As we wind down the top 10 stories of the year #3 most certainly must be to recognize a talented group of senior athlete that left their marks all over the sporting events at SHS this past season. So here we go:
Ty Alexander (4yrs baseball), Blake Alfrey ( 9 letters in wrestling, CC, and track), Carly Allen (4 yrs tennis), Kelsey Baker 4 (yrs VB), Christian Bowen (6 letters in track and CC), Sydney Campbell (8 letters in golf, basketball, and managing baseball), Jakob Chambless (4 yrs football), Daniel Chapman (8 letters in football and golf), Evan Coers (4yrs basketball and 2 in tennis), Hannah Cole (4 yrs basketball and 2 yrs softball mgr), Skylar Counceller (15 letters in golf, CC, basketball, track and softball), Shelbey Day (4 yrs golf), Lauren England (3 years of tennis), Cory Evans (8 letters in tennis, track, and tennis mgr), Hannah Floyd (6 letters as a mgr, trainer, and track athlete), Chloe Fortner (7 letters cheering on the Raiders!), Landen Freestone (4yrs baseball), Karli Graddy (3 yrs of football trainer), Skylar Grinstead (2 yrs managing and 1 yr of basketball), Dalton Guffey (7 letters in football, track, and wrestling), Emma Hancock (5 seasons of golf and tennis), Nate Kimball (9 letters in track, CC, basketball, and managing VB), Sarah Krathwohl (3 letters in golf and tennis), Faith Lewis (6 letters in tennis and golf), Jayla Lewis (6 letters in VB and softball), (Hayden Lohrey 8 letters in football, CC, and wrestling), Abby Mains (4 seasons of tennis and golf), Christian McDole (6 letters in track, football, and wrestling), Jesseca Mirando (9 letters in cheer and mgr), Faith Muterspaugh (11 letters in VB, basketball, and softball), Hadden Myers (4 yrs baseball), Emily Olsen (4 yrs softball), Gavin Patrick (10 letters in football, basketball and baseball), Cale Pierce (3 letters in wrestling and football), Lexy Price (13 letters in VB, cheer, and track), Dallas Pugsley (10 letters in football, wrestling, and track), Kyle Randolph (4yrs baseball), Abbey Rector (4 yrs tennis and tennis mgr), Maddie Robinson (4 letters in basketball, trainer, and mgr), Cody Romine (3 letters in track and CC), Ty Sanders (5 letters in football, track, and golf), Kaylen Sears (9 letters in cheer and softball), Madison Surface (2 letters in cheer), Colten Walls (4 letters in wrestling and track), Jake Webster (10 letters in baseball, wrestling, football, and cross country), Ruthie Wilkinson (5 letters in tennis and mgr), Abby Wilson (5 letters in VB and track), Letha Wilson (5 letters in tennis and mgr), Lucas Wuestefeld (8 letters in football, wrestling and baseball) Gabe Young (8 letters in football baseball and track), and Jackson Zimmer (4 letters in football and track). My apologies if I missed someone or something.
A few things that stand out to me about this group:
1. Hayden Lohrey is the first wrestler to make 3 state finals appearances, culminating with a 7th place finish this year.
2. Gabe Young’s speed! From breakaway speed in football to the seventh best time in the state this year in the 200m dash; the boy could fly!!
3. Evan Coers’ senior season in boys basketball, where he turned into a “quiet assassin” from behind the 3 point line.
4. Hadden Myers shut out the 2A state champs here in a game vs Alex in dominating fashion.
5. Dalton Guffey passing down the T-Shirt.
6. Faith Muterspaugh. She spent as much time here as me. What a great role model for her younger teammates in basketball!
7. Maddie Mae Surface……never saw someone come into a new school and have so much of a positive impact on everyone around her….and that includes her grumpy, old uncle.
8. Gavin Patrick and Lexy Price always giving their best efforts despite always having to deal with nagging and sometimes major injuries. Both were huge pieces to a successful senior seasons for the Raiders.
9. Dallas Pugsley got a heck of a lot of use out of that 140 pounds he carried around with him all the time. I loved that he guaranteed a football sectional championship even though we came up a point short in overtime. That’s the guy I want on my team!
10. And finally a shout-out to the kid that got tired of winning mental attitude awards, Nate Kimball. You need to look at those things and be reminded how much of an impact you made on all of your coaches and me! On my twitter page is a saying–your talent means nothing if I can’t count on you–we could always count on you!
Farewell class of 2019!