The 2015 Bears Baseball season officially closed out the season this past Thursday night as the team had their annual banquet at Emmanuel Baptist Church. PCHS head baseball coach Greg Gay opened the banquet with a few words before turning the microphone over to Team Chaplain Lynn Harris who gave his last bucket talk about the difference between character and reputation using scripture from Proverbs 10:9 and 11:3 by telling the players and those in attendance that talent can carry you places that your character may not let you stay at using a former NFL player as an example. The player had all of the talent in the world that got him fame and fortune but his character led him down the wrong path bringing him to his demise and a life in prison.
A delicious meal of grilled chicken, baked beans and potato salad along with all of the deserts was then served to those in attendance with steak being served to the players. After the meal was served, Coach Gay gave a special thanks to Jimmy Lydon and John Cox for serving as grill masters for the event. As president of the Pierce County Athletic Booster Club, Mr. Lydon thanked each player for their hard work and also the parents for their sacrifice in driving the players to practice and giving up family time for games so that these boys could chase a dream. Mr. Lydon then presented a gift to each coach from the booster club.
Coach Gay along with coaches Jamie Ammons, Andrew Evans and Jacob Evors each had a part in handing out some of the awards to the players. Coach Gay also gave a gift to assistant coach Jamie Ammons who has been a large part of the program as Coach Ammons is leaving Pierce to go back to his alma matter to serve on the coaching staff there.
The regional awards included: Region Field of the Year, Region Coaching Staff of the Year, Region Player of the Year to Zach Goble, Region Pitcher of the Year to Dakota Martin, First Team All-Region Shortstop to Stetson Smith, Second Team All-Region to Ganon Graham, and Second Team All-Region Catcher to Kyler Allen.
The team awards included: Academic Award to Madison Tuten, Weight Training Award to Logan Paul, Best Offensive Award to Zach Goble, Best Pitcher Award to Dakota Martin, Best Defensive Award to Caleb Turner, Work Horse Award to Kyler Allen, and Coaches Award to Stetson Smith.
Coach Gay also thanked many others to include the hard-working parents and supporters in the program, the administration in the Pierce County School System, Toby Crews and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the community for the tremendous support given to the team throughout the year in making the PCHS baseball program one of the best in the state.
At the end of the banquet, Team Chaplain Lynn Harris presented each senior with a Bible which contained their engraved name and number on the cover. The Bibles were given as a gift on behalf of FCA and EmmanuelBaptistChurch. Pictured from left to right are Nate White, Caleb Turner, Stetson Smith, Ganon Graham, Brother Lynn Harris, Zach Goble, Madison Tuten, Kyler Allen, and Dakota Martin.