Eaton school board honors fall athletes

By Braden Moles -

EATON — The Eaton Community Schools Board of Education honored the district’s fall athletes during their meeting on Monday, March 8.

“The Eaton School Board of Education and the administration wishes to recognize all athletic teams and individuals for an outstanding season and commend them on their outstanding sportsmanship and representation of community schools,” Board President Lisa Noble said.

The following students were recognized at the meeting:

Olivia Baumann, who was named SWBL Volleyball Player of the Year.

The Eaton girls tennis team, who won the SWBL Southwestern Division, consists of Harmony Atkinson, Olivia Brooks, Kylie Chaney, Maegan Cohorn, Anna Collins, Kate Hauser, Macy Hitchcock, Haneet Kang, Anna Kramer, Grace Murphy, Sophia Murphy, Tess Murphy, Maggie Ott and Erika Wilkinson.

Additionally, Hitchcock was recognized for the following individual honors: SWBL First Team, sectional champion (singles), district champion (singles), state champion (singles), OHSAA All-Ohio First Team, First Team All-Area Division 2 and Player of the Year Division 2.

The girls high school cross country team was recognized for a third place finish at regionals, a runner-up finish at districts and a 13th place finish at state. Their team consists of Kiera Elliott, Lauren Guiley, Kaili Hewitt, Rylie Haynes, Stephanie Gibson, Cami McCloud, Ally Schmidt and Cari Metz.

The boys high school cross country team was recognized for an eighth place finish at regionals and third place finish at districts. Their team consists of Jack Bortel, Kolby Hamilton, James Baker, Cole Hauser, Bradley Gifford, Jaxon Roth, Austin Kopf and Logan Cottle.

Bortel and Hamilton were also recognized as cross county state qualifiers.

“Congratulations to all the athletes, the parents – it seems weird because it’s March and we’re recognizing you for what you did in the fall, but we all know the reason for the delay,” Eaton superintendent Jeff Parker said. “I think everyone in this room is to be commended. Parents, athletes, coaches, administration, everyone, and a little bit of luck, that we made it through the fall and the winter without quarantining any teams, without missing any contests because we had to quarantine.”

Parker added it was a credit to those taking the pandemic seriously.

“May not want to all the time, may not like all the things, but it’s just just a great testimony to all of you and to all of our coaches and athletes and to our administration,” he said. “Now we just pray that we get through the spring – and I didn’t jinx it – that we [don’t] have to quarantine any team. Thank you very much for for the memories you brought for us during this tough year.”

By Braden Moles

Reach Braden Moles at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @BradenMoles

Reach Braden Moles at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @BradenMoles