The Booneville basketball program held a banquet last Tuesday to honor their players for their efforts on the court during the 2017-18 season, and to announce a showcase that will be held at Bearcat Gym on Dec. 15.
The Bearcats, coming off the most wins in program history, gained several honors. Blakley Cobb was named All-State, All-State Tournament and All-District, while Logan Bradley got an honorable mention All-State nod and was also All-District. Camryn Lawson and Nate Riley also were named to the All-District team.
Cobb was also named team Most Valuable Player, leading the team in scoring and free-throw shooting. Bradley was the leading rebounder, setting a single-season record, and also set a season record in blocked shots, one of 14 records broken by the team this past season. Lawson had the most assists and was named the best defensive player, while Chandler Fritsche was recognized for taking the most charges and Jacob Gregory got an award for field-goal percent. Jordan Hawkins was named as the fan favorite.
Lady Bearcat senior Beth Wilkinson was the only Booneville girls’ player to earn district-wide honors, gaining an All-District nod. Wilkinson also won several team awards that were based on statistics as she was the top field goal shooter, free throw shooter and rebounder, as well as having the most assists. Bailey Denton took the honors for most blocked shots, while Kasidey Thompson took the most charges.
Baylee Moses was the top newcomer while Hannah Gregory was recognized with the hustle award, and Karlie Campos was named as the best teammate.
A highlight video followed, showing high points for the teams during the previous season.
Then, Bearcat coach Ronnie Denton announced a boys’ basketball showcase at Booneville on December 15, similar to the one his team played in at Baptist Prep last season. While not a tournament, it does bring to the area several outstanding teams such as Southwest Christian Academy, which has several Division 1 recruits, and Parkers Chapel, who can boast a 7-footer and a 6-10 player on their front line.
The complete schedule has Acorn taking on the Fort Smith New School, Mena playing Shiloh Christian and Farmington taking on Subiaco before the game between Southwest Christian and Parkers Chapel. The Bearcats will close out the showcase by playing Gentry.
The showcase was named for longtime Booneville Democrat reporter and team statistician Chuck Hayes, in recognition of his contributions to the Booneville basketball program and Booneville High School sports in general over the past 30 years.