annual banquet.
It will be held at DoubleTree by Hilton, formerly the Crowne Plaza, in Cherry Hill. Cocktail hour starts at 5 p.m., followed by dinner. Tickets are available at phillysportswriters.com. Sports comic Joe Conklin will provide the evening’s lighter side.
DeAngelo, a South Jersey native who has seven goals and 23 points in 34 games this season for the Philadelphia Flyers, will receive the Native Son award. Maxey will be given the Humanitarian of the Year Award for his work in improving the Philadelphia community.
“It’s pretty cool,” DeAngelo said. “Any time you get an award like that, it means a lot. I’ve never been to it (the banquet) before, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Wright will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his spectacular career coaching Villanova men’s basketball program to incredible heights, including two national championships. Many call him the most successful coach in the Big 5’s storied history.
The Phillies will be honored as the team of the year, and manager Rob Thomson and third baseman Alec Bohm will accept the award. The Phils surprisingly won the National League pennant before losing to Houston in the World Series, four games to two.
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts will be named the Pro Athlete of the Year. Because of his schedule, it is not known if he can attend the banquet.
NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Al Morganti, who also does the Morning Show on WIP, will receive a special achievement award for his outstanding work on TV and radio and in newspapers. He went into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November.
Hochman, Campbell winners
Many others will be honored, including Jim Salisbury, the former Phillies writer for NBC Sports Philadelphia and The Inquirer. He is the winner of the Stan Hochman Award for journalism excellence.
Tom McGinnis, the 76ers’ radio broadcaster for the last 28 years, is the winner of the Bill Campbell Award, presented for his broadcasting excellence.
“I love basketball. I love talking about it,” McGinnis said. “The first time I met Bill Campbell, he was retired and I enjoyed getting to know him. I know what he meant to this city and I am very honored.”
Phillies public-address announcer Dan Baker, who has had an amazing (and still-going-strong) 50-year career, will be honored, along with Army linebacker Leo Lowin (Army/Navy MVP), and Villanova basketball star Maddy Siegrist (Amateur Athlete of the Year).
Among other honorees: Union CBO Tim McDermott (special achievement), Temple women’s fencing coach Nikki Franke (Lifetime Achievement Award), Penn’s Sam Handley (lacrosse), Jefferson women’s basketball coach Tom Shirley, Drexel’s Keishana Washington (basketball), and Rowan’s Kristina Castignola (field hockey).