Friday, March 25, 2005

Panthers proudly honor prep athletes

Carey hoopster Tyler Cook has a nose for the net, especially from the free throw line where he sunk 76.5 percent of his shots for the Panthers this season.

Carey High School honored its fall and winter athletes at an awards banquet at the Old Carey gym Tuesday night.

Carey athletic director Blaine Tingey remarked, "We had a great meal put on by the Booster Club and more than 200 people showed up."

Athletes achievements in three sports were celebrated: football, basketball and volleyball.

The Carey Panther football team compiled a 5-3 record in 2004. All players received varsity letters which the exception of two boys who were injured early in the season.

Tyler Cook was named Offensive Player of the Year. Defensive Player of the Year went to Cody Baird. The Trench Digger award for best lineman was given to Luke Harmon. Connor Rivera was named Most Improved, and Devon Simpson was voted Most Inspirational. Special recognition was given to Ken Mecham for filming the games for the past 16 years.

The 22-7 volleyball team boasted not only brawn but brains as well, as eight of the 10 members made the First Team Academic List for carrying a grade point average of 3.5-4.0.

Rayanne Hennefer made 95 percent of her serves this season to earn Best Server. Best Passer/Digger went to Jessica Royal. Lacey Peterson was named Most Improved and Melissa Peck Most Inspirational.

Kathy Whitworth was named Coach of the Year for the Northside Conference and Whitney Peck and Jessica Royal were Second Team All Conference. Melissa Peck and Brenna Silva earned Honorable Mention. Peck was also on the Fourth District All Star team.

Like volleyball, every player on the girls' basketball team earned varsity letters. Whitney Peck was the team's leading scorer. Brenna Silva garnered Most Rebounds, with an average of 8.5 per game. Best Defensive Player was Lacey Peterson and Melissa Peck was Most Inspirational. Jessica Royal earned Most Valuable Player.

All Conference honors were bestowed upon Whitney Peck, Jessica Royal, Lacey Peterson, and Brenna Silva. Silva broke the school record for most points in a game with 31. Allison Shaffer also hit 31 to set a new record for the junior varsity squad.

Melissa Peck, Amanda Hill, Jessica Royal, Shannon Roesbery, Jessica Gomez and Whitney Peck were heralded for All Academic honors.

No bricks for Tyler Cook in boys' basketball. Cook compiled a 76.5 percent average from the charity stripe to earn Best Free Throw Shooter. Tadd Green had the Most Rebounds with 187. Cody Baird was named Best Defensive Player. Bryan Hill was Most Improved.

First Team All Conference went to Tyler Cook and Tadd Green.

The Carey jayvee squad won its last five games to capture the Northside Conference JV championship and finish up at 13-9.

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