McKenzie shares stories, presents awards at banquetPublished 4:33pm Wednesday, May 15, 2013
For legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, who was once quoted as saying “winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing,” the game of football was about wins and losses.
For McKenzie School head coach Miles Brown it’s about the stories.
“Every team is unique,” he said. “Each kid has a story.”
Brown shared a number of those stories Tuesday night during the school’s annual athletics banquet.
“We might have only finished 3-7 this year, but I think this is most fun I’ve had in my seven years at McKenzie,” Brown said. “This group of young men overcame a lot of adversity. We were plagued by injury after injury after injury. Because of that, we asked a lot of boys to grow and up and become men before it was their time, and they did that. They battled and at the end of each game, win or lose, I could see the love and passion in their eyes for their school, their community and most of all for each other. That made this a fun group to be around.”
Along with recognizing the varsity football team, Brown also honored McKenzie’s undefeated junior varsity football team.
Softball coach Ezell Powell also unveiled a banner recognizing the Lady Tigers for winning the Class 1A, Area 2 championship for the first time in school history.
“I was always jealous of Coach Brown when at the end of the night he’d unroll a banner for basketball,” Powell said. “This year it’s our turn to hang a banner.”
The following awards were presented at the banquet.
Captain Award: Christian Estes, Tanner Davis
Most Improved Lineman: Tanner Davis
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Hunter Knight
MVP: Nicarius Peterson
Sam Dour Coaches Award: Taylor Ship
Highest GPA: Jacob Katzev (freshman), Sterling Huggins (sophomore), Nicarius Peterson (junior), Matt Lewis (senior)
Captain Award: Latoria Womack, A.J. Sanford
Rookie of the Year: Paige Odom, Danielle Viers, Raegan Davis, Samantha Scott
Most Improved: Brittany Gard
Best Rebounder: Dazia Womack
Offensive Player of the Year: Dazia Womack
Defensive Player of the Year: Kayla Shufford
Captain Award: Carrington Bonnick, Terrance Clemons
Defensive MVP: Carrington Bonnick
Most Improved: Condie Pugh
Offensive MVP: Nicarius Peterson
Highest GPA: Chris Shufford
Most Improved: Condie Pugh
Offensive MVP: Roscoe Moorhead
Defensive MVP: Nicarius Peterson
Pitcher of the Year: Ben Presley
Captain Award: Tanner Davis, Wright McDaniel, Dustin Moorhead, Ben Presley, Matt Lewis
Captain Award: Dazia Womack, A.J. Sanford
Rookie of the Year: Whitney Boswell
Most Improved: Paige Odom, Mallorie Lewis
Best All-Around: Ashley Ballard
Golden Glove: Kayla Shufford
Highest Batting Average: Dazia Womack
Queen of the Mound: A.J. Sanford
Coach’s Award: Madison Turner, Abigail Yates
Captain Award: Unique Henderson, Ashley Ballard
Junior Varsity Captain Award: Haley Smith
Junior Varsity Coach’s Award: Savannah Shipp