As befitting for a team which dominated Region 3A-D1 softball Bryan County swept all individual post-season honors.
Bekah Johnson was named the region Player of the Year, Hayden Joyner was Pitcher of the Year, Mackenzie Mobley was Offensive Player of the Year and Coach Jason Roundtree was Coach of the Year.
Earning first team honors were Pascal Ellison, Skylar Lee, Presly Carlucci and Liz Harvey. Amber Gray and Xandria Dean were named to the second team and Alex Robinson was honorable mention.
The Redskins (20-8-1) won the region championship and the Super Regional tournament to advance to the Elite Eight in the GHSA state playoffs. It was Bryan County’s second region championship in the last three years.
Johnson, who has committed to Troy University, was one of the top hitters in the state as she batted .447 with 21 of her 34 hits going for extra bases: she had 16 doubles, one triple and a team high four home runs.
Joyner was 17-3 on the season with 187 strikeouts in 127 innings while walking 40. She gave up only 18 earned runs. For her career Joyner finished with a 61-16 record including 20 her sophomore year when she helped lead the Redskins to a school record 31 wins and a third place finish in the Class A state tournament. She is committed to Georgia Highlands College.
Mobley earned all-state honors as a sophomore shortstop/pitcher when she hit over .400 and led the Redskins with seven homers. She played two games last year before missing the rest of the season.
Moved to right field this year Mobley hit .394 including a 16-game hitting streak and tied Johnson for the team RBI lead with 24 despite having her season end after 20 games when she broke her wrist while diving for a ball.
Roundtree was the Redskins’ baseball coach before switching to softball five years ago. He is now 95-42-1 overall including a 31-6 mark two years ago which is a school record for most wins in a season.
HUNGERFORD ALL-CONFERENCE IN SOCCER
Sarah Hungerford , who was an all-region soccer player at Richmond Hill, is continuing her exemplary play in college as the Columbus State University freshman mid-fielder was named all-conference in the Peach Belt Conference.
Hungerford is the fourth-leading scorer on the Columbus State team (18-2-1) which won the Peach Belt Conference regular season championship and beat Lenoir-Rhyne, 1-0, last Sunday to advance to the third round of the NCAA Division II tournament.
Hungerford has 17 points wit seven goals and three assists. She had a hat trick against Clayton State and had three assists and five points against Albany State.
The Cougars will host the third and quarterfinal rounds Nov 18 and Nov. 20. Columbus State will play fellow PBC member Flagler at 3 p.m. Friday with the winner advance to Sunday’s quarters. The Final Four will be held in Seattle Dec. 1-3.
MARSHALL NOW AT NEBRASKA-OMAHA
Jaeden Marshall, who averaged 15.9 points per game at Richmond Hill two years ago when the Wildcats were 21-4 and advanced to the third round of the GHSA Class 6A state playoffs, is now playing at Nebraska-Omaha where he has gotten off to a fast start.
Marshall was the Mavericks’ leading scorer in their first two games as he scored 13 points against No. 5 Kansas in an 89-64 loss and followed up with 16 in a 75-61 loss to Nebraska-Lincoln. UNO is a member of The Summit League. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound sophomore played last year at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, La., where he led the Cavaliers in scoring, averaging 15.4 points per game as he hit a team high 63 3-pointers including a season high seven against Blinn College.