By KATINA WATT  News-Herald Staff Writer

WHEELING – Coach Justin Kropka had the pleasure of accompanying two of his players to the Health Plan’s High School Football Awards Show and Banquet on December 15, held at Oglebay. Juniors Maurtice Hython and Nick Pelegreen proved themselves worthy of the invitation and were honored to be a part of the celebration.

Pelegreen took home one of the five coveted Offensive Blocks of Granite Awards at the ceremony, made possible by his 100 tackles and four receiving touchdowns for the Huskies, allowing him to grade out at 94% offensively for the year.

Hython, who ran for 1588 yards during the season and scored 20 touchdowns for Harrison Central, (making him second in the OVAC for total rushing yards for the 2011 season), was up for The Health Plan’s Big 22 Player of the Year Award. While Akil Blount of Linsley took home the top honor, Hython did finish in the top ten among the most talented players in the valley.

Coach Kropka was very proud of his players stating, “I have never had any juniors invited to this banquet. It’s an honor to walk through those doors for such a ceremony, and I’m so proud of both of them.”

Pictured  above, left to right, are: Blocks of Granite winner Nick Pelegreen, Harrison Central Head Football Coach Justin Kropka, and Big 22 Player of the Year finalist Maurtice Hython.  Photo provided