Gazette area athletes, teams dominate DJ awards

New Albany and Union County had a huge night at the Daily Journal Spring Sports Awards as they brought home 12 team and individual awards on Tuesday night. Award winners participated in winter and spring sports during the 2018-19 year. 

Teams in the New Albany Gazette coverage area within Union County took home three Top Overall Team awards as East Union Girls Powerlifting, New Albany Tennis and Ingomar Boys Basketball won against teams from all classifications. 

Gara Beth Self of Ingomar and Macy Hitt of East Union won Top Overall Player awards in girls basketball and girls bowling.

Self pulled off the trifecta as she brought home three awards as the most decorated athlete from Union County and the area as she won Girls Basketball Top Overall Player for the area as well as Top 2A Basketball Player and Top 2A Softball Player. 

Self helped lead the Lady Falcon basketball team to a 33-4 record on the year as she averaged 19.4 points per game with an average of 2.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists. Self has signed to play with University of Louisiana-Monroe. 

Self also excelled on the softball diamond as she hit for an astonishing .676 average with five home runs, seven doubles and six triples. She also drove in 16 runs while scoring 43 and was successful on 30 of 31 attempts in stolen bases. Self had an on base percentage of .706 while her slugging average was 1.135.

New Albany Tennis was represented by Lexie Kent and the Bulldogs won Top Overall Tennis Team as well as Top 4A Team honors. 

New Albany successfully defended their 4A team title in tennis as they defeated Newton County by a solid 6-1 decision. The Bulldogs also had four doubles teams to compete for 4A state championships in individual play including an all-New Albany final in girls doubles. 

Ingomar Falcons won Top Overall Boys Basketball Team and Top 2A Boys Basketball awards. 

Ingomar boys basketball were runner-up in Class 2A with a 34-5 record. The Falcons lost a close decision to Bay Springs in the 2A championship by a 56-51 final under Coach Jonathan Ashley.  

East Union Girls Powerlifting won Top Overall Girls Powerlifting for the area schools. 

The Lady Urchins dominated the Class I Girls as they finished with more team points than the second and third place teams combined. East Union had eight lifters win gold, two took silver and one lifter brought home bronze. 

East Union has won Class I for four consecutive years under Coach Scott Duley and look to repeat again in 2020 with the team coming back virtually intact. 

Macy Hitt of East Union was named Girls Bowling Top Overall Player for the Daily Journal readership area. 

Hitt was the top girls bowler in Class I girls with her top series score of 587. She helped lead East Union girls to a fourth place finish in team competition. 

Zach Shugars of Ingomar won the Top 2A Boys Basketball Player to give Ingomar a highly successful night with a combined six individual and team awards. 

Shugars led the Falcons in scoring with his 14.5 points per game average. He also pulled down an average of 6.5 rebounds per game to lead Ingomar. 

East Union won Top 2A Softball Team which gave the Urchins three combined awards in team and individuals. 

The Lady Urchins had a record of 22-5 under Coach Josh Blythe and reached the quarterfinals of 2A Fastpitch playoffs. East Union had .345 team batting average and stole 69 total bases for the season while outscoring their opponents 163-68. 

Annie Orman of West Union was named Top 1A Softball Player. 

Orman led West Union with her .577 batting average with 31 RBI plus eight home runs, 12 doubles and five triples. She had an on base percentage of .691 and a slugging percentage of 1.225. Orman had a fielding percentage of .958 with only six errors in 116 total chances from her shortstop position.

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