The Bryan County High gymnasium, usually reserved for sports, took on a different setting on Monday night, May 19 as Redskin coaches, administration, anxious athletes, and proud parents showed their support for the many deserving athletes in attendance for the 2008 Spring Sports Award Ceremony.
Track, golf, tennis and baseball were the sports in the spotlight this night as each participating athlete was recognized by their coaches and culminated with the presentation of individual achievement awards from each sport.
Athletic Director Ron Lewis opened with a few remarks before the first presentations began and then each coach had a few moments in the spotlight as they presented awards and commented on the athletes from their particular sport. The awards for this year’s 2008 spring sports are as follows.
- Girls Track: High Point - Mitzi Cross, Most Improved - Kimberly Williams, Coaches Award - Jennifer Waters
- Boys Track: High Point - Willie Deloach, Most Improved - Winston Johnson, Coaches Award - Joseph Jenkins
- Golf: Boys Low Medalist - Julian Hines, Boys Most Improved - Mike Mitchell, Girls Low Medalist - Ashley Cobb, Girls Most Improved - Shelbi Traywick
- Tennis: Boys Most Valuable Player - Cody Gunter, Boys Most Improved - Justin Temple, Girls Most Valuable Player - Sarah Ryan, Girls Most Improved - Chelsea Gallo
- Baseball: Captain - Justin Covington, Albert Lodge - Garrett Riggleman, Golden Glove - Cameron Lee, Pearl Award - Justin Covington, Wooden Slugger Award - Justin Covington, Most Improved - Justin Pruitt, Most Valuable Player - Kurt Shuman, Region 3A -1st team- Justin Covington and Kurt Shuman
Other awards: Coca-Cola Academic Athletes of the Year: Jennifer Waters and Justin Covington, Coca-Cola Athletes of the Year: Darrell McElroy and Ashley Barfield, Top of the Board Award - Joe Jenkins (620 lb squat, 300 lb bench press)
Assistant Principal Rod Backman was presented a baseball by Coach Al Butler for being recognized as the number one sports fan at BCHS.
Lewis had a special award for a parent who devotes much time and energy to BCHS athletics simply because she loves the kids and loves BCHS athletics. This award is called the Redrock Award and it was won this year by Lisa Poythress. Poythress is a substitute teacher, treasurer of the BCHS Booster Club and "probably is the most dedicated mom in all the schools when it comes to the kids being in sports," according to BCHS Booster President Dennis Seger.