Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Myah Taylor wins Girls Basketball Best of Preps Award

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Myah Taylor

When Maia McCoy started track in ninth grade, she never envisioned the heights her Whitehaven career would take her.

McCoy won the girls track award at the 46th Pepsi Best of the Preps, presented by The Commercial Appeal at the Germantown Performing Arts Center on Friday night, becoming the first person — male or female — to win the award for three consecutive years. She also was chosen the girls athlete of the year for public schools.

Maia McCoy

“I can’t believe I won for the third year in a row,” she said. “It’s amazing to see how far I’ve come.”

Memphis University School took home the most individual awards with three: Goodman Rudolph (boys golf), Spencer Richey (boys tennis) and Pierce Rose (boys cross country).

Five schools (CBHS, Collierville, Olive Branch, St. Agnes and St. Benedict) each had two individual awards.

CBHS’ winners were Dallas Broughton, who is the seventh consecutive CBHS wrestling winner, and Henry Perkins (boys lacrosse).

“It means a lot,” Perkins said. “I wasn’t really expecting to win it.”

Future Memphis Tiger Dedric Lawson of Hamilton won the boys basketball award after averaging 20 points and 15 rebounds per game last season.

Olive Branch sophomore Myah Taylor won the girls basketball award. Taylor was chosen Gatorade girls player of the year in Mississippi.

Ridgeway’s Earl Harrison won the football offensive player award, and Torrey Mabone of Trezevant won the defensive player football award.

Katie Kelsoe of MHEA won in girls swimming for the third consecutive year. She will attend the University of Alabama in the fall.

Collierville’s Joshua Walsh, a first-time finalist, won the boys swimming award.
St. Benedict dominated in bowling, with Nicole Harty and Conner Nichols winning in girls and boys, respectively.

DeSoto Central’s Austin Riley and Collierville’s Bayleigh Wisher won in baseball and softball, respectively, for the second consecutive year.

Alyssa Neuberger of Briarcrest and Peyton McKnatt of Houston won the girls and boys soccer awards.

St. Agnes’ Lauralys Shallow won the girls cross country award, and St. Agnes classmate Abby Heck won in girls golf.

Claire Sullivan of St. George’s won the girls tennis award after capturing the Division 2-A singles title at Spring Fling.

Elizabeth Farnsworth of Hutchison won the girls lacrosse award, and Olive Branch’s Lorenzen Burton won in boys track.

The third time was the charm for Kenzie Fields of Bartlett. A BOP finalist in volleyball for the third consecutive year, Fields won the award as a senior.

“It’s just another milestone I’ve gotten to accomplish,” she said. “I’m glad I got the opportunity to play, and it’s been a great experience.”

Kathryn Peterson (Houston) was the Division 1 female scholar-athlete of the year, and Jonah Roberts (Ridgeway) won the Division 1 male scholar-athlete award. Bailey Coppedge (St. Benedict) and Logan Stewart (Tipton-Rosemark Academy) won the female and male scholar-athlete awards for private schools.
Jonathan Bowlan (Bartlett) was named Division 1 male athlete of the year. Bethany Berger (TRA) and Connor Green (St. George’s) were the private school female and male athletes of the year.

The Sonny Winters Sportsmanship Award was presented to Ronn Rubio for his more than 40 years as a coach at Harding Academy. The Albert C. Dunning Achievement Award was given to Christian Brothers High School soccer player Juan Monserrat.

Houston won the Best of the Preps female division, and CBHS won the male division. The City team award went to White Station, the Shelby Suburban award went to Houston, Briarcrest won the Large Private Schools division and St. George's won Small Private Schools.

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