Townsend team MVP for 'Horns

By Matt Hill

   MOUNTAIN CITY -- Johnson County High School first baseman Judd Townsend was like somebody dusting their house this season. If runners were on base, he would usually clean them off.
   Townsend was rewarded for his efforts by being named team MVP at the Johnson County High School baseball team's awards banquet, which was held recently in Mountain City.
   Townsend, who was also named the team's best offensive player, hit .440 with five home runs and 31 RBIs.
   "He's a big kid that can really crush it," Johnson County head coach Pete Pavusek said. "He played a great first base. He really came around."
   The most improved award went to Jonathan Westphal. He became a dependable guy on the mound, as well as a force to be reckoned with at the plate.
   Westphal hit .415 during the second half of the season, and he's coming back next year.
   "With a little work, he's going to be good," Pavusek said.
   The best upperclassman award went to Jeff Lewis. He hit .311 with five home runs and 22 RBIs this season.
   Lewis is a senior, and Pavusek hates to see him leave.
   "I'm going to miss him," Pavusek said. "He's a super guy. He wasn't only one of my ball players or one of my students, but he was a friend. He's a good guy.
   "He was so determined. He had such a game face. He came to play every night. He'll be missed."
   The best underclassman award went to Michael Davis. The sophomore came on this season for Pavusek, and the coach expects great things from him in the years to come.
   "He played a great second base," Pavusek said. "He's a good base runner and he pitches well. He's just a baseball player. He's baseball smart. He will help us next year and the year after. He's a smart kid."
   Junior Paisley and Matt McQueen were both recipients of the Golden Glove Award. They were very dependable for making the plays in the field.
   Pavusek was also pleased with Paisley and McQueen's hitting, as they were solid all the way around this season.
   "Matt hit over .300 and Junior hit around .285," Pavusek said. "They were very good defensively. They did a good job for us."
   Michael Reid took home two awards. Reid received the 110 percent award, and was one of three recipients of the coaches award.
   "He's a great athlete," Pavusek said. "We're trying to get him in school somewhere next year. He has all A's and maybe one or two B's. He's playing on a traveling team this summer out of Lenoir, NC. It will be a good experience for him."
   The other two recipients of the coaches award were Adam Leonard and Brandon Henson.
   Pavusek thought Leonard was a player he could always count on to lend a helping hand.
   "Just like Michael Reid, he would do anything for you," Pavusek said. "He was always picking up equipment and picking up trash. He may not be as talented as Michael, but he makes up for it with heart and determination."
   Pavusek was also very complimentary of Henson, and the way he acted as a team player.
   "He played four years, and never had a real chance to play," Pavusek said. "But he never complained. He never had a bad thing to say. A lot of people would quit if they didn't get to play."
   Johnson County had a solid 2002 campaign, and Pavusek believes the 'Horns will be even tougher next season.
   "We have a good bunch coming back and a good middle school group coming in," Pavusek said. "We should be able to hang around with a lot of these teams for the next several years."