By: Cassie Miller

On Monday, November 14th, Hardin Northern’s fall athletes gathered in the high school gym for the annual banquet. Any student who participated in high school or junior high volleyball, football, cheerleading, or cross country received recognition from their coach for their participation in the sport.

Each of the coaches gave a small speech about their season and then presented special awards to some players. Coach Uitto presented Mikalea Ayers with the Leadership Award, Shelby Alloway with the Work for It Award, Rylie Bame with the Impact Player Award, Emily Jones with the Most Improved Award, Cassidy Deckling with the Polar Bear Award, and Holly Wilson with the Heart Award this year. Mikalea Ayers said, “I was very excited and honored at the same time. I would like to thank my family and friends for encouraging me to play and my coaches for never giving up on me.”

As for the football team, Nicholas Bame was awarded with the Mike Whitaker Award, Andrew Stump earned the Most Valuable Offensive Back and Most Valuable Linebacker Awards, Kolten Garman was awarded with the Most Valuable Offensive Lineman Award, Bryce Hipsher earned the Most Valuable Defensive Lineman Award, and Bradlee Watts earned the Polar Bear Award.

Chad Cook, the cross country coach, gave Selena McCoy and Sebastian Bejarano the Most Improved Awards. He also gave Kamryn Hopson and Brady Lamb the Polar Bear Awards.

For some seniors, the banquet was a bittersweet moment since it means they will never play a fall sport at the high school level again. Senior cheerleader Catherine McMillion said, “I am very happy this was my last banquet, but I will miss cheering for the football boys.”

All of the senior athletes have shown great leadership on and off the field or court this year and will be missed by the underclassmen during next year’s season.

Congratulations to all athletes on successful seasons and good luck to all winter sports participants!