High school wraps up sports year with Spring Athletic Banquet

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Switzerland County High School wrapped up its 2009-2010 sports year last Thursday night with the annual Spring Athletic Banquet, which was held in the high school cafeteria.

The banquet featured comments from the coaches of the spring sports, as well as the honoring of team members and the presentation of individual awards. High school principal Dan Noel welcomed everyone to the event; and then introduced each coach.

– In boys golf, coach Mike McClure reported that the team’s effort in the recently-completed Sectional was one of the best Switzerland County showings in years; as the team was just 16 strokes from qualifying for the Regional.

The Freshman Award was earned by Alex Curran; and the team’s Most Valuable Golfer, which is the golfer with the lowest average score for the year, was earned by Walter Barnes.

Coach McClure also thanked parents Jess Mullins and Tracey McFarland for working to raise funds to purchase new golf bags and hats for the team.

– In boys varsity track, head coach Sean McGarvey talked about the exceptional team effort that the squad put forth all season, and noted that the team will be losing six key seniors this year.

The Freshman Award was shared by Clint Swanson and Alex Curran; the Sprint Award was earned by Josh Hon; the Middle Distance Award was earned by Tray Meyer; and the Long Distance Award was earned by Corey McFarland. Tanner Ross won the Field Events Award; Anthony Dasis and Quinn Meyer shared the Most Improved Award; Jesse Bailey earned the Mental Attitude Award; and Tanner Ross and Corey McFarland were named as the team’s Most Valuable Runners.

- Next was junior varsity baseball, and coach Chad Combs told the audience that his team finished with a record of 3-6 overall.

Skyler Harmon earned the Offensive Award with a .389 batting average; and Blaze Chase earned the Defensive Award. The coach also presented a Coach’s Award for Mental Attitude to Tim McAlister.

– Coach Chris Mattox spoke about the varsity baseball team, noting that the squad got off to an 0-7 start before coming on strong at the end of the year.

Travis Tackett was honored both as the team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player and the team’s Defensive Most Valuable Player; and Celby Kinney earned the Rookie of the Year Award, batting .354 with 23 hits. The Pitching Most Valuable Player Award was earned by Eric Johnson; and the Coach’s Award went to Connor Osowski.

– In girls varsity track, Coach Adam Dennis told the audience that his team earned the ORVC Conference championship; and also honored team members Bre Hinman, Allie Mathews, Taryn Parr, and Paige Ridener for taking more than 20-seconds off of the school record time in the 3,200-meter relay. The squad set a new school record of 10:49.

The Sprint Award was earned by Andrea Brogan; the Middle Distance Award was earned by Bre Hinman; and the Long Distance Award was earned by Paige Ridener.

The Field Events Award was earned by Maggie Armstrong; and the Pacer Award was earned by Katie Hall.

– Coach Rob Daugherty’s junior varsity softball team finished with an overall record of 6-5-1; and he honored team members Lauren Edwards as the Batting Average Leader (.577); Hannah Chapman for the Most Runs Scored; and Brooke Dickerson earned the Most Improved Award.

- Coach Steven Konkle then honored the varsity softball team, which became the first team in school history to win a Regional. The team finished with an overall record of 18-9 after participating in the Forest Park Semistate.

The Most Improved Award was shared by Brittany Bright and Trisha Smith; the Leadership Award was presented to seniors Hailee Smith and Maggie Armstrong; and Hailee Smith was honored for having the Most Runs Scored with 32.

The team’s Defensive Award was shared by Hayley South and Catie Johnson; and senior Becky Turner earned the Pitching Award after recording 152 2/3-innings pitched this year.

Pacer Awards were presented to Becky Turner, Becca Sittloh, and Kali Carfield; and the team’s Most Valuable Player was Hayley South, who hit .412 with three home runs and 32 runs batted in.

– Switzerland County athletic director David Todd also presented awards to this year’s Pacer Mascots: Dorothy Lamson and Tim McAlister.

He also announced that the Lady Pacers tied with South Ripley for the ORVC All Sports Award; while the boys finished second overall. The All Sports Award is based on how school teams do in all sports throughout the year.

– At the end of the evening, Scholastic Awards were presented to spring sports athletes who maintained at least a 3.5 grade point average.

Those freshman honored included: Devin Coy, Lauren Edwards, Olivia Hewitt, Jennifer Johnson, Lensi Parham, Paige Ridener, Logan Todd, and Emily White.

Sophomores honored included: Walter Barnes, Tony Hernandez, Bre Hinman, Keegan Kincaid, Allie Mathews, and Jonathon Moore.

Juniors honored were: Sarah Asher, Ashley Green, Rachel Griffin, Connor Osowski, and Karoline Park.

Seniors honored included: Maggie Armstrong, Maggie Devers, Corey McFarland, Tray Meyer, Tanner Ross, and Hailee Smith.