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Presenting first BCN All Fall Sports Team

Making their marks

POSTED: December 12, 2012 2:30 p.m.
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The 2012 fall sports season had its share of triumph this season as Bryan County High School’s Brooklynn Williams excelled. Williams became the first freshman from BCHS to earn All-State honors.

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Football may get the most attention, but it isn’t the only game in town.

Whether it was girls’ cross country runner Amanda Elliott leading Richmond Hill High School to a Region 3-AAAAA title or senior third baseman Taylor Butler helping steady the course at rebuilding Bryan County High School, the community saw a number of noteworthy performances by local student-athletes in 2012.

That, in a nutshell, is the impetus for the Bryan County News’ first All Fall Sports Team, comprised of student-athletes from cross country, softball and volleyball.

Cross Country:

Bryan County High School: Jabari Fields was the team’s top boy’s runner and had personal best of 18:24. Ernie Groover was Redskins’ top finisher at state Class AA meet, placing 104th.

Amber Patterson was the top girls runner at BCHS and had personal best of 24:05. She was also Lady Redskins’ top finisher at state meet, placing 85th.

Richmond Hill High School: Corey Jones, junior, finished second at Region 3-AAAAA meet and sixth at state Class AAAAA meet; freshman Dax Jacobson was regularly among top boys finishers throughout season, placed fourth at 3-AAAAA meet; Tanner Hicks, sophomore, was also among leaders for Wildcats, who finished third at Region 3-AAAAA meet.

Junior Amanda Elliott was easily the top girls’ runner in area again and placed 19th at state meet; frshman Rachel Hammesfahr, sophomore Emily Hollowell, and senior Shanee Mckee, led Lady Wildcats to 15th place finish at state AAAAA meet.


Bryan County High School: Taylor Butler, senior third baseman, hit .375 with a .625 slugging percentage and fielded .909; freshman outielder Brooklyn Williams batted 310 and fielded a perfect 1.000; Brooke Barfield, a freshman, compiled a 5-7 record as No. 2 pitcher; Layton Harrell, freshman, hit .333 and was among the team leaders offensively; Logan Harrell, sophomore, batted .321 and led team in stolen bases with 13.

Freshman Taylor Roop, batted .333 and drove in 14 runs despite limited plate appearances; Alana Walker, junior, was team’s top pitcher and went 7-9 with a 3.60 ERA.

All earned postseason honors while helping Bryan County to a 13-17 overall record and a 7-5 mark in the school’s first season in 2-AA.

RHHS: Amber Rivera, junior shortstop, hit .388 with 17 stolen bases and had on base percentage of .590 as leadoff batter while fielding .940 for the Lady Wildcats; Sophia Lorimer, junior catcher, hit .300 and drove in 21 runs while fielding .984 behind the plate; Cristy Davenport, junior outfielder, batted .286 with 17 runs scored and 14 RBI; Ciara Patrick, junior outfielder, hit .322 with a .941 fielding percentage.

This foursome led the Lady Wildcats to a 17-13 overall record and a 9-1 mark in Region 3-AAAAA.


RHHS: Sarah Strazza, Kristen Sparks, Krysten Hardee, Chandler Holmes, Katlyn Taylor, Shaquithea Harris and Sophia Hofeling. These girls led the Lady Wildcats (24-21, 15-3) to a second-place finish in Region 3-AAAAA and a berth in the state playoffs.

Note: Bryan County High School doesn’t have a volleyball team.

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