It’s time for the WCM’s sports awards

Posted on 29. Jun, 2012 by

The Messenger’s Best of Sports section went to press today.
It’s my favorite section to put together each year. I get the opportunity to sit down and visit extensively with the athletes and coaches and find out what drives them and get their feelings about the year’s actions.
This year’s class of award winners were some of our best to date.
The Game of the Year was the Battle of Big Sandy that came down to the final two minutes and was sealed by Decatur’s Cooper Jackson’s interception.
The Alvord Lady Bulldogs basketball team garnered the Team of the Year as they topped the Class 2A poll for a chunk of the season and came up a step short of the state tournament.
Slidell’s Cody Vanover took Coach of the Year. The hoops coach guided the Lady Greyhounds to the regional tournament for a third straight year despite a string of injuries to key players during the season.
Boyd’s record-setting quarterback Jared Cate took the Male Athlete of the Year for his heroics on the football field along with the basketball court and baseball diamond.
The Female Athlete of the Year honor for a second straight year went to Alvord’s Jordan Ward. She ran in the state cross country meet, led her basketball team to the region final and then won a pair of state track medals.
Congrats to all the award winners and thanks for letting me tell your stories and memories from 2011-12.
Hope everyone enjoys our look back at the past year. Share any thoughts on this year’s winners or any other awards you’d like to see in the future.
Here’s a list of the Messenger’s past winners.

2010
Team of the Year – Decatur girls cross country
Female Athlete of the Year – Haley Meekins
Male Athlete of the Year – Tim Fleming

2011
Game of the Year – Decatur/Bridgeport girls basketball
Team of the Year – Decatur volleyball
Coach of the Year – Rob Schmucker
Female Athlete of the Year – Jordan Ward
Male Athlete of the Year – Toi Glover

2012
Game of the Year – Decatur/Bridgeport football
Team of the Year – Alvord girls basketball
Coach of the Year – Cody Vanover
Female Athlete of the Year – Jordan Ward
Male Athlete of the Year – Jared Cate

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