Opinion: Andy’s honors
In the next couple weeks there's going to be all kinds of spring sports honors handed out: team awards, league awards, state awards, city awards. In the interest of being totally unoriginal, here's a look at my BLHS spring awards:
MVP: Alex Smith -- The senior led the team in homers and RBIs. He also showed surprising range and athleticism in the outfield and threw a few innings here and there for the Bobcats.
Unsung Hero: Zach Davis -- Good defense starts with a good shortstop and Davis was that for BLHS. More Derek Jeter than Ozzie Smith, he was rarely flashy, but handled nearly every ball hit his way.
Freshman Future Star: Justin Gripka -- He definitely showed some jitters filling in for Davis in the regional tournament, but the week before he took the mound and shut down a very good Turner offense. If he takes care of his arm he'll win a lot more games for BLHS.
MVP: Kristal Holland -- Is there even any question? She pitched every inning and was the team's most dangerous hitter from the cleanup spot. As she went, so went the Lady 'Cats.
Unsung Hero: Laura Reed -- Handled a lot of tough throws at first and led the team in walks. In a fairly free-swinging lineup her patience at the plate was invaluable.
Freshman Future Star: Annie King -- Kara Douglas has more power and could easily be here also, but I have to go with King because it seemed like every time she came up with two outs in the seventh inning she got a hit. She usually looked pretty nervous doing it, but maybe that was just to lull the pitcher into a false sense of security.
MVP: Dustin Weimer -- All the track competitors deserve an award for putting up with my lack of knowledge about their sport, but Weimer stands above the crowd. More first and second place finishes than anyone at BLHS.
Unsung Hero: Megan Tush -- Tush was willing to try just about any event to score points for the Bobcats, and with only nine girls they certainly needed that. Pretty amazing that she could pick up the javelin for the first time this year and set a school record.
Freshman Future Star: Kristy Kozar -- One of a bunch of promising young throwers. She showed the ability to place in both the shot put and the discus.
MVP: Jessica Smith -- Her blazing speed and golden left foot meant one thing for BLHS: goals, goals, goals. Eighteen of them in just 17 games.
Unsung Hero: Shanna Couch -- She's all-league, so can she really be unsung? Yes, considering all she meant to the Lady 'Cats. She was the best at getting possession of the ball and making sure possession stayed with BLHS.
Freshman Future Star: Baily Kraus -- This team was loaded with sophomore and junior talent, so there weren't many opportunities for freshmen. But Kraus got a lot of playoff minutes against a very solid KC Christian team and made several nice runs along the left sideline.
MVP: Sam Mustain -- He won the most medals and earned a trip to state. Struggled early but came on real strong late in the season.
Unsung Hero: Tanner Swafford -- His first year of competition and he narrowly missed joining Mustain at state.
Freshman Future Star: Chris Douglas -- Already has varsity hardware and coach Chad Harvey expects big things from this golf fanatic.