Statesmen awarded at banquet
Published 12:20 pm Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Randolph-Henry High School’s baseball program closed its 2019 campaign June 6 with an awards ceremony honoring both varsity and junior varsity (JV) players.
The event began with an overview of this year’s theme of competing through all circumstances as Varsity Head Coach Joshua Barmoy described how the program overcame a lot of adversity this season and stayed true to the program’s goals.
Sophomore JV standout Hunter Rapole received the Academic Athlete of the Year award. He earned a 96 percent average throughout the second semester.
JV Head Coach Mark Heintzleman said Rapole’s hard work on and off the field earned him the award.
“Not only does he bring it on the field every day, he is also excelling at a high level in the classroom, setting a great example for the rest of the guys in the program,” Heintzleman said.
Additionally, eighth-grader Jett Algeier received the Coaches Award.
“Jett was a prime example of a good teammate and a good player,” Heintzleman said. “He did whatever he was asked to do and did it with a good attitude.”
The varsity baseball team honored two seniors — Skylar Lacks, who received the Academic Athlete of the Year award, and Xavier Eubanks, who received the Coaches Award.
“Skylar has so much talent on the diamond, but what sets him apart from the rest is his ability to prioritize school and excel at it,” Barmoy said. “Skylar had a 98 percent average during second semester. We all are really proud of him and excited for him to start his journey at (Eastern Mennonite University) EMU next year.”
“Xavier earned the Coaches Award for his dedication to this baseball program,” Barmoy continued. “He never complained and always gave you a 100 percent with a smile on his face. I am extremely proud of Xavier for his character and for his success off the field. Our staff wishes both our seniors the best of luck moving forward.”
Additionally, Matthew Harding was awarded the Ultimate Teammate award for the 2019 season.
“As most are aware Matthew had a season-ending surgery that ended his play for the 2019 season,” Barmoy said. “Instead of feeling sorry for himself and distancing himself from the team, Matthew did whatever was needed to help the team. He never missed a practice or game and even stated that the day of his surgery, he wanted to make it back for our game that night. His family also never stopped supporting the Statesmen baseball team. All of this is evidence into why Matthew deserved this award.”