Athletes Recognized At North Central Spring Sports Awards

By: T.J. Hug
The Village Reporter

Members of the Eagle Baseball, Softball, and Track teams were honored at the North Central Spring Sports Awards, receiving accolades galore for their efforts from throughout the now concluded seasons.

It was mostly the senior class that took home hardware for the Baseball squad. Jordan Reeves was handed his Second Team All-BBC Award, as well as acknowledgment for his third year within the program. Classmate Jordan Bailey received the title of BBC Scholar Athlete and was an Honorable Mention for the All-BBC team. He also was recognized for being a part of the program for two years. Fellow senior Colton Pilmore took home First Team All-BBC honors, along with the Coach’s Award, the Eagle Award, and BBC Scholar Athlete. Josh Sawyer, yet another senior, also earned First Team All-BBC status, while also being given the Best Offensive Award, Best Pitcher Award, and third year acknowledgment in the program. David Pinc was named the Most Improved Player for the year.

In Softball, Sabrina Pickford, a senior, was given First Team All-BBC status by the league, while also earning the Best Offensive Player Award, BBC Scholar Athlete, and an award for taking part in the program for all four years. Her classmate, Rachel Oxender, also received the four year award, bringing home the title of BBC Scholar Athlete and an All-BBC Honorable Mention as well. Another senior, Reese Cogswell, earned the Best Pitcher Award, as well as BBC Scholar Athlete, Second Team All-BBC honors, and acknowledgment for three years within the program. Rachel Shipman, a fourth senior, was given the Eagle Award and a distinction honoring her second year on the team.

But it wasn’t all seniors who excelled for the Lady Eagles this year. Sophomore Allyson Hutchison, in addition to her first year award, earned the title of Most Improved Player throughout the season. Just a freshman, Makayla Knapp claimed First Team All-BBC status to go along with acknowledgment of her first year in the program. A junior, Cady VanDeVoorde also received her first year award, along with BBC Scholar Athlete and BBC Honorable Mention accolades. The Best Defensive Player Award went to sophomore Alyssa Swank.

A few special awards were also handed out to members of the Baseball and Softball teams. Bailey was named the winner of the Gamboe Sportsmanship Award. Sawyer claimed the Outstanding Male Athlete Award. Pickford was given the equally impressive Outstanding Female Athlete Award as well.

For Track, the girls were the first to receive recognition. Brooke Schofield earned the Coach’s Award, along with BBC Scholar Athlete, and a four year award. Freshman Emma Zenz laid claim to the Sportsmanship Award and her first year award. Also a first year award recipient, Jenna Keesecker was named the Most Improved Player from the season. Vada Lashaway, in addition to her own first year award, was given the Freshman Award as well. Keely Shaw was handed the title of BBC Scholar Athlete along with her third year award. Alaina Kemarly, a senior, took home not only her four year award, but the Eagle Award as well. Heather McConnaughey earned BBC Scholar Athlete honors, as well as a third year award.

Trent Sakos was honored with the Sportsmanship Award for Boys Track, also taking home his second year award. Earning Most Improved Player was Evan Munger, who claimed his first year award as well. Zac Turner was handed the Freshman Award to go with his first year award. Alex Munger, earning his third year award, was selected to receive the Coach’s Award. Eagle Award winner Kaleb Faler was also celebrated for his second year within the program. Senior Adam Knepper was honored for his dedication to the North Central Track program with the four year award.

Overall, North Central’s Spring Athletes earned many titles and distinctions, showing that they have much to be proud of now that their respective season’s have come to an end.

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