Times Sports Editor
Northview High School recently passed out its Senior Awards in a presentation this week. There were several special recipients as a pair of Knights garnered the prestigious Silver Knight Award for their accomplishments in sports.
Both Carlee Bell and Jordan Allen received the awards, which recognizes athletes that acquire 28 total points. An athlete that participates in a freshman sport receives one-point for a season, a JV athlete receives two points per season and a varsity athlete earns three points.
Both athletes have been multi-sport standouts during their four-year high school careers and each finished in style this season.
Bell, who also was named the Female Athlete of the Year, started her senior campaign on the soccer pitch where she nearly chased down the career goal scoring mark for the Knights. Bell came into the season with a total of 42 goals and holds three of the top-five marks in season goals and points. In 2008 Bell tallied 17 goals and rang up 36 total points for a Northview team that won the conference championship and went 8-7 overall. In 2009, Bell had 16 goals as she finished second only to Jenny Woodcox (64) in career goals with 58. She also finished second in career points with a total of 131, also second to Woodcox' (145) and was third in career shots with 190.
Bell also received All-Conference honors from the Western Indiana Conference and was a four-year award winner as well.
In the winter, Bell was also a four-year award winner in basketball for the Knights as a senior.
While she wasn't expected to be a huge scorer, Bell provided a steadying influence while often playing the role of point guard and used her athleticism on the defensive end and in rebounding.
In a sectional loss to Terre Haute South, Bell had eight rebounds against the Braves and she twice scored 11 points in a game over the final month of the season. Bell had 11 points against Danville and against South Vermillion while averaging six points per game over her final nine games.
In the spring, Bell competed in both track and field and softball at points during her high school career. Bell finished her senior season by giving a boost to the Knights' track and field team where she raced to a regional qualifying, third-place in the 200 meters and also helped the 4x100 relay team to a fourth-place and a spot in the Evansville Central Regional. Bell placed 10th in the 200-meter preliminaries at the regional and the 4x100 relay team was seventh.
Jordan Allen was a three-sport athlete for Northview, competing for the football, basketball and baseball teams over his four-year career.
Allen was a regular on the gridiron for the 2009 Knights that went 8-2 overall during the season. The 5'11, 210 lb., lineman was a key part of the rotation at right guard for the Knights.
Allen's biggest contributions have come on the baseball diamond as he had played in 19 of the first 23 games for the Knights and got the start in Thursday's sectional opener against Mooresville.
Allen made the most of his spot at designated hitter, smacking an RBI single and adding a walk and a double in a 13-0 rout over Mooresville in five innings.
Over the first 19 games in which he had played, Allen had posted a .375 batting average in 37 plate appearances. He had reached base nearly 46 percent of the time and was slugging .625 for the Knights. Allen had 10 RBI's and had three doubles, a triple and a home run.
Fellow Northview senior, Jonathan Bradshaw, accomplished plenty during his high school athletic career and was a key cog for both the football and basketball teams. For his contributions this season, Bradshaw was named the Male Athlete of the Year.
Bradshaw was an All-Conference honoree in football and received a four-year award for the Knights.
On the gridiron, Bradshaw was one of the top targets for his quarterback this season as a pass catching tight end. He was able to use his size to gain position in the end zone and his athleticism to get free from defenders.
Bradshaw caught 34 passes this season for 372 yards and scored 46 points for the Knights, which included five receiving TD's and eight, two-point conversions. On the defensive side he caught a pair of interceptions as well as causing offensive plenty of headaches from his defensive end position.
On the hardwood, Bradshaw quickly became one of Northview's most important players during his senior season. The 6'4, 205 lb. forward was rarely bigger than the players he was matched up against, but he succeeded nonetheless.
Bradshaw averaged 10.9 ppg. during his final season and he pulled in six rebounds per contest. He shot 53 percent from the field on 90-of-171 shooting and hit 65 percent from the free throw line.