Richmond Hill High School held an awards banquet last week to recognize some of the top performers in this past season’s cross country and boys basket basketball.
Boys basketball awards went to the following athletes: Most Valuable Player, Leading Rebounder and Leading Scorer – Chakiris Moss, Academic Award – Sean Szad, Coaches Award – Zach Payne, Best Free throw Shooting Percentage and Most Assists – Xavier Owens, Best Defensive Player – Robbie Bynum, Most Charges – Darius Postell, Most Improved – George Greig, JV MVP – Kevin Mathews, JV Best Defense – Steven Williams, JV Hustle Award – Brett Tuten.
Wildcat head basketball coach William Altman said he is proud of this past season. This was Altman’s first year with the program and it also marks the first successful season of Wildcat basketball in many years. They started out slow, but ended up with nine wins and three more games within one point – including a big upset win over state powerhouse Hepzibah.
"We finally got to where we learned how to win, but we’ve got a ways to go still," Altman said. "I’m banking on this summer playing a big part as we’ve lined up forty summer games in order to get better."
"All in all, this was a successful season in regard to the last several years, Altman continued. "The boys played hard right up to the end as we were only blocked from advancing by four points."
RHHS girls cross country awards went to the following athletes: Most Valuable Player – Lindsey Vasher, Coaches Award – Lauren Hall, Academic Award (tie) – Katie Berry and Glorili Alejandro, Most Improved (tie) - Caitlin Uhlig and Gini Russell.
RHHS boys cross country awards went to the following athletes: Most Valuable Player and Coaches Award – David Cassidy, Academic Award – Jimmy Gardener, Most Improved (tie) – Will Rhyne and Brett Tuten.
RHHS cross country Head Coach Jimmy Hires said it was a good season for both the boys and girls squads.
"The young girls’ team was two-time Region 3-AAA champs going into the Region tournament, and we had hoped to retain that. St. Vincent’s, who won the Region crown, was a tough and talented team. Our top runner from last year, Alejandro, was out all season with an injury; we may have been able to beat St. Vincent’s if we had her. Some of the younger girls, like Anna Bausum, Gini Russell and Lindsey Vasher, really stepped it up and did a fantastic job."
"The boys, who came in fifth, did well also," Hires continued. "It was a bit of a disappointment to not see them go to State, but they also were a young team this year and I saw a lot of improvement. I was real pleased with the achievements of junior David Cassidy. We plan on working with him and getting him to be one of the top runners in the area."