Crothersville hosted annual winter sports banquet Wednesday


CROTHERSVILLE— JoJo Clay and Beau Napier received numerous awards at the Crothersville winter athletic awards program held Wednesday night at the high school.

The boys and girls high school and middle school basketball teams and the high school and middle school cheerleaders were also honored.

Clay received the rebounding, defensive and 3-point awards for the Lady Tigers. She was the only senior on the team and had a high game of 27 points against Madison Christian.

“She stepped it up in the classroom and on the floor,” Coach Curtis White said.

White also awarded the Tiger mental Attitude Award to Hali Burton, the Coaches award to Bella Riley, the most improved trophy to Kelsey Walker, the free throw award to Brooklyn Bottorff and the assist award to Jazlin Gibson.

Bottorff was named to the New Washington all-sectional team.

The Lady Tigers went 4-18 in White’s first season as their head coach.

He said, “Our season was not stellar. You’ve got a group of girls standing up here in front of you that worked very hard throughout the season. They had to deal with a lot of things.

“We had to deal with some injuries,” White added. “We had one game where we had three of them out with injuries, and when you’ve only got 10 girls you’re skating on thin ice.”

He said the Southern Athletic Conference was extremely tough with the No. 1 (Lanesville) and No. 3 (Borden) teams in the state. Lanesville won the Class 1A state title for the second straight season.

White said he was proud of their effort throughout the season.

“Night in and night out we were able to be happy with ourselves because we did everything within our power to come out on the other side with a victory,” he said.

He said the team had an accumulative grade point average of 3.4 and seven of the 10 girls had a GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Napier received the varsity coaches award, the free throw trophy and he was named to the Southern Athletic all-conference team and to the New Washington all-sectional team.

“He was an extension of the coaches on the floor,” Coach Bryant Layman said. “He loves wearing his Crothersville jersey.”

Elijah Plasse received the Tiger Mental Attitude Award, Cory Reynolds was named the most improved player, Lucas Hilton received the rebounding trophy, Logan O’Sullivan received the defensive award, Dirk Crater received the 3-poiunt award and Tymir Cromwell received the assists award.

Crater broke the individual game 3-point record with eight against Cannelton, and Napier tied it a week later against Borden.

The Tigers beat Cannelton and Lighthouse Christian in back-to-back games in December, then topped Connersville Christian, Tabernacle Christian and Madison Christian in consecutive games in late December.

The only other game the tigers own was against Seven Oaks in February, and they finished 6-18.

Layman said he felt like the Tigers had an excellent chance to beat New Washington in the sectional, but that missed free throws hurt the Tigers as they shot 4-for-15.

“The boys did a really good job of representing their school,” Layman said. “The hardest walk for me is walking from the bench to the locker room after a loss. We want to win just as bad as the fans want us to win. The boys played hard and I can’t fault them for that.”

He said injuries hurt the Tigers as several players missed games because of injuries.

Boys JV basketball coach Bobby Riley said Baron Riley received the JV Tiger Mental Attitude Award, Brayden Heath received the assists award, Evan Lanning received the rebound trophy, Jude Howard received the free throw award and Kaleb Moeller was named the most improved award.

Makenna Newberry and Destiny Lawrence were co-recipients of the cheerleader Tiger Mental Attitude Award.

Mattie Deaton received the Paula Jo Sweany Cheerleader of Excellence Award and was named the best all- around cheerleader, and Elayna Ord was named the most improved varsity cheerleader.

Laiken Colwell received the JV cheerleader Tiger Mental Attitude Award, Grace Smith was named the most improved JV cheerleader and Zoey Prince was named the best all-around JV cheerleader.

Junior High Awards


Tiger Mental Attitude: 7-Ashton Allman, 8-Raylee Lewis

Assists award; 7-Marissa Baltizar, 8-Lewis

Rebound: 7-Baltizar, 8-lewis

Free throw: 7-Christy Dalzell, 8-macy Moehler

Most improved: 7-Zaylee West, 8-Emma Kelly


Tiger Mental Attitude; 7-Blaine Lewis, 8-Colton Blevins

Assists: 7-Cameron Couch, 8-Caleb Lauderbaugh

Rebound: 7-Aven Helt, 8-Tyler Hilton

Free throw: 7-Hudson Jones, 8-Carter Jones

Most improved: 7- Bryson Layman, 8-Braxton Riley


Tiger Mental Attitude- Elise Prince

Most improved-: Peyton Peden

Best all-around: Ava Hodge

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