The 2012 All Region 3-AAAA and 2-AA football teams and the first BCN All County football team.
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.
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.