The Nashville Hornets boys basketball team held their end of the season banquet on March 24, closing the book on one of the best seasons in school history. The freshmen, sophomore, JV, and Varsity squads combined for an incredible record of 83-7 on the year. The NCHS cheerleaders were also honored during the banquet.
Nine boys basketball players, and six cheerleaders received individual awards at the banquet.
Sarah Staley received the Hornet Spirit Award. Courtney Hallock and Ella Jones each received the Most Improved Award. The Most Spirited Award went to Jenna McClintock. Cat Fullerton received the Teammate Award. Laney Renth received the Leadership Award.
Carson Parker and Bryce Bultman were named Co-MVPs of the Hornet Basketball team. Bultman also won the Assist Award. Parker also received the Rebounding Award. Kelton Harre received the Eddie Kempfer Free Throw Award as well as the Defense Award. Tanner Bergmann and Tristen Hercules were each named Most Improved. Terry Pelczynski received the Sixth Man Award. Matt Anderson received the Three Point Shooter Award. Jose Morris and Jacob Maschhoff each received the Hornet Award.
Parker led the Hornets with 14.7 points per game. Parker also pulled down 6.2 rebounds per game. Parker led the Hornets in free throws made and two point field goals made this season. Parker started all 38 games for the Hornets.
Bultman averaged 14.5 points per game this season. Bultman led Nashville in rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals this season. Bultman also started all 38 games for Nashville this season.
Harre led the Hornets with 31 charges drawn this season. Harre led Nashville with an 85.7 free throw percentage, and an 84.8% two point field goal percentage. Harre was second on the team with 53 steals this season.
Bergmann finished the season averaging 3.3 points per game this season. Bergmann’s high point total in one game this season was ten points. Bergmann played in all 38 games for Nashville.
Hercules also started all 38 games for the Hornets. This season was Hercules first in a starting role, as last season Hercules spent the year injured. Hercules averaged 4.4 points per game, and tied for second on the team with 27 made three pointers. Hercules shot 76.9% from the charity stripe this year, and was third on the team in rebounds.
Pelczynski did not start a game for Nashville, but came off the bench in all 38 contests. Pelczynski led the Hornets with 40 made three pointers this season. Pelczynski shot 43.5% from behind the arc. A three-point specialist, Pelczynski attempted over three times more three point field goals than two point field goals this season.
Anderson finished the season shooting 47.2% from behind the arc this season. Anderson played in all 38 games for the Hornets this season. Anderson was fourth on the team in rebounding this eason, and the team’s third leading scorer.
Maschhoff and Morris each appeared in 25 games this season for the Hornets. Maschhoff scored just 28 points on the season, and Morris scored 21 points on the season. Both seniors received the Hornet award for representing what it means to be a part of the Nashville Hornets team. Both players worked hard in practice and did whatever they could do to help the team. Maschhoff advanced to Sectionals in the three-point showdown this season.
The freshmen team finished the year with a record of 18-2 on the season. The season featured a 17 game winning streak. The freshmen team was coached by Tommy Pelczynski.
The sophomore team enjoyed a season in which they finished 15-2. Their only losses came to Centralia and Murphysboro. The loss to Murphysboro was in the Championship of the Sparta Tournament. The Hornets would get their revenge in the Murphysboro Tournament as they defeated Murphysboro to win their third tournament title in four years. The sophomore team is coached by Patrick Weathers.
The JV Hornets went undefeated this season with a record of 15-0. The JV team went 9-0 in conference play this season. Some of the biggest wins this season were defeating Benton on the road, as well as beating Pinckneyville twice. The JV Hornets only allowed over 40 points once this season. Overall the JV team averaged 53.6 points per game, but did not have a single player average in double figures. The JV team is coached by Jason Guest.
The Varsity Hornets finished the year with a 35-3 record and were the runner-up team in IHSA Class 2A. The Hornets finished with the most wins in school history. Nashville won the Wesclin Tip-Off Classic, as well as the Nashville Invitational Tournament. The Hornets finished second at the Mater Dei Christmas Tournament. The Hornets are coached by Wayne Harre. Kelly Cruser was a volunteer coach for the Hornets this season.