NH girl, coach honored by TGCA
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

July 25, 2005 - After winning the Class A state championship in cross country last fall, two members of North Hopkins' team were recognized this month by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

Kate Hollenshead, a graduating senior, and head coach Tim Menke were named the Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year in Class A cross country by the TGCA.

The pair were honored at halftime of the TGCA girls basketball game in Austin on July 14.

November's state championship was the second in a row for the Lady Panthers, who upheld their No. 1 state ranking. Hollenshead, who was the individual state runner-up as a junior, won the individual gold on the two-mile course in 11 minutes, 34.05 seconds.

She qualified for state all four years of high school and never finished lower than fifth. She will continue her running career at Southwest Oklahoma State University, where she signed a cross country scholarship.

Hollenshead also played volleyball, basketball and ran track. The Lady Panthers made the playoffs in both volleyball and basketball and won the area championship in track. Hollenshead qualified for state in both the 1,600 and 3.200-meter runs, placing fourth and fifth, respectively.

The cross country title was Menke's third as head coach - the Lady Panthers also won it in 1993 - and he has led them to seven regional championships. He is also the head girls basketball and track coach.

"We're very proud of the hard work put in by Kate and Coach Menke," said Tommy Long, superintendent of North Hopkins ISD. "It's a great honor for them and for the school."

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