Switzerland County Middle School honors athletes for their efforts during the past year

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Switzerland County Middle School athletic director John Druba prefers to wait until the end of the year to honor the athletes that participate in sports throughout the year, making the evening a special one as all of the athletes and parents come together.

That event was held last Wednesday night, as the middle school athletic banquet was held in the high school cafeteria.

After opening the program, John Druba invited everyone to share in the evening meal, and then began to introduce his coaches from this past year. Each of the coaches had some special awards to present, and spoke briefly about the season that their team had achieved.

– Cheerleader sponsors Janie Konkle and Casie Campbell introduced the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade cheerleading squads.

– Kyle Weaver introduced the middle school soccer team. The Most Improved Award was earned by Moriah McFarland; the Best Defense Award was earned by Tim Steinbis; the Most Points Scored Award was shared by Kim Cox and Mickey Turner; and the Most Assists Award was earned by Trey Taylor.

– Coach Larry Gault introduced the boys and girls cross country teams.

For girls cross country: the Most Improved Runner was Laura Nay; the Rookie Award went to Paige Freeman; and the Most Valuable Runner Award went to Allie Mathews.

For the boys: the Most Improved Runner was Blake Whitham; the Rookie Award went to Braden Burk; and the Most Valuable Runner Award went to Nathan Smith.

– Sixth and seventh grade volleyball awards were presented by coach Brooke Levell.

The sixth grade Most Improved Award was earned by Olivia Hewitt; while the Most Valuable Player was Lauren Edwards.

The seventh grade Most Improved Award was earned by Alexis Carfield; while the Most Valuable Player was Bre Hinman.

- Coach Tara Justice handed out awards for eighth grade volleyball. The eighth grade Most Improved Award was earned by Sarah Asher; while the Most Valuable Player was Trisha Smith.

– Coach Chris Mattox presented awards for sixth grade boys basketball. The Freethrow Award was earned by Tyler Queen; the Mental Attitude Award was earned by Celby Kinney; and the Most Improved Award was earned by Alex Curran.

– Coach Dennis Cole presented awards for sixth grade girls basketball. The Freethrow Award was earned by Lauren Edwards; the Mental Attitude Award was earned by Emily White; and the Most Improved Award was earned by Olivia Hewitt.

– Larry Gault presented awards for seventh grade boys basketball. The Freethrow Award was earned by Nathan Smith; the Mental Attitude Award was earned by Anthony Dennis; and the Most Improved Award was earned by Calen Otter.

– Coach Gary Pavy presented awards for seventh grade girls basketball. The Freethrow Award was earned by Kelly Kincaid; the Mental Attitude Award was earned by Bre Hinman; and the Most Improved Award was earned by Monica Helton.

– Larry Gault presented awards for eighth grade girls basketball. The Freethrow Award was earned by Becca Sittloh; the Mental Attitude Award was earned by Trisha Smith; and the Most Improved Award was earned by Emma Clements.

– Coach Gary Pavy presented awards for eighth grade boys basketball. The Freethrow Award was earned by Zach O’Neal; the Mental Attitude Award was earned by Adam Clark; and the Most Improved Award was earned by Blake Whitham.

– The final awards of the evening were presented to the boys and girls track teams.

Coach Tony Spoores presented awards for boys track:

The sixth grade award was earned by Logan Pike; the Field Event Award was earned by Brady Scudder; the Most Valuable Distance Runner was Braden Burk; and the Most Valuable Sprinter was Anthony Dasis.

Coach Lesa McGarvey presented awards for girls track:

The sixth grade award was earned by Emily White; the Field Event Award was earned by Monica Helton; the Most Valuable Distance Runner was Bre Hinman and Allie Mathews; and the Most Valuable Sprinter was Emily White.

The evening was closed by some remarks of thanks to students and parents by principal Nancy Stearns.