DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / The Brookhaven Academy football team was honored during the school's Tuesday night athletic banquet. Players receiving special awards were (seated, from left) Brock Ezell, All-District; Connor Dorman, All-District; Heath Hickman, All-District; Caleb Brown, All-District, Most Valuable Skill; Michael Fiorella, All-District; (standing) Zach Carr, Most Improved Skill; John Ethan Coleman, Most Improved Lineman, All-District; Jacob Thurman, All-District; Landon Nettles, MAIS All-Star, All-Division Co-MVP, All-District, Headhunter Award; Joey Rushing, All-District; Cody Thornhill, All-District, MAIS All-Star, Best Teammate; Garrett Pace, All-District; Travis Thornton, All-District, MAIS All-Star, MAIS All-State, Most Valuable Lineman; Wyatt Pepper, All-District; Bailey Warren, All-District; Collin Hall, All-District.
DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / The Brookhaven Academy football team was honored during the school's Tuesday night athletic banquet. Players receiving special awards were (seated, from left) Brock Ezell, All-District; Connor Dorman, All-District; Heath Hickman, All-District; Caleb Brown, All-District, Most Valuable Skill; Michael Fiorella, All-District; (standing) Zach Carr, Most Improved Skill; John Ethan Coleman, Most Improved Lineman, All-District; Jacob Thurman, All-District; Landon Nettles, MAIS All-Star, All-Division Co-MVP, All-District, Headhunter Award; Joey Rushing, All-District; Cody Thornhill, All-District, MAIS All-Star, Best Teammate; Garrett Pace, All-District; Travis Thornton, All-District, MAIS All-Star, MAIS All-State, Most Valuable Lineman; Wyatt Pepper, All-District; Bailey Warren, All-District; Collin Hall, All-District.

BA athletes earn honors

Published 12:00pm Thursday, May 8, 2014

WESSON – The Brookhaven Academy faculty and coaches honored their varsity athletes with a spring banquet to commemorate football, girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, softball, baseball, cheerleading, golf, track, archery, tennis, girls’ soccer and boys’ soccer.

Dr. Ed Moak served as the banquet’s emcee and welcomed the large crowd to the special event that was held at the Thames Center located on the Copiah-Lincoln Community College campus Tuesday night .

After the meal, coaches from each sport started to recognize their team’s achievements during the year and players were given awards to signify their hard work.

Seniors Grant Melancon and Lindsey Winborne were presented with the Cougar Leadership Award. Melancon received the Most Valuable Player Award in tennis and boys’ soccer. Winborne was also recognized with the hustle award in girls’ basketball.

Landon Nettles, Travis Thornton and Caleb Brown received Most Valuable honors in football. Nettles also received the Head Hunter award.

In boys’ basketball, Zac Smith was recognized as the Most Valuable Player. Madison Warren received the Most Outstanding player award in girls’ basketball and earned the Most Valuable girl award in tennis.

In softball, Allison Livingston was recognized as the Most Valuable player. Landon Nettles capture two huge awards in baseball as he was rewarded with the Team’s Most Valuable Player and the Most Valuable Offensive award.

Other prestige honors went to Ashlea Bardwell in archery, Ruth Vaughan in girls’ soccer and Jordan Lea in boys’ soccer.

Dr. Moak closed the ceremony, thanking the athletes, coaches and families for the wonderful year they had at Brookhaven Academy.

Brookhaven Academy Awards Banquet

SOFTBALL

Most Valuable Player:  Allison Livingston. Best Offensive Player:  Anna Grace Covington. Best Defensive Player:  Anna Smith.  Most Hustle:  Alex Rai Smith.  Rookie of the Year: Kailyn Jordan.  Coaches Award: Maura Dunaway.  Team Captains:  Allyson Barry, Olivia Thornton. All-District:  Allison Livingston, Anna Grace Covington, Maura Dunaway, Olivia Thornton, Anna Smith. Senior Award:  Allyson Barry.

CHEERLEADERS

Senior Leadership:  Madison Warren, Anna Carollo, Lindsey Winborne, Caroline Stewart, Ashton Rials, Jordan Jackson, Leah Thornhill (mascot).

FOOTBALL

MAIS All-Stars:  Landon Nettles, Cody Thornhill, Travis Thornton.  MAIS All-State:  Travis Thornton. All-District Co-MVP:  Landon Nettles. All-District 5-AA:  Travis Thornton, Cody Thornhill, Connor Dorman, Brock Ezell, Caleb Brown, Jacob Thurman, Bailey Warren, Wyatt Pepper, John Ethan Coleman, Garrett Pace, Collin Hall, Michael Fiorella, Joey Rushing, Heath Hickman. Most Valuable Lineman:  Travis Thornton. Most Valuable Skill:  Caleb Brown.  Most Improved Lineman:  John Ethan Coleman. Most Improved Skill:  Zach Carr. Best Teammate:  Cody Thornhill.  Headhunter Award:  Landon Nettles.

GIRLS SOCCER

Offensive Award:  Kailyn Jordan, Harley Smith. Defensive Award:  Saylor Smith.  Cougar Award:  Ruth Vaughan.

BOYS SOCCER

Rookie of the Year:  Trent Nettles. MAIS All-Star:  Grant Melancon, Jordan Lea. Best Offensive Player:  Zach Dickerson.  Best Defensive Player:  Newt Riley. Coaches Award: Cody Thornhill, Parker Myrick. Cougar Award:  Garrett Smith.  Most Valuable Player:  Jordan Lea, Grant Melancon.  All-Division Awards:  Grant Melancon, Jordan Lea, Newt Riley.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

MAIS All-Star: Madison Warren.  Hustle Award:  Lindsey Winborne.  Cut Throat Award:  Hillary Wilson.  Most Outstanding Player: Madison Warren.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Best Defensive Player:  Travis Thornton.  Best Offensive Player:  Peyton Hood.  Most Valuable Player:  Zac Smith.  Most Improved Player:  Todd Gagliano.  All-District Team:  Zac Smith, Caleb Brown, Joshua Wiggins, Peyton Hood. All-District MVP:  Zac Smith.

ARCHERY

Highest Point Female:  Kaitlyn Bass.  Highest Point Male:  Collin Hall.  Most Improved:  Cameron Watson.  Coaches Award:  Ashlea Bardwell.

BASEBALL

Offensive MVP:  Landon Nettles.  Gold Glove:  Zach Dickerson.  Mr. Hustle: Carter Culbertson.  Most Improved:  Jacob Boyd, Newt Riley.  Team’s Most Valuable Player: Landon Nettles.  Cougar Award:  Bailey Warren.  All District:  Landon Nettles, Zach Dickerson, Alex Smith, Steven Williams, Bailey Warren, Newt Riley, Jacob Boyd, J.P. Jackson, Heath Hickman.  MAIS District MVP:  Landon Nettles.  MAIS All-Stars:  Landon Nettles, Bailey Warren.

TENNIS

Most Valuable Boy:  Grant Melancon. Most Valuable Girl:  Madison Warren. Cougar Awards:  Grant Melancon, Lindsey Winborne. Rookie of the Year:  Peyton Hood.

SPECIAL HONORS

Cougar Leadership Award:  Lindsey Winborne, Grant Melancon.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Brookhaven Academy seniors (from left) Grant Melancon and Lindsey Winborne receive Cougar Leadership award honors during a spring athletic banquet.
DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Brookhaven Academy seniors (from left) Grant Melancon and Lindsey Winborne receive Cougar Leadership award honors during a spring athletic banquet.