By Lloyd Jones
CONWAY — The Kennett High School Athletic Department held is annual Fall Sports Awards on Nov. 23 with a large flock of Eagles and their parents turning out for the award presentations which began in the Loynd Auditorium.
Athletic director Neal Weaver served as the master of ceremonies for the evening and did a fine job of keeping the program flowing while honoring this year's major award recipients.
Weaver wrote the following the back cover of the eight-page program, which listed participants and years of service to each of the sports:
"Thank you for all being here this evening. Athletics is a vital part of the educational framework of our youth. Many lessons of life are learned on and off the field of play. Most importantly, sportsmanship and a positive attitude are attributes that we all strive to instill in our athletes We will continue to stress good sportsmanship in the coming months and years. Win or lose, we are behind the youth if Kennett High School and are continually proud of their efforts and accomplishments.
"Finally, the athletic department would like to thank all of you who support not only our athletes but our total academic programs," he continued. "We can never lose sight that our main function us ti educate our young people. The lessons, skills and attributes learned during this athletic season help in crease the overall pride we have of Kennett High School and our students. Thank you for all that you do!"
Athletes were to be highlighted a slide show prepared by sophomore Mackenzie Murphy.
The presentation of the major awards were given by the coaches and a presentation of sports letters for each team followed the awards ceremony in separate rooms.
This year's athletic award winners were:
In Cheerleading, Coach Jennifer McGinley presented the Cheerleading Award to Emily Soucy.
In Cross-County Running, Coach Bernie Livingston presented the Cross Country Award to Nick Brown for the boys and Izzy Forde and Julianna Livingston.
The cross-country award "is presented each year to the member of each team who both on the field and in the school best demonstrates the qualities of: loyalty to Kennett High School, citizenship and sportsmanship — both as a follower and as a leader."
In Field Hockey, Coach Cassandra Johansen presented the John Marsden Award to Emma Niiler and the Deryl Fleming Award to Kate McPherson. Unfortunately Niiler was unable to receive her plaque.
The Marsden Award "is presented to a senior, a player that demonstrates good sportsmanship and a positive attitude. This athlete is also very coachable, works hard, and is a committed member of the team."
The Deryl Fleming Award "is presented to the field hockey player that demonstrates true commitment, dedication, and love for the game of field hockey."
In Football, Coach Vaughn Beckwith presented the Sam Fuller Award to Drew McDonald.
The Sam Fuller Award is "Given annually to a senior member of the football team, someone with great character and has displayed strong leadership skills, someone who has placed the needs of others and the team in front of their own, a truly unselfish player."
In Golf, subbing for Coach Julie Rivers, Weaver announced Chris Burton as the recipient of the Golf Award. Unfortunately Burton was not on hand to receive his plaque.
The golf award "is presented to that player who demonstrates those intangibles that are part of the game; honesty, integrity, and character. Also, that player who demonstrates that team comes before the individual in a sport where you usually play for yourself."
In Mountain Biking, Coach Chris Darling presented the Golden Spoke Award to Nick Brustin.
The mountain bike award "goes to a deserving student athlete that has participated three or more seasons, has excellent character and attitude toward the sport and volunteer efforts to support the team in local events."
In Boys Soccer, Coach Dave Hart presented the Soccer Award to Lee Dennis.
The Kennett Boys Soccer Award "is given to a player who from the first day of training to the last game has shown a consistent and always improving level of commitment to the team. He has proven to be a leader during training and during games."
In Girls Soccer, Coach Michael Skelton presented the Suzy Engler Award to Sydney Perk and Caroline Jaeger.
The Suzy Engler Award for girls' soccer "is given to a player who is dedicated to the team, shows a love of the game, enthusiasm for the sport, good sportsmanship both on and off the field and hold herself as a good leader."
In Volleyball, Coach Diana Germain presented Talia Hutchings and Allie Wanek with the Volleyball Award.
The volleyball award "goes to an individual who shows great improvement and skill throughout the season. Has positive spirit and ability to motivate her teammates and is an asset on and off the court."
- Category: High School