Marshall County athletes among state's best
Forrest's Boone Sweeney had an outstanding senior season at Forrest, winning the Class A Mr. Football award and the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) all-state football player was also an All-District 9A backstop on the baseball team that capped off back-to-back district titles and region tournament titles that earned the Rockets a state tournament berth.
After Forrest made an early exit from the Spring Fling on Wednesday, Sweeney got the opportunity to attend the Farm Bureau Health Plans' All-Midstate Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards banquet on Thursday at the Music City Center in Nashville.
Also nominated for the awards was Marshall County High School's Class AA Mr. Football finalist and Region 4A Offensive Player of the Year Ashton Posey, along with sophomore pitching standout Graham Duke, the ace of the Cornersville Bulldogs.
Posey, a TSWA all-state selection, put up incredible numbers his senior for the Tigers, who averaged 42 points per game, posting a 12-2 overall record, while advancing to the state semifinal round for the first time in 30 years.
Duke, who tossed a no-hitter earlier this season, has been on the varsity squad at Cornersville since eighth-grade and is an All-District 11A selection the last two years.
More than 150 student-athletes from across the Midstate attended the event that honored the participants from a dozen sports.
Two-time Super Bowl winner and sure fire NFL Hall of Famer Peyton Manning was on hand as guest speaker, offering his support and gratitude to the Mid-state athletes who exceled in multiple sports or performed with superior ability in a particular sport, while demonstrating leadership qualities and contributing to the team's successes, plus showcasing their overall athletic skills.
Brentwood Academy junior football and basketball player Jeremiah Oatsvall and Blackman senior basketballer Crystal Dangerfield came away with Athlete of the Year honors.
Below is a complete list of award winners from the MTSA event:
All-Midstate Male athlete of the Year, presented by Farm Bureau Health Plans
Jeremiah Oatsvall, Brentwood Academy (football, basketball)
All-Midstate Female Athlete of the Year Award, presented by Farm Bureau Health Plans
Crystal Dangerfield, Blackman (basketball)
Fred Russell Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Nashville Sports Council
Jinx Cockerham, coach, Father Ryan volleyball.
All-Midstate Coach of the Year, presented by Sport Ortho Urgent Care
Scott Blade, football, Independence
All-Midstate Academic Achievement Award, presented by Dillard's
Aidan Pace, Fayetteville
All-Midstate Team Community Service Award, presented by Kroger
All-Midstate Community Service Award, presented by Kroger
Spence Jones, Franklin Road Academy
Kaia Jergensen Courage Award, presented by Nashville Sports Council
Baylor Bramble, Siegel (football)
All-Midstate Leadership Award, presented by Farm Bureau Health Plans
Larissa Lopez, Warren County (soccer)
Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year Award
Kendall Spray, Wilson Central (basketball)
YMCA Good Sportsmanship Award
Erica Billings, Overton (volleyball)
All-Midstate Players of the Year
Football: Ty Chandler, MBA.
Volleyball: Lauren Dorrell, Father Ryan.
Girls soccer: Salera Jordan, Clarksville.
Girls cross country: Taylor Cuneo, Central Magnet.
Boys cross country: Brodey Hasty, Brentwood.
Girls golf: Siarra Stout, CPA.
Boys golf: Brock Ochsenreiter, Ensworth.
Girls basketball: Crystal Dangerfield, Blackman.
Boys basketball: Darius Garland, Brentwood Academy.
Boys wrestling: Nick Boykin, Riverdale.
Girls wrestling: Jessica Elery,
Boys bowling: Luke Flatt, Columbia.
Girls bowling: Danielle Jedlicki, Siegel.
Boys swimming: Tim Raab, Brentwood.
Girls swimming: Tatum Wade, CPA.
Hockey: Christian Keczmer, Ravenwood.
Baseball: Wil Dalton, Summit.
Softball: Brooklin Lee, Dickson County.
Boys soccer: Harrison Myers, CPA.
Girls tennis: Somer Henry, Brentwood.
Boys tennis: Sam Fischer, Brentwood.
Girls track: Tyra Gittens, Ensworth.
Boys track: George Patrick, Brentwood Academy.
Girls lacrosse: Cate Elcan, Ensworth.
Boys lacrosse: Benjamin Graves, MBA.