Athletes, cheerleaders honored at junior high sports awards banquet

By Suzanne Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

The Waterville/Mansfield junior high sports awards banquet was held April 12 in Mansfield.

Awards were presented by the respective coaches for boys basketball, girls volleyball and cheerleading.

Cheerleading awards went to Elsie Munson, most valuable; Aspen Farrington, most inspirational; Zoey Landon, most respectful; Tiera Miller, most dedicated; Mady Regallie, most determined; Julia Ashley, most encouraging; Harlie Zones, most enthusiastic; Evalee Shafer, voice projection; and Cali DeFord, manager. The cheerleaders are coached by Dawn Ericson,

Awards for the boys B squad basketball team went to Ben Hanson, most valuable and most inspirational; Yovanni Baltazar, most improved; and Camren Youngblood, most valuable for defense. Coaches awards went to Alejandro Morales, most inspirational; Kaneem Island, most valuable for defense; Marshall Mires, most valuable; and Curtis Cummings and Gavin Height, most improved. The team is coached by Travis Wittig and Kyle Sima.

Eighth-grader Ben Hanson said he loves playing basketball and can’t wait until next year when he can play on the Shockers’ high school team.

Fifth-graders Max and George Murison were the managers for the basketball team. The brothers said they learned a lot about the game as managers and are looking forward to playing on the B squad next year.

This year’s volleyball team, coached by Melissa Flaget and Thera Moore, had 26 players and “all did a great job,” according to the coaches.

Awards went to Eava Wood and Alexia Garcia, for “We Dig Your Attitude”; Jimena Garcia and Bailey Viebrock, for “Love the Game”; and Jasmine Garcia and Haley Vargas, standout servers.