Cannon County High School's Most Valuable Players were honored Thursday, May 19 at the Cannon Courier's 6th annual Hall of Fame Banquet.
"It has been a great year... three CCHS student-athletes have already signed college athletic scholarships; Austin Brock (Bethel), Bo Bryson (Cumberland) and Livia Walker (Tennessee Wesleyan)," said Courier Sports Writer David Hunter.
First is the Boys MVP in golf who had another solid season on the links. He was a four year player for the Lions and was ranked No. 1 during his senior year. The Boys Golf MVP is Hunter Vickers, said Hunter.
The Volleyball Most Valuable Player is Haylee Mooneyham.
"She was a four-year member of the volleyball team, including three seasons as a starter. Her consistent play on the volleyball court allowed her to lead the team in total number of points scored, overall serving percentage, and blocks during her senior year," he said.
The Girls Soccer MVP was one of the top all-around players in the district and Midstate during her career.
"She has been a varsity player all four years of high school where she racked up 74 goals, including eight hat tricks. She also became the first female soccer player from CCHS to receive a soccer scholarship, and a member of the Murfreesboro Strikers and the Tennessee Olympic development team. The girls' Soccer Most Valuable Player is Livia Walker," Hunter said.
The Most Valuable football lineman dominated both sides of the ball during his four years as a member of the Lions. He played tight end...linebacker...defensive end and tackle. And he led the team in pancakes, tackles, and was a go to receiver in 2015. The football MVP lineman is Bo Bryson.
"This year's Most Valuable football back led the team with over 800 yards rushing last season, even though he missed the last couple of games due to a terrible leg injury. Throughout the season, he was one of the key vocal leaders of the team. The football back MVP is (A.B.) Austin Brock," he said.
The girls basketball MVP was a dominant presence in the paint under new head coach Jonathan Odom. She was second on the team in scoring averaging 13.4 points per game, and she also grabbed 7. 5 rebounds per game. She showed a tremendous work ethic and leadership during the season, and she was named third team All-District. The girls' basketball Most Valuable Player is Maleah Scott.
The boys' basketball Most Valuable Player turned in a solid all-around year as one of the top sharp shooters in the district. He was All-District Honorable Mention averaging 11.7 points and 3.1 assists, and led the Lions from long distance with 61 three-pointers during last season. The boys' basketball MVP for 2016 is Briar Jakes.
The girls' tennis MVP had a successful season on the court as she advanced to the Region tournament at No. 1 singles this season. She finished runner-up at the District 8A/AA individual tournament which earned her spot in the event. Please welcome girls' tennis Most Valuable Player Autumn King.
The boys' tennis Most Valuable Player had the dubious task of facing some of the midstate's top netters from his No. 1 singles position, but he proved more than capable in his matches. The boys' tennis 2016 MVP is Austin Brock.
The Most Valuable baseball pitcher and position player of 2016 played key roles in helping lead the Lions to their best record in over two decades. Both of them were counted on for their senior leadership both on the mound, in the field and at the plate. The baseball pitcher MVP is Tucker Francis, while the position MVP is Austin Martin.
The softball pitcher MVP and position MVP were two of the top players on the diamond this season in every way possible. Both of them were counted on to provide leadership both vocally and by actions on the field. Please welcome the Most Valuable softball pitcher and position player Livia Walker and Shelby Earls.
The boys soccer Most Valuable Player helped keep the balls out of the net as the junior keeper for the Lions this season. He has also played midfield during his three years on the squad. He started all 13 games at goal in 2016 and finished with an impressive mark of over 130 saves. Please welcome the boys' soccer MVP Justin Hill.
Hannah Whited, the female cross country MVP, could not be here tonight, because she is running for a berth in next week's Spring Fling in Track and Field as a member of the Murfreesboro Central Magnet squad tonight in a sectional meet. Here to accept her award is CCHS Cross Country Head Coach Marc Larson.
The male cross country runner MVP was a model of consistency this season. He helped lead the Lions to several first place finishes in regular season meets during the fall. He also placed 22nd at the Regional meet. Please welcome the boys' cross-country runner Most Valuable Player is Devin Gilpatrick.
Now for the specialty awards
The Female Athlete of the Year is a well-rounded athlete, who participated in three sports this season, soccer, football and softball. As one of the few females to play high school football in Tennessee in 2015, she earned major media attention, which she handled with class and dignity each time. She has also signed a college soccer scholarship to Tennessee Wesleyan. The female athlete of the year is Livia Walker.
The Male Athlete of the Year was the man in the middle on the basketball court, and a top player on the diamond. This basketball season he was All-Third Team District, a member of the All-Defensive Team, the Lions Offensive and Defensive MVP. On the baseball team, he was one of the top players at the plate and on the mound as the Lions had their best record in over two decades. The male athlete of the year is Austin Martin.
Next are the Male and Female Publisher's Cup honorees, signifying the top scholar athletes at CCHS. These two are proof you can balance academics and athletics and perform at a high level in both....
The Female Publisher Cup winner was a joy to watch on the pitch as a lock down defender, and a team leader on the diamond this season. She was second team All-District in Soccer this season. All of those sporting events did not stop her from becoming salutatorian and member of the Beta Club. You might hear her on iTunes soon, because she is also a really good singer. She will be heading to Austin Peay to study elementary education. Please welcome Female Publisher Cup winner Bailey Sims.
The Male Publisher Cup winner helped lead the baseball team to their best record in over 20 years, including hitting a huge three-run home run which tied an important district game, which was later won in walk-off fashion. He also more importantly got in done in the classroom and around the CCHS campus. Please welcome Male Publisher Cup winner Jared Judkins.
The Lions Awards signifies outstanding character, leadership, integrity and sportsmanship our recipient combines all of those great qualities, all while dealing with a health issue.
(Read Lions Award Speech-Brandon Schwartz)
Let's have another round of applause for all of these outstanding Cannon County student-athletes.
Please welcome Ron Fryar back to the podium for the start of the Hall of Fame inductions.