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Much to celebrate for Trojan girls' basketball

The Fairfield girls’ basketball team award winners are, from left, Destiny Gridley, Jill Dunlap, Ashley Bloomquist, Blair Bowman, Madison Kraemer, Kara Jeffrey, Malory Jones and Shaylin Drish.
The Fairfield girls’ basketball team award winners are, from left, Destiny Gridley, Jill Dunlap, Ashley Bloomquist, Blair Bowman, Madison Kraemer, Kara Jeffrey, Malory Jones and Shaylin Drish.

The 2018-19 Fairfield girls’ basketball team enjoyed once last meal together with their immediate families joining together for the annual banquet hosted by the Trojan coaching staff inside the middle school cafetorium Sunday night with awards handed out at the end.

“I’m proud of all of these kids and their parents and all of the time that goes into a season,” said head coach Brian Witzenburg of his appreciation for the team. “I’m thankful for our seniors who have accomplished a lot in their careers.”

MVP, SEC Player of the Year, first-team All-SEC

Shaylin Drish, Jr.

“It means a lot for people to recognize me and the coaches to choose me out of all of the players in the conference.”

Drish will have the spring off before playing softball with her upperclass teammates once last time.

“It’s hard to see all the seniors go because they’ve been here for all of my years here,” said Drish.

“Every day at practice we just had the time of our lives, no matter how hard we were going, we found a way to make it fun and just enjoyed being around each other.”

Rebound award

Malory Jones and Kara Jeffrey, Seniors

“We’re basically the only post players,” said Jeffrey with a smile before confirming that she will be starting soccer for the first time ever after being recruited to the team by her best friend, fellow senior Bryanna Popejoy.

“I thought, why not, and now I’m meeting a lot of new people, especially the younger girls.”

Hustle award

Ashley Bloomquist, Sr.

“I think I got it because I always want to give 100 percent and I always want to be there,” said Bloomquist. “I’m really sad it’s over, but on to bigger and better things now and I’ll always hold all these memories deep down in my heart.” Tuesday at Wartburg, Bloomquist will lead the Trojan track and field team on her soon-to-be new turf in a cool blend of the past meeting the future.

Most Improved award

Destiny Gridley, Jr.

“Last year, I didn’t get to play as much as I would have liked to, but this year was a lot different,” said Gridley. “I got a lot more minutes on the court and I feel like I really worked over the summer for the position I had, so I think most improved is the award that fit me.”

While Gridley is still trying to decide which spring sport to play, tennis or soccer, her summer plans will definitely include softball where she is the second baseman and round ball.

“This summer, I’m looking forward to getting into the gym and building that team chemistry with the younger girls because we do have a lot of shoes to fill.” “I do put my heart into all of these sports and it breaks my heart to decide. We’ll see if I can do it all.”

Attitue award

Blair Bowman, Jill Dunlap and Madison Kraemer, Seniors

“Fairfield basketball has a bright future,” added Witzenburg. “Our freshman team was undefeated and our JV team went 17-2, so it’s only going to continue. Thank you to my wife, my kids, my parents, my sisters for everything. It was a good season and we’re thankful for that. We’re always reloading and there is so much potential. Fairfield basketball is going to be the team to beat in the Southeast Conference for the next, how ever long.”

When asked about his future in Fairfield, Witzenburg said with believable confidence, “I’m not leaving the community at all.”