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Bonnett places in two events at state track meet
Braxton’s Lucas Bonnett placed in both the shot put and the discus throw at the state track meet held Friday and Saturday.
Bonnett, a junior, earned second place in the shot put in AA schools with a distance of 48’02”. He placed sixth in the discus throw. His distance in that event was 123’10”. Coach Jarren Morlan commented that neither throw “was his personal best.” The coach added, “However, he was pleased with a second-place finish, and I, too, am proud of his accomplishments.”
Coach Morlan commented on the track team and the season. “Sadly, the 2016 track season has come to an end,” he said, adding, “However, I am very pleased with the results of all the athletes throughout the entire season. It has been a true blessing, and I am really going to miss the seniors who are leaving us.” He continued to say, “I look forward to their future accomplishments and look forward to the direction of the BCHS Track and Field Program.”
Other than Bonnett, none of Braxton’s qualifiers placed at the state level. Their coach reported that Shelby Helmick finished ninth among AA schools in the discus throw while Katrina White came in eleventh in the state in AA in the 800 meter run. Cameron Currence’s shot put distance was long enough to put him at tenth in AA in the entire state. The Braxton girls’ 4X800 team finished tenth. That team includes White, Tiara Hunter, Laurel Lloyd, and Kate Golinsksy.
An interesting part of the state competition included four Braxton seniors “graduating” at the state meet. Calling it an “opportunity,” Coach Morlan explained that the ceremony is planned for participants whose graduation conflicts with the state meet. The Braxton seniors who had this opportunity were Golinsky, Helmick, Hunter, and White. The coach said that seniors “from across the state [participated] in a little ceremony and were announced as they received their diplomas.” He called the ceremony “a great and awesome time,” and said, “It was an amazing sight to see.”
One Braxton softball player, three baseball players make LKC first-team
Among the first-team LKC all-conference selections this season was one player from the Lady Eagles softball team. The Eagles baseball squad placed three, and all three made first team. Amber Frame from the softball team along with Brent McMillion, Ben Fincham, and Seth Backus were recipients of the honor.
Frame, Braxton’s catcher in her first year of varsity play, was not only the team’s leading hitter, but she also led the conference in hitting. Only a sophomore, she had six home runs during the season. Reacting to her selection to first team, Frame said simply, “I didn’t expect it. I felt honored.”
The catcher’s coach, Jerry Frame, said that Frame is “very deserving of first team honors.” He added, “Amber works extremely hard at the game. She plays travel ball all summer and into the fall.”
McMillion, who plays short stop and pitches, made first team as an infielder. According to head coach Jacob Wolfe, McMillion missed making player of the year by one vote.
Braxton’s centerfielder, Fincham made first team as an outfielder. He has started in center field for the Eagles since his freshman year. Fincham also earned first team all-conference honors for football.
Backus, a junior, earned first team all-conference as a pitcher. Also a first baseman, he was second team all-conference in baseball last season. He also made first team all-conference for cross country last fall.
All three players commented on being selected for the LKC first team. McMillion said, “I feel that it is an honor to be selected first team in such a competitive conference.” Fincham expressed his feelings by saying, “I feel astounded. [It is] one of the best feelings.”
Backus’s response said he feels “honored to be recognized as one of the top three pitchers in such a pitching-dominated conference.”
Coach Wolfe commented that the three “have been a huge part of our program and have shown great leadership throughout the year.” He added, “The best thing about these three young men is not their play, though. It’s the character they display for the team.”
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