BY MELANIE BUCK –
Mena High School recently held their annual Sports Banquet to honor the hardwork and achievements of the athletes. The 2015-2016 school year turned out to be a great athletic year with many accolades across all sports being brought home by the Mena Bearcats and Ladycats.
Team honors were recognized as Athletic Director Tim Harper read the list of trophies won during the year. Mena High School athletes earned: 2015 7-4A Volleyball Conference Champs, 2015 Regional Volleyball Champions, 2015 4A State Volleyball Finalist, 2016 7-4A Softball Conference Champs, 2016 South Regional Softball Champions, 2016 4A Softball State Champions, 2016 Boys Soccer Conference Champions, 2016 4A Boys Soccer State Finalist, 2016 Bearcat Track Team ranked number 5 in 4A, 2016 Ladycat Track Team ranked number 6 in 4A, and 2016 Meet of Champions State Champion in Long Jump, 100 meter dash, and 200 meter dash.
Upon reading the list of accomplishments, the audience gave a standing ovation for the 2015-2016 Bearcat and Ladycat athletes.
Many other awards were given during the evening in the sports of football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, golf, track, baseball, softball, cross country, and tennis. Awards were also given for 7-letter, 9-letter, and 11-letter athletes.
The Brandon Burlsworth Award was given to Trevor Voison. The William G. Spencer Award was given to both Jared Flemens and D’Wayn Grinder.
The Lady C.A.T.S. Award, given each year by Karlene Hooker, was presented to both Keeley Jones and Daryan Torix.