Senior Alicia Wilson Earns Her Second Winter Patriot Award From OVHS Coaches
Fifth place in school scoring history and a pair of new school records for single-game statistics were just a few of the many accolades leading to a second Patriot Award for Owen Valley High School senior Alicia Wilson.
The Vincennes Universitybound senior captain of the Class 3A Sectional 28 Lady Patriots also received her third team Most Valuable Player award during the annual OVHS Winter Sports Awards program held Monday night.
“She’s a three-year team captain, a three-year all conference selection and is team MVP for the third year in a row. Twice she has been named first-team all-area, she was fifth in the state in scoring with 526 points, and she led the state in steals with 149,” OVHS Athletic Director Josh Henson said of Wilson. “She was second in the state in free throws made with 164, she also led the area in scoring, steals and assists for the second year in a row. She was named Subway Player of the Week twice this season, she was selected for the 2014 Hoosier Reunion All-Star Classic, selected for the Top 60 Workout for the Indiana girls’ allstars, and was a Hoosier all-state selection. She was also selected for the 26th annual North-South All-Star Classic at Vincennes University. Her basketball stats this year include 22.9 points per game, 4.4 assists per game, 6.5 steals per game, 3.4 rebounds per game and 1.5 blocks per game; she also led her team in all of these categories. She had a career-high of 43 points and is the first player in Owen Valley history to score over 500 points, have 100 rebounds, 100 assists and 100 steals in a single season. She also now holds two Owen Valley records, for most steals in one game with 15 and most assists in a game with 13. Her career points, which is fifth in school history, is 1,229. Most importantly, this young lady is a good role model and student-athlete for our school and community.”
Members of the girls’ basketball team included Zaine Bucy, Alicia Wilson, Emily Smith, Sarah Gilstrap, Alyssa Day, Cecelia Herrington, Hailey Mitchell, Sarah Jones, Lexi Richardson, Daucyn Wesley, Hannah Kiefer, Sarah Truax, Brittany Swaim, Caitlin Myers, Julianna Kim, and studentmanagers Tai Sadler and Jessica Wilson.
“Really it was an up and down season for us and we knew it was going to be a tough season, because we had lost four seniors, about 70 percent of our rebounding and 40 percent of our scoring, so there were a lot of question marks when the season began,” York said. “The great thing about this group of girls and these seniors, they never quit, they will not quit. They will be successful in life and whatever they do in life because they kept it going. No one gave us a chance to win the sectional, we were not favored, I think most people thought we were the fifth worst team in the sectional. We beat West Vigo in the first round, then got a chance to beat Northview on the same court where four months earlier they beat us by 22 points – the greatest reward a coach could ever have.”
The team’s Most Improved award was presented to freshman Hailey Mitchell, who pulled down 151 rebounds for an average of 6.1 boards per game.
The Lady Patriots’ Most Dedicated award was given to junior Zaine Bucy, who averaged 4.1 points per game, 1.4 assists per night and 3.4 rebounds each game.
The Coach’s Award was presented to senior captain Sarah Jones, who tallied 14 double-double scoring and rebounding performances for the Lady Patriots. Jones tallied 300 points and pulled down 232 rebounds in her senior season, while shooting 87 percent from the free throw line and earning All-WIC honors.
Coach York also presented a new award, the Courageous Award to senior Cecelia Herrington.
Junior varsity girls’ basketball coach Brian Greene also presented his team’s Coach’s Award to junior Alyssa Day, who led the team in scoring and rebounding.
The WIC champion boys’ basketball team and head coach Chad Smith were honored by a round of applause for their undefeated conference season, which included an eight-game winning streak.
The boys’ basketball team was made up of Dillan Hege, Nolan King, Noah Woodruff, Devon Shouse, Matt Campbell, Cameron King, Evan Wood, Ethan Sparks, Brendon Mahoney, Ethan Daffron, Kane Woodall, Caleb Corder, Joe Musgrove, Cody Hege, Austin Boyd, Hunter Sturgeon, Ethan Wade, Chase Roberts, Caleb Wade, Michael Light, Zack Carver, Matt Mauder, Parker Roberts, Corbin Wrightsman, Nick Boyd, Ryne Heckman, Casey Hanock, Tommy Robbins, Jonah Arthur, Josh Schwomeyer, managers Landon Jackson, Tim Martlett, Christian Richardson and Andrew Wickerham.
“Our freshmen had a great season, I personally watched them grow and get better; they finished with a 9-9 record. Our JV had an excellent season, really got hot down the stretch in their final eight games of the year,” Smith said. “It was an amazing year, we finished the year with a 16-9 overall record. A lot of the clichés people say about guys being unselfish and fun to coach absolutely applies to this group. When I say they were fun to coach, I mean that with all my heart. They were willing listeners, coachable and extremely hard to prepare for. We finished the year on an eightgame winning streak, one game away from tying the longest winning streak in school history. The highlight of our season was going 6-0 in WIC and becoming the first out-right WIC champions in our school’s history.”
JV coach Lucas Roberts’ Most Improved award was given to sophomore Hunter Sturgeon, who led the team in scoring.
Smith presented the team’s Rebounding award to junior center Ethan Daffron, and the team’s Best Field Goal Percentage award to senior Matt Mahoney, who shot 54 percent from the field. The Patriots’ Best Defensive Player award was presented to sophomore Cameron King, who led the team with an average of two steals per game. Smith’s Coach’s Award was presented to senior guard Ethan Sparks.
Owen Valley Wrestling head coach Scott Newforth introduced his 8-12 Patriots, who qualified three for regional competition during the 2013-2014 season.
The wrestling team included: Devin Flick, Dylan Hatton, Austin Elliot, Jake Summit, Issac Miller, Devan Tussey, Levi Arnold, Tim Tussey, William Newforth, Dilan Danile, Ethan Yates, Ty Robinson, Zach Hauk, Landon DeFord, Eli Sluss, Chris Erb, Logan Trimble, Ryan Scully, Jack Johnson, managers Savanah Hauk, Sarah Newforth, Olivia Trimble, Alicia Yates and James Styer.
“I wish I could report that we had a winning season, but it was a team rebuilding year, we graduated several seniors last year and had 14 wrestlers with no previous high school experience. Several were first-year wrestlers,” Newforth said. “It was a first for us to host a tournament, due to the horrible weather, we had some make-up matches in our tournament, which turned out to be a highlight for me. In the course of the tournament, Sullivan beat us by nine points. Mitchell, who beat us at Mooresville, we beat 57-13.
Newforth presented his team’s Mental Attitude award to senior Ethan Yates. Senior Zach Hauk received the team’s award for Most Pins with 15 and the Shelby Wilson Award was presented to the final senior captain, William Newforth. Newforth was a two-time semi-state qualifier and finished his senior year at 18-7.
OV Gymnastics coaches Rick Zufall and Cathleen McPhee presented the 2013-2014 gymnastics team, which included: Ashlyn Hines-Lanham, Graceson Arthur, Anna Watkin, Katilen Allen, Shyann Morley, Eleanor Coffin, Samantha Majors, Sierra Moore, Darby DeFord, Ariel Fry, Brittany Tritle and Lorena Dourondo.
“The team really did well this year. Anna, Owen Valley’s state champion last year, didn’t compete this year. She was injured early in the season and was out, so we had that to contend with. The team went on to have a great season, Graceson Arthur had a couple of first places on beam and Shyann Morley, a freshman, got Athlete of the Week and had many first and seconds,” Zufall said. “We’re a young team, basically 75 percent of our team are freshmen, so to me that’s a big deal because that just gives us a better chance next year to get stronger.”
The team’s Most Improved award went to junior Darby De- Ford, while Ashlyn Hines-Lanham received the team’s Leadership Award.
The girls’ swimming team, under the direction of Erica Wells, included: Kaytlin Boller, Canon Cattorini, Jodi Hicks, Tan Songpaisan, Madison Summerlot, Tori Floyd and Abigail Floyd. Boys include: Ramsay Sadler, Anthony Sessions, Jeldrick Schumacher and Petar Draskovic.
“While the winter weather was a challenge and the pool having major malfunctions, the season was overall successful. Many of my kids were bummed, because we were ahead of the game in October, but quickly came to a screeching halt when the pool had to be shutdown for six weeks,” Wells said. “Let me tell you, a swim team not swimming for six weeks gets a bit challenging, but we pushed through and in the end, we all got better. We had a total of twelve swimmers, four of them being foreign exchange students.”
Coach Wells presented the team’s Most Time Dropped award for the girls to Kaytlin Boller and the boys’ Most Time Dropped to Ramsay Sadler.
The Most Dedicated award for the girls went to Canon Cattorini and the boys to Jeldrick Schumacher. The team’s Most Improved award was given to Tori Floyd for the girls and Petar Draskovic for the boys.
Under the direction of secondyear coach Kellie Johnson, the OVHS cheerleaders include: Jade Church, Victoria Lucas, Keyona Douglas, Destiny Franklin, Lexie Heck, Lexi Head, Kaygan Thomas, Mallory Burris, Tonya Heston, Graceson Arthur, Madison Gates, Hope Hendrickson, Santanna Roberts, Ashley Hinojosa, Gabby Sheldon, Taylor Kay, Victoria Baker, Breanna Anderson, Hope Martin, Emily Montenegro, Autumn Lewis, Kristen Hoard, Savannah Duncan, Savannah Booher, Cierra Dillman, Tara Langley, Morgan Vincent and Caitlin Parker.
“They made me very proud to be their coach, they haven’t only grown up in cheerleading, but also in their own lives. A lot of them have had a lot of struggles they’ve gotten though, so it makes me proud to just to sit there and watch them grow up,” Johnson said. “Seven of the varsity made All-American this year, they’ve also developed good work habits and leadership abilities. They’ve been really good role models for all of the younger girls and spread the school spirit throughout the entire community.”
Coach Johnson presented the squad’s Most Improved award to Hope Martin, the Most Spirit award to Mallory Burris and the team MVP award to Destiny Franklin.
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