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Carlson named athlete of month
Tyler AoM
Lady Wildcat basketball coach Elizabeth Bennett hands Tyler Carlson her Bryan County Athlete of the Month award. - photo by Photo by Ross Blair
Lady Wildcat basketball star Tyler Carlson started the 2010 calendar year with a bang. She led her team in every game during the month of January, which eventually took her team to the state playoffs. For this, she was recently named January Bryan County Athlete of the Month.
Carlson received her award Feb. 22 at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, who supplied the meals to the Carlsons and RHHS coaches.
Carlson, who recently signed on to play college ball at Mars Hill College, broke the school record for most points scored during her RHHS basketball career by racking up 1,521 points. In 27 games this season, Carlson recorded 460 points, 107 rebounds, 99 assists and 118 turnovers. In other words, she was a force to be reckoned with in Region 3-AAA.
Lady Wildcat Head Coach Elizabeth Bennett said Carlson started the season slow, and the entire team was in a scoring slump come Christmas time.
“In typical Tyler fashion, she decided to change that,” Bennett said. “Starting in January, she started scoring around 20-30 points a game. Tyler is capable of anything she puts her mind to, and she never ceases to amaze me.”
Bennett said Carlson has set the bar for incoming team captains, calling her a “tremendous leader on and off the court who has an enormous love of basketball.”
“Her dedication and hard work has paid off, and we’re just so proud of her,” said her mother Denise Carlson, who attributes her summer play in the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) as another key factor in her daughter’s success this season.
Carlson said she will dearly miss the Wildcats, which includes cross country. She dominated cross country as well, including winning both individual and team region titles for each year she competed.
Carlson looks to go into education after her run at Mars Hill, where she aims to become a history teacher and high school basketball coach.
Honorable mentions: RHHS basketball’s Robbie Bynum and Dajah Davis, BCHS basketball’s Winston Johnson, Olivia Melvin and Satashala Beasley, RHHS wrestling’s Michael Early, and RHHS sailor Ashley Kennedy.

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