For The Tribune
The Crothersville volleyball and cross-country teams had a lot to celebrate Monday night in the cafetorium as they reflected at their annual fall sports awards program.
First, coach Linda Luedeman handed out varsity awards to her girls volleyball team, which finished with a 12-16 record.
The team finished as runners-up in the Springs Valley and Henryville invitationals, and seven of their matches went into a fifth set.
Luedeman believes her team can have a much better winning record next year with her entire squad returning in 2016.
The setting award went to Brittany Clem, and Lacey Hall garnered the mental attitude plaque.
“We run a 5-1, and Brittany is our main setter,” Luedeman said. “So it’s no surprise that she gets it.”
The hitting or spiking award went to Maddie Riley, who connected on 147 kills out of 440 attempts, with the team recording 376 kills overall.
The serve reception award went to Katrina Christian, who completed more than 300 serve receptions.
The team had an 80 percent serve reception percentage in 2015.
Abby Mains received the blocking award, as she had more than 90 solo blocks and another 30 double blocks for the season.
A serving award went to Clem, who took 347 serves with 38 aces. Her accuracy ratio was 94 percent.
Clem was the only Tiger selected to the all-Southern Athletic Conference team.
Coach Carl Bowman handed out the boys and girls cross-country awards.
He finished the season with nine runners, so he had competition for the seven varsity spots.
The mental attitude award went to Codi McDonald, and Matt Wilburn earned the most improved award.
Bowman said Wilburn stepped up in the sectional.
The most valuable runner award went to Lane Wienhorst, who Bowman said had an outstanding freshman season.
The Tigers girls cross country team achieved many firsts for the school this season.
At the pinnacle of the season, the Tigers won their first SAC title and had three girls achieve all-SAC honors.
At the Brown County Sectional, the Tigers had three individual runners advance to regional.
Prior to 2015, the Tigers had never sent a girl to the semistate. But this year they had two individual qualifiers in Breanna Barger and Tristan Maschino.
The mental attitude award went to Torri Boldery, Claudia Henry was presented the Tiger Award and Piper Hensley was the outstanding freshman.
The most improved went to Maschino, who overcame shin splints and worked her way back into the lineup.
The most valuable runner was Barger, who was the best girls runner Bowman said he has had in his 37 years coaching.