Softball program host post season banquet

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By Tori Jones
Guthrie Sports Page

The Lady Jays held their annual softball banquet in the GHS cafeteria Tuesday evening.

Bailey Shaffer displays some of the awards she earned as a freshmen. Photo provided by Dixie Shaffer

It started off with a welcome from Randy Shaffer. After the dinner and a slideshow of their season, they had an introduction of the players of both the Jr. high and high school teams.

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Head Coach Lee Linsenmeyer, who completed his first season as the Lady Jays coach, shared some funny stories that happened throughout the season. Which include a toothbrush, Steak n’ Shake, Sonic, and some muddy accidents on the field. “Some of them we’ll just keep to ourselves,” he laughed.

There were many great accomplishments this season. “My goal was to have a winning season,” coach Linsenmeyer said, “and we got pretty close to that. We ended up 20-20. It’s the first time in many years that the Lady Jay softball team did not have a losing season.”

Guthrie finished 3rd in district, had a 7-game winning streak, an all-regional player, 5 all-district players, and received the academic achievement award.

Some individual awards were, the big stick award given to Gracynn Smith, the Golden Glove Award given to McKale Hopfer, the Golden Arm Award given to Bailey Shaffer, Most Improved given to Madison Sutton, Most Improved Defensive given to Kyla Boyd, and Lady Jay Pride given to Macayla Oliver.

Boyd (the only senior this season) also gave a speech.

“When I started out this year, I was really nervous … but we came together as a family.” She thanked God, her parents, friends, and coaches. And gave a word of advice to the players for next season, “Always keep your head up and put your heart into everything you do, or coach will make you run,” she laughed.

The junior high posted their awards as well with Madison Dutton claiming the Big Stick Award for the best hitter, Trista LeGrande earned the Golden Arm, the BlueJay Pride Award was presented to Kalli Anderson, the Golden Glove Award was given to Madison Cockerill and Elexus Lewis was named Most Improved.

Coach Linsenmeyer then thanked the parents, the team, athletic directors, fans, and the media for all their hard work this season.


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