2009-05-27 / School & Sports

MCHS Spring Sports Banquet held

by Glenda Bailey, sports writer

Baseball players receiving awards are (L-R): Russell Hart, Jordan Kirkland, Nick Rawlings, Tyler Cox, Cody Philyaw, Dalton Snipes, Caleb Cunningham, Chase Rawlings, Bret Snow, Shelton Pickle, T.T. Barber, Ty Sheffield, Nick Price, Justin Ogletree, Cameron Whitaker and Kaleb Whitaker. Baseball players receiving awards are (L-R): Russell Hart, Jordan Kirkland, Nick Rawlings, Tyler Cox, Cody Philyaw, Dalton Snipes, Caleb Cunningham, Chase Rawlings, Bret Snow, Shelton Pickle, T.T. Barber, Ty Sheffield, Nick Price, Justin Ogletree, Cameron Whitaker and Kaleb Whitaker. The Spring Sports Banquet had a great turn out of parents, student athletes, and Pirate fans to watch the induction of the 2009 Miller County Hall of Fame inductee and to watch their son or daughter receive an award Monday evening, May 18, 2009.

The program got underway with Principal Robert McIntosh welcoming everyone and sharing a bit of information about our Miller County Pirate Football team. Mr. Mac asked, "Has anyone had been on the GA Sports Vent and seen what was being posted about our football team? We may be a small school, but we have a lot of fight and determination from our athletes." He then quoted a short message from the great Vince Lombardi: "Winning is not a some time thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that's first place. It is, and always has been, an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win. Every time an athlete goes to ply his trade he's got to play from the ground up-- from the soles of his feet, right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That's ok. You've got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you've got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you're lucky enough to find an athlete with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he's never going to come off the field second. Running an athletic team is no different than any other kind of organization whether it is an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win--to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don't think it is. It is a reality of life that athletes are competitive by nature and the most competitive games draw the most competitive athletes. That's why they are there--to compete. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules, but to win. And in truth, I've never known an athlete worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in competitive athletes that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head-to-head combat. I don't say this because I believe in the 'brute' nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any athlete's finest hour--his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear- is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle--victorious."

Basketball players receiving awards were (L-R): Nick Price, Will Martin, Trez Morgan, Marquez Shuler, Zenario Shuler, Robert Baker, Colby Gilbert, Chris Williams, and Tony Grier. Basketball players receiving awards were (L-R): Nick Price, Will Martin, Trez Morgan, Marquez Shuler, Zenario Shuler, Robert Baker, Colby Gilbert, Chris Williams, and Tony Grier. The invocation was given by senior, Nick Rawlings with everyone enjoying southern fried chicken, whipped potatoes, string beans, yeast rolls, strawberry cake and ice cold tea prepared by the MCHS lunchroom staff.

Basketball players receiving awards were (L-R): Sukena Diamond, Katrina Crankfield, Selina Diamond, Jasmine Crankfield, Ulbrika Daniels, Reva Butler, Toya Bush, Christy Daniels, Antrenette Roseborough, Sabrina Granade, Coach Robert Melton and Coach Marianne Melton. Basketball players receiving awards were (L-R): Sukena Diamond, Katrina Crankfield, Selina Diamond, Jasmine Crankfield, Ulbrika Daniels, Reva Butler, Toya Bush, Christy Daniels, Antrenette Roseborough, Sabrina Granade, Coach Robert Melton and Coach Marianne Melton. Next on the agenda was the recognition of awards. The first award was the Kim Tully Softball Scholarship, and it is given to a female softball player. Coach Renza Israel and Coach Joni Williams presented the Scholarship to senior, Slytoya Bush.

Weightlifting awards were (L-R): Josh Rahymes, Shawndre Sheffield, and Jeffrey King. Weightlifting awards were (L-R): Josh Rahymes, Shawndre Sheffield, and Jeffrey King. Cheerleader Coach, Mrs. Susan Wade recognized and presented each cheerleader with a medal and our own Mascot of the Year chosen by WALB, Patrick Haverty. Cheerleaders were Cassietta Coon (Capt.), Jordie King (Co-Capt.), Janay Ancheta, Danielle Durham, Chelsea Larkins, Shelby Jenry; Juniors: Sukena Diamond, Jordan Foster, Chelsea Freeman, LeAndra Kelley, Kyla Moye, and Breche Roberts. Sophomores: Victoria Newberry, Jenna Phillips, and Kaycee Varnum. Freshmen: Jasmine Bush and Laurel Durham. Ms. Susan then presented individuals awards.: Cassietta Coon and Shelby Henry received the Best All-Around Award. Janay Ancheta received the Most Spirited Award. Le- Andra Kelley was presented the Highest Academic Award. The Special Coaches Award was presented to Jordie King. Miss Susan thanked everyone for their support, and the senior girls presented a small token of appreciation to her for all the times she was there for them.

Tennis players receiving awards were (L-R): Deana Barwick,Tanelia Douglas, Amber Espinoza, Brooke Widner, LeAndra Kelley, Breche Roberts, Frank Sisson, Jasmine Bush, Sabrina Granade, Jessica Smith, Kimberly Toliver and Daniel Allen. Tennis players receiving awards were (L-R): Deana Barwick,Tanelia Douglas, Amber Espinoza, Brooke Widner, LeAndra Kelley, Breche Roberts, Frank Sisson, Jasmine Bush, Sabrina Granade, Jessica Smith, Kimberly Toliver and Daniel Allen. Tennis recognition was next on the program with Coach Amanda Nowell recognizing each player beginning with the seniors: Deana Barwick, Tanelia Douglas, Amber Espinoza, Wilkin Lane, and Brooke Widner. Juniors were Taylor Henry, Sarah Jones, LeAndra Kelley, Breche Roberts, Frank Sisson, and Tarah Sloan. Sophomores were Zoey Martin, Brandon Mathis, and Marc Newberry. Freshmen were Daniel Allen, Jasmine Bush, Mark Cook, Sabrina Granade, Jessica Smith, and Kimberly Toliver. Unfortunately, Coach Julie Bellflower was unable to attend the banquet. The first award Coach Nowell presented was the Scholar Athlete Award, and the two athletes receiving this honor were LeAndra Kelley and Daniel Allen. Most Improved Award was presented to Zoey Martin and Frank Sission, Buddy Grimes Award was presented to Jessica Smith and Taylor Henry, and the Coaches Award was presented to Deana Barwick, Tarah Sloan, Wilkin Lane, and Brandon Mathis.

Receiving golf awards were (L-R): Anna Jones, Madison Posey, Mary Kathryn Spooner, Nikki Griffin and Brooke WIdner. Receiving golf awards were (L-R): Anna Jones, Madison Posey, Mary Kathryn Spooner, Nikki Griffin and Brooke WIdner. Lady Pirates and Pirates Basketball recognition followed with girls' Head Coach Robert Melton and his Assistant Coach and wife, Coach Marianne Melton. Coach Melton presented awards to each individual for participating in basketball beginning with the seniors: Toya Bush, Reva Butler, and Christy Daniels; juniors: Katrina Crankfield, Sukena Diamond, Shanlia Kelly; sophomores: Salina Diamond; freshmen: Jasmine Crankfield, Ulbrika Daniels, Sabrina Granade, and Antrenette Roseborough; manager: Whitney Morgan; statistics: Janell Grant. Next, Coach Melton presented senior awards to Christy Daniels, Toya Bush, and Reva Butler. Katrina Crankfield and Christy Daniels received awards for being selected 2008-09 All Region 1-A West. Crankfield averaged seven points per game with three assists, and Daniels averaged eight points per game with eight rebounds per game. Afterward, the seniors girls thanked Coach Melton and Coach Marianne, along with RSO Melanie Diamond, for their dedication to the team.

Head Coach Tim Martin, along with Assistant Coach Nate George, recognized the boys' basketball team beginning with the seniors: Robert Baker, Colby Gilbert, Tony Grier, Chris Williams; juniors: Will Martin, Trez Morgan, Marquez Shuler, Zenario Shuler; sophomores: Juwan Jones, Makel Price, Jarrett Rahymes. Each athlete received a participation award. Colby Gilbert was presented a Senior Award. Will Martin received All-Region 1A Award for co-offensive player, and Trez Morgan received the All Region 1A Award for making Second Team. Seniors basketball players then thanked Coach Tim for his dedication to them and to the basketball program at Miller County High.

Coach Tim also recognized varsity weightlifting, beginning with Josh Rahymes receiving an award for the 300 lb. Bench Press Club. Jeffrey King was presented a plaque for Clean 270 lbs. and Bench Press 385 lbs. and reaching the Big 10 Board, and Shawndre Sheffield received a plaque for being the Big 10 Strength Board, Cleans 270 lbs., and 300 lbs. Bench Club.

Coach Renza Israel, head baseball coach, was next on the program. Coach Israel recognized all the baseball players beginning with seniors: Jamey Addison, Tyler Cox, Russell Hart, Jordan Kirkland, Justin Ogletree, Cody Philyaw, Shelton Pickle, Nick Rawlings, Chase Rawlings, and Dalton Snipes; juniors: Bret Snow and Kaleb Whitaker; sophomores: Caleb Cunningham and Makel Price; freshmen:T.T. Barber, Ty Sheffield and Kameron Whitaker. Coach Israel proceeded to present individual awards. Coaches Award was presented to Justin Ogletree and Jamie Addison. Most Improved Award was presented to Shelton Pickle and Cody Philyaw; Captain's Award was presented to Tyler Cox and Dalton Snipes. Best Offensive Player Award was given to Jordan Kirkland and Chase Rawlings. Best Defensive Player Award was given to Nick Rawlings and Dalton Snipes. Most Outstanding Player Award and All Region Defensive Player was given to Russell Hart. The First Team All Region players were Jordan Kirkland, Nick Rawlings, Tyler Cox, and Cody Philyaw. Second Team All Region players were Dalton Snipes, Caleb Cunningham and T.T. Barber. Honorable Mention All Region were Chase Rawlings and Shelton Pickle. Seniors baseball players then thanked Coach Israel for his dedication to the baseball program and said what an impact he has had on many students in the Miller County School System. Assistant Coach Woodie Kirkland also thanked Coach Israel for the impact he had on his life and how much he appreciated him and how he would be missed at MCHS. Woodie then presented Coach Israel with a beautiful afghan with his name on it. Woodie presented Coach Israel a gold engraved whistle. It took all Coach Israel could do to speak and thank everyone.

Coach Israel thanked our 2009 Inductee, Mr. Calvin Everett. Israel stated, "Because of you and your late brother, Mr. Ed Everett, who have supported the athletic program over the years, it is what it is today because of people like you." He continued, "Not just once in while, but every game, Mr. Ed and Mr. Calvin were always there to support every athlete. They are positive role models for our community."

Golf Coach Jason Houston was unable to be present, so Coach Frank Killingsworth stepped in for him and presented the golf awards. The Coaches Award was presented to Niki Griffin and Patrick Haverty, and the Low Medalist Award was presented to Brooke Widner and Robert Eldridge.

Coach Scott Warren presented 28 participation medals to the track team. Then he recognized the Region 1-A champion in the 100 meter run, Shanwdre Sheffield. Salina Diamond was recognized and presented an award as the Champion in the Region 1-A 400 meter run and placed eighth in the state in the 400 Meter Run. Shanteze Sanders was presented an award for placing second in Region 1-A in the 300 Meter Low Hurdles.

Next on the program, Mrs. Terri Cunningham and Mrs. Martiele Pickle, president of the booster club, presented a small token of appreciation for their years of sports to all the 2009 seniors.

Last on the program, Senior, Toya Bush gave the closing remarks and benediction to end the Spring Sports Banquet.

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