With the COVID-19 pandemic cancelling their original banquet in March, and things not looking good to have the event any time soon, the Lincolnwood High School boys basketball coaches took their annual awards banquet to the players on June 10, instead of the other way around.
Coach Matt Millburg and assistant coaches Bill Krager and Josh Johnson handed out varsity letters and awards to this year’s team, as well as the scoreboard name plates to the seniors.
This year’s awards went to Shawn Goebel for Most Valuable Player, Kaden Weakley for Most Improved Player and Jhadyn Walker for the Defense/Desire/Discipline Award, all of which were voted on by the team.
Goebel also earned first team all-conference honors by the MSM coaches and was the team’s leading scorer with 394 points, an average of 11.9 per game in his senior year.
Fellow senior Sam Herman earned second team MSM honors and was the team’s leading rebounder with 164 boards, an average of 5.1 per contest.
A third senior, Evan Hopper, earned the “Going To Work” Hard Hat Award for his hustle and dedication to the program.
In addition to the player awards, Coach Millburg also presented the family of Kyle and Mary Herschelman with the Friend of the Program Award, previously won by Verne Pinkston and the late Terry Todt.
Millburg said the award was for the Herschelmans’ work in covering the team for The Journal-News and The Raymond News and for the family’s support of the program.
“We really appreciate the Lincolnwood boys basketball program and all that they have done to support our daughter Grace’s fight against INAD,” said Kyle Herschelman.