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names sports award winners
By Kerry Yancey
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMPTwo multi-sport senior standouts were named as the male and female Athlete of the Year at the annual Kemp High School spring sports banquet Monday.
Zach Allison and Amanda Lawrence were selected by coaches for their strong performances in a number of sports, as well as their strong academic performances, audience members heard.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
Kemp High School seniors and award winners gather for a picture following the conclusion of the annual KHS spring sports banquet at the high school auditorium Monday.
Allison played five different sports this year, starting with football (where he was a unanimous first-team all-district pick at linebacker) and basketball (second team all-district) in the fall, along with three spring sports baseball (a unanimous first-team all-district selection), golf and track.
Lawrence was Kemps only first-team all-district pick in volleyball, and was a second-team all-district pick in basketball. She also qualified for the regional track meet (for the third straight year) as part of the district-winning 400-meter relay team.
Lawrence and senior Kimmie Gorka were both named academic all-state in track, girls coordinator and head track coach Peggy Swierc reported.
Sports highlights this spring included a second straight playoff appearance by the girls basketball team, who lost only one game at home all year (to unbeaten district champion Canton), and a return to the playoffs by the boys basketball team.
The girls fell to Rains in bidistrict play, while the boys defeated Quinlan Ford in bidistrict but fell to regional finalist Liberty-Eylau in the area round.
Another major highlight was the performance of the track team, who set 11 new school records this season, qualified for the Texas Relays for the second straight year and ran at the first indoor meet in school history, Swierc told the audience.
For the second straight year, Sharda Bettis was the regional champion in the 100-meter hurdles, advancing to the state meet, where she finished second, bringing home a silver medal.
This spring also saw the establishment of the first soccer team in school history. The boys finished at 5-3-2 and are looking forward to playing a district schedule this coming school year.
Athletic Booster Club president Robert Emfinger presented Booster scholarships to four seniors Bettis, Gorka, Kayleigh Morton and Cris Murray.
Those four were selected by an out-of-town group of judges who didnt know any of the 13 students who applied for scholarships, Emfinger pointed out.
Awards were handed out by coaches in each sport, and are listed below.
Girls basketball Highest free throw percentage Brianna Powell, Sportsmanship Award Shelbie Wright, Heart and Hustle Award Brandy Simmons, Offensive Player of Year (POY) Michelle Ritterbach, Defensive POY Brittany Simmons, MVP Ritterbach and Brittany Simmons.
Boys basketball Leadership Award Allison, Longevity/Endurance Award Jake Goldman and Ryan Emfinger, MVP Wesley Kerr.
Soccer Offensive POY Cory Sitzmann, Defensive POY Patrick Renfro, Mid-field POY Adrian Cruz, Heart and Hustle Award Gamaliel Salazar, MVP Dereck Whiteley.
Powerlifting Girls Outstanding Lifter Macey Olivarez, Boys Outstanding Lifter Ray Hodges, Best All-Around Lifter Murray.
Golf Most Improved A.J. Durham and Candace House, Golfer of the Year Ashley Easterly and Masin Hughes.
Softball Most Improved Nicole Autrey, Lady Jacket Award Chancie Sivley, Offensive POY Lacey Pettigrew, Defensive POY Amanda White, Utility POY (new award) Brittany Henderson.
Baseball Rookie of the Year Bradley Steward and Blake Watkins, Leadership Award Murray, Offensive POY Aaron Haessly, Defensive POY Brice King, MVP Allison.
Track Outstanding Jumper Bettis and Kerr, Outstanding Thrower Shannon Shipp and Terrence Sistrunk, Outstanding Distance Runner Taylor Cuhadar, Outstanding Sprinter Gorka and Matt Kinney (also Most Improved), Outstanding Hurdler Bettis and Jeremy Quick, Heart Award Ritterbach, Allison and Justin Lawler, Leadership Award Lawrence, Kerr and Quick, MVP Bettis.
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