Times Sports Editor
Northview High School presented its spring sports awards on Tuesday evening as athletes were honored for their efforts in individual sports and within the conference.
There were 18 total athletes that received all-conference recognition from the Western Indiana Conference.
The baseball and softball teams each placed for on the all-WIC squad as Brock Wheeler, Zach Hull, TJ Decker and Craig Peters made the baseball squad and Taylor Carter, Alyssa Conrad, Hope Torbert and Ashley Hughes were the softball award winners. The boys' golf team was represented by regional qualifier, Dylan Nesty, who shot an 84 in the WIC Meet in Terre Haute. Seth Payton was one stroke behind and also received a nod to the all-WIC squad. In girls' tennis, Jenna Smith and Trisha Cox each made the cut with the track and field teams represented by Alexus Bex and Leanna Knight on the girls' side and Devon Cooksey, Ian Heffner, Damon Hyatt and Nic Yocom for the boys' squad.
Northview's softball and baseball teams earned at least a share of the conference championship this season during an outstanding spring slate.
The softball team was 23-7 overall and posted a 5-1 record in conference play led by a three-player senior class that included Samantha Montague, Kylie McKee and Conrad.
Conrad produced a .364 average for the Knights and drove in 20 runs while striking out just six times all season in 99 official at-bats. The outstanding defensive shortstop had a team-high three triples, homered once and had six doubles.
Carter was a driving force at the plate and in the pitching circle once again for Northview as her junior year saw a .490 batting average with 42 RBI's, nine home runs, 12 doubles, a triple and a .900 slugging percentage to go with an on-base percentage of .549. In the pitching circle, Carter was 16-6 with an ERA of 1.59 and 166 strikeouts in 141 innings of work.
Hope Torbert produced 17 RBI's with a .259 batting average and a pair of home runs this season with six doubles and 13 runs scored for the Knights. Hughes, a senior catcher for Northview, hit at a .333 clip this year and scored 35 times.
Rose-Hulman signee Zach Hull was a big reason for the team's success this year as he produced at a .351 clip at the plate while playing excellent defense at first base. Hull drove in a team-high 23 runs and scored 22 times while reaching base nearly 44-percent of the time and slugging .500.
Pitching was perhaps the biggest reason for Northview's sectional title this season and Wheeler, Peters and Decker all played big roles on the mound for the Knights.
Northview also got plenty of production at the plate from its pitching staff as Decker hit .333 with seven doubles, 14 RBI's and 24 runs scored. Peters averaged .298 for the season with 12 RBI's, a home run and scored 24 times.
Northview came through with a third-place finish in the girls' WIC Meet and the boys' squad placed second to Edgewood.
The Knights are represented on the boys' side by the victorious 3,200-meter relay team that missed the school record in the event by a second in finishing with a time of 8:13.33. The team of Cooksey, Hyatt, Heffner and Yocom. The group combined to provide plenty of other valuable team points with Yocom finishing second in both the 1,600 and 800 meters and Heffner placing fourth in the 200 meters. Hyatt ran to a fourth-place in the 800.
The girls' team was represented by Bex, who was a winner in the discus and second in the shotput. Knight came through with a victory in the long jump and placed second in the 100 meters.
In girls' tennis, the No. 1 doubles team of Jenna Smith and Trisha Cox earned all-conference honors and were a key part of the Knights' sectional championship this spring.
Smith and Cox won both of their sectional matches in straight sets against opponents from Greencastle and South Putnam.