BY RAY SCHAEFER
THE DAILY INDEPENDENT
LEFT: The 2017 All-Area girls cross country selections are pictured. Front row (left to right): Mary Alice Thornburg, Riley Brown, Abby Adkins, Hayley Fielding and Sophia Simmons. Back row: Rebekah Howard, Aubree Hay, Jordan Riley, Riley Goodman and coach Philip Caudill. Absent from photo: Isabella Copher, Elizabeth Middleton, Kailee Perry, Krista Perry, Carrie Staviski and Annie Whelan.
RIGHT: The 2017 All-Area boys cross country selections are pictured. Front row (left to right): Caleb Handley, Elijah Miller, Eric Sparks, Gavin Brock and Grant Chaffin. Back row: Braxton Ward, Lucas Ison, Bryson Hackney, Carson Kidwell, Jules Scott, Nolan Sabotchick (honorable mention) and coach Chuck Cantrell. Absent from photo: James Overholzer, Eric Mettey, Jared Goodman, Jax Downs, Caleb Bowen and Robert Applegate.
PHOTOS BY KEVIN GOLDY | THE DAILY INDEPENDENT
For the sixth straight year, a Cantrell was named Boys Coach of the Year. But it’s not five-time winner Crystal — instead, her husband, Chuck, was honored.
Chuck has been Crystal’s co-coach the last five years. He’s also smart enough to know who’s responsible.
“She’s the boss,” Chuck said. “ … I’ve been around them kids since their sixth-grade year. I know their tendencies. We just feed off each other, great communication between me and her.
“We approach (coaching) the same way.”