Medora celebrates athletes at sports banquet


Members of the volleyball, basketball and golf teams were honored during Medora’s junior-senior high awards program, held in the cafeteria Wednesday night.

The volleyball hitting award went to Jenna Bowers, the serving award to Abby Johnson and the mental attitude award to Savannah Brewer.

Bowers was named to the all-Southern Roads Conference first team.

Volleyball head coach Leah Young presented the most improved award to Brelee Underwood, Izzy Doyle and Haylee Sons.

For the basketball team, Shepard Earl received the free throw, field goal shooting and rebound awards, while Eli Sturgill was named the outstanding defensive player and received the mental attitude plaque.

Also, Braxton McCory received the 3-point award, and Dawson Cornett received the assists award.

Coach Mark Morin said during the weekend of Feb. 18 and 19, McCory made 17 3-point field goals while scoring 60 points in the two games.

“The main goal is you want to improve,” Morin said. “The last six or seven games, we started to put things together. Against Edinburgh, we scored eight straight points late in the third quarter to cut their lead to eight points, and they called timeout. They were ranked No. 2 in the state in Class A. We played Trinity Lutheran pretty tough, we lost to Cannelton by one point and we beat Washington Catholic by 28.”

The Hornets had a record of 4-20 and lost to West Washington in the Edinburgh Sectional.

“Basketball players are made from now until the first practice,” Morin said. “We have everybody coming back and some good players coming up from eighth grade. I’m pretty excited for next season.”

Athletic Director Kara Hunt announced Earl had been named to the all-Southern Roads Conference first team and McCory was named honorable mention.

Earl averaged 15.3 points per game for the season with high games of 29 and 26 against Seven Oaks, and McCory averaged 12 points per game with highs of 31 against Cannelton and 29 against Washington Catholic.

This was David Persinger’s first season to coach the junior varsity. He presented the JV most improved award to Isaiah Miller, the mental attitude award to Bowers and the free throw award to Aaralyn Hackney.

“We improved a lot, and at the end, we competed,” he said. “Our last three games, we lost in overtime, we lost in double overtime and we lost to Rising Sun at the end.”

Persinger also is the boys golf coach this spring and presented the MVP award to McCory.

Hunt announced McCory, Sons, Underwood and Doyle as scholar athletes. Hunt said the athletes had to carry at least a 3.2 grade point average and show good sportsmanship to be eligible for that honor.

Middle school and elementary boys basketball awards also were presented.

Middle school basketball awards: Most improved-Hudson Johnson; mental attitude-Wesley Goen; free throws-Jaxon Nugen.

Elementary basketball awards: Most improved-Logan Edwards; mental attitude-Damon Branaman; free throws-Ault Hineman.

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