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By Carl Holcomb
Moorefield and East Hardy served up slices of accolade pie to a myriad of dedicated athletes leading teams to a state volleyball state championship for the Lady Cougars and a plethora of state tournament appearances.
The Yellow Jackets held their athletic banquet during the softball region championship on May 16 and East Hardy waited until after graduation for the ceremony on June 4th.
East Hardy Volleyball coach Marsha Hahn talked about the mindset of expecting to win which helped guide the Lady Cougars to the first state volleyball championship in school history and how dedicated and faithful the entire team was to achieving the ultimate goal.
These state volleyball champion athletes had a team serving accuracy of 94 precent or better and each member stayed as focused in the classroom with a 4.0 GPA.
Maxine Cassell was chosen at the MVP for the Lady Cougars with a team leading 515 kills, 48 aces and 61 blocks for points.
[private] East Hardy’s Brooke Miller was given the Most Aces award with a total of 104 to compliment her 394 digs and 290 kills.
Julia Hahn was selected for the Best Passer award with 573 digs and 69 aces.
Abigail Wilson was given the Best Blocker award with 126 blocks along with her 306 kills.
Shannon Hahn received the Best Setter award with 780 set assists, 83 aces and 140 kills.
Lexi Strawderman was recognized as the most improved player.
East Hardy didn’t lose to any single A opponents the entire season which included region championship.
The East Hardy Volleyball team has been a part of a role model program called Shining Stars speaking to the elementary and middle schools through the Hardy County Sheriff’s Department and will be reading to youth at the Energy Express summer program.
Moorefield Volleyball reached the state tournament in Charleston and Bethany Smith was given the outstanding volleyball senior award.
Moorefield Golf coach Wade Armentrout selected Nick Martin for the Outstanding Senior Golf award.
Moorefield’s Ean Carr was recognized for his state tournament appearance.
East Hardy Football led by coach Chad Williams reached the Super Six on Wheeling Island for the second straight year with another state runner-up finish.
The Defensive MVP award was given to senior Austin Whetzel and the Offensive MVP went to senior Corey McDonald.
Whetzel will be playing baseball at Salem International and McDonald signed to play football at Alderson-Broaddus.
McDonald was second in the Kennedy Award voting for the player of the year and received a scholarship.
The Outstanding Defensive Lineman award was given to senior Ricky Robinson and the Outstanding Offensive Lineman award went to senior Luke French, both will be playing college football as Robinson will be going to Shepherd and French will be at West Virginia Wesleyan.
The All-around MVP award was given to junior Brett Tharp, who led the team in tackles and receiving yards.
A special award created this year by assistant coach Rob Kerr was the Pancake King Award which was given to Robinson and Whetzel in the form of pancake bottles as the trophies.
Each week of the season one player was recognized for having the most pancake blocks and there was mention of a pancake dinner in the future.
Robinson, French and McDonald were selected to the North-South All-Star Football Classic for the top seniors in the state this Saturday at Laidley Field in Charleston.
Moorefield Football coach Josh See recognized Logan Mongold with the Outstanding Football Senior award.
Moorefield senior Zach Eye was selected to the North-South All-Star Football Classic.
East Hardy Cheerleading coach Hunter Greenwalt gave four awards to her squad.
Rookie of the Year award was given to Cheyenne Miller, Most Improved award went to Sydney Vaubel, Most School Spirit award presented to Kaitlyn Funkhouser, and Top Leadership award went to Summer Funkhouser.
Moorefield Cheerleading coach Lori Evans presented Karli Bowman with the Outstanding Cheerleading Senior award.
Bowman was also selected as the first Moorefield cheerleader to perform at the North-South All-Star Football Classic this Saturday.
East Hardy Girls Basketball assistant coach Kathy Strawderman gave out the awards in the absence of head coach Bridget Billmeyer.
The EHHS Girls Basketball Most Improved award went to Abigail Wilson, the Most Assists award was given to Julia Hahn and Brooke Miller won three awards for Leading Rebounder, Top Scorer and Best Free Throw Percentage.
Moorefield Girls Basketball coach Paul Keplinger gave Katlyn Tompkins the Outstanding Girls Basketball Senior award.
Moorefield Boys Basketball coach Scott Stutler gave Drake Baker the Outstanding Boys Basketball Senior award.
East Hardy Boys Basketball coach Chris Hahn handed out statistic based awards: Brett Tharp won three awards for Most Rebounds (251), Most Points (585, over 1,000 for career) and Best Free Throw Percentage (69%); Corey McDonald won two awards for the Most Assists (120) and Most Steals (43).
Coach Hahn recognized his three seniors Ricky Robinson, Bradley Skeel and Corey McDonald.
Robinson finished the season with 214s rebound and over 500 for his career.
East Hardy Boys will be participating in the WVU Basketball camp this summer, while Moorefield Boys went to Ohio for a tournament.
East Hardy Wrestling coach Scott Mongold recognized Charlie Mellen and Cole Pusl for their region medals and gave each grappler a pin.
Moorefield Girls Track coach Vivian Carr gave Sophia Riggleman the Outstanding Girls Track Senior award and mentioned her state track meet appearance.
Moorefield Boys Track coach Barbie Stickley presented D.J. Zirk with the Outstanding Boys Track Senior award and recognized his fifth place state high jump medal and sixth place state medal in 4×100 relay.
East Hardy Girls Track coach Monica Combs presented four awards: Rookie award was given to Emma Lutz, Best Sprinter award was given to Emili Flynn, Most Improved award went to Holly Williams, Best Thrower went to Leah Ruffner and the Girls Track MVP award went to Brittany Barney.
Flynn, Lutz, Williams and Barney were recognized for their state track meet performances.
East Hardy Boys Track coach Devon Orndorff presented four awards: First year High Point Field award was given to senior Ricky Robinson for his state track performance in the shot put.
The Underclassman High Point Track award was presented to Adam Larson for his state track meet events of the 110 and 300 meter hurdles plus shuttle hurdles.
The Upperclassman High Point Track award was given to Drew Kelican for state track meet performance in 110 hurdles and shuttle hurdles.
The Track Team Captain award was given to senior Bradley Skeel for his dedication and pride in competition.
Moorefield Tennis coach Traci Eskridge Alley presented the Outstanding Girls Tennis Senior award to Katie
McCausley and the Outstanding Boys Tennis Senior award to Cody Turner.
Moorefield Tennis No. 2 Girls Singles player Nautica Crosco was recognized for her state tournament appearance.
Moorefield Softball coach Tammie Ayers led the team to the state softball tournament semifinals.
Bethany Smith was recognized as the Outstanding Softball senior and was given the award during school due to the
Region II Championship game being played when the banquet occurred.
East Hardy Softball coach Ashley Dove guided the team to the section championship series.
Dove presented Brooke Miller with three awards: Highest Batting Average .500, Most RBIs 31, Best Pitcher award 52 Ks.
Emma Baker received the Most Steals award.
The Most Runs Scored award was given to Julia Hahn and Brooke Miller for team best 26 runs tie.
The Jason Foltz Memorial Leadership award was presented to senior Shannon Hahn.
Dedication certificates were given to Madison Strawderman and Leanna Basye.
Moorefield Baseball coach Wade Armentrout led the team to the section championship series.
Coach Armentrout and his team were away for a game during the banquet, but the announcement was made recognizing
Sloan Williams as the Outstanding Baseball Senior award recipient.
Moorefield senior catcher Westly Martinez was recognized and later presented the Josh Reider award.
East Hardy Baseball coach Eric “Little Raymond” Heflin guided his squad to the Region II Championship series.
Brett Tharp was presented with the Most Runs scored award (34) and the Raymond Snapp Best Pitcher award.
The RBI Leader and Highest Batting Average awards were given to Austin Whetzel.
The Highest OPS award was presented to Austin Smith.
The Jason Foltz Memorial Leadership award winner was Clay Skovron.
The Most Improved Award recipient for baseball was Ashton Mathias.
Josh Snapp was given the Kent Murphy/Don Baker Award for his upbeat spirit and positive attitude.
There were a number of special awards given out to the athletes based on teamwork, character and leadership.
Moorefield’s most prestigious award, the M.A. Bean Sports Award, was presented to Bethany Smith.
Moorefield’s elite academic award, the American Legion Scholarship Award, was given to Katie McCausley.
“It’s a great honor to represent my school as I have,” Moorefield senior Katie McCausley said.
The Donnie Schell Award was presented to Moorefield senior Rion Landes.
The Joe Sherman Award for track and football was given to Jacob Stickley.
The Ralph J. Bean Award at East Hardy was presented by William Bean to senior Shannon Hahn for good character,
sportsmanship, church attendance, leadership and community service.
“Considering it was a good character award, it means a lot that everyone in my community thinks I have a good character and that’s what I tried to have and what I was raised to be. It is really meaningful. I tried really hard to be a role model to the kids under me and a lot of kids came up to hug me after my games,” East Hardy senior Shannon Hahn stated.
Krista Strawderman presented the Jamie Good Award to East Hardy senior Ricky Robinson for his good character, sportsmanship, religious belief, and strong role model attributes.
“As far as the character aspect goes, I think I really did qualify for that. I am glad that it was recognized and I always worked hard and was a good sport in everything,” East Hardy senior Ricky Robinson remarked.
East Hardy senior Austin Whetzel was presented with the Pete Vance Award by Jimmy Vance for his sportsmanship and passion for the sports he played.
The athletes of the year awards went to Moorefield’s Bethany Smith and Rion Landes; East Hardy’s Brett Tharp and Brooke Miller.