CAMERON â€” The 2011-12 Cameron High School Athletic Awards Banquet took place Monday night, honoring the Yellowjacket and Lady â€™Jacket athletes for the achievements this school year.
Cameron Boys Basketball Coach Dustin Hall was first up as he recognized his players Brennan Barclay, Michael Nafarrate, Anthony Wilson, Samuel Humphries, Rodie Snell, Don Johnson, Randy Fout, Dylan Brown, Kody Whitehead, Alex Humphries, Zack McCormick, Justin Cox, Austin Standridge, Kenny Whitehead, Dylan Poor and Ryan Carter. Hall presented his senior quintet of Cox, Poor, Kenny Whitehead, Standridge and Carter with framed collages.
The â€™Jackets were 20-9 this past season, were Class A District Tournament champions and made it to the regional tournament consolation finals. The Yellowjackets were also winners of the Eastern Oklahoma State College Classic. In the seniors' four seasons, they won 60 games.
Carter was named the Green Valley Conference Most Valuable Player, Whitehead and Standridge made the first-team all conference and Cox and Poor were honorable mention. Carter also was the EOSC Classic MVP and made the All-LeFlore County Tournament Team, while Standridge made the All-EOSC Classic Team.
Hall, then, was honored by the seniors with a collage of his own â€” showing both his coaching days and Poteau Pirate playing days (from which he was named an inductee of the 2012 Poteau High School Sports Hall of Fame) â€” and a slideshow presentation.
â€śThis was the most fun I had coaching, and it was a joy to coach those guys,â€ť Hall said. â€śI'm sure going to miss (the seniors). These were my first guys when I came here, and they're going to be a special group to me.â€ť
First-year Lady â€™Jackets Basketball Coach Sheila Jones recognized her players Amber Bailey, Deanna Sherrill, Keely Hambrick, Kacey McGee, Sarah Dyer, Tasha Janway, Mary LaGrand, Demi Werschky, Shelby Plummer, Bria Horton, Cindy Hicks, Kaelee Sweeten and Shelby James. Jones mentioned that Hicks was honorable mention on the All-Green Valley Conference Team.
Cheerleading Coach Shea Hebert recognized her four cheerleaders. Senior Casey Vanmeter was given the Most Improved Award, Paige Featherston the Best Sports Award, Haley Farrar the Best All-Around Award and Mary LaGrand the Superstar Performer Award.
Baseball Coach Kevin Lomon talked about both fall and spring seasons. In the fall, the â€™Jackets were 20-9 and missed out on state by one win â€” losing both the Class A Regional Tournament championship and consolation championship games. This past spring, they were 18-13 and lost in the Class A Regional Tournament championship game â€” and were two wins from state.
Lomon recognized his players Cody McAlpin, Samuel Humphries, Briar Ibison, Branson Gaither, McCormick, Alex Humphries, Poor, Chase Ridenour, Anthony Whitecotton, Barclay, Chris Pearson, Dale Pearson, Standrtidge, A.J. Rees, Kenny Whitehead, Jeremy Davis, Mark Ibison, Wilson and Steven Haggard.
For the seniors â€” Standridge, Poor, Kenny Whitehead, the Pearson twins, Rees, Mark Ibison and Haggard â€” he talked about some of their honors. Standridge was recognized for being the Co-Offensive Most Valuable Player in the conference for the fourth straight fall as well as he and Dale Pearson being named to the All-Southeast Baseball Team for tonight's games in McAlester.
Chris Pearson, Rees, Poor, Whitehead and junior Alex Humphries were all named to the All-Conference Team.
Lomon's scorebook keeper, Trina Ward, then presented Lomon with an autographed photograph of him during a â€śheated conversationâ€ť with an umpire about a call which was made.
Softball Coach Roy Butler then recognized his slow-pitch players Werschky, Bailey, Hambrick, Janway, Hicks, Plummer, Sherrill, McGee, Amanda Laymon, Cheyenne Adams and Megan Fullen. Bailey was named the Newcomer of the Year, while Adams was named the MVP.
Kody Whitehead was recognized for his spring performance on the golf course, including individual wins at the Poteau Tournament and the season culminating with an appearance at last week's Class 2A State Tournament at Hinton's Sugar Creek Canyon Golf Course.
To cap off the night. Baseball Assistant Coach James Fowler recognized senior Brice Barnes for his hard work to help out in any way possible at home baseball games.