Final recognition

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 17, 2010

Over the weekend, the Pike Liberal Arts School honored 11 of its athletic teams, as well as the athletic program itself, at the school’s Spring Sports Banquet.

At the banquet, the varsity girls’ basketball team received its state championship rings, which was the program’s first state title.

It was also announced by athletic director, Steven Kilcrease, that PLAS had won the annual AISA Chairman’s Award, which is given to the top AISA athletic program in the state.

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“To win this award just says so much about our athletics, and the job they’ve done representing the school,” Kilcrease said Saturday night.

While the results will not be official until early June, Kilcrease pointed out Saturday evening that the point totals show the Patriots winning the award over Lee-Scott, who has been the award winner for the past couple of years.

Along with the girls’ basketball team, the golf team and the varsity baseball team were both honored for their seasons, both of which that ended in the state championship game as the runner-ups.

The second place finish for the golf team marked the fourth-straight year the Patriots finished in the top three at the end of the season.

With a 30-5 overall record, the PLAS baseball team set a record for most victories in a single-season.

The team also won the region championship and also finished undefeated at home.

The trip to the state championship game was the first since 1997 and at the podium Saturday night, head coach Butch Austin said there was a lot to be proud of.

“I think we really had a great season, and we aren’t going to let those two games in the state championship overshadow all that this group accomplished,” he said.

The varsity softball and boys’ basketball teams were also present, and like their counterparts, each advanced to the state playoffs.

The softball team advanced to the final four, while the boys’ basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals.

Along with the different teams at the ceremony, several athletes were honored for their achievements in the field of play.

Seniors Rebecca Farrar and Justin McLaughlin were recognized for their ability to succeed in not just one sport, but three.

Farrar was an all-star in cheerleading, basketball and softball while McLaughlin was elected to be an all-star in football, basketball and baseball.

Katie Ward, who was a part of the PLAS track team was also honored for bringing the school an individual state championship in the high jump competition.