With the school year rapidly winding down, it's time to hand out postseason awards.
That's what the West Virginia Sports Writers Association will be doing when its members conduct the 68th annual Victory Awards Dinner on Sunday, May 4, at the Charleston Civic Center.
As always, the Mid-Ohio Valley will be well represented, including a major award winner in Williamstown wrestler Dalton George, who will receive the Robert Dutton Award, presented annually to the state's top wrestler.
All-state athletes and state championship coaches who will be recognized include:
Parkersburg High: Kyle Foster.
Parkersburg South: Taryn McCutcheon and Keya Bartlett.
Williamstown: Coach Zach Hall and Jake Tracewell.
St. Marys: Kendra Walker, Noah Shultz, Garrett Furr and Tyler Davis.
Ritchie County: Coach Rick Haught and Alex Lipscomb.
Roane County: Coach Jim Kendall and Luke Scott.
Doddridge County: Coach Bobby Burnside and Isaac Britton.
Gilmer County: Julie Bishop and Austin Ratliff.
Ravenswood: Kyle Hickman and Isaac Crow.
Ripley: Kade Harrison.
Wirt County: Coach Janet Frazier.
Highlight of the banquet will be the induction of two members into the West Virginia Sports Writers Hall of Fame, which is housed at the Civic Center. Inductees are former Marshall University football coach Bob Pruett and tennis pioneer Peachy Kellmeyer of Wheeling.
Tickets to the banquet are $20 and must be purchased by Monday, April 28. Those planning to attend can contact me for tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Tim Phillips: Speaking of year-end banquets, the Ohio State swimming and diving teams recently conducted their annual awards ceremony and former Parkersburg High School standout Tim Phillips received two of the major awards.
For being OSU's highest-placing all-American he received the Charles & Irene Sallie Award, and he also won -for the second time -the prestigious Bill & Mae McCorkle Award given to Ohio State's most outstanding swimmer.
Phillips, who finished his OSU swimming career at the recent NCAA championships, is ranked among the all-time top 10 Ohio State swimmers in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle events, the 100 butterfly and the 200 individual relay. He also has participated on five relay teams ranked in the all-time top 10 - the 200 and 400 medley relays and the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays.
Phillips holds the Ohio State and Big Ten records in his specialty, the 100 butterfly, and is a member of the record-setting 200 and 400 freestyle and 200 medley relay teams.
Sounds like a future Hall of Fame member to me.
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