By Katie Anderson
The annual sports banquet for the 2017-18 school year was held in the Intercounty Auditorium May 3. Athletic director Jarad Rinne introduced the sports and coaches after the meal, which was delicious! Athletics secretary Lee Williams made the meal and there were almost 400 people in attendance. There were 10 sports honored at the banquet, along with softball as the newest addition to Licking High School athletics.
Volleyball was up first on the list, with coach Angela Barton giving a speech about the best record she’s seen as a coach, 23-7-2. She then gave out the academic all-state awards and named off the girls who broke school records. Receiving the coaches’ award was Sydney Ice, who put others before herself.
Heather Hawn was the next coach to speak for cross country. She reported that the girls had won the Dixon meet and took fifth in districts, and the boys took third in districts. Hawn then congratulated Keegan Black on taking 48th in the state meet. For the girls, most valuable runner went to Kaitlyn Breedlove, and Kyra Taylor took the wildcat award. And for the boys, Keegan Black had the most valuable runner and Kason Monds got the wildcat award.
For cheerleading, coach Briana Link announced that they had a cheer camp at Drury University, and that basketball season was exciting for them. Link also announced that she was proud of all the girls because off five of her stunt groups could do extensions. She then thanked booster club for the new uniforms and gave out awards, including unique ones like safest stunter, cheer mom, all-smiles, and more. Bridgette Hart won the wildcat award, Paige Rollins for the most valuable cheerleader, and Jessica Fudge for most spirit.
Coach Steve Rissler recognized the girls’ basketball team next. After thanks to coaches, managers, film crews, and others, Rissler said that the varsity had the most wins in school history, being 26-3 overall, with a 16-game win streak. They finished fifth in the state poll. Winning the X-factor award was Dalrayn Feringa, Taylor Dawson won the best teammate, Lexi Hadix with most improved, and Karlee Holland with most outstanding.
Boy’s basketball team, coached by Ben Glasgow, was presented after the JV basketball, by assistant coach Doug Smith. The JV team went 19-5, while the varsity went 22-7. Manager of the year went to Sara Taber. Glasgow then told about how the cheerleaders came to some of the practices so the guys had a feel for how the atmosphere would be during the game. They also went 8-0 in conference play and had 21 straight wins; being conference champs and made it to districts.
Glasgow stayed up there to talk about the golfers season. There were four golfers this year, and a couple were going to sectionals in Jackson. They took second in conference play and James Swan took most valuable golfer for the year.
Jimmie Stephens got up and talked about the tennis team’s season. He then gave out the varsity letters and spoke about how they were going to team districts on Monday (May 7) and how they would be going to individual districts on Friday (May 11). The coaches award went to Haley Burrus. Richelle Schwarz earned most improved and then most valuable player went to Sydney Ice for 35 individual wins this season. Ice has earned the nickname of Sledgehammer through her years of playing tennis. Stephens also gave thanks to the city for the great courts they play on.
Baseball’s coach, Harv Antle, got up next and talked about how the team’s season isn’t over yet, so the awards will come later. Letter awards were given out and the team was introduced. Academic all-state players were announced and the team’s GPA was at 3.42 overall. The JV record so far was at 16-9, while the varsity’s record was at 25-10. They drew third seed for district play, which will be against Houston at 2:30 p.m. May 11.
Heather Hawn got back up to talk about track this year. She thanked the booster club for uniforms and the bus drivers for getting the teams to and from meets safely. For highlights, the girls won the Frisco League meet, St. James meet, and Viburnum, and the boys took second place in the Frisco League and Viburnum. She then introduced all the athletes on the team and what events they competed in.
Softball’s first ever sports banquet was a success, with the coach Josh Gorman speaking. The season ended with them taking fourth in the Plato tournament and the final record being 3-15. Gorman wanted to thank everyone for making the first season a great one. The participation awards were handed out and there were only two seniors (Reagan Campbell and Kendra Freeman) so Gorman is ready to see the team grow.
Rinne then gave a couple closing remarks and that was the end to the yearly sports banquet!