Riverside's first ever state championship was the highlight of this year's senior high athletic banquet held May 26 at Lake City.
The Lady Rebel tennis team brought home Riverside's first team title last October when they won the Class 2A State Championship at Fairfield Bay. The doubles duo of Holly Dudley and Taylor Boness also claimed a state championship, winning the doubles crown over teammates Morgan Emery and Katey Campbell in an all Lady Rebel state final.
Head Coach Terry Conner's netters had finished team runner-up four other times in boys play, and had taken home three individual state titles, but this was the first team title in school history in any sport. Riverside has also had state runner-up finishes in both boys and girls basketball.
The Lady Rebels were led by All-State performers Holly Dudley, Taylor Boness, Katey Campbell and Morgan Emery. Conner handed out individual awards to Dudley for Least Unforced Errors and Boness for Best Serve Percentage. In addition to winning the state doubles title, Dudley and Boness took home a fourth place finish in district doubles competition. Campbell and Emery, the state runners-up, were the 2A district doubles champions. Campbell received Best Winning Percentage honors while Emery took home the award for Best Net Defense. Kailey Holt finished third in 2A district singles competition and was a state quarter-finalist. Other members of the team include Sarah Douglas, Christy Ward, Kyley Campbell, Brianna Driver and Beth Anne Snyder.
The boys team placed fourth in state team competition and took home the 2A district championship. Daniel McCormick was the 2A District Singles Champion and a state quarter-finalist. The doubles team of Bryan Poe and Cody O'Guinn were the 2A District Doubles Runners-up and state quarter-finalists while the team of Chase Nichols and Josh Anderson finished fourth in the 2A district tournament and were also state quarter-finalists. Nichols received the award for Least Unforced Errors while Anderson won Best Net Defense. Poe garnered Best Serve Percentage while McCormick earned Best Winning Percentage. Other team members include Nick Bagley, Cam Casey, Tyler Warhurst, Jake Emery, Morgan Fletcher and Luke Moyer.
Conner was assisted by Scott Dunkerson.
The Lady Rebel basketball team also qualified for the state tournament, finishing as state quarter-finalists. Riverside was the 2A-3 conference co-champions, district runner-ups and a regional qualifier. The Lady Rebels finished the year 25-11.
Katey Campbell was selected All-State and also made the All-State Tournament team. The senior was named All-Region and All-Conference as well as being selected for the NEA All-Tournament team. Brianna Driver garnered All-Region, All-Conference and NEA Tournament honors while Morgan Emery was also named All-Region and All-Conference.
Head Coach Carrie Redman gave out individual awards to Brianna Driver for Best Field Goal Percentage and Most Blocks. Morgan Emery took home the award for Most Assists and shared the Most Steals honor with Katey Campbell. Campbell was also awarded Most Rebounds. Michelle Cobb took the award for Best Free Throw Percentage. Other team members included Kailey Holt, Holly Dudley, Anne Marie Johnson, Allyssia Thibodeaux, Taylor Boness, Christy Ward, Ashley Calvert, Brittany Douglas, Kendra Staggs and Kyley Campbell. Team managers were Jeffery Wisham and Austin Zamora.
Buster Campbell's boys basketball team won the Williams Baptist College Tournament championship while finishing with a 17-17 record. Josh Anderson garnered All-Region honors while Cody O'Guinn was selected All-Conference and made the NEA and WBC All-Tournament teams. Blake Hogan received All-Conference honors as well as being named to the WBC All-Tournament team while Tyler Warhurst and Jake Love were also named to the All WBC team.
Individual awards went to Tyler Warhurst for Most Blocks, Most Steals and Most Assists. Blake Hogan took home Best Field Goal Percentage and Most Rebounds while Cody O'Guinn picked up Best Free Throw Percentage. Other team members include Dewayne Schrader, Cody Stallings, Luke Moyer, Jake Emery, Cam Casey, Bryan Poe, Nick Bagley, Tyler Rolland, Sam Elam and M.J. Brewer. Assistant coach was Kevin Hall while managers were Jeffery Wisham and Blake McClung.
The Rebel baseball team placed four players on the All-Conference squad in Nick Bagley, Cody O'Guinn, Jake Love and Morgan Fletcher. Head Coach Kevin Hall gave awards to M.J. Brewer for Most Wins, Innings Pitched, Most Strike-Outs and the Earned Run Average award. Nick Bagley took home awards for Best Batting Average and Most Runs Batted In. Cody O'Guinn won Most Home Runs while Jake Love garnered the award for Most Stolen Bases. Other team members are Tyler Warhurst, Josh Driver, Garon Amos, Michael George, Mitchell Staggs, Daniel McCormick, Cody Stallings, Jake Emery, Nathaniell Adkinson, Matthew Mann, Cole Winford, Cam Casey, Blake Hogan, Tyler Rolland and Ryan Mason.
Riverside's Lady Rebel softball team qualified for the regional tournament and placed five players on the All-Conference team, including Morgan Emery, Katey Campbell Becca Frayer, Michelle Cobb and Holly Dudley. Head Coach T.J. Eakins presented individual awards to Dudley for Best Batting Average, Campbell for Most Runs Batted In, Frayer for Stolen Bases and Kaitlyn Staggs for Most Wins. Other team members are Ashley Calvert, BethAnne Snyder, Kyley Campbell, Allie Lunsford, Kendra Staggs, Katie Brown, and Teylor Hill.
The Rebels boys track squad qualified for the state tournament. Team members included Josh Driver, Bryan Poe, Josh Anderson, Tyler Warhurst, Cam Casey, Billy Hattenhauer, Jake Love, Cody Stallings and Luke Moyer. The Rebels were coached by Carrie Redman and Terry Conner.
The Lady Rebel track team also qualified for the state tournament and was named the district champions. Becca Frayer captured the state title in the 100 Meters and qualified for the Overall Meet of Champions. Other team members included Kailey Holt, Kyley Campbell, Ashley Calvert, Katey Campbell, Morgan Emery, Allyssia Thibodeaux, Taylor Boness, Kayleigh Wilson and Michelle Cobb. The Lady Rebels were coached by Carrie Redman and Terry Conner.
Both the Riverside boys and girls bowling teams qualified for the state tournament. The boys team finished eighth in the state competition while the Lady Rebels placed ninth. The boys came home fourth in the conference tournament while the Lady Rebels finished fifth.
James Boness was selected All-State as well as All-Conference. Boness picked up the awards for both High Game and High Series from Head Coach Terry Conner. Jacob Kelley won the award for Best Average. Other team members included Garron Amos, Greg Towery, Chase Clay and Hunter Timms.
The Lady Rebel bowling team consisted of Ashley Hall, Renea Pettitt, Kayleigh Wilson, Kelsie Hall, Devon Raines, Ashley Morley and Dawn Weaver. Wilson picked up the awards for High Series and Best Average while Morley won the award for High Game.
Aaron Richey made up the Riverside golf team and received the award for Low Average on the season.
The Riverside cheerleading squad, coached by Kristen Emery and Brandi Wallace, included Katey Campbell, Christy Ward, Sarah Douglas, Brittany Trinidad, Kailey Holt, Hayley Shields, Brittni Peaster, Katilyn Staggs, Kyley Campbell and Emily Pollard.
In a special presentation, Kenny and Ken Stallings presented Katey Campbell with the first annual Brian Stallings scholarship award. The $500 scholarship was given in memory of Stallings, who was a Riverside graduate and a long-time assistant basketball and baseball coach.