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May, Parks honored by sports writers

Luverne’s team success on the baseball diamond has carried over to individual honors as several players and head coach Andre Parks were honored by the Alabama Sports Writers Association recently.

Leading the way for the Tigers was Monterio May, who was named to the Super All-State Team, which features the top 10 players in the state, regardless of classification.

May was also named the 3A Hitter of the Year and a 3A All-State outfielder.

While he was an All-State player last year, May said that a big part of his focus this season was winning a state title.

“Both things were a goal,” he said. “I know it’s a big honor, but you can’t really be the best until your team wins.”

Joining May on the All-State team was Corey Hale, who was selected as a pitcher.

The selection is also the second in a row for Hale.

Hunner Moody was named as an honorable mention at catcher.

“We’re definitely happy and proud of all these guys,” said head coach Andre Parks.

Parks was also honored by the ASWA by being named the 3A Coach of the Year.

While Coach of the Year is an individual honor, Parks is quick to point out that the award belongs to the entire coaching staff.

“It’s humbling to be selected out of all the good coaches around the state, but I think it should be a coaching staff award,” Parks said. “Justin Bragg and Bob Williams have been great this year. A lot of what they do is behind the scenes, but they’ve done a great job.”

Elsewhere in the county, Jared Hall of Brantley was named as the 1A All-State first baseman, and Chase Hall was named as an All-State outfielder.

It is the second consecutive selection for both players.

“It’s very fitting that they end their high school careers that way because they both deserve it,” said Brantley head coach Ashley Kilcrease. “I also want to give a big congratulation to Coach Parks for being named Coach of the Year.”