Sidney Post 217 recently honored its American Legion baseball team with a banquet at the Legion hall.
The evening was highlighted by three things: One, former coach Steve Partington, former player Nate Counts, and former Ohio State football standout Matt Finkes of Piqua were the guest speakers; two, individual awards were handed out; and three, seven plauyers walked away with $1,000 scholarships.
Partington told the crowd that with all his involvement with baseball, past and present, he knows of no other program, whether it be Legion, elite or travel teams, where the players are treated as well as they are in Sidney.
The scholarship winners included Cole Proffitt, Braden Goodwin, Dan Borchers, Cam Jenkins, Jace Barga, Eric Neeley and Josh Koppin. They received the scholarships regardless of whether they were planning to play college ball or not.
Individual awards were presented by coach Jim Koewler, who led the team to a 25-11 record this season.
Barga was named the Most Valuable Player.
The Offensive Award went to Kyle Subler, the Defensive Award to Drew Wehrman and the Coaches Award to Kyle Noble.
Koewler also thanked the baseball committee for the support it provided. Members of that committee include Bill Lonsbury, Jim Muhlenkamp, Eric Lunsford, Bill Hoying and Butch Ward.