Soccer teams celebrate season at annual banquet

Published 4:02 pm Friday, May 25, 2018

The Bainbridge High School soccer team held its annual awards banquet last week, where numerous athletes received awards for their performances this season.

Mackenzie Pickle and Keilya Pryor both received the Newcomers Award, as they played in every contest and developed into improved defenders by seasons end. Both were basically first year players as Mckenzie has had to battle injuries in the past and Kemyia was counted on at keeper, just learning to play last summer. 

The Hustle Award went to McKenna Stegall, who was one of my more versatile players, and for the sake of the team she had to swap positions and become their scrappy speed presence on defense.

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Most Improved defender went to Noelle Tyre, who is in her second season of High School ball, but her first full season on the varsity.  She became a stable force on a relatively young the defense she displayed a no nonsense attitude on the field, passionate player, and a constant physical presence down the stretch.

Most Valuable midfield award was given to Taylor Emmons. She scored 3 goals and was second on the team with three assists.

Co-Most Valuable offensive player went to Jamya Brinson and Mabry Grace Briggs, who were mainly on the attack in either setting up shots or scoring goals.

Both young ladies were valuable in setting up the attack. With her foot skill, Jamya led the team in scoring with 9 goals and led the team with 4 assists, Mabry was one of the fastest players and a true competitor who played all over midfield and was second on the team with 5 goals.

The Coaches Award was given to Alyson Matthews, Courtney Clark, Kamerin Timmons and Paige Stegall.

Courtney was a tough player off of the bench and did a great job by season end at midfield. Alyson, who was turned into a defensive player this season, was the most passionate team member who had a scrappy streak. Kamerin was a three-year player who began as a defender and switched to a midfielder. Appearing in more than 50 varsity games, she kept the girls upbeat on the bus rides, and when riled was a fierce competitor.

The BHS Iron Woman Award was given to Paige Stegall, who is the first recipient of the BHS Iron Woman Award. She played four varsity seasons appearing in 64 games with 7 goals and 8 assists, and checking back only missed one game. She was fast and had a scrappiness about her as well, improving in her game this past season.  She was my main organizer of the group in collecting and distributing items.

The Special thank you award was given to Janesha Guy, who despite not playing varsity, came to practice consistently and always with a smile on her face just loving the experience.

The Academic Award went to Sandy Baker, who had the highest average, and did a great job at defensive midfield and was much improved at seasons end.

On the boy’s side, Ben Mulkey received the Academic Trophy and the BHS Ironman award, Gino Pallotti got the Offensive Award, Nix McIntosh received the Midfield Award, Robert Hayes got the Most Improved Award and Joey Mathis received the Coaches Award.

Plaques were also given to all the seniors. Their positions and stats are:

Joey Mathis- Midfielder/Forward/Goal Keeper, 4 years BHS soccer, 33 varsity games, 12 goals, 5 assists.

Gino Pallotti- Forward/Midfielder, 4 years BHS Soccer, 45 varsity games, 20 goals, 15 assists. 2018 Honorable Mention All-Region

Robert Hayes- Forward/Midfielder, 4 years BHS Soccer, 29 varsity games, 1 goal, 1 assist.

Kevin Ventura- Goal Keeper, 4 years BHS Soccer, 23 varsity games.

Jonathan Pyles- Goal Keeper/Forward/Defender 4 years BHS Soccer, 25 varsity Games

Logan Holley- Midfielder/Defender/Forward- 4 years BHS Soccer, 14 varsity games, 1 goal.

Holden White-Defender- 3 years BHS Soccer, 14 varsity games.

Ben Mulkey- Defender-Captain. 4 years BHS Varsity, 62 Varsity games