As he recounted some of the lessons he'd learned during his extended athletic career, Brookville softball coach Gary Ferguson looked out on the Boonsboro Country Club banquet hall Thursday night and offered a piece of wisdom to guests. "Hard work pays off," he said. 

More than two dozen high school athletes sprinkled throughout the room Thursday epitomize the lesson, and as a result were honored as part of The News & Advance's second annual High School Athletic Awards. 

In front of about 150 people Thursday, the newspaper bestowed 31 awards during the banquet, celebrating athletes and coaches for their accomplishments during the 2018-19 school year.

Among them was Megan Knight, the all-area girls tennis player of the year, pausing above to take a photo in front of a wall of posters distributed to all of the night's honorees. 

In addition to recognizing all-area athletes of the year for each sport, The News & Advance honored eight individuals with "Impact Awards," given to standout athletes and coaches for their achievements and character during the year.

Guests also enjoyed a dinner and heard from two speakers, including Ferguson, The News & Advance's "Hometown Hero," and Bill Roth, the longtime voice of the Virginia Tech Hokies and a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.