Middle School honors athletes at end of year athletic banquet

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Switzerland County Middle School held its end of the year athletic banquet last Tuesday night.

Principal John Druba welcomed everyone to the event; and the invocation was given by Shaun Holliday.

Following the meal, coach presented awards in various sports:

– In soccer, coach Courtney Dayadharum awarded the Most Improved Award to Lily Williams; the Best Defense Award to Kyle Whitham; and the Best Offense Award to Keegan Morris and Justin Chatham.

– Coach Larry Gault presented awards for both girls and boys cross country. The girls Most Valuable Award was earned by Leah Anders; the girls Most Improved Award went to Zoe Cole; and the girls Rookie Award went to Keirsten Oeffinger.

The boys Most Valuable Award went to Leon Kinne; the boys Most Improved Award was presented to Baylie Bennet; and the boys Rookie Award went to Aaron Scudder.

– The sixth and seventh grade girls volleyball team was coached by Jennifer South, who is now teaching in Arizona. The Most Valuable Sixth Grader was Emma Sullivan; the Most Improved Sixth Grader was Ally Furnish; the Most Valuable Seventh Grader was Delanie Swanson; and the Most Improved Seventh Grader was Mary Streett.

– Coach Asia Covington presented awards for eighth grade volleyball. The Most Valuable Award went to Emerson Schroer; and the Most Improved Award went to Rylee King.

- Sixth grade boys basketball awards were presented by Coach Rob Maust. The Best Defense Award went to Doug Pedraza; the Most Improved Award went to Coren Lynam; and the Mental Attitude Award went to Damien Breeck.

– Sixth grade girls basketball awards were presented by Coach Devin Scudder. The Best Defense Award went to Josie Meyer; the Most Improved Award went to Aleiah Thomas; and the Mental Attitude Award went to Emma Sullivan.

– Coach Adam Pietrykowski presented awards for seventh grade boys basketball. The Freethrow Award was earned by Tyler Konkle; the Mental Attitude Award went to A.J. Covington; and the Most Improved Award went to Morgan Gammons.

– Coach Corey Lay presented awards for seventh grade girls basketball. The Freethrow Award was earned by Hailey Gerster; the Mental Attitude Award went to Calleigh Powell; and the Most Improved Award went to Ariel Oeffinger.

– Eighth grade girls basketball awards were presented by Coach Gary Pavy. The Freethrow Award went to Emerson Schroer; the Most Improved Award went to Ashley Peelman; and the Mental Attitude Award went to Kalli Morton and Kinley Morton.

– Coach Larry Gault presented awards for eighth grade boys basketball. The Freethrow Award was earned by Justin Chatham; the Mental Attitude Award went to Justin Chatham; and the Most Improved Award went to Eyan Peelman.

– In middle school wrestling, Coach Mark Jackson presented the Most Improved Award to Tylor Lyon; and the Most Outstanding Award went to Dustin Wallace.

– Coach Regina Miles presented swim team awards. The Most Improved boy was Damion Sawyer; the Most Improved girl was Alex Edwards; the Mental Attitude Award went to Kailey Wiley; the Most Outstanding boy award went to Greyson Miles; and the Most Outstanding girl award went to Allison Furnish.

– In boys track, coach Shaun Holliday presented the Most Valuable Distance Runner award to Aaron Scudder; the Most Valuable Sprinter award was earned by Keegan Morris; and the Most Valuable Field Event participant award went to Austin South.

– In girls track, coach Casie Jesop presented the Most Valuable Distance Runner award to Leah Anders; the Most Valuable Sprinter award was earned by Emma Giglio; and the Most Valuable Field Event participant award went to McKenli Scudder.

– Ryan Jesop presented awards for boys and girls golf. The Most Improved boy golfer award went to Lucas Sheets; the Most Outstanding boy golfer award went to Kenyon Bledsoe; the Most Improved girl golfer award went to Danni Pennington; and the Most Outstanding girl golfer award went to Amanda Truitt.