Winter Sports AwardMay 05, 2020
Hello Bruin fans, welcome to the Virginia Black High School site for tonight's 2019-20 Winter Sports Awards Show. God grant that this is the way we hope to run this program, but we certainly weren't thinking it was going to be April 30th. It's hard to believe that tomorrow will be May, but Kovat has done a good job of making life miserable for all of us, so despite that, we will do what we Bruins do, we will keep fighting and fighting and here. come on i would like to point out forget our prayers brought by save a lot a generic hand sanitizer we will leave it there in case we need it thank you to our head coaches for coming to share from home most of it for all our coaches. here, except for the trainer preparing here, who will be with us here in a few minutes so we can make this happen.
Each coach will share a little about their seasons and then they will list their
awardwinners and athletes will be able to collect their
awards. on May 18th or 19th, when you come for locker clean out day in about three weeks, I will limit my specific comments, not to take away from the other coaches, but I can definitely say that this
winterwas extremely successful and enjoyable, almost our entire team saw improvement this year over last year, several records were broken and the girls and boys basketball teams won the bell in the horseshoe which is pretty impressive, we also want a sectional boys basketball tournament , as you know, although Cova destroyed the regional.
The senior kids can always say we won our last basketball game, something almost no one can do in high school, so even though it sounds cool, they'll get to share the rest of their lives. Thank you so much. To our fans, you were patient with the regional ticket process. It may have been a bit of an annoying inconvenience as we worked through that week and certainly frustrating not being able to use our tickets, but you have to admit that that week was very exciting, very exciting, everything. people were lining up outside, kids were coming out and socializing with everyone who was waiting, it was just an amazing, amazing experience, until it finally ended about a day before we started the regional, as is usually the case.
I want to share an explanation of all the awards. numbers are received really quickly after your first college season our air season for the JV case or college season JV Beer for those who do not qualify for a college award and played the JV level certificates award instead of the second major B's for those who earn and those who earn freshman awards, I said second major B, second JV will be a varsity award, they receive a major B after their first varsity award, they are awarded a patch in lieu of a second major B and jackets are issued after their first major B if purchased by the Athlete, we have a policy whereby the athletic department will purchase the jacket for the athlete if they receive seven letters if they have not yet purchased or have purchased a jacket.
Plaques are individual awards given by coaches and today we will share some of them. and CIC honors are those awards given by the Central Indiana Conference the order of the present a presentation today will be next coach Hoover will talk about men's basketball coach Goodspeed I will talk about cheerleading coach Waters and then share about basketball girls followed by Coach Mel OTT on boys and girls swimming, Coach Gary will be live remotely from home to talk about wrestling and Coach MacDonald I will talk about unified bowling and again we appreciate those guys being here today and then we'll be back with me for a while.
Final words, so right now we'll turn it over to Coach Goober and the men's basketball team. Thanks Tony, first of all, I'd like to thank you because Tony wants to keep this short. I'm just going to thank three groups and then. everyone else has another group, but first of all thank the parents, the coaches and mr. Brown and Mrs. extreme for fundraising, as you know we had a good year, the varsity was 21 and five, the JV was 18 and two, the first, one group and the middle school had an eighth grade that only lost two and the seventh grade improved a lot so everything in the program is going pretty well, the varsity and JV got six and one at the CIC, the varsity won the first section since 1991 and as Tony mentioned we never made it to the regional because of the invisible enemy, as far as I'm concerned.
I just have to go through the awards and since I have it here and keep this on schedule, first of all, the varsity award winners, seniors are Ridge Danica and Payton herd Brandon Strobel Dalton Wellman, all who are seniors, juniors Dane Baker Luke Brown kam Elam Landon Grimes Stefan Hoover Tommy Styles and Max Wars Sophomores Mickey Waters Scott Winger Freshman Dayton Hoover Dawson Hundley Jr. Varsity Award Winners Jared Lord and Freshman Jared Kirsten is a Sophomore and Carson Smith was a Freshman Su Award Winners Dakota Carmack tied daily Derrick Elliot Denver Camp Eli Nate limey Eli Martin dylon McClure and Brandon Rouse managers the managers who received awards such as Ellie Landon Ellie King Kayla Henderson and Nick Oh to Winsky was our statistics officer and receives a major award Junior Emma Emma Emma as slightly light pupils, our demo Lydell and the other southern managers -north were Shelby Groves and Alex Brown, all of them received major awards in the following people receive plaques captain flax ridge Denikin Payton pack Brandon stroble Dalton woman Luke Brown and Nick how he ran out of wind skiing watching your man your senior manager Awards go - Ellie Langdon Ally King and Kayla Henderson for individual award statistics Varsity awards free throw percentage went to Luke Brown two-point field goal percentage went to Dalton Wolman three-point percentage went to Brandon Strobel rebounds what assists Dalton Willman - Luke Brown steals - Luke Brown carries - max wear JV Individual Awards free throw percentage Jared Kirchner - field goal percentage Landon Grimes 3-point field goal percentage Mickey Waters rebounds - Landon Grimes helps with Dayton Hoover and the robberies - Dawson Hundley a little information on some of the things that have happened in some of the awards that The team has made it since the section and made it during the season, first of all, there are about 400 games in the state of Indiana and we will rank third in the state in offense with 77 points, three points a game, our defense, which was all our Kelley.
The year was not ranked, but we allowed sixty-one point four points per game, the difference between offense and defense, we ranked 25th, fifth in the state among four hundred, with a difference of fifteen, nine points per game. CIC Awards Luke Brown was all conference Brandon was all conference and Dalton Willman was all conference Luke Brown of course as he has garnered a lot of attention over the last three years and these are just a few of the things that earned him some of the awards or some of the recognitions he obtained after the conference. season he was chosen by the Indiana Coaches Association as one of the top 15 underclassmen in Indiana, was the area for IBC a player twice during the season and was my audible mention every two weeks.
Luke became the All-Star Junior that he was. he is the number one scorer in the state of Indiana this year with thirty-two points and two points per game, he is the number two player in the state when it comes to free throw percentage with a free throw percentage in the 90s and It was number three. in the state of Indiana in assists after leaving Staton he assisted almost an entire year, but still finished with seven point seven assists per game, which ranked third in the finals. Talent. He was also voted Eastern Winter Sports ECI for Eastern Indiana.
On top of that, Brandon Strobel scored a thousand points this year and Luke passed 2,000 points this year. The last prize I have here is Ellie Langdon. I just received this word today. Ellie Landon has been chosen as the Indiana basketball coaching student manager. this year and she will receive a $750 scholarship for that so that concludes my comments and I will be followed by Cheerilee or Coach Danielle Goods Hi everyone, I'm Danielle Goodspeed and this was my third year as the head coach here at Blackbird and Solo I want to say how exciting it is for us as true leaders to see all the support and our fans for all of these teams and how well they are doing, which makes it a much more exciting experience for us to lead when the crowd is excited. . and there are big crowds, we just appreciate all the support you guys are giving these teams, which also adds excitement to our sport this year.
Our JV team was a very, very young team, they were all freshmen. So Coach Sid really worked. It's really hard to teach the basics and fundamentals and we've continued to see growth and we're excited about where that group of kids are going as far as our varsity team is concerned. It was a transitional year for us as our first year as an all-girls team. and the amount of dedication and persistence I saw in these girls to show that we can still do it. I'm so proud of how hard they were at every practice and how hard they worked.
It definitely showed that we have to make a big effort. A couple of exciting things this year were with our cheerleaders of the week and that's always something exciting for us to go and be a part of and be able to leave Blackford for the state of Indiana. It was exciting to be able to do it. I also want to acknowledge that we chose six cheerleaders in the summer for All-American. Of those six cheerleaders, four of them traveled to London and Oxford County Representative and in the last three years that makes a total of seven BHS cheerleaders.
I traveled to London and represented Blackford, so again it's very exciting to see these kids go out and represent Blackford and Indiana and even overseas, so I'm going to go ahead and start our awards. The college bees are Katy clam Savannah Beard Alyssa McFeely and Kalia Scott. the patches are Kaylee Hudson Kaylee sills Nally Thurman Katelyn clam Sophia Jenner John Abbey Langdon chelsey Mosley Jenna pain and our brute gabe foster jvb awards go for kelsey body an archer chloe lacy ava Mulholland Laney new inch tramp K Bree Norton Madison Weitzel and taking certificates go to Nicholas Thern bar numbers also go to Kelsey's body a Bowman Chloe lacy Ava Mulholland Lane new inch wanders hi Bree Norton and Madison weitzel when it comes to our plaque awards, our most improved cheerleader this year was our cheerleader JV Chloe Lacey, Coach Sydney and I were so impressed with how far this girl has come in the past year.
In fact, we just had tryouts and she was promoted to our varsity team. We couldn't have asked for more from Chloe. She is always ready to work and do what we constantly ask of her. We wanted too. to present an award for dedication and this award is for a cheerleader who is a multi-sport athlete and comes to cheer after hours of soccer and swimming and she is ready to work as hard as everyone else if we ask her to do something. She is certainly the first one ready to go, so we wanted to recognize how dedicated she is to the sport and how she gives her team everything she can, no matter how tired she may be of everything she is involved in, for what our dedication award goes to Sophia Jenner John, Coach Sydney and I wanted to create a room in the future that we will give out every year instead of a more valuable cheerleader or something like that.
We wanted to create an award that we call the Paul Award, which is what we think it is. a cheerleader who is the epitome of what we need as a cheerleader and as a coach, so this cheerleader is one of the most versatile girls I have ever had the ability to coach; She was an Airman for most of her experience and this year she has needed her as a base and she has done an amazing job, no matter what position he puts her in, she is ready to go and she is excellent at it. . She is also a great leader.
She is always first if I ask her for something and she is willing to go the extra mile and go the extra mile to make this award go to senior Kaley Hudson. Lastly, I just wanted to thank our seniors this year and all of our
sportsand we are so sorry it didn't end the way you wanted and also to the spring athletes who didn't get to experience what they wanted - my four senior cheerleaders are the team loves you, we will miss you very much and we were very sad that we didn't get to experience the end of our season together I also want to thank my parents for always being ready tostep in and help with anything the coach said about my needs, we really appreciated it and we've actually done tryouts for next year and we had a great turnout and we're super super excited to see where we'll hopefully be able to cheer them on next year, so next up will be the women's basketball coach, coaches, wrestlers, thank you, hello everyone, thank you for tuning in tonight, first of all, I would like to thank you first. everything, to you fans for watching and tuning in, whether it's here now on the BSN network or coming to the games, we really appreciate you, you are what keeps us going and really gets us going, so I want to thank you.
First guys I would also like to thank the players who participate as most of you know that basketball is a very long season, it technically starts in October and lasts until February but that doesn't include all the summer stuff we do in the d1 camps. etc., so basketball is a very long season, so I want to thank the players for doing that, it's a big commitment, so thank you all, I thank my coaches, coach Martin, my assistant coach, coach Nolan JV, and then also another assistant coach, Gary Rhoden. You guys make this job so much easier, whether it's sharing ideas with you, picking up the slack that I'm not very good at, so I just want to thank you guys individually for everything you do.
I would also like to thank you. parents this year, another successful year. I think, you know, we proved maybe a lot of people wrong and I think we did a lot better than maybe some people expected. And that comes to you, the parents, and I appreciate everything you do. I like to send a special thank you to athletic department coach Tony again and Lisa Muscleman. You guys do a great job and we really appreciate everything you do for us and us. I couldn't do this without you and last but not least, I would like to thank my wife Angie.
I know it was a long season and things at Kovat were a little uncomfortable for everyone, but it's been good for us because we have to spend. a lot more time together, so thank you for putting up with me for these long hours, so first of all let's talk about our team, it's a great season, we finished 10th and 13th, and some of you probably don't think it's a great season, but you are 9 more wins than last year, that's pretty impressive, 6th in the state overall in wins, so I think it's a great season compared to where we've been the last few years, we knew coming into the season in At camp d1 we knew we could have a decent group, it's just that at camp d1 we were around that 500 mark which was much better than previous years so we had a good feeling coming in so we didn't disappoint. there we finished fourth in the conference with a record of four and three we started four and, oh, and actually being Oak Hill for Bell, which we didn't even know what it was until we got it, so it was pretty impressive and just In the end, you hit to the toughest teams, you have a very tough team, Mrs.
Ann Woll, that we lost on the road in a very close game, we came back, we lost a close game at home against Frankton, who ended up going to state and then got beat. by Eastbrook in a disappointing game in my opinion, but they won the sectionals so I take my hat off to them, so we finished the season again fourth, third and fourth in the conference, very, very proud of the girls because we didn't win a I play the last one. year in the conference, so we had some improvements, we had a lot, in fact we improved in every aspect except rebounding, that's the second year in a row that we improved in every aspect except one the year before.
I think it was the field goal percentage and it was just too few and the rebounds were too few this year it was only one point so the things that we improved in points per game was forty two points seven compared to twenty nine points seven, so that's a big jump: thirteen points, we gave up 45 a game compared to 55 the year before, so that's over 20 points, that's part of the big reason we did so well, our field goal percentage increased 31 compared to 22 assists, increased seven point six compared to five point three, steals, ten point nine versus seven point two.
We blocked four point five versus two point five and last, and certainly not least, our turnovers went from 23 a game to 17, so these were all big improvements for us and that caused a change and, in the Future, I hope to see more of the same. Hopefully we can get nine more wins again next year and finish in that nineteen-win range, which is a big goal for us. I don't know if we can get there, we'll just set them as much as we can and try to achieve what we can, so congratulations to you girls for having such a good season and we hope for many great seasons to come.
It was a total team effort that made that happen. I know we had a couple of good freshmen who had their own individual style. awards, but the senior leadership with my captains Aaron Kegel, Regan Harding, Bree Adney and Reid, you guys did a great job as senior leaders and I want to thank you for that, the junior class is a very strong class as well, so you know, keep going forward. I imagine we continue to improve, so I'm looking forward to it. I guess let's move on to our award winners. Our first major bees include our two freshmen, Kaylee Hodges and Olivia Waters.
The children who are receiving their patches include Bri Adney Erin Kegel Regan Harding Reid Gray Simmons. JC's children Helen Weitzel Maci Kegel Kylie eppard and Olivia Lise JV B's include Valentina Donato kale in Midori Katy Speidel and Brianna Strobel JV certs include Alexa's pack Kyra Westerfield Cassy Muncie and Ava milhollin's numbers the kids Recipients include Leah kale imadori Kaylee Hodges Katy Speidel Breanna Strobel and Olivia Waters. Our individual team awards include most points and rebounds for the season. The same person scored 295 points as a freshman, which is incredible and also grabbed 126 rebounds as a freshman in one of our shortest players on the floor, so again.
Another incredible statistic and that person is Olivia Leafs, open congratulations to Olivia and then we have the most steals, assists and blocks. Another freshman, our point guard, sixty-eight steals, sixty-seven assists, which in the book was the record, and seventy-four blocks, which was the best. Number ten in the state as a freshman again was Olivia Waters, so congratulations to her, the most improved person this year. We always aim to go out and make shots and in the off-season this year is going to be a little strange and maybe a little difficult. to accomplish some of that, but last year in the summer, Katie Speidel shot thirty thousand shots, actually over thirty thousand shots, and it showed when she came in as a freshman because she didn't miss anything within five yards, so It just serves to show you. her level of competitiveness and how much she improved throughout the course a year without playing before, so we really appreciate it and that's where she improved the most again, it's Katie Speidel next, we have our little Miss Hustle, this girl would probably assume, in my opinion, the best athlete on our team, she is constantly bouncing like a little pinball when you see her on the field, I would say she is a defensive nut, and that would be Kylee Eppard, she is our Little Miss Hustle award winner.
The next person is one of the calmest people on the team, but he is also one of the hardest workers, he never gives up, he always wants to improve, he doesn't complain, he never rolls his eyes, which is sometimes difficult in the women's basketball, this is our mental toughness award winner and this winner of the year is Breanna Strobel. The last two things I will announce here are our individual CIC all-conference winners and these are voted on by the coaches at our CIC meeting. I have to say that you vote for the other coaches, you don't get a vote.
For yours, you know a lot of players and they vote for them so our two winners this year were our two freshmen Olivia Lease and Olivia Walk and that concludes my whole rant here and then we have coach swimming Chris, the team. Thanks, okay, I'll start with my thanks. I think my other coaches, who obviously aren't here tonight, Coach Chris Teal, Idol diving coach, spends a lot of hours with the kids on the board and their fears. her not wanting to go off the board backwards forward in whatever direction she is trying to convince them. I also want to thank my assistant coach at the high school level, Bell, he technically doesn't get paid to be at the high school level, but he goes out and dedicates his time and all of his efforts to help us grow our team. .
For those of you who have come to the swimming meets, you see that I am a coach for two teams, we have the boys team, we have the girls team and you can't coach the same way I want to thank the parents for coming and being our timekeepers at all the snacks the meals the wet towels left in the bags and they stink to high heaven sorry I also want to thank BS BS and the network that provided a video this year. We're still working out the glitches with that and how it's going to work and function, but hopefully next year we'll figure it all out.
I'm going to start a little different than the others. otherwise, it's kind of a turnaround from the Bruins a few years ago and Tony can correct me if I'm wrong and I'm sure he will. Yes, I think in 2016 baseball had its winning season and somehow died. Summer came and we were looking for a basketball coach and then, you know, Coach Jerry Hoover calls and talks to him and he comes here and there's a lot of things going on behind the scenes and then we change next fall and football has a winning season and they were like what's going on at a Blackford and it was really cool because coach Jerry Hoover took a chance on us as Bruins, you know, we came here and that was before we lost the season and we took a chance. he, he's an older guy, he does things a little bit differently and it worked, so I want to congratulate those teams for getting the ball rolling and getting us to where we are today, but I think the community for the morale and the change in the look of the people. your neighbors and street kids and you just come to the games not just to be there to scream, but financially, the reason I come to this is financially, you buy a ticket, you come here and help the kids, why that?
It's about kids swimming, we don't make any money, we cost the school a lot of money, but thanks to ticket sales we were able, for the first time in my own son's six-year swimming career, to have a kickboard. which worked for the first time. When you could see what your kids were swimming, at what time, where they were on the boards, how the computers worked, this has never happened, so for us as a swim team it's very exciting. I was talking to some coaches and we were talking about different obstacles. that we have to pass and they laugh, they say they don't want my obstacle.
I have men and women in swimsuits in a hot box driving each other crazy. It goes back to the one team, but in reality there are two teams. We went through all the obstacles. and I surpassed them all, so here we go to continue with our season. I'll start with some of the most important ones. Oak Hill Invitational, the first time our boys took second place and at that multi-school Invitational, I mean, it was seven boys teams. The girls finished third out of 30, 12th or 13th. I don't remember, but we've never been to last or second-to-last big Oak Hill.
They let us know that we were the team to beat this year and everyone is saying where. Blackford came from starting my ladies first? Miss Natalie Blakely fought for four years to try to break the fly record and she did and she waited until the sectionals aired to do it, but she was so happy that she finally had that. she lifted off her shoulders. I want to point out that our girls were nowhere near the most wins in a season and missed out by just six points in one meet, so that lets us know we're right there.
Our guys are so close that they and I don't even want to take this lightly because they were so excited to have had the most wins in a season in Blackford history. I mean it was 1994 and they took that and and we went ahead and broke that record, the guys also broke the 200 medley, the 200 free relay. Drew Caldwell broke the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke, so those were big feats this year just because of the talent that came out of our swim program. I want to see themsectionals, it was difficult for us, we had some illnesses and an emergency appendectomy was performed, there was a lot of chaos, but in both cases, both girls and boys, we finished highest in history. from Blackford Swim we have theirs when you swim it's a little different to any other sport we go straight from sections to state there are no regionals going up you either make it or you don't the way it works is there are 26 people and for an individual event or 13th for a team event, if you finished in the top 16, bottom eight, you get a consolation heat, so you can show your stuff from the top 1 to the top 8 that you compete for, well the The way it works is you. you get 1st place and you go to state or you have a state cut time that you can do so they are very difficult it's one and done and that's it we were able to do it for our men's relay teams all three relay teams competed . state, one of our girls' relay teams competed for state, two of our boys competed and one of our girls competed, so for us those are huge words, they are leaps and bounds.
I'm going to switch gears for a second and move on to our awards starting with this year's girls our oldest will be Kiley Hahn and Maddie Weitzel will receive a major there the patches her second oldest B is Natalie Blakely who is also captain Brooke Rogers Kylie Darnell Kaelin Clam Sophie Jenner John Abigail Langdon Ruby Lens who is also Captain Kimmie Caldwell Kelly Rinker and Vanessa Carol who is our manager but she is not a manager because when you go get water she has to run our boards , which is a computer board programming and if there is a technical problem, it falls on her.
I'm going to take advantage of this moment. I should have thanked this person sooner and will probably find out when I get to my husband's house that he was tricked into being a coach's spouse. You don't always have to help behind the scenes. Mine has no choice. He knows how. to run the forums and then he's there and he's a pain in the ass and he's figured out a lot of things but Vanessa and my husband met on those forums and I think we both that's why jbb Elizabeth Howard and JB Leah certs kale numbers and Maddie Ford Elizabeth Howard I'm going to go ahead and continue with our guys, the senior B is Hayden Cristobal and Braxton Millat, patch number two, the senior will be Ethan Miller, Colin Penrod is the captain, draw Caldwell, Kyle Crabtree, who is also our dive captain, Bodie Millat. captain lance men's Kendal shear Carson C hi Ethan Heidi JV b is CJ Krause and Caden Duke the numbers are CJ Krause and Caden Duke now our plaque recipients the shir I'm going to start with our we give more improved and we give more dedicated and those are reserved For first-year swimmers or freshmen, last year we definitely knew exactly who it was halfway through the season and it was consistent, you know, you knew.
That these two were going to have the award this year was tough and I'm glad so it was. I'm going to be difficult because it meant that they were working, each person was fighting for the next victory, the next award, the next record. It's really cool to see them work as a team. I feel like we're clicking and we're getting our coaches better and I just kept going back and forth, you know, we were looking and looking for that person to stand out and it was the quiet girl that came in every day and just dug in and did her thing and never before had been on the swim team and Maddie Whitesell stepped up and made it, she's improved a lot in every way and the next award.
I argued a little bit because it's hard to be in my position, I was the most dedicated and this is one of those things where all the kids came to practice at 5:30 a.m. m., you know, and then they stayed. after school for another practice and we weren't sure who was more dedicated because everyone was putting in time until the end of the season and both coaches just looked at me and I said, I don't want to do it and they said you have to do it and it came down to that I got a phone call that my son was being rushed to the hospital for an emergency activated ectomy and as a mother your heart sank so you go and deal with it until 3:00 in the morning they take him out At 1:13 in the afternoon he was discharged.
He wants to go to the J county swim meet that night so we go and we're there and he cries with his team and the next day he's in pain. day and suddenly here we are preparing for sectionals and the stomach flu is affecting the swim team like you wouldn't believe and I have a kid outside and he doesn't know how to swim. I know if I put the right combination. together we can at least be in the top eight to compete for state. Some kids told me, "hey coach, I'll do it, I'll do it too, I'll be that swimmer," and I said, "you'll be that swimmer who steps back." when the Sikh player is ready to come back to take us further and make a faster time and everyone said no, they wanted VIN.
I get it, I totally get it. I would also like to be that person. One said: coach. I'll do it, I said, that means you have to give up your individual career, you can't do it, you can't compete and he told me because I know he's the best thing for the team and we're trying to make it as a Freshman, guys. , we are trying to take the next step, the next level, and that's how I met my most dedicated. I had to go to Braxton a lot after the surgery and being sick and vomiting he stepped in and then when the person came back to swim for sectionals and that kid gets the patch and that kid gets the win Braxton said it's okay because for the team, so as a mother I was proud as a coach, it was difficult, so I was excited to see that there is something else I wanted to do.
Find out too, I think it was, oh, I know it was, it was a girls record for the year it was four and twelve, it doesn't sound like much, but these CRR scores were very close in each meet and our boys will get my It's funny this and also coach, we were 13 and three, I mean actually, twelve and four, but we'll take it, so next up will be Coach Gehringer, yeah, I just have to make sure our camera and it's not so on. we lost the camera yeah there's not much I can do you're just going to have to be on yeah just go ahead and talk I want to move on start with me sure try spacious.
I would like to thank all of our eldest's family and friends. captain and thanks to my assistant coaches at times my sister was a great guy to have in the room Josh Eisenberg the first year coach here at Black Freeze our night coach did a great job guys sitting on a lot of players new ones, and next year we will appreciate it. things are looking good for the Bruins, let's get through this first. I would like to thank my assistant coach Linda Wallace, the team parents for allowing their students to participate. Northside Lanes for allowing us to use their facilities to practice and also the administration, mr.
Shimer Sr. Egan and mr. Yenter for allowing unified programs to compete, this was the second season for us in unified bowling as a team, we finished 1-1, the team plays a five game series in each of their meets, the boys went 5, 2 and 1 in the air. The education team went 2 and 3, they didn't participate in one of the meats because the other team didn't have enough to field all three teams and the girls team went 4 and 1 in the year we opened the season with a win against Elwood . and we finished second at the Muncie Invitational to Muncie Central and Daleville finished third.
We had two more regular competitions scheduled, but those along with our state finals were canceled, which was disappointing because we were hopefully looking to improve on our second place finish from last year. The boys set an all-time program scoring record of 153, surpassing their score in the state finals last year, but 144 our seniors were Brittany and Braden Coons, who recently signed their letter of intent to play bowling at the university of Greece and our awards, everyone on the team receives a certificate. Our team members were Jim McCaffrey Bronson alter Kyler Brock Austin Roundtree angel Thomas Logan Wilson Bree Adney Brayden Kunz Lucas score Emily Huffman Jenny Rogers Cape Foster McNeil Madison Merkel and Mason Quillin we had three plaques presented to us this year the leadership award went to Senior Braden Kunz helped our athletes with their mechanics and taught them how to be a good role model and teammate.
Bri came from her studio, her students study at the nursing home and our award for greatest improvement went to Angel Thomas. She improved a lot from last year. She won in our game with Muncie Central. She got a split that, when I looked at her, It was like she didn't think she would get it and she did. It was great to see her get it and she was so excited that she got a split. I still have. I think three strikes this year, so that's all I have. and i will return it to mr. Regan, thank you, go ahead and we'll wrap it up here shortly.
It is certainly interesting to do it this way. I appreciate what I see on TV more now sitting in front of a camera talking to a little box with a lens and a few people behind it and when each coach showed up they were done and everyone left so now it's just me, Steve and Lisa, the muscle guy so it's kind of interesting and who we saw there were at least 70 people watching about five ten minutes ago so we appreciate you guys watching oh yeah Greg is down here still here he's on the computers to watch while I appreciate him, Vinny, he says, look at me, he said it like a short couch for someone, but I have one last introduction to make, we have three Bruins that won.
I see that all the academic awards are not related to
sports, they are completely based on your effort in the classroom, so if we could have a big round of applause, we will certainly give it to these three students who need outstanding work, the first is Nolan McConnell, so you're going to get a CIC plaque and I'm going to do my best to try to show you here, don't get a little bit more, there's Nolan and then William Withers was our second senior who got all the academic awards, so good job. , William and Molly Wolfe are our third representative from Blackford, so we appreciate their efforts in the classroom and also a great job to the three of them representing BH Test.
I definitely want to thank all of our coaches for being here tonight and I know it's hard to come here, I'm sure they were thrilled to have to do this live, but they did it and he did a great job better than I did. and the first time here, but let's slow down the pace a little bit and try to do this a little better here to finish. but I appreciate everything you did over the
winterto make it an extremely enjoyable winter season. Thanks to Steve and the Blackburn Sports Network for doing this for us.
They've caught their broadcasts of numerous sports, not just football and basketball, and we certainly appreciate that and I know there are hundreds, if not thousands, of Bruin fans that certainly appreciate being able to see what's going on in the Blackburn High School year and they even look forward to it, and I know there are people even in parts of the world watching, so I certainly appreciate that you also watch and support the Bruins blacks. Thank you to all of our coaches who split up, spend so much time coaching and mentoring the kids, you know, what a great staff we have.
I mean, they're very accommodating. they work hard, they come in, they put in a lot of time, they ask questions, they do everything they can to try to help you promote your programs and I certainly appreciate everything you do, thank you so much to all of our coaches, thank you to the administration for being so supportive, you're watching Lots of improvements around here for a fifty year old building, it looks great, which goes to my next group, the janitorial staff for a fifty year old building, this place seems nice, so to speak, and the best words I can come up with they occur. and we're still trying to make improvements and without the support of the administration we can't do those things, so I certainly appreciate your efforts.
I want to thank all those who work on all of our contests, many of the same people who watch. every time you come here for an event and they don't get paid much but they are here to help us do what we do every night and be as efficient as possible and they do a fantastic job and I would be remiss if I didn't thank our bus drivers , they do a great job, they give up their nights to take our children safely, two-way vents and they spend a lot of time away from home, but we need all those people to help contribute so that we make it all possible and we certainly can't do it alone.
I want to thank the referees many times because they throw a lot of things at them, but without them we certainly won't have the opportunity to play the contest that we do. and it's about the kids anyway, so we appreciate your efforts. Thanks Lisa, you didn't want to hear it anymore. I would like to put her in front of the camera, but we won't because Iwill kill. Yes, don't do it. doing that in the world as we know it I think pandemics are bad, but I appreciate what she does to help me manage things as efficiently as possible.
I think we make a pretty good team, so I certainly respect and appreciate everything she does for the department when I thank my wife Lisa and the spouses, girlfriends and boyfriends of all of our coaches who allow us to do what we love most: coach kids, working with kids and I can't, I can't think about the amount of time they spend sitting at home and listening to our coaches, you know my wife is home alone, I have to get home and I understand that, but I certainly appreciate to let us do what we love and I and I apologize if I left anyone out, but it's certainly a team effort. to do what we do here, so I appreciate that I want to send one last thing to Nick Aqua Now Ski for single-handedly defying every coach and teacher at Blackford High School for four years.
Pronounce your last name if you divide it into small syllables. You can do it pretty easily, but Nick, I know exactly how you feel, buddy, and no matter what happens, it's going to be like that for the rest of your life, so get used to it. Nick Aqua now skis, so I appreciate that for being a challenge. coach Huger tonight and thank you to all the Bruins, whether they are athletes or not, thank you for all your efforts this winter again and I don't want to talk about the spring so much, but we certainly feel for those kids that I didn't have the opportunity to play in the spring and included it.
You know I love coaching baseball and it's hard for Steve to have forgotten that. Do you know what you say? It's hard to try to move on, but there certainly were a lot of wonderful kids that I'm looking forward to having one last chance to put on that red, white and black uniform and they may have that chance, but I appreciate all of their efforts and it's one of those things that is uncontrollable and We try to figure it out, move on and finally. I'm going to very sarcastically thank Ovid for remembering what was basically an incredible winter and you completely ruined the lives of friends and loved ones, really everyone on this planet, but they are in the middle of this life-altering pandemic, you probably have us helped. get a little bit closer to humanity, it seems strange to say and unfortunately in many cases it takes tragedy or extreme circumstances to get people to refocus on what is really important in this world and in any case, let's look ahead back. and think about how this has changed us and we will never forget this, but I don't want to, we want to miss a lot and we are sad to miss those who used to come to Koban.
I wasn't trying to downplay the By any stretch of the imagination, humanity will overcome Kovat's negative impact on our lives and hopefully be better off in the end despite the disease, so thanks again for watching tonight. I was actually able to do this tonight and share, hopefully we can find a solution. way to achieve graduation and a spring program of words and we will, if you have any comments please email me to let me know what we could have done better tonight and maybe give us some suggestions on what maybe we could do to achieve the graduation somehow. we can't meet and of course the governor hopes to speak tomorrow and maybe give us a little more light on what awaits us in the state of Indiana, but I'm proud to be a Bruin and I hope you are too, that That's all, stay safe everyone.
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