Paige Kilgore

Houston’s Paige Kilgore tossed a five-inning perfect game against Vicksburg – and all 15 outs came on swinging strikes.

Over the course of a high school sports season, plenty of unique and interesting occurrences happen in front of my eyes.

My favorite part of covering high school sports is the fact that the same thing never happens twice, and I can see dominant performances from any given kid on any night.

As I reflect back on the 2018-19 school year, one moment stands out above the rest. And I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.

That moment wasn’t a championship win, and it wasn’t a buzzer- beater or walk-off.

It was Paige Kilgore of Houston throwing a perfect game and striking out every batter she saw, and it was the most dominant performance I’ve ever seen in person.

Kilgore did that day what people dream of, striking out 15 batters, all swinging, in a 16-0 win over Vicksburg. Only three Gators made contact with the ball, and none of the foul balls were hit more than a few feet.

She dominated at the plate as well, and went 4 for 4 with two doubles and two home runs. I’m not sure I’ll ever see another performance as dominating as that one, but someone may surprise me next season.

In high school sports, you just never know.

There are other moments that stick out to me. Here are a few of those.

• Austin Geno’s story is one I will remember for a while. The Jumpertown basketball standout suffered partial amputations on four of his fingers in a lawn mowing incident, but came back for his senior season and averaged 16.6 points and 4.1 rebounds.

• Hunter Stacy and the Biggersville basketball team came back to beat Wheeler, 87-86, in overtime in a Division 1-1A matchup. Stacy finished with 35 points, including the game winner with 13 seconds left. For Wheeler, Jalon Beene had a game-high 43 points.

• Nanih Waiya beat Simmons, 21-18, in the Class 1A football state championship back in December.

The loss ended the Blue Devils’ 54-game win streak.

dalton.middleton@journalinc.com Twitter: @DLMiddleton8

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