Winter athletes receive honors


With another winter sports season in the books, Crothersville’s teams met one last time Thursday to celebrate the 2016-17 campaign.

Members of the high school and junior high boys and girls basketball teams and cheerleaders gathered at the cafetorium for a dinner and awards program.

Cheerleading coach Angie Keasler presented the varsity awards, with Brittany Clem earning the best attitude and Keeley Keasler taking best all-around awards.

Clem and Keasler, both seniors, also were presented Paula Jo Sweeney Memorial Awards for their four years of dedication.

Tigers boys varsity coach Greg Kilgore then presented his team to the crowd.

The boys finished 7-17 on the season and graduate a lone senior: Conner O’Sullivan.

“With our lack of depth and experience, I’m relatively happy with where we finished on the season,” Kilgore said. “We know we have a lot coming back. We just need to put in the work.”

Freshman Josh Thomas took home several accolades.

Thomas was named to the All-Southern Athletic Conference team and won the rebounding (192) and 3-point (52) awards.

Thomas set school records for points in a season (453) and 3-pointers made.

The assist award went to Zane Elliot, who had the fifth most in a season in school history with 130.

Making 71 percent of his attempts, O’Sullivan received the free-throw award. He was also presented the Jim Stewart Coaches Award.

Sophomore Lane Wienhorst and junior Noah Hoskins shared the mental attitude award.

Tigers girls coach Kevin Hensley presented the record-setting varsity team.

On top of winning their school’s first-ever sectional trophy, the girls also set a new school wins mark by finishing 19-9.

Every member that dressed on the varsity team received a sectional championship patch.

“This is something very special that no one has ever got,” Hensley said. “If you think about how long it took us to get (a sectional) — we went through world wars. These girls finally did it. I can’t be more proud of them.”

Senior Katrina Christian, The Tribune’s 2017 Jackson County Player of the Year, piled on the accolades.

Christian took home the rebounding (296) and assists (87) awards.

She was the SAC Player of the Year and set the all-time points and single-season points records.

Sophomore Piper Hensley shot 74 percent for the free-throw award, while also taking home the 3-point award.

Hensley’s 72 made 3-pointers set a new school record at CHS.

The steals award went to sophomore Maddie Riley (49), and blocks award was presented to junior Lacey Hall (23).

Senior Kashmir Kelshaw got the Coaches Award, and the Mental Attitude went to senior Madison Reynolds.

The girls team will graduate three seniors: Christian, Kelshaw and Reynolds.