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by Randy Parks
The Crane Mustangs winter sports teams held their season-ending award ceremony on Wednesday, March 19.
The student-athletes for basketball and wrestling were recognized by their respective coaches, and presented with academic awards, as well as letters, all-league honors and special awards.
Athletic Director Chuck Steeves stated that each of the winter sports teams received recognition from the Dairy Farmers of Oregon Academic All-State program for having team grade point averages (GPA) above 3.0. The Crane wrestling team placed fifth in the 2A/1A standings with a team GPA of 3.09.
The girls basketball team was eighth in the 1A classification with a team GPA of 3.75, and the boys basketball team had a team GPA of 3.31, placing them 22nd in 1A.
Recipients of the special awards for the three teams are as follows:
Wrestling: Most Improved — Clay Duckworth; Most Inspirational — Andy Lamborn; Most Outstanding — Dustin Ramge.
Girls basketball: Best Defensive Player — Rebekah Clark; Most Inspirational — Morgan Corrigan; Most Improved — Bryana Dunn and Glennie Milburn; Most Outstanding — Claire Hammond.
All-League honors: First team — Hammond and Corrigan; Second team — Clark and Dunn; Honorable mention — Milburn.
Boys basketball: Most Inspirational — Matt Witzel; Most Improved — Travis Landon; Teammate award — Joe Valentine; Best Defensive Player — Corbin Hammond; Most Outstanding — Tyler Opie.
All-League honors: First team — Opie and Hammond; Second team — Wyatt Starbuck; Honorable mention — Landon and Nick Witzel.
JV boys basketball: Most Inspirational — Colton Witzel; Most Outstanding — David Steeves; Most Improved — Cashe Davis; Coaches’ award — William Clark.