Overton High School athletes were honored Monday in the annual athletic banquet at the activities center of First Assembly of God Church in Overton.
Multisport standouts Abby Mackey, Jesse Roach, K.J. Luster and Savannah Bobbitt were named Outstanding Senior Athletes. Luster and Greg Moore were honored with the Coach Chester Roy Memorial Scholarship Award, while Bobbitt and Mackey were presented with the Debbie Sartors Gounah Memorial Scholarship Award.
Roach and Jacee Stuart were presented with the Felicia Rinehart Roach Scholarship Award, with Roach also receiving the Robert Young Memorial Award Scholarship from Young’s daughter Robbi Young Carnes.
Dr. Charles Long presented Stuart and Colby Carpenter with the Charles Long Memorial Scholarship in honor of his son.
OHS senior Tre Thompson was singled out by varsity track coach Justin Arnold for his exemplary performance at the Class 1A state meet, from which he has since earned a scholarship to UT-Tyler, as well as Texas A&M-bound senior Austin Cook’s third consecutive gold medal in discus and gold medal in shot put.
“For anyone who thinks you’ve got to have million-dollar facilities, or to play for a big school, in order to get to State or get college attention, these guys show the main thing it takes is hard work,” he said. “It shows that we’ve got a special bunch of kids here, and that there’s a lot of exciting things happening in Overton.”
Barton echoed Arnold’s sentiment, saying he was grateful to the senior leadership in what the school’s teams have accomplished in just his first year as athletic director.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids and families to start off with here,” he said. “It sets a tone for next year and provides a foundation for future athletics at Overton.
He also recognized the long hours spent by the high school coaching staff, which includes Justin Arnold, Jake Atchley, Seth Drennan, Chad Halcumb, Leann Mackey, Carrie Plasterer, Rodrick Portley, Cedrick Standard, Harold Stanger, Randy Smith, Russell Smith, Haley Stanley, and Ashley Tally.
“I’m so appreciative of these excellent coaching professionals, who devote so much time and energy into putting the most into and getting the most out of these young people,” he said. “Without their hard work, and the partnership of our parents, none of this would be possible.”