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New Castle Middle School teams honored

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Members of the New Castle Middle School wrestling team await to be recognized individually and receive their certificates and letters during Thursday evening’s Winter Sports Honors Night in Pasman Gymnasium. Coach Tom Bell said he was pleased with how well the team performed this past season, but would like a few more individuals on his squad.
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The New Castle Middle School 7th grade boys basketball team awaits individual recognition and receiving certificates and letters during Thursday evening’s Winter Sports Honors Night in Pasman Gymnasium. Coach Jim Darling said the team had improved a lot during the course of the season.
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The New Castle Middle School (7th and 8th grade) cheerleaders perform a routine for those in attendance at Thursday evening’s Winter Sports Honors Night in Pasman Gymnasium. The girls later stood as a group and were individually recognized when they received their certificates and letters.
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Members of the New Castle Middle School 7th grade girls basketball team await their turn for receiving individual recognition and their certificates and letters during Thursday evening’s Winter Sports Honors Night in Pasman Gymnasium. Coach Jill Leversedge said that these girls epitomized what a Trojan team should be and improved greatly over the course of the season.
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Members of the New Castle Middle School 8th grade boys basketball team wait to be recognized individually and receive their certificates and letters during Thursday evening’s Winter Sports Honors Night in Pasman Gymnasium. Coach Matt Allison stated this team has the potential to do great things, as it had an an excellent season, outscored its opponents by 23 ppg, and won the championship of the Hoosier Heritage Conference.
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Members of the New Castle Middle School 8th grade girls basketball team listen to their coach talk while awaiting recognition and receiving their certificates and letters during Thursday evening’s Winter Sports Honors Night in Pasman Gymnasium. Coach Molly Swift said her team finished the season strongly, had a record of 8-8, and looked forward to watching the girls play in high school.
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Memebers of the New Castle Middle School girls and boys swimming teams await individual recognition and receiving their certificates and letters during Thursday evening’s Winter Sports Honors Night in Pasman Gymnasium. Coach Jason Kubick indicated the girls finished with a record of 4-4 this past season while the boys were 3-5.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

After a sports season is over, it’s always nice to have some sort of event to honor those who participated in it.

Some schools have separate banquets or dinners, others have a certain night in which all of the athletes of a fall, winter, or spring sports season are honored.

Such was the case for New Castle Middle School. Thursday evening it held its Winter Sports Honors Night in Pasman Gymnasium to recognized individuals who participated in cheerleading, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls swimming, and wrestling.

Athletic Director Warren Cook welcomed all in attendance and thanked the athletes for their participation, the coaches for taking the time to guide the teams and teach specific skill sets, and to the parents for their support.

As members of each team were introduced individually, they were given a certificate and a letter or something else they had earned for the season.

The NCHS cheerleaders took the floor first to perform one of their routines they did during the season and then Tom Bell, the wrestling coach, took the microphone to talk about his team.

Bell stated that the program has come a long way from where it was at the beginning of the season. The wrestlers who did very well at the Hoosier Heritage Conference meet were noted as they were introduced from the sixth grade on up to the eighth grade.

The 7th grade boys basketball team was the next to take the floor and Coach Jim Darling talked a bit about his team’s season. Darling stated that the boys played hard from start to finish and experienced ups and downs throughout the season, but most of them were ups.

Trojan 8th grade boys basketball Coach Matt Allison and his team took the floor next. Ellison began by stating that this group of boys was very talent4ed and great things might be expected from them as they moved forward.

The 8th graders won almost all of their games and outscored their opponents by 23 ppg. A major highlight was winning the Hoosier Heritage Conference championship over a tough Mt. Vernon (Fortville) team. He thanked his players for making the season a very successful one.

Swimming Coach Jason Kubick, who also coaches the high school teams, introduced his squad of 12 girls and four boys. Kubick stated the athletes worked hard all season and that Lylah Hutson was a Hoosier Heritage Conference champion.

He said the girls finished 4-4 and the boys 3-5, which was pretty good given the numbers. Kubick said that this was a fun group to coach and that there was a lot of improvement and a lot of growth during the season.

Cheerleaders Coach Jessica Lloyd then took the microphone. Lloyd stated that her 7th and 8th graders were a fun group to be around and that all were very good athletes. Lloyd also said that several were gymnasts and the 8th graders of that group probably would be on the high school team next season.

Coach Jill Leversedge of the 7th grade girls basketball team epitomized what being a Trojan was all about. She said the skill level of her team improved a lot over the course of the year and had some positive things to say about each player.

Leversedge told Sakagawea Watson, the tallest player and leading scorer on the team, that great things were in store for her if she worked hard and continued to improve.

Molly Swift, coach of the 8th grade girls basketball team, explained that her team had to overcome some injuries and illness during the season, but that the girls improved immensely once they started listening to the coaches and it was nice that the team ended up with an 8-8 record.

Swift said she really was looking forward to watching her girls as they proceed on to ninth grade to play basketball at the high school level.

Athletic Director Cook ended the evening by saying that spring sports were right around the corner with practice starting next week, and that if any boy or girl wanted to play golf or run track to see him Friday or Monday.