Miss, Mister Blackcat named at Sports Banquet
“Success breads success,” Tripp said, as he congratulated the many athletes from Goreville who will continue their sports’ careers in college after graduation. Miss and Mister Blackcat nominations are chosen from the athletes who have excelled in at least two sports all four years at Goreville High School and are voted on by all coaches at the school.
Monday night’s banquet was held in the High School gym and included the presentation of School Letters and Individual Awards for Goreville athletes from each of their respective coaches.
Sports Banquet Special Mentions:
Football Head Coach Mike Rude singled out each and every one of his Seniors in honoring them for their hard work and dedication throughout the season, saying, “The Seniors set the bar so high, these Juniors have a lot of hard work ahead of them.” Rude said Goreville Seniors were a special group and “We won games because of these kids.”
Cross Country Track Coach Mark Patterson said the team “over all had a good season,” although members were “plagued by injuries.” Alex Andros was mentioned for his natural ability, as it was his first year to run cross-country.
Cross Country Boys:
- Most Dedicated: Daniel Madden
- Most Valuable Runner: AJ Scola
- Leadership Award: Mason Bishop
Cross Country Girls:
- Most Valuable Runner: Madison Arnold
- Captain & Leadership Award: Markella Patterson
Volley Ball Coach Abby Fisher, speaking to her players, said she was “very proud of each and every one of you for the obstacles you overcame and the accomplishments you earned.” The team had two All-Conference players in Kaylee Webb and Alison Webb and two, All-South in Ellen Wilkie and Alison Webb. This was Abby Fisher’s last year as Goreville High School’s Volley Ball Coach as she retired her position at the end of the season.
- Senior Setter Award: Kaylee Webb
- Senior Defense Award: Ellen Wilkie
- Offense Award: Alison Webb
- Ace Award: Alison Webb
- Coaches Award: McKenzi Schaede
Golf Coach JR Russell said despite the challenging season the team faced with more than half of its members new to the sport, the team improved greatly and had its own successes.
- Most Improved Girl Golfer: Sydnee Rushing
- Most Improved Boy Golfer: Shon Messmer
- Golfer of the Year: JT Russell
Boys Basketball Head Coach Todd Tripp brought up his entire team and described the season as one in which included a “lot of hard work, and a lot of fun.” Tripp had more than a few tears for his departing Seniors and said the season was one in which they had fun every day, had fun playing and had fun figuring out what they needed to do to get better. Coach Tripp said the team was a group of “well rounded” players, adding, “It’s been fun to watch these kids grow and fun to set new records.”
- Sportsmanship Award: Garrett Patterson and Nik Dunn
- Most Improved Award: Caleb Belcher
- Leading Chargers: Kyefer Cavins, Alex Andros, Blake Gray, JT Russell, Zeke Snell and Dayton Tripp
Cheerleading Coach Melissa Robertson called up her entire squad and spoke of the hard work the team performed throughout the year starting with the decision to enter competitions. “They made up their minds they wanted to make this a great year,” Robertson said, and spoke of the team’s dedication to each other to achieve their collective goals. This was the first year the Goreville Cheerleading squad entered into competitive challenges and to raise the money needed for choreography and entry fees, the team set out and moved flocks of pink flamingos onto unsuspecting homeowners’ lawns. The good natured “prank” led to the team reaching its goal of entering into competitive cheerleading and placing at Southeast Missouri State University.
- Flyer Award: Baily Edward
- Back Spotting Award: Brandi Billingsly
- Most Improved Award: Montanna Albright
- Leadership Award: Jamie Bailey, Corinne Carlton, Anna Clare Crews and Kyleigh Lewis
Girl’s Basketball Head Coach Mike Helton called his entire team up and said they won awards as a team. “It is a group effort, it is a team effort,” Helton said. Helton provided his team members with a group photo and said as time goes on he would encourage them to be reminded of their successes, their efforts and their work ethic. “As you look at that picture, be reminded that hard work pays off.”
With Softball and Baseball season still underway, both coaches called up their teams to congratulate them and allow them to receive their School Letters, but said individual awards would be named after the season concluded. Baseball Coach Shawn Tripp took a moment to thank Danny White for his “tremendous help” in getting the fields ready. This season began with several rain-postponements combined with a reconstruction project at the Justin Shadowens Memorial Field in which Tripp said White put in many extra hours to help ready the field for the season. Both Teams entered into Regional Play this week.
Serving as High School Track Coach for his first season, Mark Patterson said he took the position after “heavy consideration.” Patterson left his position as the Junior High Track Coach to take the position and said he set several goals for the team in which all were accomplished. “We had goals; break at least half of the school records, end up with runners on the SIC Track Honor Roll, increase team numbers and go out and win medals and have some fun,” Patterson said. “I can say we accomplished our goals.”
Girls & Boys Track:
- Most Valuable Field: Jon Smith and Marbia Martin
- Most Valuable Long Distant Runners: AJ Scola and Madison Arnold
- Most Valuable Sprinters: Zeke Snell and McKendra Phillips
- Most Improved Runners: Daunte Bennett and Chyenne Cook
- Most Versatile, Most Sportsmanship, Most Dedicated: Connor Seavers and Madison Arnold
- Captain & Leadership Award: Alex Lloyd and Markella Patterson