Peebles High School on May 21 was the site of the 2018 Southern Hills Athletic Conference Spring Sports Awards, a night for the cream of the crop in the sports of baseball, softball, and track and field are recognized for their championship accomplishments. SHAC Commissioner Michelle Gleim was the master of ceremonies for the awards, with assistance from Peebles Athletic Director Josh Arey and Eastern Brown Athletic Director Jerod Jodrey.
In track and field, the champions of each event of the SHAC Meet, which was held at Manchester this year, are honored as All-Conference athletes. Also, the one individual who earns the most points for his/her team at the conference meet is named as the Track Athlete of the Year. For 2018, those honorees were Eastern Brown’s Madison Hopkins and North Adams’s Dylan Ison.
In Boys Track, the SHAC championship trophy went to Fairfield, with Whiteoak second, and Fairfield’s Deborah Mangus being chosen as Coach of the Year. In Girls Track, Eastern Brown captured the first place hardware, with Peebles coming in second, and Eastern’s Tom Glasscock being chosen as Coach of the Year.
In softball, the Eastern Brown Lady Warriors took home the coveted Gold Glove trophy for going undefeated in conference play at 13-0, winning the big school division of the SHAC, with Lynchburg-Clay a very distant second at 6-7. The small school division was very competitive, with three teams ending in a first-place tie with identical 10-3 conference marks- the Fairfield Lady Lions, the Fayetteville Lady Rockets, and the Peebles Lady Indians, all three being awarded first place trophies. Eastern Brown’s Harold Dorsey was named the SHAC Softball Coach of the Year, with Peebles pitcher Madison Pierce being honored as the SHAC Softball Player of the Year.
Another Gold Glove for baseball was awarded to the Whiteoak Wildcats, whose 13-0 SHAC record helped propel them to a Division IV regional championship and a berth in the state’s Final Four. Whiteoak took the SHAC small school title with Fairfield second at 10-3. The big school championship trophy went to the West Union Dragons, whose 11-2 conference record gave them their first conference title since 1989. The North Adams Green Devils took second place in the big school division, coming alive late in the season to post a 10-3 mark in the SHAC.
Whiteoak’s Chris Veidt was named the SHAC Baseball Coach of the Year, while the Wildcat’s Evan Brill was picked as the SHAC Baseball Player of the Year.