Winter athletes honored at Crothersville

For The Tribune


Seniors Becca Hensley and Clayton Byrd took home the coaches awards from the Crothersville basketball-cheerleading program awards ceremony, conducted Monday night at the high school.

Tigers girls coach Kevin Hensley presented Becca Hensley with the girls coaches award.

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“Becca stuck with it when all her friends were quitting,” he said. “It’s tough to play basketball at Crothersville. She is the first girl to play all four years since I’ve been coaching, and this is my sixth year as head coach.”

Hensley said after the team returned from its sectional game, Becca told the team if there was anything she could change it would be to go to open gym as much as possible. She was the only senior on the girls team.

Boys coach Greg Kilgore presented Byrd with the Jim Stewart Coaches Award. The award is named after the late Tigers coach.

“(Byrd) does things coaches like to see on the floor,” Kilgore said.

Cassidy Mantz and Kashmir Kelshaw shared the mental attitude award for the girls.

“Cassidy is a junior, and it was hard for her to go down and play on the junior varsity, but she never griped,” Hensley said. “Kashmir also played varsity and JV. Late in the year I changed her roles on the varsity, and she never complained. She always did what I asked her to do.”

Dakota Mount received the mental attitude trophy for the boys.

Kilgore said after the Tigers started the season 0-5, Mount had one of the most positive attitudes on the team in believing the team could get the season turned around.

Katrina Christian, Alexis Adair and Lacey Hall received the other varsity special awards.

Christian was named to the Southern Athletic all-conference team, and she received the rebound award for the Tigers for pulling down 238 rebounds for an average of 9.5 per game.

Adair received the 3-point and free-throw trophies. She shot 68 percent from the line (19 of 25) and shot 31 percent in 3-point attempts, an improvement over the 29 percent she made a year earlier.

Hall received the assists award for averaging 2.8 per game.

The Crothersville girls finished 14-11, and Kevin Hensley said he has two major goals for the team next season — to break the school record for wins in a season (17) and to win the sectional.

“I think these girls have a really good shot to do both,” he said. “It’s going to be a battle to make the varsity next year. I’d like to fill up the gym at our home games.”

Girls junior varsity coach Chris Mains presented special awards to members of his team, with Isabel Kannegiesser receiving the rebound award, Madison Reynolds the free throw trophy and Kalynda Hoevener the assist award.

Jordan Schoenfelder was named to the boys all-conference team.

Eli Mollet received two special award as he topped the team in free throws at 70 percent, and in rebounds with 179 for an average of 8.1 per game. He had a high game of 19.

Tyler Luedeman received the 3-point award for shooting 32 percent behind the arch, and Conner Adams received the assists trophy for having 87 for an average of 3.6 per game.

“I think the boys have shown steady improvement during their careers,” Kilgore said. “These 16 players are good young men. We had a 3.3 GPA as a team.”

The Tigers finished 6-18.

Boys junior varsity coach Bobby Riley introduced members of his team and presented the assists award to Cameron Luedeman, the rebound trophy to Seth Hoevener and the free throw award to Conner O’Sullivan.

Lacey Lanning introduced the cheerleaders and presented the Paula Jo Sweeney Memorial Awards to Becca Hensley, the best all-around award to Abby Mains and the mental attitude award to Mackenzie Farmer.

Jada McIntosh received the mental attitude award for the junior varsity cheerleaders.

The middle school basketball teams and cheerleaders also were honored.

At a glance

Junior High awards


A squad: Mental attitude, Aubree VanCoutren;  all-around, Sydney Stewart

B squad: Mental attitude, Riley Murphy; all-around Klarissa Wilburn

Boys basketball

Red team: Rebounds, Dustin Justice; free throws, Cable Spall; assists, Carson Farmer.

White team: Rebounds, Joshua Thomas; free throws, Trent Baughman, assists, Thomas; leadership, Lane Wienhorst

Girls basketball

B team: Rebounds, Riley Murphy; free throws, Grace Wilson; defense, Isabell Lewis

A team: Rebounds, Maddie Riley; free throw, Piper Hensley; defense, Riley