Koch is Tribune’s Girls Athlete of the Year



AVery Koch wanted to win all spring. That was the mindset that brought the Brownstown Central senior into her final prep season.

Her drive and determination took her to many heights, and as a result, Koch was named Athlete of the Year for Girls by The Tribune.

“She really wanted to win the whole season,” said head coach Maria Conklin. “She knew her potential. She wanted to make the state. That was her goal throughout the season. She gave everything and also helped other throwers. Just a really positive attitude. “

Koch achieved her goal of coming to the state assembly for the first time in her career. On her way to Ben Davis High School on June 5, Koch was the section champion in both the shot put and discus shooting, and she was the regional discus champion to qualify for that competition.

Koch’s litter of 135’3 “in the Regionalliga was her best litter of the season and came very close to Brownstown’s school record of 138’2″.

“I think all of your hard work was worth it,” said Conklin. “She believed what her coaches had told her and we were really excited to see her reach her condition.”

Koch did not do as well at the national meeting as she would have liked and finished 12th overall. But her successful season earned her a spot on the Indiana All-Star Team.

The Senior Brave attended the All-Star Meeting at Oliver College in Olivet, Michigan on June 12th. The Indiana All-Stars competed against the Michigan All-Stars in the meeting, and Koch threw both the shot put and discus.

“It was really cool,” said Conklin. “She enjoyed seeing a few more litters and being in this environment.”

At the post-season banquet in Brownstown, Koch was named the team’s most valuable team and also received the outstanding Field Event Award.

Koch will continue her throwing career in college. She is committed to throwing at Belmont University and will be studying nursing there this fall, where she plans to do a PhD in five years.

“It was a lot of fun (coaching chef),” said Conklin. “Anytime you have an athlete willing to work and invest time, that’s all you can ask for. We’re really looking forward to her future and can’t wait to see what she’s doing at Belmont over the next four years. “

2021 Girls Athletics All-County Team:

Avery Koch, Brownstown Central, Sr.: Section Master in Shot Put and Discus, Regional Master in Discus, State Qualification, Indiana All-Star.

Camryn Thompson, Brownstown Central, So .: Section second over 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, regional qualification.

Brooke Trinkle, Seymour, So .: Section master 4 × 800, 1600, 800 and 4 × 400, national champion 1600, national qualification.

Lara Skaggs, Seymour, Sr .: Section master 100 hurdles and pole vault, regional qualification.

Hayley Harpe, Seymour, Jr .: Section winner in 4 × 800, 400 and 4 × 400, regional qualification.

Vivienne Siefker, Seymour, Fr .: Section master 4 × 800, section runner-up 3200, regional qualification.

Kaylyn Holman, Crothersville, Jr .: Section Master 3200, Section Second 1600, School Record 1600 and 3200, Regional Qualification.

Kennadi Lakins, Crothersville, Jr .: Conference winner in high jump, tied third in high jump, regional qualification.

Honorable Mention: Jazz Yeadon, Brownstown Central, Jr. (4 × 100, 400); Ella Plasse, Crothersville, Jr. (1600, 3200); Samantha Jacobi, Seymour, Jr. (4 x 800, 800); Lillian Sunbury, Seymour, Jr. (1600); Jamya Miller, Seymour, Sr. (100, 4 x 100); Kaleigh Maschino, Seymour, Sr. (100, 4 x 100, 200); Sydney Montgomery, Seymour, Fr. (400, 4 x 400); Addison Lemon, Seymour, Sun. (4 x 100, 200, 4 x 400); Hannah Dart, Seymour, Fr. (shot put, discus); Anna Marks, Seymour, Fr. (4 × 100).


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