Switzerland County Middle School honors its athletes on great seasons

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Switzerland County Middle School held its end of the year athletic banquet last Wednesday night, May 10th, honoring athletes in sports programs throughout the school year.

Each of the coaches spent time talking about their seasons and the players before giving out awards for outstanding efforts.

Awards presented included:

— Coach Kyle Weaver and assistant coach Shellie Fowler presented soccer awards. The Most Improved award was earned by Nathaniel Christerson; Maggie Armstrong earned the award for Best Defense; and Caleb McClellan earned the Most Assists award. The award for the Most Points Scored was shared by the trio of Alyssa Leap, Caleb McClellan, and Trenton Ricketts.

— Coach Larry Gault presented the awards for boys and girls cross country.

In girls cross country, the Most Valuable Runner was Allie Mathews; and the Most Improved Runner was Kelly Kincaid.

For the boys, the Most Valuable Runner was Josh Hon; while the Most Improved Runner was Cory McFarland.

— In volleyball, awards were presented by coaches Karoline Green and Becky Curlin for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade teams.

In sixth grade, the Most Improved Player was Tara Hoffman; and the Mental Attitude award was earned by Ashley Peelman.

For the seventh grade team, the Most Improved Player was Emma Johnson; and the Most Valuable award was shared by Lindsay Scott and Jesse Ray.

Katie Johnson was the Most Improved Player on the eighth grade team; and the Most Valuable award was earned by Ariel Clark.

— In sixth grade boys basketball, coach Chris Mattox presented awards to his team, which had one of the most successful seasons in school history. The Freethrow award was earned by Josh Yeary; the Mental Attitude award was earned by Keegan Kincaid; and the Most Improved award went to Tony Hernandez.

— Coach Dennis Cole presented awards to the sixth grade girls basketball team. The Freethrow award went to Bre Hinman; the Mental Attitude award went to Hayley South; and the Most Improved award was earned by Alexis Carfield.

— In seventh grade boys basketball, coach Larry Gault presented awards to his team. The Freethrow award was earned by Cody Hoffman; the Mental Attitude award was earned by Adam Clark; and the Most Improved award went to Blake Whitham.

— Coach Gary Pavy presented awards to the seventh grade girls basketball team. The Freethrow award went to Trisha Smith; the Mental Attitude award went to Lindsay Scott; and the Most Improved award was earned by Becca Sittloh.

— In eighth grade boys basketball, coach Gary Pavy presented awards to his team, highlighting their accomplishments through the season. The Freethrow award was earned by Travis Tackett; the Mental Attitude award was earned by Cory McFarland; and the Most Improved award went to Brennan Bragg.

— Coach Larry Gault presented awards to the eighth grade girls basketball team. The Freethrow award went to Danielle Ballard; the Mental Attitude award went to Chelsea Peters; and the Most Improved award was earned by Maggie Armstrong.

— Coach Janie Konkle presented awards to the seventh and eighth grade cheerleaders; telling the audience about the hard work and dedication that each of the squads put in during the year. She also presented awards to the sixth grade cheerleaders on behalf of sponsor Becky Meyerhoff, who was unable to attend the ceremony.

— Coach Tara Justice presented the awards for girls track, and she also presented awards for boys track on behalf of coach Tony Spoores, who was unable to attend the program.

In girls track, the Most Valuable Distance Runner award was earned by Kelly Kincaid; and the Most Valuable Sprinter award was earned by Hailee Smith. The Field Events award was earned by Maggie Armstrong; and the Most Valuable Sixth Grader award was earned by Hayley South.

In boys track, the Most Valuable Distance Runner award was earned by Josh Hon; and the Most Valuable Sprinter award was earned by Luke May. The Field Events award was also earned by Luke May; and the Most Valuable Sixth Grader award was earned by Brady Scudder.