The Annual Sports Recognition Ceremony at Tucker County High School took place on Wednesday May 16th in the school auditorium. Principal Steven Cosner started the ceremony with a welcome to everyone in attendance.
The TCHS Girls’ and Boys’ Track was announced to start the ceremony by Head Coaches Shane Eakle(Girls’) and Tom Gutshall(Boys’). The Softball team was presented certificates next by Head Coach AJ Rapp. Tucker County Baseball was up next as they were honored by their Head Coach Josh Evans. Cross Country Head Coach Michele Mullenax then announced the Boys’ and Girls’ members. TCHS Football was the next sport to be announced as Head Coach AJ Rapp honored his team members. The members of the Iron Mountain Lion were also announced and recognized. Girls’ Basketball was honored next as the JV and Varsity players were announced. A special plaque was also presented to Senior Sydney Nestor to recognize her becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer during the recent season. Boys’ Basketball Head Coach Jim Ambrose was next on the night as he called his JV and Varsity players up on the stage and were presented certificates. TCHS Golf was the last sport of the evening to present honors as Head Coach Sam Goughnour called up his players and handed out certificates to each member.
Athletic Director Dave Kyle then introduced the Senior PVC Conference Scholar Athletes. Those achieving this award were Natalie Evans, Emily Crosten, Nathaniel Rader, David Kines, Sydney Nestor, Jack Melnick, Carleigh Bolyard, Sydney Moore, Cecily Strawderman, Conner Nestor, Mikala Betler, Dominique Meadows, Brandon Zirk, Jordan Moss and Luke Poling.
The night concluded with several special awards. Athletic Director Dave Kyle presented the first two awards with the first set of awards being the Senior Female and Male Academic Athlete of the year which is awarded to the Female and Male with the highest grade point average. This award was presented to Natalie Evans and Nathaniel Rader. The next award presented by Kyle was the Senior Female and Male Athlete of the year, which is voted on by the head coaches. These awards went to Sydney Moore and Luke Poling. Mr. Cosner then presented 4 different awards. The first set of awards was for Sportsmanship. The Female Sportsmanship award went to Carleigh Bolyard and the Male Sportsmanship award was given to Luke Poling. Then a Sportsmanship award was given to an adult and Julie Strawderman was presented this award. The last award of the night presented by Cosner was to an Award of Excellence for Exemplary Display of Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity. This award went to Sydney Nestor. Cosner then offered closing remarks and dismissed the crowd for the night.
The following is a list of the members of the 2016-17 All PVC Conference: Girls’ Track: Emily Crosten, Sydney Moore, Carleigh Bolyard, Sydney Nestor, Cecily Strawderman, Natalie Evans, Kelcee James, Riley Evans, McKinley Murphy, Addie Buckley, Zoe Nestor, Resi Anderson, MacKenzie Zirk and Rachel Friend. Boys’ Track: Luke Poling, Brett Reall, Jacob Davis, Jack Melnick, Joseph Lewandowski, Raine McCauley, Ben Callaway, Corrick Ambrose, Will White, Ethan Pacella and Josh Callaway. Cheer: Jordan Teter. Cross Country: Natalie Evans, Maya Paul, Jack Melnick. Football: Brett Reall, Ben Callaway, Ben Cromer, Cole Rapp and Owen Poling. Girls’ Basketball: Sydney Nestor, Sydney Moore and Terra Kuhn. Boys’ Basketball: Wesley Snyder and Corrick Ambrose. For more Tucker County Sports info go to TuckerCountySports.Com.