| By Myra Bean
North Delta held its annual athletic awards banquet Monday night to honor the top athletes in the school.
Dustin Maples was one of the most decorated athletes of the night for his football career at North Delta. He was recognized as a state All-Star.
He played in the Mississippi Private School All Star game in December.
He was also the school’s Most Valuable Player.
Recognized as All-Conference players in football by outgoing head football coach Rick Johnston were:
All-Conference Offense –
Bryce Raddatz, Maples, Christian Amberson
and Dakota Mabry;
All-Conference Defense –
Dakota Mabry, Heath Reed, Forrest Wilbanks
and Patrick Ellis;
All Conference Offense Honorable Mention –
Jon Michael Ware and Ellis; and
All Conference Defense Honorable Mention –
Ware, Josh Ratliff and Sean Cole.
For junior high football, Bateman Greenlee and Blane Joyner were named best offensive backs. Joyner was also the Most Valuable Player and Greenlee received the Coaches’ Award.
Best defensive lineman was Robbie Bell, the best offensive lineman was Bradley Bishop.
Most improved award went to Britt Lawrence.
In fast pitch softball, Ashley Golden was recognized as she played in the state All-Star game.
Receiving All-Conference honors in softball were Golden, Casey Whitworth and Courtney McCullar.
All Conference Honorable Mention was Kathleen Snyder.
Team honors in softball went to: Samantha Massoth, defensive player of the year; Courtney McCullar, slugging award; Melanie Gaters, coaches’ award; and Casey Whitworth, offensive player of the year.
In varsity girls track, Whitworth was the Most Valuable Player; Caroline Moore got the best all around award; and Austin Jenkins was named best in the field.
For junior high girls track, Morgan Lawrence was named the Most Valuable Player. Linsey Hebert was named best all around and Sara Waldrip received the coaches’ award.
The tennis most valuable player was Johnathan Pratt.
In golf, medalist was Seth Barnett and team captain was Nathanael Abernethy.
Girls basketball awards were presented by Herman Coats.
In varsity basketball, Casey Whitworth was named All-District and in team awards was named the best defensive player.
All-District Honorable Mention was Ashley Golden. In team awards she was named Miss Hustle.
Other team awards went to Kathleen Snyder, best rebounder and Nikki Darby, best three-point shooter.
Junior high girls basketball awards went to Emily Ridge, best defensive player; Sara Waldrip, best rebounder; Lauren Kimzey, best three-point shooter; Samantha Massoth, Miss Hustle; and Madison Greenlee, most improved.
Three baseball awards were handed out by head coach David Hardy.
Senior Chris Pike received the Utility Award for being the most versatile player on the team.
Pittman Harrison received the award for the highest batting average of .500. Hunter Darby received the Coaches’ Award.
In basketball, awards were handed out to junior high and varsity players. Junior high awards went to Bateman Greenlee, all district; Geri Lamm, best offensive player; Hunter West, hustle; and Taylor Herron, best defensive and most valuable player.
Varsity players recognized by head coach Brad Wilson were Brandon White, hustle; Dakota Mabry, best offensive and most valuable player; and Jacob Gurley, best defense.
In junior high track, Geri Lamm received the best all around award; distance award went to Levi Garner; and Rob Maddox received the best field award.
At the end of the ceremony, outgoing Booster Club president Jim Beard recognized all the coaches with a gift from the club. They also recognized Becky Jones for her hard work throughout the year for the athletic program. Jones received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Then Beard handed off the keys to new president, Brad Greenlee.