JEFFERSONVILLE — One state championship team and several future Division I athletes highlighted the list of winners at Tuesday night’s NTSPY Awards.
The sixth annual News and Tribune Sports Performance Yearly (NTSPY) Awards ceremony at Eastside Christian Church honored the best and brightest athletes in Southern Indiana.
Floyd Central led the way with nine total winners while Providence was second with six and Silver Creek third with five.
The Highlanders’ winners were Sophie Cook (Girls’ Golfer of the Year), Lucas Sakamaki (Boys’ Tennis Player of the Year), Katie Yankey (Girls’ Soccer Player of Year), Sydney Liddle (Girls’ Cross Country Runner of the Year), Cobie Barnes (Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year), Henry Lang (Boys’ Swimmer of the Year), Lauren Thompson (Girls’ Swimmer of the Year), Jonathan Kervin (Wrestler of the Year) and Taryn Weddle (Softball Player of the Year).
Recent Christian Academy graduate Caleb Futter won a trio of awards. He was the Boys’ Cross Country Runner of the Year, the Boys’ Track & Field Athlete of the Year and the overall Boys’ Player of the Year.
Recent Providence graduate Halli Trinkle won two awards. She was the Girls’ Tennis Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive year and the overall Girls’ Player of the Year for the second straight year after advancing to the individual singles state final for the second consecutive season.
”it’s awesome to be recognized as Player of the Year for the second year in a row,” said Trinkle, who will continue her tennis career at the College of Charleston.
Recent Silver Creek graduate Jack Hawkins was named the Boys’ Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year. He helped the Dragons tennis team to its 29th consecutive sectional title, the boys’ basketball team to its first-ever state title and the baseball team to its second straight regional title. In his four years, Hawkins was a member of 10 sectional-winning teams — four in tennis and three each in basketball and baseball.
Providence rising senior Natalie Boesing, a standout in cross country, basketball and tennis, was named the Girls’ Multi-Sport Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row.
“It means a lot to me, finally the hard work I’ve put in is paying off and getting recognized,” she said. “I couldn’t do it without the gifts that God has given to me.”
Recent Henryville graduate Kade Badger was named the Boys’ Student-Athlete of the Year. This past year Badger played soccer, tennis, basketball and baseball for the Hornets. He finished his high school career with 14 varsity letters.
“It means a lot, but I’m kind of surprised honestly. I had a quote earlier in the newspaper saying that sports is my main priority so I thought it was kind of funny and ironic that I’d get the student-athlete award,” Badger said with a laugh.
Recent Borden graduate Hayden Martin selected as the Girls’ Student-Athlete of the Year. Martin, the last remaining member of the Braves’ 2016 Class A state championship softball team, also participated in volleyball and trapshooting at Borden.
“This award means that all of my hard work, inside and outside the classroom, along with on and off the field, was totally worth it the past 12 years. I’ve had a lot of great experiences and have a state title under my belt and I’m just honored to leave off and start my college career like this,” said Martin, who will attend the University of Southern Indiana and major in biology on a pre-med track.
On the heels of its first-ever state championship, the Silver Creek boys’ basketball squad was named the Team of the Year and its coach, Brandon Hoffman, was named the Coach of the Year.
Among the four new awards, Silver Creek was named Cheer Team of the Year, while New Albany’s Derrick Stevenson earned Best Clutch Performance for hitting the last-second shot to beat Floyd Central in the sectional semifinals, the Providence volleyball team won Game of the Year for its five-set triumph over Castle in the regional final and long-time Silver Creek boys’ basketball statistician George Gerth was given the Above and Beyond Award for his 61 years of service to the Dragons.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to retiring New Albany athletic director Don Unruh while former Silver Creek cross country and track & field coach Darrell Kingery was honored with the Inspiration Award.