Dylan Hiner of Knightstown Community High School has been named the 2017 KWG Productions Henry County Athlete of the Year.
Hiner tragically passed away last spring in a fatal car accident. He was a starting guard for the Panthers as a freshman, and continued to show promise and improvement game after game.
"I never got to know him (Dylan) that well, but you could definitely tell he was constantly putting in the effort to become a better basketball player. But what stood out to me most about Dylan, was the way he impacted his peers, teammates, coaches, faculty, and administrators. He never failed to put a smile on someone's face when he was outside the lines," said KWG Productions owner Kaleb Gillock.
Hiner was the only sophomore named to last season's all-county team according to The Courier Times. He also played in 46 games, scoring a total of 493 points in just two seasons.
"As I mentioned, Dylan was always on the rise with his talent. Any coach would love to have him simply for his dedication. When I think about how dedicated he was, a social media post of Mike Fender's (local photographer) talking about all of the nights he was kept awake by a young boy dribbling and shooting a basketball (referring to Hiner) outside his window. With this mindset, there is no doubt in my mind that the Henry County community would have nominated him many more times over the course of the next two years," added Gillock.
Hiner will remain on the Knightstown roster and his jersey will always have a place on the bench for the next two seasons. In tonight's home opener against Tri high, Hiner was left in the starting lineup and his jersey was worn during the opening minutes by teammate Jose Olivo - allowing everyone to hear his name in the lineup one last time.
Stormie Fitch of Shenandoah High School is the KWG Productions Henry County Athlete of the Week.
Fitch is a sophomore on the Raider Cross Country team.
She had an outstanding season for the Raiders, including three first place finishes, five top-five finishes, nine top 10s, and a trip to Cross Country Semi-State. The following are a list of times and placings for Fitch during the 2017 season:
Triston Chesher of New Castle High School is the KWG Productions Henry County Athlete of the Week.
Chesher is a junior Wide Receiver and Defensive back on the Trojan football team.
This season, Chesher has accumulated a total of 909 total receiving yards on 62 catches for a total of 14.7 average receiving yards. He also averages 101 receiving yards per game and has a total of six touchdowns.
The Trojans (5-4) travel to play Richmond (0-9) in the 45th Annual IHSAA Football State Tournament Sectional 22 at Lyboult Field. New Castle is on track for its best season since 1984.
Joe Huff of Shenandoah High School is the KWG Productions Henry County Athlete of the Week.
Huff is a senior Running Back and Cornerback on the Raider football team.
So far this season, he has accumulated a total of 598 rushing yards on 65 carries for an average of 9.2 yards-per-carry. Huff also averages 74.8 rushing yards per game tallying 12 rushing touchdowns this season and 13 total touchdowns.
This past week, Huff went for 159 yards on six carries with three touchdowns in the 67-13 win over Eastern Hancock.
Annie Gillock of New Castle High School is the KWG Productions Henry County High School Athlete of the Week.
Gillock is a Junior on the Lady Trojans' golf team.
Annie has been awarded low medalist four times this season, including twice this past week. This past week she finished with a 40 against Blue River Valley and Greenfield-Central. She also put up a 44 against Yorktown in the season opener, and tied for low-medalist with a 42 against Cambridge City Lincoln. Her other nine hole scores include a 43 at Shelbyville and a 46 at Shenandoah.
Gillock has also posted 18 hole scores of 79 and 87.
May 5, 2017
Cameron Tabor of New Castle High School is the KWG Productions Henry County High School Athlete of the Week.
Tabor is a sophomore on the Lady Trojans softball team and has put on an impressive offensive display all season long.
So far this season, Tabor carries a .478 batting average in 56 plate appearances and 46 at-bats. She has scored 16 runs off 22 hits (including 3 doubles and six home runs) and has 20 RBIs.
In her two-year varsity career, she has an on-base percentage of .532 and a fielding percentage of .893.
April 21, 2017
Allison Sander of Knightstown Community High School is the KWG Productions Henry County High School Athlete of the Week.
Sander is a Senior on the Lady Panthers track and field team.
Allison helped lead the girls’ track team to a fifth-consecutive North Decatur Invite championship. She placed first in hurdles and high jump, fourth in long jump, and was a member of the third-place 4×100 meter relay team.
Sander is the only Senior that has been on the track team for all four years.
April 14, 2017
Cy Stanley of Shenandoah High School is the KWG Productions Henry County High School Athlete of the Week.
Stanley is a Junior on the Raiders baseball team and had an impressive weekend at the Forest Hills Eastern / Eastern Hancock / Shenandoah three-way.
Cy helped the Raiders of to a 4-0 start to the season. He went 2-0 on the mound in 12 innings pitched. He threw 20 strikeouts and allowed just two walks. With that, he had one earned run with a 0.58 ERA.
At the plate, Stanley hit .364 in 16 plate appearances including four doubles, nine RBIs, and five walks.
March 31, 2017
Silvia Panizzutti of Knightstown High School is the KWG Productions Henry County High School Athlete of the Week.
Panizzutti is a senior foreign-exchange student at KHS.
Silvia is from Italy and has little to no experience playing softball. However, after a successful season and a Lady Panther on the basketball team, she continued to join her friends on the diamond.
In the preseason scrimmage, Panizzutti was one of a few players that helped kickstart the Panthers hitting against Blackford.
She continues to progress daily and the coaching staff is excited to see how the team progresses this season.
March 24, 2017
Robyn Clark of Knightstown High School is the KWG Productions Henry County High School Athlete of the Week.
“Robyn is not only one of our best softball players, including All-Area Centerfielder, but is such a leader on and off the field. She always puts her teammates before herself.
On the softball side, Robyn has 80 career hits, 61 RBIs, and has had numerous double plays – catching a ball in the outfield and gunning them out while trying to tag up.
She never loses sight of the big picture in life. No matter how her day is going in school or softball, she always makes sure that every player (varsity or JV) feels ‘included,’ sensing like a coach or parent when someone is struggling in the game of softball or in life.
She is always an extension of the coaching staff in every way imaginable. She contacts the team when anything is updated or needed. She took senior night by the reins last year and made it extra special and sentimental for all of the seniors.
Whenever we need help working on the diamond, she is there from beginning to end.
She is one of those special people that sets an outstanding example for all of her peers to emulate, and I can’t thank her enough for all she has done and continues to do throughout her career.
She is a way above average softball player and could play in college, 100%. However, she has her focus on what she wants to do for the rest of her life which is working with animals.
Someday, she is going to make a phenomenal wife, mother, and co-worker, and I couldn’t be more proud of her. It is student-athletes like Robyn that makes it so rewarding to coach and makes me look better as a coach. Thank you, Robyn!”
-Bret Mann, KHS Softball Head Coach
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