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Loyd Star recognizes athletes in banquet

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / The Loyd Star Hornets football team was honored during the school's Wednesday night athletic banquet. Receiving awards were (seated, from left) Cole Smith, Super 22 First Team All-District Offensive Line, Most Valuable Lineman; Zac Arnold, All-District 7-2A Kick Returner; Anfernee Claire, All-District 7-2A Defensive Line; (standing) Brett Calcote, All-District 7-2A Linebacker, Peyton Flowers Scholarship Award, Senior Award; Parker Flowers, Most Valuable Back.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / The Loyd Star Hornets football team was honored during the school’s Wednesday night athletic banquet. Receiving awards were (seated, from left) Cole Smith, Super 22 First Team All-District Offensive Line, Most Valuable Lineman; Zac Arnold, All-District 7-2A Kick Returner; Anfernee Claire, All-District 7-2A Defensive Line; (standing) Brett Calcote, All-District 7-2A Linebacker, Peyton Flowers Scholarship Award, Senior Award; Parker Flowers, Most Valuable Back.

Loyd Star’s administration, coaches and family recognized their Hornet athletes during a banquet Wednesday night to honor the football, cross-country, girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball, girls’ soccer, boys’ soccer, golf, baseball, cheerleader, powerlift, track, softball and tennis teams.

Loyd Star Principal Mrs. Robin Case opened the ceremony by welcoming the large crowd to the banquet that was held at the Lincoln County Civic Center.

After the meal, coaches recognized their team’s achievements during the year and players were given awards for their hard work.

In football, Brett Calcote received a great honor as he was selected for the first annual Peyton Flowers Scholarship Award. Cole Smith captured the Most Valuable Lineman Award and Parker Flowers earned the Most Valuable Back honors.

In powerlift, Terril Lloyd took home the Best Pound for Pound Lifter and All-State Powerlifter Awards.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Loyd Star seniors (from left) Ruby McCullough and Cole Moak received the Scholar Athlete awards during the Hornets athletic banquet.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Loyd Star seniors (from left) Ruby McCullough and Cole Moak received the Scholar Athlete awards during the Hornets athletic banquet.

In cross-country, freshman Abby Thomas was selected as the Most Valuable Female Runner and earned the Coaches Award in Track. Jett Calcote secured the Most Valuable Male Runner.

In girls’ basketball, Marcey Givens was honored with the Most Valuable Player, Best Offensive Player, Most Three Point Shots Made and Scholastic Award honors. Hannah Dickerson received the Best Defensive Player Award and Jordan Shelby earned the Best Rebounder Award.

In boys’ basketball, Edrick Alsworth took home several honors as he was selected Best Offensive Player, Most Valuable Overall Player, Best Free Throw Shooter and Best Rebounder Awards. Dorian Beard won the Best Defensive Player Award.

In girls’ soccer, Mallory Holden was recognized as the Most Valuable Player. Madisyn Brister earned the Most Valuable Offensive Award. Shelby Richardson secured the Most Valuable Defensive Award. Lesley Walker was selected as the Most Valuable Mid Fielder.

In boys’ soccer, Hayden Brownlee won the overall Most Valuable Player Award. Blayne Brister was selected for the Most Valuable Offensive honors. Brett Calcote captured the Most Valuable Defensive Award and Jordan Michel was names the Most Valuable Mid Fielder.

In golf, Madi Lewis was selected as the Most Valuable Female Golfer and Sawyer Norton took home the Most Valuable Male Golfer.

In cheer, Ashlyn Locke was recognized with the Best All-Around Award. P’Laura King was honored with Most Spirited Award. Ruby McCullough earned the Leadership, Scholastic and Coaches Award honors.

In tennis, Cole Moak and Ashlyn Locke was honored as the Most Valuable Players in girls and boys tennis. Blayne Blister and Moak were selected for the Most Valuable Doubles Team.

In baseball, Caleb Yarborough captured the Most Outstanding Pitcher and the Most Outstanding Player honors. Levi Redd earned the Most Outstanding Pitcher Award. Brett Calcote was selected as the Offensive Player of the Year and Hayden Brownlee secured the Defensive Player of the Year honors.

In fastpitch softball, Ali Gartman and Makenzie Smith earned the Most Valuable Player honors. Gartman also received the Slugger and Best Batting Average Awards. Johnna Norman won the Golden Glove Award.

Before the end of the ceremony, Hornets’ Athletic Director Billy Vaughn presented two special awards. He recognized two seniors Ruby McCullough and Cole Moak with the Scholar-Athlete Awards.

Vaughn closed the ceremony, thanking the athletes, coaches and families for all of their hard work and accomplishments during Loyd Star’s outstanding season.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / The Loyd Star Hornets Cross-Country team was honored during the school's Wednesday night athletic banquet. Receiving awards were (seated, from left) Jacob Case, Most Improved Male; Abby Thomas, Most Valuable Female Runner, Top Five Female Runner, Flying Hornet Female Award, Coaches Track Award; Jett Calcote, Most Valuable Male Runner, Top Five Male Runner; Mason Falvey, Most Dedicated; (standing) Roberto Galindo, Top Five Male Runner; Jered Cade, Top Five Male Runner, Scholar Award; Dane Smith, Top Five Male Runner; Julie Smith, Top Five Female Runner; Makenzie Smith, Top Five Female Runner; Faith Bergeron, Top Five Female Runner; Lesley Walker, Top Five Female Runner.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / The Loyd Star Hornets Cross-Country team was honored during the school’s Wednesday night athletic banquet. Receiving awards were (seated, from left) Jacob Case, Most Improved Male; Abby Thomas, Most Valuable Female Runner, Top Five Female Runner, Flying Hornet Female Award, Coaches Track Award; Jett Calcote, Most Valuable Male Runner, Top Five Male Runner; Mason Falvey, Most Dedicated; (standing) Roberto Galindo, Top Five Male Runner; Jered Cade, Top Five Male Runner, Scholar Award; Dane Smith, Top Five Male Runner; Julie Smith, Top Five Female Runner; Makenzie Smith, Top Five Female Runner; Faith Bergeron, Top Five Female Runner; Lesley Walker, Top Five Female Runner.

Loyd Star Athletic Banquet 

Scholar/Athlete of Year:  Ruby McCullough, Cole Moak.

POWERLIFT

Best Pound for Pound Lifter:  Terril Lloyd. All-State Powerlifter: Terril Lloyd.

FOOTBALL

Senior Award: Peyton Flowers, Austin Smith, Cameron Smith, Hayden Brownlee, Cole Moak, Willie Smith, Brett Calcote, Tristen Dillon. All-District 7-2A:  Anfernee Claire-Defensive Line, Zac Arnold-Kick Returner, Brett Calcote-Linebacker, Parker Flowers-Quarterback. Super 22 First Team All-District: Cole Smith-Offensive Line, Peyton Flowers-Linebacker. All-State Football team: Peyton Flowers. Most Valuable Lineman:  Cole Smith. Most Valuable Back:  Parker Flowers.  Peyton Flowers Scholarship Award:  Brett Calcote.

CROSS COUNTRY 

 Top Five Female Runners:  Lesley Walker, 25:02; Faith Bergeron, 23:30; Makenzie Smith, 23:01; Julie Smith, 23:00; Abby Thomas, 21:22. Top Five Male Runners:  Roberto Galindo, 23:29; Jered Cade, 21:56; Dane Smith, 21:47; Jett Calcote, 21:14; Nathan Lambert, 20:12. Scholar Award:  Jered Cade. Most Improved Male: Jacob Case. Most Improved Female:  Sarah Britt.  Most Valuable Female Runner: Abby Thomas. Most Valuable Male Runner:  Jett Calcote. Most Dedicated:  Mason Falvey. Flying Hornet Female Award: Abby Thomas. Flying Hornet Male Award: Nathan Lambert.

TRACK 

Coaches Award:  Abby Thomas.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

 Senior Award:  Victoria Cupit, Marcey Givens, Megan Givens. Best Defensive Player: Hannah Dickerson. Best Free Throw Shooter:  Megan Givens.  Scholastic Award:  Marcey Givens.  Best Rebounder:  Jordan Shelby. Most Three Pointers:  Marcey Givens.  Best Attitude:  Hannah Dickerson. Most Assists:  Victoria Cupit.  Miss Hustle:  Toni Banks.  Most Improved: Faith Bergeron, Makenzie Smith. Best Offensive Player:  Marcey Givens. Most Valuable Player: Marcey Givens.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Senior Players: Edrick Alsworth, Dorian Beard, Ryan Smith, Caleb Yarborough. Scholastic Award: Cade Hodges.  Mr. Hustle:  Ryan Smith.  Best Rebounder: Edrick Alsworth.  Best Defensive Player: Dorian Beard. Best Free Throw Shooter:  Edrick Alsworth. Most Improved: Javion Beard. Best Attitude:  Levi Redd.  Most Blocked Shots: Brad Jasper.  Most Assists:  Caleb Yarborough.  Most Three Pointers Made: Caleb Yarborough. Highest Three Pointer Percentage in State 2A: Levi Redd. Top Newcomer:  Zac Arnold. Best Offensive Player: Edrick Alsworth. Most Valuable Player: Edrick Alsworth.

GIRLS SOCCER

Most Valuable Player:  Mallory Holden.  Rookie Award:  Morgyn Brister. Most Improved:  Amber Archer. Most Valuable Midfielder:  Lesley Walker.  Most Valuable Offense: Madisyn Brister.  Most Valuable Defense:  Shelby Richardson.  Coaches Award: Shelby Richardson. Hornet Award: Courtney Wyatt. All-District Awards:  Madison Jones, Lesley Walker, Madisyn Brister. All-District Most Valuable Offensive Player:  Mallory Holden.  Team Captains:  Malloy Holden, Shelby Richardson.

BOYS SOCCER

Most Valuable Player:  Hayden Brownlee.  Rookie Award:  Lane Rogers. Most Improved: Mason Falvey. Hornet Award:  Jordan Michel.  Most Valuable Midfielder:  Jordan Michel. Most Valuable Offense: Blayne Brister. Most Valuable Defense:  Brett Calcote. Coaches Award: Lane Rogers. Scholastic Award:  Cole Moak.  All-District Most Valuable Goalie:  Hayden Brownlee. All-District Award:  Blayne Brister, Lane Rogers, Jordan Michel.  Team Captains:  Jordan Michel, Hayden Brownlee.

GIRLS GOLF

Coaches Award: Michaela Marler.  Most Valuable Player:  Madi Lewis.  Scholastic Award:  Courtney Wyant.

BOYS GOLF

Coaches Award:  Chad Martin.  Most Valuable Player: Sawyer Norton. Scholastic Award: Peyton Bullock. District 7-2A Champions:  Sawyer Norton, Peyton Bullock, Cam Harveston, Powell Smith.

 CHEERLEADING

Best All-Around:  Ashlyn Locke.  Most Reliable:  Ruby McCullough. Best Attitude:  Julie Kramer. Best Flyer:  Taylor Berch. Best Base: Marcey Givens. Best Jumps: Kimberly Anding. Best Motions: Victoria Cupit. Best Tumbler: Colleen Engels. Rookie of the Year: Madisyn Brister. Most Dedicated: Pollyanna Patterson. Most Spirited: P’Laura King. Leadership Award: Ruby McCullough. Scholastic Award: Ruby McCullough. Coaches Award:  Ruby McCullough.

TENNIS 

Most Valuable Girl:  Ashlyn Locke. Most Valuable Boy:  Cole Moak. Most Improved Girl:  Madisyn Brister. Most Improved Boy:  Bryson Brister. Most Valuable Doubles:  Cole Moak, Blayne Brister. Most Improved Doubles:  Lani Smith, Anna Thomas. Will to Win Award:  Cole Moak. Hornet Award:  Connor Crosby.  Rookie of the Year Award: Blayne Brister. Coaches Girl Award:  Julie Kramer.  Coaches Boy Award:  Cole Moak.  Scholastic Award: Bryson Brister.  Senior Award: Caitlin Cade, Julie Kramer, Ruby McCullough, Cole Moak. All-District Boys’ Singles:  Connor Crosby. All-District Girls’ Singles: Ashlyn Locke. All-District Boys’ Doubles:  Cole Moak, Blayne Brister. All-District Girls’ Doubles:  Faith Bergeron, Caylee Grace Yarborough. All-District Mixed Doubles: Bryson Brister, Madisyn Brister.

BASEBALL

All-District First Team:  Caleb Yarborough, Brett Calcote, Levi Redd, Lamar Lang, Konner Allen, Bradyn Brister. All-District Honorable Mention:  Dorian Beard, Hayden Brownlee, Cole Smith, Cade Hodges. Most Improved Award:  Cole Smith, Konner Allen. Rickey Smith Coach’s Award: Dylan Smith, Lane Rogers. Most Outstanding Pitcher:  Caleb Yarborough, Levi Redd.  Rookie of Year:  Cade Hodges, Lamar Lang.  Defensive Player of Year: Hayden Brownlee. Offensive Player of Year:  Brett Calcote. Most Outstanding Player:  Caleb Yarborough.  Peyton Flowers Heart and Hustle Award:  Bradyn Brister. Scholastic Award:  Jordan Michel.  All-State 2A First Team Selection:  Caleb Yarborough. All-State 2A Second Team Selection:  Levi Redd.

FASTPITCH SOFTBALL

Most Valuable Players:  Ali Gartman, Makenzie Smith.  Golden Glove:Johnna Norman.  Best Batting Average:  Ali Gartman.  Curtis Smith Will To Win: Abigail Thornton, Kelsie McCullough, Julie Smith, Madison Jones.  Most Outstanding Catcher:  Megan Norton.  Slugger of the Year:  Ali Gartman.  Off-Season Workout Award:  Abigail Thornton, Brooks Rushing. Scholar Athlete:  Raigan Smith, Kelsie McCullough.  Coaches Award:  Lesley Walker, Kelsie McCullough.  Clarion Ledger Player of the Week in Fastpitch: Makenzie Smith.  All-Division Team:  Ali Gartman, Julie Smith, Madison Jones, Makenzie Smith, Megan Norton, Abigail Thornton.  All State Team:  Ali Gartman, Makenzie Smith, Johnna Norman.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / The Loyd Star Cheerleading team was honored during the school's athletic banquet. Players receiving awards were (seated, from left) Julie Kramer, Best Attitude; Ruby McCullough, Most Reliable, Leadership Award, Scholastic Award, Coaches Award; Marcey Givens, Best Base; Victoria Cupit, Best Motions, P'Laura King, Most Spirited; (Standing) Madisyn Brister, Rookie of the Year; Taylor Berch, Best Flyer; Pollyanna Patterson, Most Dedicated; Colleen Engels, Best Tumbler; Ashlyn Locke, Best All-Around; and Kimberly Anding, Best Jumps.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / The Loyd Star Cheerleading team was honored during the school’s athletic banquet. Players receiving awards were (seated, from left) Julie Kramer, Best Attitude; Ruby McCullough, Most Reliable, Leadership Award, Scholastic Award, Coaches Award; Marcey Givens, Best Base; Victoria Cupit, Best Motions, P’Laura King, Most Spirited; (Standing) Madisyn Brister, Rookie of the Year; Taylor Berch, Best Flyer; Pollyanna Patterson, Most Dedicated; Colleen Engels, Best Tumbler; Ashlyn Locke, Best All-Around; and Kimberly Anding, Best Jumps.