Coach Angie Mellencamp awarded her gymnastics athletes at the team’s banquet at Mi Casa Restaurant in Seymour on Tuesday evening.
Her team had one of the best seasons on record; only losing two dual meets and finishing second in both invitationals this year.
The Owls put an athlete on the podium in all of their meets and invitationals this year.
“It’s hard to give out these awards because more than one athlete deserved each award at various points in the season,” said Mellencamp.
The leadership award went to senior Alyssa Goen, who Mellencamp said helped the coaches and her team tremendously.
“(Goen) was a role model inside and out of the gym,” she said. “She maintained a positive attitude, did a lot to help others, and she does it with a smile.” .
Sophomore Kellsye Warner garnered the MVP award.
Warner finished fourth in the sectional and qualified for the regional in floor exercises.
“She thought she couldn’t do things, but ended up doing it,” Mellencamp said. Warner received her first year certificate earlier, as she was a top newcomer.
Receiving the coaches award were two athletes who ‘stayed with it’ and ‘never gave up’.
They were freshmen Brett Kleber and Avery Dehart.
“They worked hard all season, and were dedicated team players,” Mellencamp said. “They continued despite blood, sweat, or anything else. Both worked very hard on the bars this year.”
The most improved award was presented to Jenna Thomas..
Athletes who made the 9.0 club were: Goen, Warner, Thomas, and Dehart. To be allowed membership into this club, an athlete has to achieve at least a 9.0 in a varsity meet.
The four recipients received a dog tag with their name on it.
Three of these athletes are first-time 9.0 club members. In years past, athletes had an 8.0 club, but the program has advanced and now a 9.0 is recognized as an outstanding achievement.
The Owls have only one senior, Goen, who will graduate from the program.