CHS holds winter sports banquet
By Daniel Winningham
Family and friends of those associated with most of Carlinville High School’s winter sports activities — girls basketball, boys basketball, Cavalettes and cheerleaders — put a wrap on the 2012-13 season as participants were honored at a banquet March 5 at the Elks Club.
“Thanks to all who came to the Winter Sports Banquet,” Carlinville athletic director and girls basketball coach Darrin DeNeve said. “We honored approximately 65 students at the Elks. It is always an important evening, and we had a terrific crowd.”
Those attending enjoyed a menu of fried chicken, salad and more before DeNeve began the evening’s festivities by thanking the players, parents, coaching staff, custodial staff and more.
DeNeve stressed it’s not always about winning or losing games that counts.
“It’s the lessons you learn about working together and trying to accomplish a common goal,” DeNeve said.
Girls basketball players this season included senior Cassidy Downs; juniors Brooke Jamieson, Alexandria Mullink, Bailey Schmidt, Ashley Starr and Kayla Wills; sophomores Kathleen Kelly, Carley Kulenkamp, Ana Moraes, Mikaela Morrison, Laura Sans Garcia, Talesha Scott and Megan Stayton; and freshmen Ashley Campbell, Anessa Hart, Jacey Roper, Marley Schmidt and Hannah Wilton.
DeNeve was assisted this season by John Reels and Mike Rigoni. The team finished with a record of 9-18. Reels coached the junior varsity team.
Freshman Marley Schmidt, the leading scorer on the junior varsity squad, was named the JV Player of the Year.
For varsity, sophomores Talesha Scott and Megan Stayton were both named Co-MVPs. DeNeve said Scott, who led the team in scoring and steals, is “a difference maker on the court.” Stayton, a third-team, All-South Central Conference selection, led the team in rebounding. DeNeve said she was the varsity squad’s most consistent player and really improved her conditioning for the 2012-2013 season.
Cassidy Downs, who led the team in three-pointers, and was this year’s captain, was given a Coach’s Award.
Junior Bailey Schmidt was named the captain for the 2013-2014 hoops season.
Cavalettes this year include: seniors Catie Delaney and Mandy Welte; juniors Darci Bilbruck, Elisabeth, Evans, Madi Rogers, Hannah Ruffatto and Carly Walton; sophomores Madeline Albertine, Bailey Buckner, Ainsley Poe, Madeline Reiher, Emma Walton and Kate Warma; and freshman Katie Denby.
Cavalettes sponsor Lynne Evans said the banquet food was “very good, and one night not cooking is even better.”
Evans recapped the 2012-2013 season
“In my eyes, all the girls were winners and we definitely performed as a team,” she said.
Evans presented three awards, which were voted on by the team. The awards went to:
• Ainsley Poe, Most Improved;
• Catie Delaney, 3-D (Drive, Determination and Dedication); and,
• Darci Bilbruck, MVP.
Cheerleaders this year include: seniors Gabby Maguire, Bailey Reed and Catie Witt; juniors Katie Buckner, Kristen Dworzynski, Katelyn Haschemeyer and Kayla Thompson; sophomores Lydia Armour, Kelsea Emmons, Mary Kline, Mady Lair and Allie Ward; and freshman Samantha Butcher.
Cheerleading sponsor Tammy Brooks presented just one award, 110 percent, to junior Katie Haschemeyer, though another cheerleading banquet was scheduled for March 10.
“This group of girls has shown huge dedication,” Brooks said.
Boys basketball players this season included seniors Ben Butcher, Kyle Kleeman, Adelmo Marchiori, Sean McCaherty and Tyler Siegel; juniors Brennan Hurley, Barry Stewart and Austin Van Ausdall; sophomores Elijah Barber, Joeb Easterday, Brayton Gibbs, Conner McClain, Kinney Myles and Jessy Robinson; and freshmen Joe Bates, Jake Carter, Xavier Dunlap, Jake Reese Jack Reiher, Greg Reynolds, Conner Schmidt, Justin Sprinkel and Josh Sronce.
The freshmen team, coached by Brad Kleeman, had three award winners. They were:
• Justin Sprinkel, Mr. Hustle;
• Josh Sronce, Most Improved; and,
• Xavier Dunlap, MVP-Freshman.
For the junior varsity squad, coach John Odle presented three awards:
• Joe Bates, Most Improved;
• Brennan Hurley, Mr. Hustle; and,
• Kinney Myles, MVP-JV.
Varsity coach Alan Cooper presented special awards to four players. Taking home plaques were:
• Barry Stewart, Most Improved;
• Ben Butcher, Mr. Hustle;
• Kyle Kleeman, Co-MVP; and,
• Adelmo Marchiori, Co-MVP.
Seniors with the program four years, Butcher, Marchiori, Kleeman, Siegel and McCaherty, had their names included on a special plaque.
Cooper said the seniors have “showed that hard work and commitment can be very rewarding.”
Stewart also was recognized for being a 78 percent free-throw shooter. In the final two games of the season in regional play at Staunton High School, Stewart hit 19 of 20 foul shots.
The departure of all the seniors will leave a void and Cooper challenged the underclassmen to step up and fill the spots left by outgoing players.
Cooper, in his second season as varsity head coach, recapped the 2012-2013 season.
For him, a real turning point was when the team was 4-4 early in the season. Three of the four losses had been by three points or less and road games at Jerseyville and Pana were up next. CHS played hard but lost to Jersey Community High School. A few days later, they earned a one-point win at Pana.
“We don’t win there very often,” Cooper said.
McCaherty sank a go-ahead three-pointer to put the Cavaliers in front with less than 20 seconds remaining and Pana was unable to get off a final shot before the buzzer. The road win evened up Carlinville’s record at 5-5 and from there they went 14-7 on their way to an overall record of 19-12.
The varsity squad’s only two-game losing streak was after it dropped its first two contests of the season at a New Berlin tournament. Cooper said that was a credit to the players who refused to let a poor effort one night keep the team down.
“If you come to practice every day and work hard, good things can and will happen,” Cooper said. “This year will not be quickly forgotten. We had a great season.”