In 2014, then Massac County High School Athletic Director (AD) Parker Windhorst started a program to recognize the student-athletes who participated in multiple sports all through high school. The A.D.'s Nine Plus awards are annually given to student-athletes who manage to participate in at least nine seasons of varsity sport. That figures out to at least two sports for all four years of high school. If you think about it, it's a tough, tough feat and one that honestly deserves recognition. Maintaining their eligibility while playing more than one sport per year requires discipline and determination. The kids are given a commemorative wristwatch and their names are engraved on a plaque in the Patriot trophy case. Pat Clark, current AD at Massac, recently announced seven 2019 recipients of the Nine Plus awards. They are, from left, front row: Paige Box, Bailey Duckworth and Maggie Pugh. Back row: Anthony Harris, Collin Fiorentini, Drake Davenport and Izayah Thurman.