Versailles’ Carson Bey and New Knoxville’s Ellie Gabel were chosen as the 2022 Press Pros Sponsors’ Academic-Athlete Award winners, and their case for consideration was hard to ignore.
It’s hard to argue that two area athletes have had more memorable senior seasonsaccomplished more and earned more respect from teammates and opponents than Versailles High School carson bey and New Knoxville Ellie Gabel. To cap off their busy and productive year, they were chosen as Press Pros sponsors the Scholar-Athlete Award winners for 2021-’22.
carson bey is a participant in three sports for the Tigers – football, wrestling and baseball – but was most recognized for being the quarterback for the Tigers’ 2021 OHSAA Division V State Championship team in football . It was the Tigers’ first football title since the Al Hetrick era in 2003, and most who followed that team recognized that for his leadership, competitiveness, character and experience, Carson Bey was a essential figure in their success.
For the regular season, he rushed for 684 yards and 10 touchdowns, and threw for 1,100 more yards and nine other scores. In their Div. Title V game with defending champion Kirtland, he rushed for 86 extra yards and 1 touchdown, and threw for 129 yards and another touchdown in the Tigers’ 20-16 victory
He balanced his competitive leadership with that of the class, ranking 14th in his class, compiling a 3.95 GPA, and scoring 29 on the ACT. Her next challenge will be to succeed as an architecture major at Ohio State in the fall.
In her personal essay, Bey wrote about the importance of representing yourself and your team on the field and in the classroom with dignity, respect, and leadership.
“I felt like my sports teams and classmates saw me as a leader. I dedicated myself to performing at a high level in both.
The numbers back that up, along with his list of postseason accolades: 1st All MAC Defense Team…Southwest District Defensive Player of the Year…and Div. V All Ohio Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
By the way, we found out over the year that his teammates and friends called him ‘Pizza’. “Why”, we asked?
Because he always delivers… was the answer!
Ellie Gabel from The New Knoxville becomes the first from her school to be selected for the Press Pros sponsors honor.
A dual-sport star in volleyball and basketball, she helped lead the Rangers to the OHSAA Division IV volleyball title in November, then nearly achieved competitive perfecta as a member of the runners-up in Division IV of Division IV in basketball, in March. Part of a remarkable group of all seniors playing the two, she credited their small community and friendship since elementary school as a big factor in their success. Their win over rival MAC in Div. Title Game IV is the first volleyball championship in school history.
In basketball, she averaged 13.5 points per game during the Rangers’ 20-2 season, and her outside shooting was a big factor in their perfect 9-0 conference mark…again. once as part of a senior group that impressed for its ability to be more than just 20 winning basketball teams. His teammates and enemies alike were known to single out Gabel for his selflessness and caring attitude. So it’s no surprise to learn that she plans to attend Tiffin University in the fall to major in special education, her next step in caring for others.
From his personal essay: “We went through the tragedy of losing our coach’s husband the week of the national finals. Everything in me is shattered. I fell to my knees when I heard the news and just cried. Our hearts are broken for Meg and her daughter, Bradie. So we decided to come together as a team and play to bring joy and light to them…and to our struggling community.
“Losing to Waterford in the state final (basketball) hurt a lot because we had worked so hard, we were so close and lost. It was the last time I wore a Rangers shirt…the last time I played with my dad…and the last game for our manager, Tim Hegemier. We wanted to win for him. It’s a feeling I will never forget.
“Here’s what I’ve learned from the past two seasons (volleyball and basketball): Never take anything for granted…Take it one day at a time…Live in the moment…Spend time with the people you you like. “
Recipient applications are ranked by a panel of independent retired teachers and guidance counselors, based on grade point average, ACT/SAT score, athletic achievement, and personal essay. Carson Bey and Ellie Gabel will each receive the Stan Wilker Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to help them continue their studies this fall. The MAC Scholar-Athlete Awards sponsored by Press Pros are made possible by the following area businesses and contributing sponsors:
Lefeld Welding Supply (Coldwater), IGA de Wagner (Minster), Edward Jones Investments (Andrew Stewart, Sidney), Midmark Corporation (Versailles), Keyhole Pizza (Newport), McSobers (Coldwater) Leugers Insurance (Maria Stein), Kremer Roofing ( Versailles ), The Mr. Shoppe (Coldwater), 49 Degrees (Coldwater), St. Henry Bank, Carriage Werkes (St. Henry), Moeller Trucking (Maria Stein), Phelan Insurance (Versailles), VPP Industries (Versailles), Greenville Federal Bank (Greenville), Kaup Pharmacy (Fort Recovery), HA Dorsten Construction (Minster), Minster Bank, Schwieterman’s Pharmacy (Minster), Westrich Furniture (Delphos), Minster Dental, Moeller Brew Barn (Maria Stein), Knapke Kitchens and Baths (Versailles), Direct Tooling Concepts (Versailles), Homestretch Sportswear (St. Henry), Park National Bank (Greenville, Versailles, Celina), Wilson Sports Medicine (Sidney), Logan Services (Vandalia), People’s Bank (Coldwater), sponsor presenter, Securcom.com (Minster) and the Massey Trust (Portsmo uh).