‘Heisman’ winners selected

Published 9:23 pm Friday, October 26, 2012

HIGH SCHOOL HEISMAN WINNERS: Jovonte Ross and Hilary Flournoy get together on the Bainbridge High School tennis courts, after being named the school’s winners of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Awards.|Joe Crine

Bearcats cross-country and track runner Jovonte Ross, and Lady Cats tennis player Hilary Flournoy have been named Bainbridge High School’s “Wendy’s High School Heisman” winners, for the 2012-2013 school year.

Wendy’s High School Heisman Awards are presented each fall to young men and women for excellence in academics, athletics and community and school leadership during their senior year of high school.

Ross, the son of Ricky Ross and Kriston Evans, is senior captain of coach Lisa Enfinger’s Bearcats cross-country team.

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He finished third in the region’s cross-country meet and was the top senior region finisher last season. In his three-year track career, he has competed in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter runs, and the 4-by-400-meter relay.

Ross, who was also a member of the Bearcats soccer team for one year, is an honor roll student with a 3.4 grade point average. He is also a “Golden Guide,” and a member of the Future Farmers of America chapter at Bainbridge High School.

Cross-country coach Enfinger and track coach Dr. Larry Clark both describe him as an exceptional athlete and team leader with a bright future ahead of him.

“Coach Oldaker, coach Enfinger, coach Clark and cross-country community coach Greg Waddell have all been positive influences on my life,” he said.

Flournoy, the daughter of Terri and Drake Flournoy, is a straight-A honor roll student, who went 14-2 overall and was undefeated in Region 1-AAAA play for coach Amy Thomas’s Lady Cats tennis team last spring.

She trains under travel coach Mitch Rogers and she is also a member of the Bainbridge High School Golden Guides, Anchor Club and Future Farmers of America chapter.

She said her grandfather, Walter Collins, has been a great inspiration and role model to her.

“My grandfather, who coached high school football and baseball, my travel coach Mitch Rogers and my high school coach Amy Thomas always taught me to give my best effort in the classroom and on the tennis court,” she said.

Flournoy has been a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for four years, and a member of the National Honor Society for three years.