Basketball teams celebrate great season
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DAVID HUNTER
Cannon Courier


The Cannon County basketball teams celebrated a historical 2014-15 one last time with the annual postseason banquet inside Robert A. Harris Gymnasium on March 28. It was a chance for the players, coaches, and parents a chance to reflect on the magical season by both the boys and girls team

Of course, we all remember the Lionettes starting the postseason on Feb. 13 as a No. 5 seed in District 8AA, while the boys were in the middle of a long winning streak since New Year Eve's 2014. For both squads, it a special journey through the postseason, which included long road trips, two snowstorms, and several schedule changes. However, through it all, both teams will be remembered for its success for a long time as the Lionettes advanced to its third state tournament in four years, while the Lions was one game away from earning a trip to the Murphy Center for the first time in 30 years. The season ended almost a month ago, but both the players and coaches remember it like finished up yesterday.

However, through it all, both teams will be remembered for its success for a long time as the Lionettes advanced to its third state tournament in four years, while the Lions was one game away from earning a trip to the Murphy Center for the first time in 30 years. The season ended almost a month ago, but both the players and coaches remember it like finished up yesterday."It is really important to me because everyone doubted us as far as we got," Lionette senior Erin McReynolds said. "It just means that 10 times more special, because we were not supposed to make it as far as we actually did. It made our team closer because we really had to dig down."

"It is really important to me because everyone doubted us as far as we got," Lionette senior Erin McReynolds said. "It just means that 10 times more special, because we were not supposed to make it as far as we actually did. It made our team closer because we really had to dig down."
"It is very special," Lions senior Jacob Nave said. "We did accomplish a lot this year. We won the most wins in Cannon County history and won the region. I am really happy about it."The night was not about what could have been, especially for the Lions after coming so close to tasting history and ending a 30-year curse, or the Lionettes trying to win another state title with the first and only coming back in 1989. Instead, it was a chance for everyone to come together, especially those who played such an important role in the success of the team this season.

The night was not about what could have been, especially for the Lions after coming so close to tasting history and ending a 30-year curse, or the Lionettes trying to win another state title with the first and only coming back in 1989. Instead, it was a chance for everyone to come together, especially those who played such an important role in the success of the team this season. Honestly, the players and coaches are the ones, which get all of the attention either

Honestly, the players and coaches are the ones, which get all of the attention either win or lose by people like me. However, there are so many others who plays a special role behind the scenes like the managers, who make sure on a road trip everything runs smoothly, so it will be one less thing the coaches have to worry about before an important game. So, those like Jake Burdick, Bailey Sims for the boys and Kristen McReynolds for the girls were honored for their hard work during the season. Another group which works just as hard as the players on the court, the cheerleaders were also honored for their efforts this season. Believe it or not, their 2015-16 season begins next month with tryouts in a few weeks. Just like all high school athletics, cheerleading is a year-round, and yes it is a sport. CCHS head coach Tammy Smith had a chance to honor the only senior on this year's team, Mikayla Schwartz.

Another group which works just as hard as the players on the court, the cheerleaders were also honored for their efforts this season. Believe it or not, their 2015-16 season begins next month with tryouts in a few weeks. Just like all high school athletics, cheerleading is a year-round, and yes it is a sport. CCHS head coach Tammy Smith had a chance to honor the only senior on this year's team, Mikayla Schwartz."I could not have handpicked a better senior," Smith said. "She had excellent leadership abilities. When she made decisions she always made it as a team. Not to better herself but to better her teammates. She would help those who were struggling and she was always there leading cheers, painting and hanging signs. She was always there to help."

"I could not have handpicked a better senior," Smith said. "She had excellent leadership abilities. When she made decisions she always made it as a team. Not to better herself but to better her teammates. She would help those who were struggling and she was always there leading cheers, painting and hanging signs. She was always there to help."Schwartz added, "I will miss it very much. I have gotten to know these girls over the years and we became really good friends. They are some friends, which I will never forget."

Schwartz added, "I will miss it very much. I have gotten to know these girls over the years and we became really good friends. They are some friends, which I will never forget."Besides, the managers and cheerleaders, several other key important members of the team were honored for their hard work like the school staff and boosters, who make sure all of the behind the scenes things are taken care of, so the players and coaches only have to worry what happens on the court.

Besides, the managers and cheerleaders, several other key important members of the team were honored for their hard work like the school staff and boosters, who make sure all of the behind the scenes things are taken care of, so the players and coaches only have to worry what happens on the court.As for the actual basketball teams, both

As for the actual basketball teams, both head coaches Matt Rigsby and Michael Dodgen shared many stories throughout the season, which touched many emotions for them and the crowd in attendance. Then, it was time for the awards, which for the players and staff it was their chance to have an Oscar or Academy Awards moment. It will be some-thing, which they will remember for the rest of their lives, especially both senior classes, who helped continued the success of CCHS basketball this season.

The girls' senior class included Reynolds, Kendra Maynard, Kristen Hale and Kaylee Hayes while the boys' seniors were AJ Daniel, Garrett and Marshall McReynolds, Nave and Josh Ruehlen.

"It was a fun four years playing with these guys," Daniel said. "I wish we could have went farther, because we fell a step short than we wanted to be. We have been playing together since we were five years old in AAU."
Lionette senior Kaylee Hayes added, "We came together this year and really played as a team. We had a really special friendship and that is something we will always have. That makes us special."

End of Season Awards
Girls
All-District
Freshman Team- Maleah Scott
Honorable Mention-Kendra Maynard, Kristen Hale
Third-Team and All-Defense-Erin McReynolds
Second-Team-Kelli Davis
All Tourney Team
Rhea Co: Davis
District: Autumn King, McReynolds, Maynard
Region: Davis (MVP), McReynolds, Maynard, Hale
Team Awards:
Dedication: Kaylee Hayes
Most Improved: Haylee Mooneyham
Offensive POY: Davis (leading scorer 12.4 ppg)
Defensive POY: King (leading rebounder 8.3 rpg)
Hustle: Maynard
Lionette: Hale
Robert A. Harris: McReynolds (10.3 ppg; 5.1 apg)

Boys
All-District
Honorable Mention/All-Defense: Austin Martin, Marshall McReynolds
Honorable Mention: AJ Daniel
Third-Team: Garrett McReynolds
First-Team: Jacob Nave
Co-MVP- Josh Ruehlen
Team Awards
Most Improved: M. McReynolds
Defensive MVP: Martin
Offensive MVP: Ruehlen (16.1 ppg; 3.1 apg)
Hustle: Nave
Lion: All 5 seniors (Daniels, G. McReynolds, M. McReynolds, Nave and Ruehlen)

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