Times Sports Editor
Northview High School presented its Winter Sports Awards on Monday evening in a ceremony held at North Clay Middle School.
Seven Northview athletes were honored for all-conference efforts during the season highlighted by four wrestlers from the Western Indiana Conference championship squad.
Larry Shaffer led the way for the Knights, garnering All-WIC honors after reaching the semi-state along with four of his teammates. Shaffer was the lone Knight to earn a win in Evansville and completed a 36-11 season.
Joining Shaffer on the All-WIC list was fellow semi-state qualifier Aaron See, who finished off a 35-7 mark this year and Austin Bell, who finished with a 27-8 mark overall. Caleb Nicosin was the final member of the all-conference team and he was a regional qualifier and finished off a 27-14 record.
The boys' basketball all-conference list included seniors Trent Lancaster and Caleb Mershon.
Mershon capped his high school basketball career by playing in all 23 games and averaging 10.7 ppg. for the Knights. He led the team in 3-point shooting by hitting 61-of-153 (39.9 %) from long-range. Overall, Mershon shot 41.4 percent from the field and pulled down 2.4 rebounds per game.
For the girls' basketball team, Lauren Webster was the lone member for the All-WIC team in her senior season as she led the team in scoring.
Individual awards for the girls' basketball team went to Webster as the Most Valuable Player, Best Free Throw percentage and the Captain Award. The Most Improved Player was Taylor Carter with Ashley Hughes claiming the Hustle award. Senior Chelsey Sampson was awarded the second Captain Award and also the Best Fieldgoal percentage.
For the boys' basketball team, Lancaster was the award winner for Points Per Game (17.9 ppg.), Assists Per Game (2.3 apg.) and Two-Point Fieldgoal Percentage (56.8%). Mershon was the Three-Point Fieldgoal Percentage leader at 39.9 percent, Damon Hyatt and Dillon Reynolds shared the Free Throw Award at 83.9 percent and Jake Musgrave won the Rebounding Award. The Defensive Award went to Hunter Robertson and Bryant Pestoff.
In wrestling, the Captain Award went to Beau Judd and Skyler Hall with See claiming the Most Valuable Wrestler Award. Shaffer had the Most Takedowns with Baylor and Brody Girton sharing the Most Improved distinction. Brandon Pleake, who also reached the semi-state, received the Mental Attitude Award and Justin Sampson was named Most Dedicated.