Melbourne High School took time out to celebrate the remarkable achievements of its athletes at a recent athletic banquet. A large crowd showed up to share in the event, which included a tasty dinner and presentation of awards. Athletic Director Kevin McCarn called upon the district’s coaches to one by one recognize MHS athletes in baseball, softball, basketball, football, cross country, golf, trap shooting, and cheerleading. Sharing the many Bearkat achievements attained during the 2015-16 school year, coaches presented plaques and medals to the young athletes in various categories. The “Inspirational Athlete of the Year” award was given to Caleb Myers by Farm Bureau Representative Phillip Steed for his work ethic and determination on and off the field; he was also presented the Burlsworth Award, named after the late Brandon Burlsworth,who played for the University of Arkansas before being drafted to play for the Indianapolis Colts.
Those students being recognized for All-State were Kolten Smith (cross country), Jared Chaney, Cole Lamb, and Josie Love (golf), Jay Chaney (baseball), Emily Gardner and Mary Johnson (basketball), and Hayley Brokaw, Marian Reynolds, and Cailey Cossey (softball). Those athletes making All-Conference in basketball were Emily Gardner, Mary Johnson, Charlee Jo Byram, Halle Jo Cooper, Sarah Campbell, Andrew Pitts, and Jay Chaney. The baseball All-Conference selections were Chipper Lamb, Clay Harris, Billy Cooper, Jon Hunter Adams, Ethan Phillips, and Jay Chaney, and , for softball, Haley Brokaw, Marian Reynolds, Cailey Cossey, Emma Shinn, Jordan Webb, and Emilie Gibson. The Bearkat football players recognized as All-Conference were Jon Hunter Adams, Jonathan Medina, and Isaac Motes. Honorable mention All-Conference players for football were Caleb Myers, Zack Holowell, and Quenton Harvey. Softball players recognized as All-Regional were Keeley Massey, Emma Shinn, Cailey Cossey, Haley Brokaw, and Jordan Webb, and Cailey Cossey was announced as an All-State Tournament Team member.
The MHS cheerleaders who received medals were Lydia Sipe, Brittney Dudra, Ashley Worsham, Kilee Taylor, Allyson Smith, Makayla Carter, and Kaylee Blackley. Other athletes recognized were: Jared Chaney and Josie Love, District Tournament Champions; Jon Hunter Adams, Offensive MVP; Isaac Motes, Defensive MVP; Jonathan Medina, Outstanding Lineman; Emily Gardner , Offensive MVP; Cailey Cossey and Natalie Woolsey, Defensive MVPs; Jordan Webb, Hustle MVP; Jay Chaney, Leading Scorer; Gabe Lawrence, Jr. Leading Rebounder; and Wyatt Slater and Alex Bray, Defensive MVPs. In trap shooting, Tristan Weaver was applauded for his first perfect round.