LHS honors top athletes at spring awards night

Lovell High School honored athletes from the winter and spring sports seasons Tuesday night at the annual spring LHS Activity Awards Night.

Athletic Director Joe Koritnik presided over the evening of awards and accolades held at the LHS Multipurpose Room.

Male and Female Senior Athlete of the Year Awards were presented to Beau Green and Charri McArthur, as voted upon by high school coaches.

McArthur was introduced by Lovell girls basketball coach Chris Edwards, who noted her myriad accomplishments during her four-year career.

In volleyball, Edwards said, McArthur is a four-year letter winner, three-time all-conference selection, two-time all-state selection, two-year team captain and team MVP. In basketball she was a three-year letter winner, all-conference and all-state her senior year after an ankle injury limited her junior year, team MVP and a selection to the Wyoming Coaches Association North-South all-star game. In track she was a member of the 3,200-meter relay team that placed at State and also qualified for State in the 400-meter dash.

Charri McArthur and Beau Green pose with their awards after being named the Lovell High School female and male athletes of the year during the LHS spring awards night Tuesday. David Peck photo
Charri McArthur and Beau Green pose with their awards after being named the Lovell High School female and male athletes of the year during the LHS spring awards night Tuesday.
David Peck photo

“She was always very willing to do the different events that she was asked to do and worked hard in practice,” Edwards said of her track career.

McArthur said she plans to attend Northwest College in Powell to continue her basketball career and will major in elementary education in college.

Green was introduced by Lovell head football coach Doug Hazen, who spoke of Green’s “vast accomplishments” in football and basketball.

Hazen said Green was a six-time letter winner at LHS – three in football and three in basketball.

“I had the pleasure of personally coaching this young man for four years in high school,” Hazen said. “We had the unique opportunity to get to know each other quite well as he had three years as our starting quarterback. It is not often that I’ve had the type of trust and mutual understanding that I had with this player. I witnessed this young man endure some impressive hits throughout his career and have the mental and physical endurance to get back up and keep playing.”

In football, Hazen said, Green was a two-time first team all-conference selection and a two-time all-state pick. He was selected for the 2016 Wyoming Shrine Bowl all-star football game coming up in June. In basketball he was an honorable mention all-conference selection as a junior and a 3A West all-conference pick as a senior. He was selected to play in the WCA North-South all-star game.

Green plans to attend Utah State University in Logan and major in pre-dentistry, then attend either Creighton University or the University of Nebraska to complete his dentistry education.

Thanks issued

Koritnik began the evening by thanking many people for their support of Lovell athletics including LHS Principal Scott O’Tremba, school secretaries Robin Baxendale and Suzie Winterholler, gym custodian Tim Cahill, Tashie Lundberg and the Bulldog Booster Club, the Lovell Chronicle staff, all of the high school coaches for their hard work and dedication, and their families.

Koritnik announced five teams receiving Wyoming High School Activities Association Scholastic Achievement Awards in the Distinguished (3.0-3.49 GPA) and Outstanding (3.50-4.0 GPA) categories.

LHS teams honored at the Distinguished level included the cheerleading team with a 3.054 GPA, the indoor track team with a 3.174 GPA, the boys basketball team with a 3.19 GPA and the dance team with a 3.33 GPA. Honored in the Outstanding category was the girls basketball team with a 3.505 GPA.

Coaches distributed letters to freshman, sophomore, junior and senior athletes. Koritnik noted that 22 seniors lettered this season. He also noted the Bulldog of the Week awards.

Team awards

Winter and spring team awards were presented by each sport’s coach, as follows:

Dance, coaches Darece Grant and LaraLee Reber – Grant and Reber noted the team’s third-place finish in hip-hop and fourth-place finish in jazz at the state spirit competition and pointed out that three of Wyoming’s eight all-state dancers came from Lovell in Amber Mayes, Kaitlyn Grant and Kelsie Mollett.

Boys basketball, Craig Lundberg – Lundberg recalled the team’s “wonderful season” at 18-9 and said he was very proud of the boys this season. Like Koritnik, he expressed many thanks including the LHS fans who he said made Lovell one of the well-traveled teams in the state. At the 3A West Regional in Afton he said it was hard to tell who was the home team when Lovell played Star Valley.

Lundberg grew emotional as he thanked his seniors, including manager Robert Nowak, noting, “I appreciate them more than they know.” He noted all-conference players Green, Nic Haskell and Trace Murphey and honorable mention picks Brandon Teter and Jacob Newman.

Team awards were Murphey as Offensive MVP, Haskell as Defensive MVP and Green as Team MVP. He also presented the Bleed Blue Award to Riley Abraham.

Koritnik noted that Lovell was one of only three Class 3A teams to qualify for the boys and girls basketball teams for State.

Girls basketball, Chris Edwards – Edwards started by saying Lovell was one of only two teams in Class 3A to bring home a trophy from State in each of the last two seasons. He noted all-state players McArthur and Mykelle Nichols, all-conference selection Savanna Savage (also McArthur and Nichols) and honorable mention all-conference picks Madison Harper and Emily Snell.

He thanked and spoke about seniors McArthur, Harper, Nichols, Savage and Sara Clark.

Team awards were presented to Savage as the Defensive Player of the Year, Nichols as Offensive Player of the Year and McArthur as the Team MVP.

Cheerleading, Renae Miller – Miller is taking over as the new cheerleading coach and said she noted this year how the team led the crowd and received many compliments at regional and state basketball.

“They represented the school very well,” Miller said.

Wrestling, Nick DeWitt – First-year coach Nick DeWitt thanked many for helping during his first year as a head coach and noted how his team competed when larger schools like Star Valley and Powell would have 45 or 35 athletes on the wrestling team when Lovell had 14.

DeWitt honored senior Merrill Beck as the team’s lone state champion and presented Beck with the team’s Outstanding Wrestler Award. Other team awards presented were the Leadership Award to Joey Bassett and the Commitment Award to Mikel May.

Indoor track, Joshua Sanders – Sanders recognized his assistants Caleb Sanders and volunteer Chad Lindsay and noted state placer Caitlyn Lundberg in the long jump. Based on season points scored, Sanders honored Logan Hitz as the Outstanding Male Athlete and Jaclyn Caldwell as the Outstanding Female Athlete.

Spring Golf, Craig Lundberg – Lundberg noted the improvement made by golfers Kyle Wolvington and Trace Murphey.

Outdoor Track and Field, Josh Sanders – Sanders thanked assistants Bob Weber, Caleb Sanders, Josey Allen and Chad Lindsay, noting that while called assistants they are more like head coaches over certain events.

Sanders noted placers at last week’s state track meet and presented individual awards to Brent Snyder as Outstanding Male Field Athlete, Caitlyn Lundberg as Outstanding Female Field Athlete, Jacob Newman as Outstanding Male Track Athlete and Emily Snell
as Outstanding Female Track Athlete.

By David Peck