Athletes in fall sports are honored at Switzerland County High School banquet


Switzerland County High School officially wrapped up its fall sports season last Thursday night with a banquet to honor athletes who competed in fall sports.

Athletes who competed in girls golf, volleyball, soccer, and cross country were honored by the coaching staffs.

High school athletic director David Todd opened the evening by welcoming everyone, and coach Mike McClure offered the invocation. Following the meal each coach introduced the members of their teams, and awards were presented.

– In girls golf, coach Mike McClure introduced his team, which competed as a recognized conference sport for the first time.

Jenna Daugherty was honored as the team’s Most Valuable Golfer; and fellow seniors Kelsi South and Emily Lanman earned Leadership Awards. Karoline Park was honored as the Most Improved golfer.

Coach McClure also presented a special Courage Award to Laci Daugherty, a senior member of the team who was injured in an automobile accident the day of the first match. Laci’s mother, Debi Daugherty, accepted the award on her daughter’s behalf.

– In boys junior varsity soccer, coach Brian Grigsby honored Jonathan Lok ki with the Offense Award; Jeff Mullins with the Defense Award; and Dillon Deems with the Mental Attitude Award.

– In boys varsity soccer, coach Brian Grigsby honored Caleb McClellan with the Most Valuable Player Award and also honored him as the team’s choice as captain; Trenton Ricketts with the Offense Award; David Dayadharum with the Defense Award; Anthony Williams with the Mental Attitude Award; and Josh Yeary with the Outstanding Freshman Award.

Jordan Hewitt, Kyle Walcott, Trenton Ricketts, and Justin Truitt were also honored with the coach’s captains award.

– In girls varsity soccer, coach Roy Leap made the introductions and announcement of award winners.

Rose Larsen was honored as the team’s Most Valuable Player; Megan Stepp earned the Leading Scorer Award; Kim Cox earned the Defense Award; Chelsea Lay earned the Assist Award; Maggie Armstrong earned the Outstanding Goalkeeper Award; Laura Findley and Alyssa Leap shared the Mental Attitude Award; and Moriah McFarland was honored as the Outstanding Freshman.

Earning Captain’s Awards were: Alyssa Leap, Laura Findley, Rosie Larsen, Maggie Armstrong, and Megan Stepp.

– Awards for girls jayvee and varsity volleyball were presented by junior varsity coach Lesa McGarvey, who was filling in for varsity coach Tammy Martin.

In junior varsity volleyball, Shayla Smith earned the Most Improved Award.

In varsity volleyball, Rachel Tressler earned the Most Valuable Player Award.

– In girls varsity cross country, coach Mark Boggs and assistant coach Adam Dennis told the crowd of their team’s outstanding season.

Bre Hinman was honored as the Top Runner and also with the Freshman Award; Allie Mathews earned the Most Improved Award; and the team’s lone senior, Beth Abbott, earned both the Leadership Award and the Pacer Award.

– In boys varsity cross country, again coaches Boggs and Dennis told of the squad’s outstanding year.

Senior Clay Meyer, hailed by his coach as perhaps the best runner ever to wear a Pacer cross country jersey, earned the Top Runner Award, the Leadership Award, and the Senior Award.

Corey McFarland earned the Most Improved Award and the Pacer Award; Josh Hon also earned the Most Improved Award; and Anthony Dennis earned the Freshman Award.

– At the conclusion of the sports awards, Athletic Director Todd presented awards for academic excellence to all fall sports athletes who have at least a 3.5 grade point average.

Those earning those awards included: Volleyball: Kayla Keith, Ariel Clark, Jamie Phipps, Lindsay Scott, Christina Ahaus, Shayla Smith, Jessie Ray, Hayley Christman, and Samantha Morgan. Girls golf: Jenna Daugherty, Laci Daugherty, Kelsi South, Tiffany Lucas, Emily Lanman, Hilary Lanman, and Courtney Roland.

Boys soccer: Jonathan Lok ki, Dylan Griffith, Jesse Bailey, and Walter Barnes. Girls soccer: Ashley Peelman, Morgan Hale, Laura Findley, Maggie Armstrong, Kim Cox, Leslie Johnson, Ashley Green, and Laura Nay.

Boys cross country: Anthony Dennis, Quinn Meyer, and Tray Meyer. Girls cross country: Beth Abbott, Brelynn Hinman, Allie Mathews, and Shea Dickerson.