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Lacrosse team celebrates season, Harrod leads state in scoring

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Birkicht earns Honor The Game Award

The Anderson County boys' lacrosse team finished the 2014 season with a 5-12 record, but coach Chris Harrod termed the year a success.

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“Every category in the stats book showed a major increase in numbers,” Harrod said.

Senior Dillon Harrod led the state with 73 points (52 goals and 21 assists), at least 10 points better than anyone else in Kentucky.

Harrod was selected as a first team all-state midfielder and second team all-state as an attacker.

Caleb Shepherd was also picked as second team all-state as a long stick middle fielder.

Harrod, Shepherd and goalie Matt Moses also played in the Kentukcy All-Star game.

The Anderson County girls' lacrosse team finished with a record of 5-6 in its first year of competition. “These ladies went from not being able to catch or throw a lacrosse ball to being a competitive team,” Harrod said.

Anderson opened the year with four consecutive losses but won five of their last seven games.

Caty Harrod led Anderson with 17 goals.

The team celebrated the season with an awards banquet on May 29. Girls' team winners were Most Valuable Player – Niki Curtsinger; Leadership Award – Marissa Jett; Defensive Player of the Year – Rachel Swartz; True Grit Award – Chastity Spencer; Most Improved – Abby Moses; Offensive Player of the Year – Caty Harrod; 110 percent award – Marieke Gester.

Boys' team winners were Most Valuable Player – Dillon Harrod; Leadership Award – Cody Dillow; Defensive Player of the Year – Caleb Shepherd; True Grit Award – Matt Moses; Most Improved – Brycen Fenwick; Versatility Award – Seth Way.

In addition, Billy Birkicht was given the Honor the Game Award, which Chris Harrod says is the highest award of the night. “Birkicht was nominated at the state level by an official that had officiated several games that Anderson County had played,” Harrod said. “The Honor the Game Award is given to a player that shows respect to the officials, players and coaches of the game, true sportsmanship and gives back to the game of lacrosse.