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Several players honored at soccer banquet

Following a dinner at Days Hotel last Sunday, soccer coach Justin Whitford presented several awards to members of the soccer team.
To begin, Whitford gave a certificate, a letter, a pin, or a bar to each player on the team. He followed that with special awards. The first of these was the Wile E. Coyote Award. Whitford specified that the recipient of this award “demonstrates their hunger for success and the passion and heart to be the best every time they step foot on the field in a game.”
That award went to Abby Liston, who contributed eight goals and eight assists to the team effort this past season.
Jessica Beckett received the Hustle Award. To win this award, the coach said, the player “must show that she is giving her best effort in both practices and games, and runs hard without the coaches telling her to.” He noted, too, that this player “is extremely self-motivated.”

Cross country runners celebrate end of season
Members of the cross country team, their families and friends gathered at the high school last Sunday to celebrate the accomplishments of the runners during the 2014 season.
Following the covered dish dinner, coach Lauri Spencer gave each team member a shirt with the total miles he or she has run with the BCHS cross country team along with his or her season results. She made the presentations by class.
The only freshman, Lauryn Jarvis, received a shirt which shows she had run 121 miles.
Among the sophomores, Nicoletta Bonazzo lettered, was named Most Improved Female Runner, and her shirt showed she had run 262 miles. Tristen Brown, whose shirt showed 209 miles, also lettered. Holden Hunter lettered for the second year and ran 526 miles.
Seth Backus, who also lettered for the second year, received a captain’s pin, a State Meet Certificate, was named First Team LKC and First Team Region. His shirt showed that he ran 611 miles.

Indians down Eagles in the last regular-season football game

Sissonville got on the scoreboard first with 2:25 left in the first quarter last Friday night and continued to outscore Braxton 41-6 in the last game of the regular season for both teams. The Eagles’ touchdown came with a little more than three minutes left in the game as Bruce Wayne scored from two yards out.
The playoff-bound Indians had two players with more than 100 yards rushing. Their leading rusher, Jared Wilkinson, carried the ball 17 times for 115 yards while Austin Burford picked up 109 yards on six carries. For the Eagles, Wayne led the ground game with 75 yards on eight carries.
In the game overall, Braxton’s defense, led by Wayne with 14 tackles, including a sack, held the Indians to 14 points in the first half. However, Sissonville, described by acting-coach Keith Greene as “a lot stronger” and definitely “bigger in numbers” wore down the Eagles in the second half.
Coach Greene pointed out that Braxton’s roster includes only five upperclassmen. He also noted that, because of the low number of players, there is little opportunity to give players a rest. “Most of the starters play the entire game,” he said.
Looking at the overall picture, the acting coach did say that, while the team’s season record is 3-7, many of the players, mostly sophomores, “already have two years of varsity experience.” Explaining that it had made for a difficult season the past two years, he stressed that it will certainly help in the future. He emphasized this with the simple statement, “You can’t coach experience.”
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