By DOUG EADS, CJ Correspondent
When it comes to athletes regardless of the sport, one would be hard pressed to make a bigger impact than the one made by Cam Cheuvront in 2012 at Somerset High School.
And, it’s for that reason Cheuvront gets the nod as The Commonwealth Journal’s Male Athlete of the Year for some outstanding individual accomplishments during 2012.
Cheuvront made his mark this past year as a three-sport star at Somerset, on the Briar Jumpers basketball and football teams, as well as a productive member on Somerset’s track team.
During the 2011-’12 basketball season, Cheuvront — then a sophomore — was one of the few bright spots for a Somerset squad that struggled through a disappointing 11-14 record that culminated with a very heart-wrenching 55-53 defeat to Casey County in the opening round of the 47th District Basketball Tournament.
Cheuvront averaged 13.8 points per game last season, while hitting 42 treys on the year, on his way to making The Commonwealth Journal/Clear Channel Radio All-County Basketball Team for last year.
This past spring, Cheuvront was a valuable member of the Briar Jumper’s track squad, taking home the bronze medal in the 100-meter dash at the State Meet with a clocking of 11.29 seconds. In the Regional Meet, the Jumper sprinter finished second with a time of 11.56 seconds.
At the 36th annual Lake Cumberland Classic in mid-April, Cheuvront ran the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.21 seconds.
Surprisingly, the Somerset junior maintains that he only went out and participated in track to help him stay in shape for his other sports.
“Honestly, I only went out and did track to stay in shape for football and basketball,” said Cheuvront.
“But, I did really well at it I guess, so that made it even that much more enjoyable for me,” he added.
As far as being named the Male Athlete of the Year, Cheuvront was almost speechless when told the news that for 2012, he got the nod as the county’s top male athlete.
“There are a ton of great athletes in our community, and I’m not sure I’m deserving of this, but I certainly am honored by it,” said Cheuvront.
“When you think of all the great athletes that are out there in various sports — not only here at Somerset, but at Pulaski County and at Southwestern — this is just a super honor. It’s very humbling, I can tell you that,” he added.
This past fall, Cheuvront was a vital part of a Somerset football team that won its fourth consecutive regional championship.
The junior wide receiver amassed 770 yards receiving this year for the Briar Jumpers, to go along with eight touchdowns, helping Somerset to an 11-3 record and that fourth consecutive regional championship.
Cheuvront was also a member of the 2012 Commonwealth Journal/Clear Channel Radio Football Team for the 2012 season, making the second year in a row he made the squad.
By making such an impact in all three sports, does Cheuvront have a favorite sport above all others?
Yes he does.
“I would have to say my favorite sport would have to be football,” said Cheuvront. “I mean, I really like the game of basketball, but there’s just something about football. I guess it’s because you come out and play under the lights on Friday night’s. I’m not sure, but I’d say football is my favorite.”
For Cam Cheuvront, every time those ‘lights’ come on, all he does is go out and perform at a high level, regardless of the sport.