By Mike Aldridge, Sports writer
The Harrison County High School football team held its annual banquet Thursday night at the Elk’s Club with more than 100 people in attendance.
The awards ceremony featured a meal prepared by David Turner consisting of beef and pork barbeque and desserts furnished by the parents.
Coach Jim Carr was the master of ceremonies in the two-hour meal and program.
The evening began with a short, heart-felt message from Coach Tyler Fryman, who thanked the players and parents for all of their concern for him over the past season while he was battling an illness.
This was followed by recognition of the two seniors, Daniel Klapheke and Shane Jennings.
Coach Carr thanked the two young men for sticking with the program and setting an example for the others.
Carr then had the letter winners all stand and be recognized. The “H” letter and the bars will be presented later during the off-season weight training.
This was followed by Coach Wayne Mattox presenting the Big Stick Award to sophomore Zack Mastin. This was for the most big tackles and other hard hits throughout the season.
Coach Jimbo Stroub then presented Zach Royce with the Game Ball Award. Royce was lauded for his ability to play multiple positions well and being a team leader while carrying out these various duties.
Finally, the Rock Award went to junior Shaun Wallin. The six-foot, 220-pound lineman was praised for his line play throughout the season though he too was moved from one position to another and battled injuries during the year. Coach Bryn Free presented the Rock Award to Wallin.
Booster club president Tracy Fryman discussed the fund raisers held this past year and the need for more of the same next year.
Sandy VanHook talked about the program for the season and how many people helped and that someone would need to be the chairperson for this next year.
Carr went on to recognize all of the people who had made contributions throughout the season including the coaches’ wives, the two stat girls, Audrey Ramsey and Haley Carr; Abby Sparks who filmed all of the games, the medical staff and all others who had contributed during the season.
He then had a short talk that was open to discussion about the off-season workouts and their relationship to safety and improvement of the team.
Carr also mentioned the fine season the Harrison County Middle School teams had just completed and the fine work of all of the coaches involved in this program.