Multiple Pendleton Heights Athletes were honored at the inaugural THB Sports Awards hosted by The Herald Bulletin at the Paramount Theatre on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. This special event recognized athletes from the surrounding area in 16 different categories.
After the nomination period, the THB named their finalist for all of the awards. Pendleton Heights had a finalist for the following awards:
Johnny Wilson (boys) – Thomas Quiroga
Johnny Wilson (girls) – Sarah Dudley
Breakout Player (girls) – Jordan Benefiel
Breakout Player (boys) – Eli Pancol and Matt Sakeuh
Scholar Athlete (girls) – Kate Cowger
Heart of Sports – Mr. John Rhoades
Mental Attitude (boys) – Braden Kaufmann
Coach of the Year (boys) – Mr. Alan Holden
Program of the Year – Pendleton Heights Athletics
Athlete of the Year (girls) – Taylor Fort, Christina Magers, McKenna Jule, Marissa Marshall
Athlete of the Year (boys) – Luke Wihebrink, Cameron Kordes, Austin Davis
Winning on the night for the Arabians were the following:
Eli Pancol for Breakout Player of the Year. Pancol was recognized for his performance on the gridiron this past football season. Pancol became a threat on offense and defense. During the offseason, Pancol received multiple major NCAA Division I football scholarship offers for which he decided to commit to play for the Duke Blue Devils in the 2019 season.
Kate Cowger for Scholar Athlete. Cowger was a strong performer on the soccer field and the track for the Lady Arabians this past season. Cowger was selected as the Red Haven nominee for Pendleton Heights earlier this spring and graduated ranked #1 in her class.
PHHS Boys Basketball received a golden pizza pan presented by Pizza Hut for their 2018 Madison County Boys Basketball Championship. The golden pan tradition was started by Pizza Hut in 2017 and is awarded to the champion each year.
Pendleton Heights Athletics received the honor of being named Program of the Year. This award is determined by the success of the entire athletic department based on a point system that awards teams for county, conference, and state tournament success. The spring season success of the Arabians allowed PHHS to run away with the award. Pendleton Heights Athletic Director, Chad Smith, was proud to accept the award on behalf of all of the PHHS athletes. “I am extremely proud of all of our coaches and athletes. It takes complete dedication from all of them to win this award. This award is special because it takes a complete team effort over the course of an entire school year to win.”
The THB Sports Awards is currently in the process of planning next year’s date to ensure this event becomes a great tradition in the Madison County and surrounding areas.