Times Sports Editor
The high school sports season nears its end as spring sports are well into the postseason around the state. Northview High School's boys' golf team remains as the only remaining team still in action with today's regional in Washington.
The annual spring sports banquet took place on Tuesday evening at Northview with all six teams awarding athletes for their contributions during the season and career.
Each sport designated its Noble Knight Award winner, which is given to one athlete in each sport throughout the year. The award signifies the athlete's contribution to Northview athletics in terms of service, dedication, commitment and leadership.
In baseball, JT Jeffries was the winner with Ryan Turner receiving the golf award, Kylie McKee was the softball winner, Carli Coughanowr won in tennis and Pat Durcholz and Jessica Thacker in track and field.
The four-year award goes to an athlete that has competed in a sport each year of his/her prep career.
The boys' golf program's success is a product of its members' dedication and that was evident in five athletes receiving the award. Daniel Eaglin, Dylan Moore, Jarrod Short, Drew Snyder and Ryan Turner each earned the award as three of them are competing in the regional at Country Oaks Golf Course today.
In baseball, Jordan Allen, Roy Brown, Caleb Mason, Drake Stevenson and Jeffries were all four-year award winners and wrapped up a 23-6 season.
In track and field, Conor Strain, Samantha Solomon and Corey Laue were the winners of the four-year award. Strain and Solomon each concluded their career with a berth in the state finals last weekend.
Carlee Bell and Allen were three-sport award winners as Bell played soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter and was a member of the softball team early in the spring before excelling in track to finish her prep career. Allen played football for the Knights in the fall, basketball in the winter and hit .333 in 24 games for the baseball team this spring.
A youthful Northview softball team had a solid season this year and named its individual award winners during a banquet on Tuesday evening.
Raven Enders and Lauren Webster were each recognized as captains with Enders also claiming the Best Defensive Player Award and Webster earning the Mental Attitude Award. The Most Improved Award went to Kylie McKee with Alyssa Conrad and Taylor Carter sharing the Most Consistent Award. Carter also was named Best Offensive Player and won the pitching award as well for the Knights.
In tennis, Hannah Pond and Lauren Reberger were co-Most Valuable Players and captains for the Knights. Kaci Kehrt was the Mental Attitude Award winner with Briana Cook winning the Most Improved Player Award. Kaylee Clark was the Newcomer of the Year for the Knights.
For the Northview girls track and field team, individual honors went to Samantha Solomon for most points scored and most points in field events. Annie Smiley won for most points in running events. Tara Summers and Krista Stearley won the Most Improved Award with Bell winning the Mental Attitude Award and Donna Martin claiming Newcomer of the Year.
There were no individual awards for the boys' team reported.
For the Northview baseball team, Caleb Mason's season will go down as one of the best in program history as the senior, Olney Central recruit, hit .513 for the season with a record seven triples and an on-base percentage of .594. He added 36 RBIs for the team and scored 41 runs and slugged .963 for the Knights.
The Knights' catcher, Seth Lunsford, will spend the summer playing with Mason on the Wayne Newton Post 346 team. Lunsford hit .324 for the Knights, but it was his defense that made him very important to the Knights. Those skills behind the plate earned him the David Ullery Defensive Player of the Year Award.
The Andy Lunsdon Pitcher of the Year Award went to Craig Bell as compiled a 4-2 mark over 40 1/3 innings of work with a 2.90 ERA. Bell struck out 51 batters in nine appearances.
Winning the Brad Pierce Most Improved Player of the Year Award was Joey Thomas and Zach Hull, who each had outstanding years with the Knights.
Hull hit to the tune of .442 this season with 11 doubles, 25 runs scored and 35 RBIs in 86 at-bats. Thomas meanwhile was a stalwart in the line-up and hit .403 with 19 runs scored and 14 RBIs with seven doubles.
The TJ King Rookie of the Year Award went to Craig Peters and the Matt Nodley Mental Attitude Award winner went to Jeffries, who was the key reliever for the Knights. He compiled a 2.66 ERA in 23 2/3 innings on the mound with 22 strikeouts. Allen shared the award after hitting .333 with 11 RBI in 45 at-bats.
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4 YEAR AWARDS
|Andrew Griffin Memorial MVP||Caleb Mason|
|Brady Shoemaker Offensive Player of the Year||Caleb Mason|
|David Ullery Defensive Player of the Year||Seth Lunsford|
|Brad Pierce Most Improved Player of the Year||Joey Thomas and Zach Hull|
|Andy Lumsdon Pitcher of the Year||Craig Bell|
|TJ King Rookie of the Year||Craig Peters|
|Matt Nodley Mental Attitude Award||JT Jeffries and Kodie Girton|
|Craig Trout Leadership Award||Caleb Mason and Drake Stevenson|
|Best Defensive Player||Raven Enders|
|Best Offensive Player||Taylor Carter|
|Most Consistent Player||Taylor Carter & Alyssa Conrad|
|Most Improved||Kylie McKee|
|Mental Attitude||Lauren Webster|
|Captains||Raven Enders & Lauren Webster|
|Most Valuable Player||Hannah Pond & Lauren Reberger|
|Mental Attitude||Kaci Kehrt|
|Most Improved Player||Briana Cook|
|Newcomer of the Year||Kaylee Clark|
|Captains||Lauren Reberger & Hannah Pond|
|Most Points Scored||Samantha Solomon|
|Most Points Running Events||Annie Smiley|
|Most Points Field Events||Samantha Solomon|
|Most Improved Performer||Tara Summers & Krista Stearley|
|Mental Attitude||Carlee Bell|
|Newcomer of the Year||Donna Martin|