Glendale senior Monty Johal’s long list of accomplishments got a littler longer Monday afternoon. The Springfield Public Schools’ all-time leading scorer was honored as the Marty Eddlemon Most Valuable Player at the Springfield Tipoff Club’s annual senior awards luncheon.
“It’s been a blessing,” said Johal. These past four years have gone by super fast. I couldn’t do it without my teammates. They’ve given me the ball and put a lot of trust in me.”
Johal was quick to thank his eight senior teammates and his coaching staff led by Brian McTague, who was honored as the Jack Roberts Memorial Coach of the Year.
The Falcons open Class 5 District 11 tournament action Tuesday night in Ozark as they take on city rival Kickapoo.
“The last thing we want to do right now is lose, so we want to get out of our district and hopefully get to state and come together as a team because it’s now or never,” said Johal.
Kickapoo was honored with the Eddie Matthews Sportsmanship Award.
The Springfield Tipoff Club meets each Monday during the basketball season at the Elks Lodge. Coaches from Springfield’s five public schools along with Greenwood and Catholic address the group, which is open to the public.