Greenville Honors Fall Sports Athletes
GREENVILLE – Greenville High School Athletics honored its fall sports student-athletes Nov. 2 with an awards ceremony at the high school. The head coaches had the opportunity to talk about the season they had and highlight the team and player accomplishments.
The ceremony was to honor the sacrifices student-athletes make for the sports they love. It was also an opportunity to thank everyone involved in the department. Athletic director Aaron Shaffer thanked everyone from head coaches to parents to bus drivers and everyone in between. It takes a dedicated group of people to make student season memorable.
Each sport had the chance to present their roster and talk about their season. They then went to different areas of the school to present individual awards to the student-athletes.
The football/cheerleading competition team, led by Tiffany Labig, finished second in the MVL Cheerleading Championship. The competitive team also finished first and second in their various competitions during the season. Sophomores Caitlin Moore and Isabella Gulley both made first-team All-MVL along with junior Kaitlyn Byrum. Sophomore Hailey Finlay and junior Kailyn Stahl both made the second team. Keely Labig was an honorable mention.
Head Coach Bart Schmitz took the time to thank his coaches from middle to college level. Schmitz said for the first time in years, Greenville was able to play five to six freshman football games. He also shared who made the All-MVL football teams. Seniors Ty Bush, Ryan Crampton and Carson Beach made second-team All-MVL. Bush was named offensive lineman, Crampton named linebacker and Beach defensive back. Senior AJ Shaffer joined the All-MVL First Team as an offensive lineman. Senior Brock Short also made the first team as a running back and was named Offensive Player of the Year. Short ended the year with a slew of school records. He finished with 2,118 rushing yards this season, 3,745 career rushing yards, 44 career touchdowns and 264 career points. Junior offensive lineman Chase Drew and junior defensive back Jack Royer were both honorable mentions.
Volleyball has also had a bunch of school records broken by their players. Led by head coach Michelle Hardesty, four players broke five different school records. Sophomore Libero Shyanne Gibboney had the most single-game digs in Greenville history with 41 against Fairborn. She also holds the record for most digs in a season with 480. Sophomore Brooke Schmidt broke the record for most wins in a single game with 22 against Stebbins. She tied that record a few more times as she led the MVL with 268 decisive wins. Freshman Kindyl Peltz had the most single-season service aces in school history with 67. Peltz also made District 9’s first team for the volleyball playoffs. Freshman Kyndall Burke holds the record for most service aces in a single game with 10.
Men’s golf, led by Brian Stickel, had a better year than their record indicates. They have played many close games and have been able to bring experience to a JV team this season. Junior Ethan Sunsdahl was named to the All-MVL first team while senior Mason Shuttleworth received an honorable mention.
Women’s Golf, with head coach Tracy Haines, was co-champion MVL with Tipp after winning the MVL Women’s Golf Championship with a school team record 343 for 18 holes. Senior Kenna Jenkinson broke three school records, three records she held prior to this season. Jenkinson set the record for the lowest 18-hole score with a 69, a new low nine-hole score with 33, and the lowest nine-hole average with a 37.22. She was a district qualifier this year. She was a first-team All-MVL and Athlete of the Year. Senior Lexi Slade also made the first team. Rookie Sofia Chrisman was named to the second team and rookie Vera Cox was an honorable mention.
Cross Country also had a great season. Led by Stephanie Lind, the men’s team qualified for regionals this season. For all-league honors, sophomore Trey Rammel and junior Aiden Dispennette were named to the All-MVL second team. Junior Carson Henry was an honorable mention. On the girls’ side, senior Tessa Fine was named to the All-MVL First Team. Sophomore Megan Lind was an honorable mention. Lind also took the time to thank everyone who helped organize the Treaty City Cross Country Invitational this season.
Women’s tennis, led by Jim Koontz for the last time as he retires this year. The girls have given their all this season, despite their low numbers against teams that have tennis all year round. With just five players on the roster, they made the most of their situation and went 4-9. Junior Sadie Lance was named to the All-MVL Second Team for her singles play.
The women’s soccer team has shown they are on the right track as a program this season under the leadership of head coach Dave Ernst. First-year guard Rachel Wright was named to the All-MVL First Team. Rookie Jayda Lyons was named to the second team. Three players have also been named to MVSSCA Division II Dayton North league teams. Senior McKenzie Presnall was named to the second team. Seniors Lillian Schwer and Lilly Lowe were honorable mentions.
The men’s soccer team has also shown signs of progress this year under head coach Marshall Combs. Combs said the team learned a lot of life lessons this season that he hopes his players will use in the future. Two seniors joined All-MVL teams. Avery Ernst was named to the second team and Haiden Livingston received an honorable mention.
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