Medora fall athletes honored for efforts



Medora’s fall athletes conglomerated in the high school cafeteria to celebrate the 2016 season while awarding their most outstanding athletes on Monday.

Following presentations for the elementary and junior high teams, by coach Ashley Rogers, and the junior varsity squad, from coach Missy Stewart, varsity head Sara Todd brought up her team.

The Hornets finished 5-16, and dealt with a number of injuries throughout the season.

Todd said that since so many players were moved between the JV and varsity teams, there wasn’t much distinction and they were just one volleyball program.

The first round of awards were based on statistics.

Todd said that sometimes the final statics surprise those who attended games in the stands.

Sophomore Kailen Flynn was presented the serving award, completing 88 percent of her attempts. She finished 230-for-259 behind 39 aces.

Both the passing (87 percent) and hitting (84 percent) plaques went to senior Katie Stewart.

Senior Destiny Barr took home the setting award, with an outstanding 99 percent making 1,002 of 1,011.

Junior Katie Beesley, not in attendance, earned the attack kill award, with 36 percent of her hits turning into kills. She also got the service ace percentage at 18 percent for the season.

A most improved award was presented to senior Kaitlyn Wilson.

Todd said that Wilson earned more of a career improved award, with the strides she made all the way starting back in the fifth grade.

Coaches awards went to Flynn and junior Lillian Hatfield.

Hatfield, who also ran cross-country and was the lone member on the team, was the most valuable runner, announced coach Brad McCammon.

McCammon said that Hatfield ran a limited number of races due to conflicts with volleyball, but made major strides in her times and earned a medal for seventh at the Hauser Invitational.

Nine athletes were named scholar athletes, maintaining a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Scholar athletes included: Barr, Flynn, Hatfield, Beesley, Stewart, juniors Emily Newby, Alli Carney, sophomore Morgan Dunn and freshman Kelsey Turner.

McCammon, who is also Medora’s athletic director, said that the academic awards were telling of the athletes’ commitment off the court.

Other awards presented on Monday

Junior varsity volleyball awards: outstanding server (Wilson), serve reception award (Bailey Morris), hitting award (Turner), setting award (Dunn), coaches’ award (Marsadeez Phillips).

Junior high/Elementary volleyball awards: mental attitude (Charley Pumphrey and Laykin Hinderlider), hustle award (Jenna Bowers and Lexi England), serving award (Aaraylyn Hackney and Tori Murphin), passing award (Keyla Newby and Riley Pumphrey), most improved (Brooklyn Wilkerson and Kaitlyn Davidson).

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