Soccer teams honored

Published 8:49 pm Friday, May 13, 2011

BAINBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL Bearcats soccer coach Jamie Ard gets together his award winners at Tuesday night’s soccer awards banquet. From left, seated; co-captain Bryan Ordonez outstanding forward Alex Benjarano, outstanding defender Asuncion Barrio, co-newcomer of the year Louis Mejia and Coach Ard, standing; academic award winner Noah Thorne, Coach’s award winner Suraj Patel, co-newcomer of the year Daniel Provence, most improved player Vilesar Sarmiento and most outstanding midfielder and captain Hal Clement. Honorary captain Keenan Adams is not pictured.

BAINBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL Lady Cats soccer award winners display their awards. From left, seated; newcomer of the year award winner Tiffany Hand, academic award winner Shelby Gordon, co-defensive player of the year Tiffany Pearson and co-defensive player of the year Candace Perkins, standing; captain and Coach’s award winner Lindsay Unfricht, top offensive player Charlton Reynolds, captain Robbi Howard and top midfielder award winner Savannah Cook.

The Bainbridge High School varsity boys and girls soccer teams were honored for outstanding seasons Thursday night at their annual awards banquet at the Morningside Baptist Church fellowship hall.

Coach Jamie Ard’s Bearcats won the Region 1AAAA South Sub-Region championship and posted a 12-2 record, the most outstanding in school history.

Leading the Bearcat honorees was most outstanding midfielder and captain Hal Clement, who had 26 goals and 10 assists this season and was the top scorer in school history. He will be attending Middle Georgia College in Cochran on a soccer scholarship.

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The outstanding forward award went to Alex Benjarano who had 16 goals and 7 assists. The outstanding defender award went to Asuncion Barrios, who Coach Ard praised for his work on the back line.

Co-winners of the Bearcats newcomer award were Daniel Provence and Louis Mejia, who Coach Ard praised for their consistent play all season.

Earning the academic award for having a 96.5 grade point average, the highest on the team, was Noah Thorne. Suraj Patel received the Coach’s award for his hard work and dedication.

The most improved player award went to Vilesar Sarmiento. Bryan Ordonez was honored for being a co-captain and Keenan Adams, who had to miss most of the season due to a knee injury suffered during football season, was named an honorary captain.

Chip Ariail’s Lady Cats, who were 8-7 overall and advanced to the first round of the Region 1AAAA playoffs. Top Lady Cats honorees were offensive most valuable player Charlton Reynolds and co-most valuable defensive players Candace Perkins and Tiffany Pearson.

Reynolds had eight goals and four assists, Perkins had three goals and Pearson had two goals and two assists.

Lady Cats coach Chip Ariail praised the three players contributions to the team.

“Charlton Reynolds was our leading goal scorer and she played hard every game,” Ariail said. “In addition to her goal scoring an assists, she also dribbled the ball well and put on strong defensive pressure.

“Candace Perkins, a team captain and Tiffany Pearson both put on constant strong defensive pressure.”

The Lady Cats newcomer award went to Tiffany Hand, who Coach Ariail described as a solid all around player.

Shelby Gordon received the academic award for having a 96 grade point average, the highest on the team.

The most improved Lady Cats player award went to team captain Bailey Wells, who coach Ariail said greatly improved her technique. The Lady Cats hustle award went to Caitlyn Cato, who Coach Ariail said gave a 100 percent effort every time she was on the field.

The Coach’s award went to team captain Lindsay Unfricht, who despite suffering a season-ending knee injury in the first game of the season, came to the games and encouraged and cheered for her teammates.

Receiving the top midfielder award was Savannah Cook, who Coach Ariail praised for doing a good job of distributing the ball on the attack.

Also honored was team captain Robbi Howard.