Honoring athletes at distance

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Cheri Nash brags on her softball team, despite the fact the season was canceled, at the Verona athletic banquet on Tuesday. Jared Lankford/sports@monett-times.com

Verona takes time to thank 2019-2020 athletes

More than 100 families brought chairs and sprawled out on the parking lot at Verona High School for the annual sports award banquet.

Normally, the event is held in the cafeteria, but county social distancing guidelines due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) forced the coaches and athletic director to get creative with their approach.

More than 100 athletes and their families descended on the parking lot at Verona High School for the athletic banquet on Tuesday. Jared Lankford/sports@monett-times.com

Verona Athletic Director Brad Stewart said it was important for the district to provide an in-person event for its athletes. Stewart noted that the youth had much taken away from them, and this was an evening where the district to give something back.

Stewart gave a brief “State of Verona Sports” address and thanked the voters for their support. He said because of the voters, the district is building a new gym and would have the best building and fields available.

“I can’t thank of another school our size that has newer or nicer facilities,” Stewart said. “It is something that we can all take pride in.”

Verona also welcomes a donation of more than $2,000 from Walmart that will go toward its weightlifting room.

Awards given were as follows:

Volleyball

Ms. Versatile (all-around): Paige Bower

Power Ball (Kills and ace leader): Sydney Gamroth

Most Improved: Yoselin Martinez

Hustle Award: Grace Nelson

Boys basketball

Most Improved: Colton Hillhouse

Rebound and blocks leader: Kelson Guenther

MVP: Jaiden Carrasquillo

Mr. Hustle: Dillin Shrum

Newcomer of the Year: Deuce Francisco

Girls basketball

MVP: Paige Bauer

Wildcat Award: Carolina Castillo

Academic All-State: Ashley Freiburger

Most Improved: Yoselin Martinez

Newcomer of the Year: Anehli Reyes

Hustle Award: Courtney Freiburger

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