Graves County High School senior Chris Vogt is the 2017 Paducah Sun All-Purchase (basketball) Player of the Year. Woodman Life awarded him a $1,000 scholarship, the regional newspaper announced in its Thursday, March 23, edition. Voted on to the Girls All-Purchase Team were Lady Eagle juniors Danielle Waggoner and Lyndi Qualls.
“The All-Purchase voting was conducted by all 14 First Region coaches, along with a panel of 14 media members from throughout the region,” the article said.
The 7-foot center received 19 first place votes and 261 points in the voting. He ranks second in state history in blocked shots. His 70 percent field goal shooting was among state leaders. He averaged 16.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game, in leading the Eagles to the state tournament, the newspaper reported.
Vogt earlier this year signed a letter of intent to attend Northern Kentucky University to play for the Norse.
Other Eagles receiving votes were sophomore Ryan Mathis and junior Brenden Young. Coach Josh Frick placed third in Coach of the Year voting, with 35 points and six first-place votes, behind Coach of the Year Chris Guy of Mayfield with 49 points and 10 first-place votes and Terry Birdsong of Calloway County with 37 points and five first-place votes.
On the girls team, Waggoner placed third in voting with 180 points, behind Marshall County’s Hannah Langhi with 257 and Murray’s Macey Turley with 251. Qualls placed eighth with 81 points.
“Already eclipsing 1,000 points in two years as a varsity player, Waggoner averaged 17.0 points per game this season to lead the Lady Eagles to 28 wins,” the Paducah Sun article said. “Her 89 3-pointers ranked her first in the region, and she did it with the highest percentage in the region.”
The article said, “…Qualls was one of the best inside-out players in the region, finishing with 12.9 points to go with 6.2 rebounds per game. She knocked down 66 3-pointers to help Graves be one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the state on its way to a sixth straight district title.”
Another Lady Eagle receiving votes was freshman Raychel Mathis with 15 points. Coach Aaron Beth placed third in Coach of the Year voting with 23 points, behind Valerie Waller of Calloway County with 64 points and 19 first-place votes and Murray’s Rechelle Turner with 41 points and six first-place votes.