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Basketball players earn awards

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County Knights basketball team held their annual banquet at Marion County High School Wednesday, where several players took home honors for their contributions throughout the 2011-12 basketball season.
Carlos Litsey took home three awards, including field goal percentage (60.4), most rebounds (250), and blocked shots (41).
John Southall received five awards at the banquet, including best three-point field goal percentage (39.2), best free throw percentage (78), most assists (129), most steals (85), and the MVP award.
Vincent Collins earned an award for most charges taken, received the 100 percent award, and won the most improved award. The junior varsity team gave out Co-MVP awards to Clay Lanham and Alex Smith.
Academic awards were also given out. For the varsity team, Alex Smith received the academic Award with a 3.92 GPA. For the junior varsity team, Anthony Mattingly took home this award with a 3.88 GPA.
The freshman team had two players that earned the academic award for having a 4.0 GPA, which were Chase Lancaster and Robbie Spalding.
Three players, Chase Lancaster, Anthony Mattingly, and Alex Smith, received first team Academic All-State, while Satchel Tatum, Latrelle Irvin, Patrick Gribbins, and Brandon Knopp earned honorable mention Academic All-State.