BCE Names 2018 Athletes of the Year

By: 
Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
It is that time of the year once again to choose the top athletes from the three high schools in Benton County. Our criteria was based on finding the very best three sport athlete. Two things need to be remembered. Athletes who graduated in May were eligible but probably lost participation in a sport that took place in 2017. We have also mentioned as runner up and honorable mention several players who may have only played one sport. Our main objective was to pick the top three all- around athletes and we feel very confident in our selections. From there it was very difficult and opinions may and will vary .
As always, this is subjective and we apologize in advance if we left out your favorite player. For lack of space we may not have mentioned all of an athletes awards and considering school is not in session some  information in some cases was difficult to obtain. Having said that, let’s begin.
Our Warsaw High School Athlete of the Year is Junior Aubrie McRoberts. She was named second team All-State shortstop this past season.
Head Coach Steve Larson commented, “Aubrie is one of the nicest young ladies I’ve ever coached, always in a good mood, always smiling. Her work ethic is second to few. She is always polite, Aubrie has always made a point to thank me when she gets off the bus no matter where I drive her to.”
She has also excelled at basketball and track. She recently received a concussion on the basketball court and we wish her a speedy recovery.
Our first runner up is Senior Matt Luebbert. He excelled at basketball, track and baseball this past year. He was injured this summer and didn’t play football. He recently scored his career high 39 points against Green Ridge.
Our second runner up is Senior Wrestler Kolby Estes. He recently recorded his 150th win. Estes has finished second in state the last two seasons.
The third runner up is Junior first team All-State Center Fielder Rayni Simons. She also did well in track this past season.
Others receiving consideration included, wrestling and track standout Dallas Larsen, Freshman All- State Cross Country Alyssa Alcantara and All District football stand out Senior Kieon Davis Also, outstanding softball players as well as being competitive in other sports who certainly need to be mentioned are Reagan Shelby, Kya Schepker, Payge Adair and Kylee Fajen. Add to the list Parker Love, Zach Chapman and a host of others.
Our Cole Camp Athlete of the Year is Senior Lainy Williams.
The 5’11 Williams was all-conference in basketball and volleyball. However, it is track where she has really performed as one of the best in the entire state. She won the State Championship  in the 800 meters in 2018  and came in 2nd in High Jump 2018, 2nd in State in the 800 and High Jump in 2017. Also, she was part of the 2017 4x800 State Champion, 4x400 2nd place in State 2018, and 5th in 2017. Also four time conference champ in 800 4x800, 4x400 two time in High Jump. Also, All District in all of those events.
Principle Brandon Harding, who was very helpful in providing information, commented,” Lainy is an outstanding athlete and student. We are very proud of her.”  
Our first runner-up is Junior Kaden Harms. He excelled in basketball, baseball and football.
Second runner up was Ethan Ives, who performed at a high level in track, basketball, and football.
Others who received considerations included Junior Camryn  Schear, Senior Tori Harding, Senior Evan Shearer, Senior Jordan Farrar and Adam Boyd.
Our Lincoln Athlete of the Year is none other than Junior Jackson Beaman. He was all-state in football this past season and is a two-time all-state baseball pick  as well as the leading scorer on the basketball team.
Head Football Coach Kevin LaFavor commented,” Jackson is an incredible student athlete and even a better young man. He is one of the hardest working athletes I’ve ever seen but also a very hard working student. I can not say enough about this young man or any of our students at Lincoln. Our community and school is filled with hard working students and it starts with their parents at home. 
"Our first runner up is Junior Bo Kroenke. He has qualified for state in golf the last two years. He was all- state in football and is an outstanding basketball player who can shoot from anywhere on the court.
Our second runner-up’s tied and are Senior Christina Eckhoff, Junior Chloe Reese,  Aleah Paxton and graduated Seniors Corbin Reese and Derek Stephens along with a host of others.
Again, we wish we had room to list all of the athletes of Benton County. We want to thank all of the students who take part in sports and we are very proud of everyone. Thank you!

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