Senior Cheyenne Baxter.

The Norborne Athletic Program held their annual awards banquet Thursday night.  Coach Michael Lock was presented with the KMZU Dream Team Coach of the Year award and Senior Cheyenne Baxter received a plaque for Player of the Year.  Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Baxter:


Coach Lock said he was proud of his team and all of their accomplishments this year.  “I couldn’t have asked for a better season,” Lock added.  Senior Devanne McCoy echoed Coach Lock’s sentiment.  “I thought this season probably couldn’t have been any better.  I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world,” McCoy said in an interview Thursday night.

Senior Cheyenne Baxter and Coach Michael Lock.

Senior Kaylea Wood thanked Coach Lock for his efforts this and past seasons.  “It means a lot to me that he took the time out of his life to be a part of mine.  It felt really good to have a coach that is so dedicated to a team and one who did so much for us.”

When it came to reflecting on the team’s success, Jennifer Finley, like all of the other seniors, said it was a team effort.  “It wasn’t just the seniors.  It was everyone.  It took Megan Mertensmyer, Maddie Pipper, Austin Baxter, and all of the other girls.  I am very proud of them.”

Senior Cassie Russell, who was new to the squad this year, said the community’s support was overwhelming.  “They came to every game.  They were always behind us and always cheering loudly.  It made it that much more fun to play.”

The Norborne Lady Pirates ended the season with a 25 and 3 record.


Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with McCoy:


Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Wood:


Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Finley:


Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Russell:


Additional High School and Junior High athletes that competed in football, cheer leading, softball, basketball, golf, and track were also recognized Thursday night:  (click to enlarge photographs)