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Howard best female athlete, Walker best male

POSTED: May 20, 2011 7:30 p.m.

Now that school's out and area media have handed out their accolades to a number of high school athletes --- all are well deserved, by the way -- here are a few of my own thoughts.
Best female athlete: Tiffany Howard, Bryan County High School. It was pointed out to me the other day that not only is she a fine athlete, but she makes everyone around her better - and every team she plays on goes to state. And that's pretty much most of them. Already an early committee to Auburn as a softball player, Howard is a four-sport wunderkind who still hasn't figured out how good she is and tries to avoid the spotlight. That's going to get increasingly harder for her to do.
Best male athlete: Shaquille Walker, also known as Mr. State Title. Walker won his second straight 800 championship earlier this month and is headed to Brigham Young on a full ride. He'll probably wind up in the Olympics - or maybe president.
Best team performance: The Bryan County High School Lady Redskins, who made it to the state Final Four in softball. Runner up: The BCHS girls track team, which placed fifth at state.
Best coaching job: William Altman, Richmond Hill High School boys basketball coach. Altman inherited a program in 2006 that hadn't won squat since legendary coach Jimmie Hires stepped down after the 2003-2004 season. His teams have improved each year since and the Wildcats won the Region 2-AAAA title this year. Guess who's also in Region 2-AAAA? Only state powerhouses like Liberty County and Statesboro, that's who. Which makes the job he did more impressive.
Best pro prospect in any sport: Kevin Williams. The Richmond Hill lefthander is considered the top pitching prospect in Georgia by many,
Best looking uniforms: Bryan County High School's football unis. They look better than good. They look great.
Best coach to deal with from a media standpoint: Steve Kollman, girls soccer coach at RHHS. The man almost always finds time to returns emails or phone calls. He also coaches up a storm, as three straight region titles and plenty of region and state credibility attest.

Jeff Whitten writes about sports for the Bryan County News.


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