The Herald Bulletin hosted the 2nd Annual THB Sports Awards last night at the historical Paramount Theater in downtown Anderson. Pendleton Heights came away with four top honors and was well represented in several different categories. will be well represented.
Megan Green was named the Scholar Athlete of the Year. Green earned the prestigious Red Haven Award in May. She was a soccer player and Unified Track and Field participant earning 6 varsity letters for the Arabians. She will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall.
Riley Hays was named Girls Comeback of the Year. Hays required multiple surgeries as a result of a health condition. She missed the majority of her sophomore and junior campaigns before returning to the cross country course this past fall as a senior. She ran her senior season with a titanium rod in her chest. Despite this, she led a very young group to a successful cross country season. Hays also was a member of the girls track and field team.
Freshman Kiely Ryan didn’t waste much time making her presence known on her softball team and to her opponents. Ryan took over the all-important catcher duties on the diamond and excelled both offensively and defensively. She hit .493 with 7 HR and 32 RBI. She equally as good behind the dish with committing only 1 error on the season. She was a part of the battery that also included Jordan Benefiel.
Melissa Hagerman didn’t let the inexperience of her girls cross country team be an excuse for her team not meeting her program expectations. Because of that, Hagerman was named the Girls Coach of the Year. Coach Hagerman continued to push her young team and at the end of the season had the group reaching their full potential. The team finished the season by competing in the IHSAA Semi-State.
Pendleton Heights also had athletes recognized as finalist for awards in the following categories:
Johnny Wilson (Boys) – Seth Leicht
Heart of Sports – Luke Albers
Breakout Player (Girls) – Avery Ross
Athletes of the Year – Eli Pancol (Football Offense), Ethan Hunt (Soccer), Cameron Kordes (Swimming), Austin Davis (Golf), Taylor Fort (Soccer), Katie Jones (Cross Country), Karly Riffey (Swimming), and Jordan Benefiel (Softball Pitcher)