Last night, the PHS Basketball program celebrated the 2016-17 season. It was a night where everyone could come together and reflect on the season that was in many ways, a successful one.
Moe’s was kind enough to cater the event for the evening and there was also desserts a plenty & also a lot of treats for the cheerleaders & players. The cheerleaders for first up to be recognized. They were commended for the decorations they put up for the event, their dedication to countless practicing, getting better, & being well coached young ladies.The JV girls basketball team was up next to be recognized. Head coach Jenna Shaw thanked the players for a great season, (8-4), was really proud of the way the progressed and got better during the season, & looked forward to seeing what they could do in the future.
It was time for the varsity girls to be recognized and that meant retiring head coach Donna Enis would have this opportunity to address her team and everybody else in attendance. Coach Enis ran down her overview of the season, a season in which saw the Dragonettes head back to the state tournament. She commended the Tip-Off Club for their help, the Dragons coaching staff, the Dragons players for helping the girls get ready the week of State, & thanked the girls for allowing her to coach them.
All-Region Team Honorable Mention: Madison McClure, Ashley Nelson, Taylor Wigington, Torie Williams, Autumn Young
All-Region Team: Mykenzie Weaver
Academic Award: Allie Stephens
Most Improved: Allie Stephens
Offensive Player of the Year: Mykenzie Weaver
Defensive Player of the Year: Madison McClure
Ledford Pruitt Award: McKenna Kemp
Sierra Stephens Heart of a Dragon Award: Ashley Nelson
Sierra Stephens Memorial Scholarship: Ashley Nelson
MVP: Autumn Young & Taylor Wigington
Coach Enis then again thanked everyone in attendance & said she was coached under coach Cowart, & that she got to live out her dream job. After coach Enis was done speaking, she rightfully got a standing ovation from the crowd. Next, 9th grade boys coach Ryan Chastain came up to talk about their season, how the boys came together, all the 6 a.m. practices, and looked forward to seeing what they could do going forward. JV Boys coach Bo Page then came up & before he talked about their season, he talked about how great it is to be working in a community that can come together during a tough couple of days. He then thanked his players, said they got better during the year, & thanked them for learning different defenses they didn’t regularly run to help the varsity get prepared for games.
It was finally Dragons head coach Brad Steinhauer’s turn to come up to the podium. Before he got started talking about his team and the season he felt it only right to have one more standing ovation for coach Enis. Coach Steinhauer then talked about the season and while things may not have gone their way a lot this year, he was proud of them and pointed out certain moments during the season. He laid out a challenge to them to get better in the offseason and work towards a common goal. Here are the award winners for the Dragons:
MVP: Avery Luke
Defensive Player of the Year: Keinyuan Hooks
Offensive Player of the Year: Seth Bishop
Rebounding Award: Blake Gorth
Steve Ledford Award: Jacob Brumby
Jennings Key Memorial Award: Hunter Jordan
R.J. Casey Spirit Award: Hunter Fowler
Heart of a Dragon Award: Joseph Gossett