Athletes from Overton High School were honored Monday in the annual Athletic Banquet at the activities center of First Assembly of God Church in Overton.
Trent Carpenter and Molly Mackey were named Outstanding Senior Athletes, with Carpenter also taking the Coach Chester Roy Memorial Scholarship Award and Mackey receiving the Debbie Sartors Gounah Memorial Scholarship Award.
Fellow seniors Logan Rhoades and Shelbi Proctor were honored as well, with Rhoades awarded the Felicia Rinehart Roach Scholarship Award and Proctor receiving the Robert Young Memorial Award Scholarship.
Varsity and junior varsity athletes alike were recognized for their contributions to the school’s athletic program, singling out senior Savannah Waggoner for her silver medal in pole vault at the Class 1A state meet and sophomore Austin Cook’s gold medal in discuss.
“Just to make it to state is an accomplishment in itself,” said OHS athletic director Arthur “Bo” Talkington. “But to come away with a medal is a memory that stays with you for the rest of your life.”
Talkington also highlighted a number of achievements Overton’s teams have enjoyed in football, volleyball and basketball, softball and the baseball teams recent regional semifinal victory over state-ranked Cayuga.
“We have a special group of young people right now,” he said. “They’re really working hard and are setting a great example for the future of Overton High School athletics.”
Talkington also recognized the long hours spent by the high school coaching staff, which includes Justin Arnold, Jennifer Brown, Jamie Hays, Travis Jackson, Timothy Kelly, Marcus Lalumandier, Leann Mackey, Kerry McConnell, Rodrick Portley, Aaron Reed, Randy Smith, Russell Smith, Phillip Thornton, and Justin Vance.
“So much of what they do is behind the scenes,” he said. “But they are committed to doing the best to helping out athletes succeeds, not only in sports but in life.”
For the senior athletes recognized, it was especially bittersweet.
“These young people have given so much and brought our program to where it is now,” Talkington said, his voice rising in emotion. “We’re thankful for their hard work and for the support of their families […] it’s their leadership and commitment that has set the tone and they leave a fine legacy for their underclassmen to follow.”
Graduating Mustangs include Alex Meadows, Alex Starkey, Carly Morgan, Celena Gore, Davida Harris, Dylan Lantz, Halie and Hillarie Endsley, Levi West, Logan Rhoades, Meredith Zalman, Molly Mackey, Reggie Thompson, Savannah Waggoner, Shadaron Slaughter, Shelbi Proctor, Shelton Rogers, Trent Carpenter and Zachary Hennington.