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BHS softball athletes honored

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Receiving special awards Wednesday night at the Brookhaven Fastpitch Softball Awards Banquet were (from left, seated) Kat Wallace, Co-Most Valuable Offensive Player, All-Region; Haley Speaks, Hustle Award, Team Captain, All-Region; Katherine Shell, Most Valuable Player, Scholar Athlete Award, Team Captain, All-Region; Tia Bussey, Co-Most Valuable Offensive Player, Panther Award, All-Region; (standing) Takia Brooks, Team Captain; Macy Ziskin, Most Valuable Defensive Player, All-Region; Madison Thompson, All-Region; Jadeyn Fuller, Most Improved Player; and Jada Henderson, All-Region.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Receiving special awards Wednesday night at the Brookhaven Fastpitch Softball Awards Banquet were (from left, seated) Kat Wallace, Co-Most Valuable Offensive Player, All-Region; Haley Speaks, Hustle Award, Team Captain, All-Region; Katherine Shell, Most Valuable Player, Scholar Athlete Award, Team Captain, All-Region; Tia Bussey, Co-Most Valuable Offensive Player, Panther Award, All-Region; (standing) Takia Brooks, Team Captain; Macy Ziskin, Most Valuable Defensive Player, All-Region; Madison Thompson, All-Region; Jadeyn Fuller, Most Improved Player; and Jada Henderson, All-Region.

Brookhaven pitcher Katherine Shell took home the Most Valuable Player Award and Scholar Athlete Award Wednesday night during the team’s Fastpitch Softball Awards Banquet.

Coach Mandy Vinson welcomed the crowd to the banquet, which was held at Mitchell’s.

“I would like to thank the parents, the booster club, the administration, athletic director Tommy Clopton and everyone else that help make this season a success,” said Vinson. “We had a great season overall. The girls fought hard all season and never gave up. It was an exciting year. I am extremely proud of the girls and their effort they gave.”

Vinson’s team finished the season as the Region 6-5A champs and advanced to the state playoffs. After receiving a bye in the opening round, the Lady Panthers defeated South Jones in the second round, before falling to West Harrison in the third round. Brookhaven finished the year with 22-8 record overall and had a 2-0 record in Region 6-5A.

Each athlete received a new batting helmet with their number on it. Seniors Haley Speaks and Katherine Shell received a special thank you bag of gifts.

Seniors Speaks, Shell and junior Takia Brooks were named permanent Team Captains.

Tia Bussey, Kat Wallace, Macy Ziskin, Shell and Speaks earned All-Region 6-5A honors. Jada Henderson and Madison Thompson were selected on the All-Region Honorable Mention team.

Speaks was recognized with the team’s Hustle Award. Jadeyn Fuller was named as the team’s Most Improved Player. Tia Bussey received the Panther Award. Macy Ziskin was selected as the Most Valuable Defensive Player. Kat Wallace and Bussey were named as Co-Most Valuable Offensive Players.

Booster Club president Matt Shell came to the podium and thanked the coaches, the parents and coaches’ husbands for their work hard and dedication.

The Booster Club provided a special thank you gift for the coaches. The team also showed their thanks to the coaches with a special gift.