Owls athletes receive awards


Maddie Roark and Makenna Fee were announced as all-Hoosier Hills Conference first team selections and received several individual awards during the Seymour girls basketball awards program Monday night in the school cafeteria.

Head coach Jason Longmeier said the HHC team is voted on by the coaches, and Fee received the third-most votes of all players selected.

Fee, a junior, scored 301 points this season for an average of 13.1 per game, and she averaged 14.1 points in HHC games.

Her high-point games this season were 27 against Batesville and 24 against Salem, Jennings County and New Albany.

Fee received the coach’s award, steals award (34) and rebounds plaque (187).

Roark, a senior, topped the Owls in scoring with 354 points for an average of 15.4 per game and averaged 15.4 points in HHC games.

Her high-point games this season were 28 against New Albany, 27 against Rushville and 25 against Scottsburg.

Roark also received the assists award (74) and high-point award, and Longmeier presented her with a plaque for scoring 1,337 points in her career.

Roark plans to play soccer at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Sophomore Aidan Hiester received the most improved award, and junior Ashton Chase was named all-HHC honorable mention.

Hiester’s high-point game was 15 against Brownstown Central, while Chase averaged 11.7 points per HHC game with a high of 18 against Madison.

Longmeier praised seniors Roark, Jami Nobbe and Jenna O’Neal. He said while Nobbe and O’Neal didn’t get to play as much as they had hoped, they worked hard in practice throughout the season.

“We’ll miss the seniors. It wasn’t easy for Jami and Jenna. They are strong young women. I liked what we got out of Maddie,” he said.

The Owls finished 4-3 in the HHC and 11-12 for the season.

Longmeier said he thought the 65-57 overtime victory against Greensburg was the team’s most impressive win of the season. He also said the Owls could have easily won 16 or 17 games, as they lost three by five points or less.

“(A record of) 11-12 wasn’t quite what we wanted,” he said. “We knew we had a tough schedule. It was the 19th-toughest schedule in the state. Our opponents were 350-229, and six of our opponents won sectionals, and one of them that we beat (Greensburg) is playing for a (Class 3A) state championship on Saturday.

“I think we were tough enough to play Jeffersonville in the sectional,” he said. “It was unfortunate that we had our worst shooting night of the season.”

Longmeier said the girls purchased Christmas gifts for a needy family in the community.

“I value all the small things that we do. I like our character. Our girls do the right things, and it’s nice to see what our girls do in public,” he said.

“All season, we talked about togetherness,” he said. “I encourage them to work harder than anybody else. That’s what we’ve got to do to get our program to where it needs to be. I’ve challenged them, and we will provide them with opportunities to get better.”

Junior varsity coach Amanda Gerth talked about her 1-20 season and told her players she wants them to remember the season and “grow as a program.”

Longmeier announced varsity assistant coach Frank Guthrie resigned his position after two years with the program.

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