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Awards banquets held for both baseball and track/field teams

Following a phenomenal season, the Johnson County Longhorn baseball team held their annual awards banquet at Team Mates Restaurant on Main Street. Packed with family, fans, and players, Assistant Coach Nicholas Perkins kicked off the ceremony by giving out the Junior Varsity awards. The JV team played in 16 out of 20 scheduled games, breaking even for the season.
Aside from recognition of all the various players, Perkins also gave out several awards for outstanding performances. Blade Hampton received the JV Golden Glove, while River Cazire took home most improved. Sam Thomas was designated as JV pitcher of the year and Nate Plyler and Ryan Carroll were given the co-coaches awards for their dedication to the team. Plyler also earned the All Academic Longhorn award for maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
Following the JV, Head Coach Pete Pavusek presented the various Varsity awards, beginning with the recognition of several notable supporters who helped the team this season. Those receiving plaques included Lisa Stout, Missy Newman, JCHS Principal Lisa Arnold, Tony Griffith, Tyler Fenner, and assistant coaches Andrew Hensley and Nicholas Perkins. Pavusek was also pleased to announce that the team had several all conference and all tournament recipients. Daniel Helm, Harley Reece, and Judd Hammons were all given notable recognition for their efforts this season, while the team MVP designation went to pitcher Ryan Mahala. With a 9-1 regular season, Mahala also managed to take home the All Conference Pitcher of the Year.
Other big awards included the Golden Glove for Senior Dusty Stout and Judd Hammons as well as Co-Silver Sluggers for Daniel Helm and Harley Reece. The Co-Coaches awards went to Jon Vannoy and Ryan Smith. Each of the senior players were also given a commemorative game ball with details of the Longhorn’s successful season.
Following the baseball banquet the Johnson County Track and Field Team held their awards ceremony just down the road in the Crewette Building. Coach Penny Gentry presented the medals and plaques, along with a Co-MVP designation for Jacob Henson and Darrin Gary. Other honors included the most dedicated award that went to Mikey Furches, the Coaches Award for freshman Mackenzie Bauer, and the Longhorn Award which was given to Mikey Eddington.