Marked Tree holds athletic awards program

Thursday, May 8, 2003

Marked Tree athletes, their families, administrators and residents gathered Monday night in Marked Tree to pay tribute to the athletic success of the Marked Tree High School sports program, in the 2003 Marked Tree Athletic Awards Program. In the event, held in the Marked Tree High School Auditorium, individual and team awards were presented in each of the sports that Marked Tree High School participates in, in the 3AA-South district. Awards were presented in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, softball and track.

Individual awards were presented to the following athletes, in their respective sports:

* Junior Girls Basketball: Most Improved: Yolanda Mundy; Heart and Soul: Kim Hairston

* Junior Boys Basketball: Most Improved: Bryan Coleman; MVP Award: Robert Tyree

* Junior Boys Track: The Junior High Track team recently finished second in the 3AA-South District meet in West Memphis. First place awards went to Earl Jones in the 1600 meters, Willie Mitchell in the long jump and Patrick Powell, Willie Mitchell, Bryan Coleman and Robert Tyree in the one-mile relay. Second place awards went to Robert Tyree, Bryan Coleman, Earl Jones and William Ruthven in the 400-meter relay.

* Junior High Football: Coach's Award: B.J. Trapp; Outstanding Back: Patrick Powell, Bryan Coleman; MVP: William Ruthven

* Senior Girls Softball: Outstanding Fielder: Kristi Houchin; Outstanding Hitter: Stephanie Thompson

* Senior Baseball: Golden Glove: Justin Muse; Silver Slugger: Brayden Malone; Coach's Award: Daniel Craig. Awards were also presented to athletes who were selected either All-District or All-District, Honorable Mention for the 2003 season.

* Senior Girls Basketball: Offensive Player Award: Rudy Martin; Most Improved: Yolanda Bradley; Heart and Soul: Ann Marie Webb

* Senior Boys Track: The Senior High Track team, competing in only its second meet of the year, finished third in the 3AA-South District meet in Paragould. A first place award went to Alan Price, who finished first in the disc throw. Second place awards went to Brad Jones, Sugar Ray Jones, Russell Gray and Anquion Williams in the 400-meter relay and Williams in the 110-meter hurdles and high jump.

* Senior Boys Basketball: Most Improved: Tyler Craft; Heart and Soul: Chad McCrary and Offensive Player of Year: Brad Jones. Jones was also honored for his accomplishments of the year, among them being selected as All-State, All-District, scoring 600 points in a season and scoring 50 points in one game (an Arkansas High School record this year.)

* Senior High Football: Offensive Lineman Award: Rhett Whitlow; Defensive Lineman Award: Brandon Gillis; Defensive Back Award: Sugar Ray Jones; Offensive Back Award: Anquion Williams and Coach's Award: Daniel Craig, Kelsey Snow. Coach Tim Branum also paid tribute to the 15 All-State or All-District players who have helped the Marked Tree football program win the last three district titles in the 3AA-South and have gone 23-0 in conference play in the last three years.

* Three-Year Letterman: Each of the three year letterman received a blanket from the school. They include Roger Bickerstaff, Daniel Craig, Brandon Gillis, Russell Gray, Sugar Ray Jones, Kelsey Snow, Stephanie Thompson, Rhett Whitlow and Anquion Williams. Each of these athletes also received a watch from the Marked Tree Booster Club, for participating in sports for six years.

* Special awards were given to the following individuals for their accomplishments, during the year: area business owner Michael Scott was given an award for his work with both the baseball and football programs at Marked Tree High School. Also, several scholar athletes were recognized for their efforts, both on and off the field. They include: Will Tacker (3.8 GPA), Ron Thompson (3.6 GPA), Yolanda Bradley (3.6 GPA), Kristi Houchin (3.8 GPA), Ann Marie Webb (3.7 GPA), James Kemp (3.5 GPA), Daniel Craig (3.9 GPA), Stephanie Thompson (3.9 GPA) and Rhett Whitlow (3.6 GPA).

The final awards of the evening were given to the Male and Female Athletes of the Year, the Teddy Talley Award and the Doc Bridger Award. The Male and Female Athlete of the Year Award was selected by the coaches at the school. The male athlete of the year was Anquion Williams, while the female athlete of the year was Stephanie Thompson. The Teddy Talley Award was given by the Adams family, as a tribute to a former Marked Tree High School football player who died in the Vietnam War. Kelsey Snow was selected as the 6th Annual Teddy Talley Award winner. The Doc Bridger Award went to the Marked Tree student athlete who stressed his involvement in the community. Daniel Craig was selected as the 2003 winner.

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