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McCracken County Public Schools News Article

Eighteen MCHS Seniors Sign College Athletic Scholarships

McCracken County High School recognized the following seniors for their accomplishments and signing college scholarships:
Maggie Aydt – University of Kentucky – Cross Country/Track and Field
3x Region 1 3A Cross Country Champion
3x Region 1 Runner of the Year
5x KHSAA Academic All-State First Team for Cross Country
2x MCHS Most Valuable Runner Award
Heisman Award State Winner
Reese Bohde – Spalding University – Soccer 
2x Academic All State
4x District Champion
2020 Region Champion
KHSAA Sweet 16
2020 All District Team
2020 All region First Team 
Donsten Brown – University of Kentucky – Track and Field 
2x KHSAA Class 3A State Qualifier in High Jump
2x All-Area 1 First Team 
2019 Region 1 Class 3A Champion
2019 3rd Place AAU Jr. Olympics
2019  McCracken County High School Mustangs Track and Field Male Athlete of the Year
2020  McCracken County High School Mustangs Track and Field Male Athlete of the Year   
2020 SEAAU Track and Field Indoor Invitational Champion
2021 Paducah Tilghman Track Invitational Augie Schiller Male Field Athlete of the Meet
2021 KTCCCA Class 3A Indoor State Champion 
McCracken Co. School Record Holder in High Jump 6 ft. 10 in.
Finished the 2021 Indoor Track Season Ranked 5th in the Nation in High Jump at 6 ft. 9.5 in.
Currently Ranked 1st in KY and 9th in the Nation for Outdoor Track Season
Brandon Dodd – Dyersburg State – Baseball 
MCHS Varsity Baseball Letterman all 4 years
KHSAA State Runner Up
KHSAA State Semi Finalist
KHSAA Academic All State Team
2020 Perfect Game WWBA All Tournament Team
2018 MCHS Varsity Baseball Rookie of the Year
Adeline Edwards – Rend Lake College – Golf
2016 Region One Champion Team 
2015, 2017, 2018 Region One Runner Up Team 
2015 2016 2018 KHSAA State Championship Golf Tournament Player 
Six year letterman
Austin Harper – Berea College – Baseball
Recruited by 5 schools
4 year member of baseball team
3.6 GPA
Honors Graduate
.429 batting average summer of 2020
Jayda Harris – West Point – Volleyball 
Region 1 All Tournament Team 2018, 2019, and 2020
Second Team All State 2020
State All-Tournament Team 2020
First Team Academic All-State 2018, 2019, and 2020
Ben Higdon – Memphis University – Baseball
4 year varsity baseball player for MCHS
Member of FCA
Honors Student
Homecoming Court
Stang Gang Pep Club Leader
Ian McCune – Mount Saint Joseph University – Basketball
3.95 GPA 
Member Fellowship Christian Athletes
4 years first team all-state academic team for football and basketball
3 year varsity letterman , McCracken County Football
3 year member of District Champs and State Playoff Teams 
All-Western Kentucky Regional Team as a Senior Safety
Led football team in interceptions and 3rd in total tackles as a senior.
3 year varsity letterman, McCracken County Basketball 
All-District team, 2020, 2021
All-Region team 2020, 2021  
Joey Fosko MVP Award for 2021 Regional Tournament
Opening round game MVP regional tourney, 2020
LCA Christmas Tourney, all - tournament team, 2020
Member of 3 straight District Championship Teams, 2019, 2020, 2021
Member of Back to Back Regional Championship and Kentucky State Sweet 16 qualifying teams, 2020, 2021
Member of Elite 8 state tournament team, 2021 
Major in Sports Management and Communications
Received the maximum merit and business scholarships to attend Mount Saint Joseph University
Gavin O’Donley – Spalding University – Soccer 
4 years varsity soccer 
All District, All Region, All Purchase Teams
2 times All State Team 
Member of the McCracken County Bowling – 2021 State Champion Team 
Elijah Patrick – Austin Peay – Cheer  
Kentucky Athletic Association Academic All-State 2018-2019
KMEA First District All-District Band (PTHS)
DAR Youth Citizenship Award
Band Distinguished Award (Solo & Ensemble)
Kentucky Athletic Association Academic All-State 2019-2020
Kentucky state CO-ED Cheer Championships- 1st Place
Selected to attend the NYLF - Advanced HealthCare and Medicine 
UCA virtual CO-ED National Champion 
Selected as a Mayoral Intern under Mayor Harless 
Paducah Bank Teen ambassador and alumni board
Shelby Puryear – Indiana Tech – Tennis 
Girls State Tennis Team Champion 2016 & 2017
Girls State Runner Up Team 2018
Girls State Doubles Runner Up 2017
Girls State Doubles Quarter-finalist 2018, 2019
All-State Team 2017
Regional Doubles Winner 2017, 2018, 2019
Valedictorian 2021
Academic Scholar 2016 - present
Member of National Honors Society, Rotary Club, & Beta Club
Merit Scholarship to Indiana Tech $15,000
Tennis Scholarship to Indiana Tech $4,000
Garrett Rikel – John A Logan College – Golf 
KHSAA First Team Academic All State – all 4 years of high school
Began playing on the golf team in 7th grade - lettered all 6 years
Low scoring average his senior year
Region 1 championship (freshman year)
Region 1 runner up (2 years)
Played in state championship 2 years
Played in the Kentucky Junior PGA League
State Champion (1 year)
State Runner -Up (1 year)
Also lettered 2 years in soccer

Emma Shell – Wabash Valley College – Soccer 
Won Districts 4 years in a row
Runner Up in Regionals 2019
Lettered in Woman’s Varsity Soccer Sophomore, Junior and Senior Year
Full Ride Soccer Scholarship to Wabash Valley
Graduating with All Honors 

Gavin Trueblood – Campbellsville University – Football
Fall 2018 McCracken County Football Coaches Award
Spring 2019 Border Brawl Powerlifting Meet 2nd place 250 pound weight class, state qualifier. 
Fall 2019 McCracken County Football Iron Horseman of the Year. 
Spring 2020 State Qualifier Powerlifting Heavy Weight Division
Fall 2020 All WKC football
Fall 2020 McCracken County Football Iron Horseman of the Year 
1000 pound weight lifting club
1100 pound weight lifting club
1200 pound plus weight lifting club
Two time letterman at Right Tackle 
Josh Tucker – Kentucky Wesleyan College – Baseball
Paducah Chamber of Commerce Youth Lead Class #9 Graduate 
Rotary Club of Paducah Junior Rotarian
Honor Graduate
Academic All-State, 1st Team
Athletic & Academic Scholarship to Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, KY
Braden Vinyard – Volunteer State College – Baseball         
4-year Varsity Baseball player
4-year Academic All-State 
2-year regional champion
Member of FCA
Member of Pep Club
2019 State Runner-Up
Hunter Vlach – Massachusetts Maritime Academy – Football
Freshman Defensive Player of the Year 
3 year Varsity Letterman
4 year Coaches Choice Award Winner
KHSAA Academic All State Honorable Mention 2018 – 2020
All WKC Selection 2020
4.0 Club, 800 and 1000 lb. Club Member

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