Eagle's Landing senior Michelle Wolfenden was named Henry County Female Academic Athlete of the Year at the 2012 Hamilton State Bank/Henry Daily Herald Henry County’s Coaches’ Choice Awards at Woodland High School on Thursday.
Coaches from Henry County selected their choices for athletes of the year in all varsity sports for the 2011-12 school year. The athletes and coaches were honored on Thursday at Woodland High in a ceremony. The Clayton News Daily/Henry Daily Herald is one of the sponsors of this annual event. The following are the choices:
Athletes of the year
Male Athlete of the Year
Dalvin Tomlinson, Henry County: The all-state defensive tackle was considered one of the top recruits in the state this past season. He signed a scholarship with defending national champion Alabama in February. The 275-pounder finished the season with 119 tackles — including 12 sacks — and helped the Warhawks to the second round of the Class AAA playoffs. He is also the state’s first three-time state wrestling champion in the heavyweight division.
Female Athlete of the Year
Laura Carter, Ola: The senior earned 11 overall letters during her four-year career. She had four in softball, four in basketball and three in track and field. She is a Piedmont College signee. Carter was a four-year starter in basketball and a three-year starter in softball for the Lady Mustangs.
Male Academic Athlete of the Year
Aaron Spratlin, ELCA: A standout quarterback on the Chargers football team, the senior was equally as impressive in the classroom. He scored 2,030 on the SAT. This past fall, he led the Chargers to the Class A semifinals and consecutive Region 5-A titles. He also played on the school’s basketball team.
Female Academic Athlete of the Year
Michelle Wolfenden, Eagle’s Landing: The senior was a three-sport letter-winner during her career. She competed in cross country, tennis and soccer. She says soccer is her favorite sport since she has been playing it the last 13 years. She plans on attending Georgia and competing in club sports. Wolfenden scored 2,040 on the SAT. She was a member of five region-championship teams during her career.
Vincent Jackson, Luella: Considered one of the top Major League draft prospects in the state this year. He is a four-year letter-winner for the Lions, who captured the Region 2-AAAAA championship this spring. He is a Tennessee signee and is recognized by Baseball America and ESPN as one of the Top 100 prospects in the country.
Eric Wortham, Eagle's Landing: A 6-foot-4 guard/forward, he was the Region 4-AAA Player of the Year. He helped the Golden Eagles reach the state semifinals for the second straight season. The junior averaged 14.8 points to be named first-team all-state by the Georgia Sportswriters Association.
Britney Guy, Luella: A Lincoln Memorial signee, the guard averaged 17.2 points, 3.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game this past winter in leading the Lady Lions into the playoffs. She was also first-team, all-region and an honorable mention all-state selection by the Georgia Sportswriters Association.
Boys cross country
Bailey Roth, Eagle’s Landing: The sophomore was the 2011 Class AAA champion with a time of 15 minutes, 33 seconds. He was also a national age-group champion in the 1,500 and 3,000 meters at the U.S.A. Track and Field championships, where he set national records. He placed 15th at the Foot Locker Nationals in 2011.
Girls cross country
Paige Rankin, Luella: She won the 2011 Region 2-AAAAA championship and finished eighth at state. The senior finished seventh among Georgia runners at the Nike Foot Locker Meet. She also won the Henry County Championships in cross country and was region champion in track.
Chris Moody, Henry County: The all-state player helped lead the Warhawks to the second round of the Class AAA playoffs. He was named the Region 4-AAA Offensive Player of the Year. The South Carolina signee threw for 1,475 yards and ran for 1,064 yards this past season.
Mitch Sutton, Strong Rock: The senior shot a 74 to place seventh at the Class A state meet a couple weeks ago at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta. He fired a 73 at the Region 9-A tournament to win low medalist. He has signed with Milligan College in Tennessee.
Haley Austin, Ola: She shot a 76 at the state meet to place fourth overall at Bartram Trail Golf Club in Augusta. She has maintained an 180-hole average score of 2-over-par 74 throughout the season. She won the low-medalist award at the Lady Cat Tournament in Dalton this season as the Lady Mustangs won.
Greg White, Woodland: The senior finished his career with 60 goals. He had 14 goals and 12 assists this past season. The Presbyterian College signee has made all-region the last two years.
Ashley Nagy, Union Grove: The senior helped the team to the Class AAAA semifinals and a 17-3-1 record this past season, with 30 goals and 11 assists. The Georgia State signee finished her career with 110 goals and 57 assists.
Taylor Anderson, Ola: The Georgia State signee was the Georgia Dugout Club’s Class AAAA Player of the Year. She was Region 3-AAAA first team all-region. The shortstop hit .391 with 50 hits and seven home runs. She also had 13 doubles and 16 RBIs.
Michael Bailey, ELCA: The senior had a 10-1 record while playing No. 1 singles for the Chargers. He has signed with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. This past season, ELCA advanced to the state playoffs and was ranked for the first time in school history.
Danielle Jones, Eagle’s Landing: The senior, who signed with Presbyterian College, has been a fixture at No. 1 singles for the Lady Golden Eagles. She led Eagle’s Landing to its first semifinals appearance in school history as a junior and to its second straight Region 4-AAA championship this season.
Boys track and field
Tadashi Pinder, Luella: The senior emerged this past season as one of the top sprinters in the state. He won the Henry County Championships’ 100 and 200 meters in addition to the Region 2-AAAAA championships in those events. He helped lead the 400 relay team to a state championship.
Girls track and field
Brianna Vaughn, Union Grove: The senior won the Class AAAA title in the 100 and 200 meters this spring in Albany. She was also region champion in both events. In 2011, she was state runner-up in the 100. Vaughn has narrowed her college choices to Auburn, Georgia and Clemson.
Mara Green, ELCA: The Florida State signee was the Class A/AA Player of the Year. She was considered the top-ranked player in the state by several national volleyball publications, and the No. 23 recruit in the nation, according to MaxPreps. She helped lead ELCA to its first volleyball state title.
All the nominees were recognized: Samantha Segars, Locust Grove; Cam Denson, Ola; Alexis Ward, Dutchtown; Kristyn Cherry, Woodland; Alanah Durden, ELCA; Barbi Brewer, Strong Rock; Serreva Page-Batiste, Luella; Lena Sansonetti, Union Grove; Amber Byrd, Henry County; Lottriana Scarlett, Stockbridge; Jordan Herron, Eagle’s Landing
Coaches of the Year
Nick Fordham, Locust Grove: Led the team to a third-place finish in the Class AAA wrestling championships.
Jim Barlow, ELCA: Led the Lady Chargers to the Class A/AA volleyball championship, its first in the program’s history.
There was one team champion in Henry County with eight individual champions and two track relay titles.
ELCA: The Chargers captured the Class A/AA volleyball title with a 3-2 win over top-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian. In addition, ELCA won the area title while compiling a 37-7 record. ELCA won 20 of its last 21 matches en route to the program’s first volleyball title.
Bailey Roth, Eagle’s Landing: The sophomore ran a 15:33 in the 2011 Class AAA meet in Carrollton to claim the championship.
Jimmy Carman, Ola: Compiled a 62-3 record on the way to clinching the Class AAAA 182-pound weight class. The junior became the first Ola wrestling champion, pinning all four of his opponents in the state meet.
Hunter Gamble, Union Grove: The senior had a 47-1 record as he won the 160-pound division at the Class AAAA meet. During the state tournament, he had a pin and a major decision in the first two matches. Gamble defeated Billy Meek of Pope 5-2 to capture the championship.
Dalvin Tomlinson, Henry County: He breezed through the heavyweight divison with a 29-0 record this season. He won each of his four state matches with a pin, including the championship match in nine seconds.
Thomas Daniels, Stockbridge: Was 57-2 during the season en route to winning the Class AAA 170-pound division. Won his opening-round match in the state tournament with a pin. Defeated Andy Braton of Heritage-Cartersville 8-5 for title.
Gabby Roth, Eagle’s Landing: The freshman had a time of 11:30.09 to win the 3,200-meter championship. She was third in the 1,600 event. Last fall, she finished runner-up at the state cross country meet.
Shantia Wilson, Eagle’s Landing: The senior had a personal-best time of 2:13 to win the Class AAA 800 race in Albany. She entered the finals with the top qualifying time from the preliminaries. She was also the Region 4-AAA champion in the event.
Brianna Vaughn, Union Grove: The senior swept the 100 and 200 events at the Class AAAA meet. She won the 100 in 11.77 seconds and had a time of 24.33 to win the 200.
Luella boys 400 relay: The foursome of Brian Walcott, Tadashi Pinder, Otis Washington and Trae Bonner had a time of 41.54 seconds to win the Class AAAAA title in Jefferson.
ELCA boys 400 relay: The foursome of Seth Moore, Bryson Durden, Joe Walker and Timothy Holland had a time of 42.39 seconds to win the Class A championship.