Manila senior athletes recognized

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Manila Athletic Booster Club hosted the 2008-09 senior high sports banquet honoring basketball, baseball, softball, football, cheerleading, and golf participants. The event was held on Monday, May 11, in the school cafeteria.

Ninth grade 3.0 Athletic Club members

Mitzi Adcock, president of the Booster Club welcomed athletes and guests.

Following the barbecue dinner, Athletic Director Mike Bridges and High School Principal Pam Chipman presented the 3.0 Club. The 3.0 Club recognizes athletes who maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.

10th grade 3.0 Athletic Club members.

3.0 Club

Ninth grade -- Garrett Baker, Dillon Burrow, Zack Day, Ryan Halford, Blake Miller, Tucker Miller, Mikayla Shedd, and Katie Watkins.

10th grade -- Mack Benson, Brian Borden, Madison Brodie, Nicholas Bryan, Taylor Craig, Jeremy Goff, Kalyn Harris, JJ Helton, Danielle Hicks, Peyton Joyner, Tracey Reinhart, Jordan Robertson, Garrett Scott, Amber Smith, Lee Sparks, Derek Stutts, Kenneth Sullivan, Jordon Towell, Levi Wallace.

11th grade -- Jared Burks, Dale Butterworth, Spencer Cain, Jonna Dodd, Katie Donner, Steven Green, Brooke Hill, Lance Kilbreath, Tray Malone, Andrew Nelms, Kristen Painter, Maegan Presson, Seth Towles, John Wilbanks, Kimberly Wise, Leigha Woody.

11th grade 3.0 Athletic Club members.

12th grade -- Hunter Allensworth, Nathan Bell, Hunter Bryan, Kyle Evans, Chantel Hames, Cody Hamilton, Colleen Kemp, Luke McLaughlin, Michael Shedd, Joe Thompson, Brian Vancely, Aaron Wallace, Rebekah White.

12th grade 3.0 Athletic Club members.


Eva Towles, cheerleading sponsor, recognized her senior squad. She thanked the cheerleaders, parents, Booster Club, and coaching staff for all of their support.

Cheerleaders are: Savannah Towell, ninth grade; Nikki Bowman, Madison Brodie, Lindsey Green, Kalyn Harris, Danielle Hicks, Amber Smith, Ashley Storey, 10th grade; Kathryn Simpson-Captain, 11th grade.


Coach John Deaton presented the golf awards. The boys golf team finished second in the district, third in the regional and fourth in the state.

Manila senior high cheerleaders.

Members of the golf team are Garrett Scott, 10th grade; Jerry Jaco and Andrew Nelms, 11th grade; Michael Shedd and Aaron Wallace, 12th grade.

Mikayla Shedd, ninth grade student, competed individually in the golf competition finishing fourth in the district, qualifying for regional and state.

Manila golf team.

Individual awards went to Michael Shedd for Best Boys Scoring Average. He finished 8th out of 72 in the state. He made All District, All Regional and All State Awards. He received a golf scholarship from Lyon College in Batesville.

"They are getting a good golfer and a good person in Michael," Coach Deaton said.

Mikayla Shedd received the Girls Best Scoring Average.

Girls Basketball

Coach Jeff Priest recognized team members.

"It was the first time the team had won a District in over 20 years," Priest said.

He said they started the season with a 8-1 record, experienced injuries but came back to finish the season winning nine of the last 11 games.

Members of the team are:

10th grade -- Taylor Craig, Peyton Joyner, Jordan Robertson.

11th grade -- Katie Donner, Jonna Dodd, Brooke Hill, Maegan Presson, Savannah Jones, Kristen Painter, Tiffany Pentecost, Kimberly Wise.

Girls senior basketball team.

12th grade -- Colleen Kemp and Rebekah White.

Individual awards:

Kimberly Wise -- Best Offense and Most 3's.

Katie Donner -- Best Defense.

Rebekah White -- Most Rebounds

Colleen Kemp -- Best Free Throw percentage, Most Assists.

Jordan Robertson -- Most Improved.

Kristen Painter -- Shot Club Champ.

All Conference -- Colleen Kemp, Rebekah White, and Kimberly Wise.

All State -- Kimberly Wise.

Athletic Director Mike Bridges presented the first Lindsey Wells Award.

The Lady Lion Award was renamed to honor the memory of Lindsey Wells. Coach Bridges said he had the privilege to coach Lindsey.

"She was the type of player we all wanted to be," he said.

The award went to Colleen Kemp.


Manila softball team.

The Lady Lion Softball team is coached by Jeff Priest, assisted by Junior Wise. Members of the team include Dina Aguilar, Savannah Towell, Katie Watkins, ninth grade; Peyton Joyner, 10th grade; Jonna Dodd, Katie Donner, Brooke Hill, Kristen Painter, Kimberly Wise, Leigha Woody, 11th grade; Chantel Hames and Colleen Kemp 12th grade.

Individual awards:

Leigha Woody -- Best Batting Average, Most RBIs and All Conference.

Katie Donner -- Most Steals, and All Conference Honorable Mention.

Peyton Joyner -- Golden Glove Infield.

Colleen Kemp -- Golden Glove Outfield.

Most Improved -- Kristen Painter.

Boys Basketball

Coach Jeral Hudspeth presented the senior high basketball team.

Nathan Bell, Kyle Evans, Joe Thompson, 12th grade; Jared Burks, Spencer Cain, Tray Malone, Cody Webb, 11th grade; JJ Helton, Tracey Reinhart, Garrett Scott, Levi Wallace, 10th grade.

Coach Hudspeth recognized Manager Justin Augustine with a gift in appreciation for his work and dedication to the team.

Boys senior basketball team

Individual awards

Levi Wallace -- Most Rebounds.

JJ Helton -- Most Steals, Best Offense, Hustle, All Conference.

Kyle Evans -- Most Assists, Best Free Throw percentage.

Garrett Scott -- Most Charges.

Jared Burks -- Best Defense.

Nathan Bell -- Most Improved.


Coach Steven Milligan presented the baseball team offering a thank you everyone who helped and his assistant coach Don Nunnally. The baseball team finished with a 17-4 record, District co-champions and went to the state tournament.

Manila baseball team.

Team members are:

Ninth grade -- Justin Barley, Dillon Burrow, Rafael Maldonado, Blake Miller.

10th grade -- Mack Benson, Jeremy Goff, Tracey Reinhart, Lee Sparks, Derek Stutts, Jordan Towell.

11th grade -- Zach Birmingham, Jared Hembrey, Tray Malone.

12th grade -- Hunter Allensworth, Jacob Britt, Hunter Bryan, Frankie Cowgill, Luis Cruz, Kyle Evans, Cody Hamilton, Luke McLaughlin, Michael Shedd.

All Conference players are Hunter Bryan, Kyle Evans, Michael Shedd, Tray Malone and Frankie Cowgill. All Region players are Frankie Cowgill and Tray Malone. All State players are Frankie Cowgill, Tray Malone. Hunter Bryan was named the Jonesboro Sun Athlete of the Week. Tray Malone has been invited to compete at ASU in July in a showcase of players.

Individual Awards

Baseball coach Steve Milligan presents Don Nunnally, assistant coach, a special gift from the team.

Hunter Bryan -- Silver Slugger.

Zack Birmingham -- Golden Glove.

Tray Malone -- E.R.A., Most Wins.

Jared Hembrey -- Mr. Hustle.

Jacob Britt -- Most Improved.

Luke McLaughlin -- MVP.

Dillon Burrow -- Rookie of the Year.

Frankie Cowgill -- Stolen Base Award.


Coach Toby Doke presented the football team.

"These are the first football seniors to graduate in over 20 years," Coach Doke said. "These boys never quit. I think they can win ball games next year."

Senior high football team.

Members of the team are:

10th grade--Brian Borden, Nicholas Bryan, Jeremy Goff, Shaun McCallie, Blake Nimeth, Tracey Reinhart, Kenneth Sullivan, Levi Wallace, Allen Vancley.

11th grade -- Zach Birmingham, Jared Burks, Dale Butterworth, Spencer Cain, Steven Green, Jared Hembrey, Lance Kilbreath, Josh Miles, David Pasley, Seth Towles, John Wilbanks.

12th grade -- Brandon Bryan, Frankie Cowgill, Brian Vancely.

Individual awards:

Steven Green -- Outstanding Offensive Back.

Zack Birmingham -- Outstanding Offensive Lineman and Outstanding Defensive Lineman.

John Wilbanks -- Touchdown Maker.

Seth Towles -- Head Hunter.

Brian Borden -- Outstanding Special Teams Player.

Shaun McCallie -- Bill Beall Lionheart Award.

Sportmanship award winners Peyton Jonyor and Levi Wallace. Not pictured - Spencer Cain.

Mitzi Adcock presented the overall sportsmanship awards to Peyton Jonyor and a tie in the boys division between Spencer Cain and Levi Wallace.

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  • Tray Malone, Invited to White Sox camp,Heartland, Oklahoma in June.All Conference 11-1, All Region, All State awards.

    -- Posted by Holiday on Wed, May 20, 2009, at 6:26 PM
  • Congratulations to all of our Mighty Lions!

    -- Posted by DNA85 on Fri, May 22, 2009, at 5:28 AM
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