Nick Becker in the 4A State Championship Saturday in Salina (photo by Photojournalist Joe Pelzel)

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Several Eudora High School students are receiving honors for their athletic performances this season.

Senior Nick Becker has been nominated for the Bobby Bell Memorial Award.  This award is part the Simone Awards that are presented to high school students in the Kansas City Metropolitan area.  The Bobby Bell Award is given annually to the  best lineman or linebacker in Class 1 – 4 in the KC metro.  High School coaches and select members of the media vote for the recipient.

“I was a little surprised to hear my name being called for one of the finalists’, but of course, excited.” Becker said, who was with Head coach Gregg Webb and his parents when he learned the news. “They probably noticed that I wad caught a little off guard to hear my name.”

Becker was nominated by Webb and Defensive Line Coach Ty Pattison wrote a letter in support of the nomination.

“I am very grateful for what they did,” Becker stated. “I can’t thank the coaches and team enough, really.”

The other nominees for the Bobby Bell Award include Maliek Collins, Center High School; Joe Dominiak, Smithville High School and Walter Eastwood from Harrisonville High School.  The award will be presented next Tuesday.

The ladies have also shared in postseason accolades.  The Lawrence Journal-World has released their 2012 All Area Volleyball Team.

The Journal-World All-Area Volleyball team, from left: Madison Maring, Eudora; Ashley Sparks, Wellsville; Katy Davis, Free State; Caitlin Broadwell, Lawrence; Shelby Holmes, Free State; coach of the year Mike Bartlow, Veritas Christian; Shelby Dahl, Santa Fe Trail; Morgan Knapp, Free State; Jenny Whitledge, Tonganoxie; and Teri Huslig, Veritas. Not pictured: Hannah Billings, Mill Valley. (Photo by John Young, courtesy The Lawrence Journal-World)

Madison Maring was named to the LJ-World area team.  A four-year letter-winner for the Cardinals, the senior middle hitter and blocker scored points with 91 blocks, 345 kills and 14 aces, plus contributed defensively with 122 digs, earning All-Frontier League first-team honors.

Also receiving honorable mentions for the LJW team were Eudora players Annie Beck and Erin Klotz.

On the Journal World’s All Area Cross Country Teams, three Eudora ladies were given honorable mention:  Kelsey Balluch, Anna Brown and Danelle Topil.  Jon Miller was an honorable mention for the Boys Area Cross Country Team.

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