2020-21 Athletes of the Year

The Athletes of the Year gave the best performance in their sport in The Herald Bulletin Coverage area.

During Lapel’s recent run of success, an exciting and high-powered offense has been the hallmark for coach Tim Miller and the Bulldogs. Running a wide-open offense is dependent on having the right players in the right positions, including electric playmakers. Read more

After being named the THB Sports Girls Cross Country Athlete of the Year as a freshman, an injury during Katie Jones’ spring track season slowed her down enough as a sophomore that she was bypassed by one of her talented teammates for the same award last season. Read more

For the second consecutive year and the third time in four years, the Liberty Christian soccer team won a sectional championship. And for the third time in as many title runs, it was a different player leading the way offensively. In 2020, it was senior Josh Cabello, Read more


The THB Sports Awards recognized athletes, coaches and community members from across the county in a virtual ceremony on July 21. Here are stories on each of the winners:

In a year shortened by the coronavirus pandemic and highlighted by three individual athletes from the area who placed in the top four in their sport in the state, Shenandoah senior Silas Allred still stands alone. Read more

It was anything but smooth sailing for the Frankton girls basketball team in the 2019-20 season. Head coach Stephan Hamaker lost his stepfather early in the regular season, the Eagles stood just 4-3 after a 63-40 loss at Pendleton Heights capped a nightmare weekend in November and two players transferred out of the program a short time later. Read more

Make no mistake, Stormie Fitch is an accomplished and talented athlete. She is a two-time cross country semistate qualifier, she owns Shenandoah’s 3,200-meter track record for girls and was a starter for the sectional championship basketball team. Read more

Silas Allred was lauded as he piled up athletic accomplishments during his career. He was a three-time state wrestling finalist, a two-time undefeated state wrestling champion and among the top five in the nation at his craft. Read more

Jesse McCurdy made a habit of making athletic history during his time at Lapel, having graduated as the school’s all-time winningest tennis player and the first Bulldog to advance to the state singles tournament finals. Read more

2020 THB Sports Awards FINALISTS

2019-20 Athletes of the Year

The Athletes of the Year gave the best performance in their sport in The Herald Bulletin Coverage area.

As an individual, the Tigers’ senior defensive back Cade Vernetti stood out, making big play after big play. He did so while excelling in all three facets of the game, rarely leaving the field, and has earned the THB Sports Football-Defense Athlete of the Year. Read more

Not only did Lapel senior Jesse McCurdy wrap up another stellar season and repeat as the THB Sports Boys Tennis Athlete of the Year, he has a pretty good case for the Boys Tennis Athlete of the Decade, if there were such an award. Read more

At her first high school golf tournament, the 18-hole Hamilton Southeastern Invitational at the par-69 Stony Creek Golf Club, Lapel freshman Macy Beeson shot a 12-over par 81, a good score by any measure for a high school player. Read more


The Herald Bulletin hosted the second THB Sports Awards at the Paramount Theatre on Tuesday, honoring athletes, coaches and others throughout the community. Here are the winners ... Read more


The THB Sports Awards recognized athletes, coaches and community members from across the county on June 19 at the Paramount Theatre. Here are stories on each of the winners:

In perhaps the upset of the school year, Shenandoah knocked off defending champion Pendleton Heights to win the THB Sports Awards Program of the Year honors for 2019. Read more

Megan Green earned six varsity letters at Pendleton Heights, four on the soccer team and two with the Unified Track team. But her activities didn’t sidetrack her academics, and Green is the 2019 THB Sports Girls Scholar Athlete of the Year. Read more

In two years for Lapel football, Malachi Qualls had earned a reputation, as well as All-State honors, as one of the best kickers in the area. But, until he transferred to Anderson High School to play for his father, Ron Qualls, he had never caught a pass in a game. Read more

The area was peppered this season with freshmen softball players who made a huge impact for their teams. But none made a bigger splash or impact at the level that Pendleton Heights rookie catcher Kieli Ryan did this year, making her the THB Sports Awards 2019 Girls Breakout Athlete of the Year. Read more


Photos from the inaugural THB Sports Awards, held June 19 at the Paramount Theatre.


The Athletes of the Year gave the best performance in their sport in The Herald Bulletin coverage area.

Last season began with frustration and ended in disappointment for Shenandoah’s Silas Allred. The then-sophomore suffered an injury during football, delaying the start of his wrestling season, which concluded with quarterfinal loss and a fifth-place finish at the state meet. Read more

High above the pool at Pendleton Heights High School is a large board displaying the school’s boys and girls swimming records. Arabians junior Karly Riffey, along with graduated teammates Sarah Dudley and McKenna Jule and junior teammate Emma Robison, is a part of two records that were set a year ago, in the 400 and 200 freestyle relays. Read more

Football is a sport that requires playing with passion, emotion and instincts, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Perhaps no player combined those traits with great production more than the 2018 Herald Bulletin Football - Defense Athlete of the Year, Shenandoah senior linebacker Dallas Pugsley. Read more

For the most part, our picks for athletes of the year are either favorites before the season starts or at least on the radar. Neither is true of Pendleton Heights goal keeper Ethan Hunt, the 2018 Herald Bulletin Boys Soccer Athlete of the Year. Read more

All the 2017-18 Girls Soccer Athlete of the Year did as an encore was further establish herself as the greatest offensive player in Pendleton Heights history and bring her team within five minutes of winning a sectional championship.  Read more

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