By Payton Shays
The New London Boys Basketball team held their end of the season banquet on Wednesday night and the girls' team followed on Thursday.
Coach Howell, the head coach for the boys, handed out his annual awards to his players.
Wildcat award winners consisted of seniors Casey Kropka, Julian Molnar, Derek Phillips and Tanner Green. Tanner wasn't able to take part in games in his final season due to a season ending tear to his ACL.
Junior Nate Thomas received the coach's award this season.
Josh Hamilton was the team leader in assists with 3.0 per game; Ryan Lane was the scoring leader finishing with 12 points per game.
John Brady, standing at 6'6" finished his final season as the team leader in blocks (3.9 BBG) as well as rebounds (8.2 RPG).
Lane was awarded honorable mention for division 3 district 6. Lane and Brady took second team honors for the Firelands Conference and Nate Thomas received honorable mention.
Academic honors were achieved by six of the team's players. John Brady received honorable mention: Casey Kropka, Ryan Lane, Derek Phillips, and Nate Thomas received second team, and Josh Hamilton achieved first team all-academic.
The boys concluded their season with a loss to the Willard Flashes in a sectional semi-final match up.
The team will bid farewell to their six seniors: Brady, Green, Kropka, Hamilton, Molnar, and Phillips.
Head girls coach Eric Mitchell also handed out his awards on Thursday night.
Mitchell's Wildcat award winners were seniors Julia Mitchell and Capricia Gant.
Payton Shays received a plaque for leading rebounder with 6.6 per game. Shays also led in blocks.
Elise Chaffins closed her career with two school records, the second coming in her final game against Oak Harbor in the district finals earning her the team MVP award.
Chaffins smashed the school's record for three pointers in a season with 60, it was previously set at 42. She led the team in scoring with 11.3 points per game.
Chaffins also tied the record for three pointers in a single game in her career finale game by sinking six from beyond the arc.
She missed the record for three pointers in a career by just seven three's finishing with 92 when the previous record was 99 set by Kelly Graham.
Shays was nominated for the underclassman district six all-star game which takes place Wednesday, March 25th at 6 pm followed by the senior game. Chaffins was also nominated for the senior all-star game but is unable to compete.
Academic honors were handed to eight of the Ladycats this season.
Danielle Carruthers finished on honorable mention, Rylee Haswell, Kennedy Howell, Payton Shays, and Kaitlyn Speicher took second team honors, and Emma Sullivan, Morgan Luedy, and Eden Copley finished with first team all-academic.
Chaffins finished with first team all-conference, all-area, and District 6 as well as receiving honorable mention All-Ohio.
Shays was honored with second team all-conference, all-area, and all District 6 as well as honorable mention in the Northwest district.
Carruthers received second team all-conference and all-area along with honorable mention district 6.
Luedy took honorable mention all-area and all-conference.
The Ladycats finished with a very successful season taking third in the conference and making it to the district finals for the first time in 15 years.
The Ladycats and the Lady Mounties made it the farthest into the tournament for the conference both falling in their district final games.
The Cats finished behind South Central and Crestview in the conference and were able to make it further than both teams in the post season. The Cats too down Wynford who ousted Crestview in the sectional finals.
The Ladycats will be losing three seniors in Mitchell, Gant, and Chaffins.