On Monday, May 13th, Allendale School held its Yellow Jackets Sports Banquet at the Allendale Ruritan Building. The evening started with a meal prepared by the Allendale Ruritan Club.
The speaker for the evening was Head Coach of the Mt. Carmel Lady Aces, Coach Tim Willis. Coach Willis talked with those in attendance about the importance of Energy, Effort, and Enthusiasm.
After the speaker, Baseball and Cross Country participants were recognized even though they had their co-op banquet in the Fall.
The Yellow Jackets Cheerleaders were then awarded by Coach Kila Garrett and Assistant Karla McCowen: Josey McCowen, Chloe Cusick, Jordis Riley, Kenadie Homan, Avery Swift, Kennedy Adams, Ashleigh McGinnis, and Isabella Monroy.
Coach Rich Casburn then recognized the basketball team, which included the following special awards: JD Bowser (MVP and Most Points), Chandler Cusick (Most Improved), Trent Casburn (Free Throw Champion), Wyatt Gher (Most Rebounds), Matt Jackson (Most Assists), and Kollin Kelsey (Most Steals).
Coach Diana Morgan, along with assistants Codie Ford and Alexa Price awarded volleyball with the following special awards: Kristin Richards (A-team MVP/Best Passer), Emma Baxley (Most Improved/Most Aces/Most Blocks/Most Spikes), Jordis Riley (A-team Server/B-team Most Improved), Lauren Fisher (A-team Server), Chandler Cusick (B-team MVP/Most Aces), Chloe Cusick (B-team Most Spikes), Olivia Smith (Rookie of the Year/B-team Best Passer/Best Server/C-team Best Passer/Best Server).
For Yellow Jackets Track, Coach Rich Casburn presented the following special awards: JD Bowser (MVP), Jordis Riley (Most Improved), Wyatt Gher (Most Improved), Isabella Monroy (Rookie of the Year), Rhett Andrews (Rookie of the Year), Trent Casburn (Most Points), Chandler Cusick (Most Points), and Clay Morgan (Golden Spike Award).
The final award of the night, an annual award presented to the top athlete participating in at least 3 sports, was presented by Superintendent Bob Bowser, the All Season Athlete Award. It was presented to JD Bowser for his outstanding participation in Baseball, Cross Country, Basketball, and Track.
Congratulations to all of the student athletes at Allendale Junior High that competed throughout all of the sports offered.