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lte June 13, 20t2 SPORTS Page 17 j. ! Justin Rice was named the baseball team's Most Valuable Player at the team's awards dessert on May 31. Rice, a junior, was also named Pitcher of the Year after setting a school record with a 0.68 ERA in league action. He handcuffed Central in the Huskies' 14-1 win over the Panthers in a state play-in game on May 18. Coach Matt Matuszak said the Central game was "a step in the right direction" "in a season in which he said Sweet Home maxi- mized its potential. "I thought it was an outstand- ing season," he said. "We made a lot of progress, I felt. Just in the off-season, a lot of individuals put in a lot of hard work." The Huskies also played what Matuszak considered "the toughest schedule of any in the state. "We set the schedule up to be extremely tough," he said. "I think the kids did a really good job of re- sponding to some early losses."" The Huskies finished 13-14, but 10-5 in Sky-Em action, going 6-4 in their last 10 games, includ- ing their final 15-3 loss to a veteran North Valley squad in-theplayoffs. "We got out of this team what I was expecting," Matuszak said. "You always hope to go further in the playoffs. I felt go.od in the situ- ation we were in. We got lined up with a team that returned 11 ath- letes from the year before when they went to the state playoffs. They were more experienced." Other awards were: MVP Justin Rice The Big Stick (Offensive Player of the Year) went to senior Hunter Bidwell, who led the team at the plate with a .351 batting av- erage and one home run. He also was named Most Improved. The Golden Glove (De- fensive Player of the Year) went to senior Jeremy White. Rookie of the Year was se- nior Ty Harvey, who was a newcomer to the team. Most Inspirational was senior Brandon Gregory and the "Hus- tle" award went to junior Drayson Scott. JV Player of the Year was sophomoi'e Christian Voldbaek, while Kevin Seiberwas Freshman Player of the Year. Third-year letter winners were Nate Melcher, Rice, Colton Holly, White and Bidwell. Second-year letters went to Scott, Cory Hanks, Austin Rice and Kyle Winslow. First-year letters went to Har- vey, Voldbaek, Gregory, JT Weld, Zack Gill and Kory Van Deusen. Offensive Player of the Year Hunter Bidwell Defensive Player of the Year Jeremy White Emili Riggs, left, and Megan Rubidoux were selected to play for the Mid- west All=Stars in the state 4A All-Star Softball Game June 3 at the Oregon State University softball complex. The North~South and Midwest teams split the doubleheader, 5-3for the North and 4-2for the Midwest. Karts scheduled Friday at Speedway Willamette Speedway action resumes Friday, Jan. 15, as the sea- son opener for the Karts will take place in the infield of the big track. The historic 1/3 mile will re- turn to regular season action with DirtCar Super Late Models, USRA Modifieds, Sportsman, Classic Sportsman, and Mini Trucks of Saturday, June 16,- after cancella- tion last weekend due to standing water on the track. This weekend will conclude on Sunday, June 17, with the 12th Annual Father's Day Tuff Truck and Trash Car Competition. On ,' Movln g . ,, i C t[[ our dr l .! i ........................ .............. -. .......... i Sunday the ticket prices will be $10 for adults and $6 for youths, with the evening scheduled to be- gin at 1 p.m. Over 30 years experience Free estimates Locally owned .Tear-offs with no mess Hand nailed, architect & 3-tab shingles P . Snap-lock, Hi-rib metal & fiat roofs . . All workmanship guaranteed BUSINESSES: ~ " .. . ~ .~ / " i ..~ over 7,500 olds Crawfordsville to Cascadia! l (54! ALL ABOUT SWEET HOME SINCE 1929 q~