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Booster club honors softball athletes with awards banquet

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Brookhaven slowpitch softball awards went to (seated, from left) Danielle Batteast, Best Defensive Player, All-District; Julianna Porter, Best Offensive Player, All-District; Alycen Speaks, Scholastic Award, All-District; Katherine Shell, Most Valuable Player, All-District; (standing) Katherine Wallace, Rookie of the Year; Jada Henderson, All-District; Haley Speaks, Panther Award; Chantel Quarles, Most Improved; Fallon Brooks, Hustle Award; Tia Bussey, Perseverance Award.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Brookhaven slowpitch softball awards went to (seated, from left) Danielle Batteast, Best Defensive Player, All-District; Julianna Porter, Best Offensive Player, All-District; Alycen Speaks, Scholastic Award, All-District; Katherine Shell, Most Valuable Player, All-District; (standing) Katherine Wallace, Rookie of the Year; Jada Henderson, All-District; Haley Speaks, Panther Award; Chantel Quarles, Most Improved; Fallon Brooks, Hustle Award; Tia Bussey, Perseverance Award.

The Brookhaven faculty, family and softball booster club honored their Lady Panther athletes with a fall banquet Monday night to recognize the girls for their hard work.

Brookhaven head softball coach Chad Walker welcomed the large crowd to the banquet that was held at the Southway Baptist Church fellowship hall, located on the South Jackson Street extension.

Walker, in his eighth year at the helm, said he was very proud of the year they had. He thanked the Panther booster clubs and all of the officers for their hard work during the season and making this banquet possible. He also gave thanks to his Lady Panthers for their diligence and effort during the season.

Walker commented on the team’s season. “We have improved a lot this season. The future looks bright for the Lady Panthers. We have a young, talented group coming back.”

Walker’s team improved their record to 18-11 overall and 10-0 in Region 5-5A/6A.

The Lady Panthers will lose only one senior to graduation: Alycen Speaks.

After enjoying a good meal of sweets, the awards were presented to honor their hard work and a job well done.

Third baseman Katherine was recognized as the Most Valuable Player Award in slowpitch softball. Danielle Batteast received the Best Defensive Player award and Julianna Porter was selected as the Best Offensive Player.

Other awards went to: Rookie of the Year: Katherine Wallace. Perseverance Award: Tia Bussey. Most Improved: Chantel Quarles. Scholastic: Alycen Speaks. Panther Award: Haley Speaks. Hustle Award: Fallon Brooks. All-District 5-5A/6A: Katherine Shell, Julianna Porter, Danielle Batteast, Alycen Speaks, Jada Henderson.

At the end of the ceremony, two players: Haley Speaks and Katherine Shell were presented their letterman jackets.