By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
The West Delaware Athletics Department under the direction of Activities Director Mike Morrison hosted their annual Boys and Girls Basketball and Cheerleading end of the season awards banquet last night at the Middle School in Manchester. The varsity boys season was the first for WD 2000 graduate Matt Uthoff, who guided his squad to a 6-16 record. Coach Uthoff shares his thoughts on the banquet which is always a great opportunity to say goodbye to the seniors and recognize them one final time:
The process of building the program back up is now a year old under Coach Uthoff, he says it will pick back up come this summer getting ready for next season:
The boys program joined the girls basketball teams’ and the cheerleaders as they were honored by the state with academic awards for achieving outstanding GPA numbers throughout the season.
The West Delaware girls basketball program celebrated outstanding success at the Varsity level for the first time in several seasons. Their 17-6 record gave them their first winning season for the first time since the 2006-07 season. It also tied them with that same team for second most wins in program history. The 13-2 start tied them for the best start ever with the 06-07 team and the 11-game win streak set a record for most wins ever in a row. Fourth-year WD head coach Harold Shepherd summed up his team:
Coach Shepherd puts in perspective just how good this squad was:
High praise was given to the three senior captains; Reann McCarty, Bethany Hahn and Dorise Nagel who led the way on and off the floor. Coach Shep knows they will be hard to replace but a very experienced group of underclassmen will be back next season:
Coach Shepherd handed out awards voted on by the players’ themselves with coaches input as well.
Most inspirational player- Dorise Nagel
Best offensive player- Bethany Hahn
Best Defensive player and MVP- Reann McCarty
Most improved player- Kristen Wegmann
Hustle award- Emily Thole
Hawk Iron Toughness award- Haley Morrison
Coaches award- Kasey Palmer
Seniors Reann McCarty and Bethany Hahn share their refections of what their final season as a Hawk basketball meant to them:
Coach Shepherd reached a milestone in his career in his 47th season as a head coach as he became only the 4th head girls coach in all-time Iowa girls varsity basketball coaching history to reach the 750-win mark. He finished the season with 761 victories in 4th place on the list and is now the only active head coach of the top four.