The Middle Tennessee High School Sports Awards presented by Farm Bureau Health Plans was held Wednesday night at Marathon Music Works.
Here are this year’s winners:
Boys cross country runner of the year: Miles Ramer, Ravenwood, So.
Ramer won the Class AAA state championship with the fastest time in the state championships. That came after finishing 109th in 2020.
Girls cross country runner of the year: Faith Cheeseman, Webb School-Bell Buckle, Fr.
The Tennessee Gatorade female cross country runner of the year had the fastest time of any runner in the state championships and was an all-state runner.
Boys golfer of the year: Evan Woosley-Reed, Cascade, Sr.
The Tennessee signee won three state championships in his career, including this past season where he shot 12-under-par in the 36-hole tournament for the fourth-best score in Tennessee high school boys golf history.
Girls golfer of the year: Sophie Linder, Gordonsville, Jr.
Linder, a Gordonsville junior, has won three straight state championships and won the 2021 Class A state title at 8 under for 36 holes. Her state tournament score for her this year was the best in state history.
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Football defensive player of the year: Keaten Wade, Summit, Mr.
The Kentucky signee and Mr. Football finalist had 119 tackles.
Football offensive player of the year: Jordan James, Oakland, Sr.
The Oregon signee was a Mr. Football finalist, finished his career as a two-time state championship game MVP and ran for more than 3,400 yards in two years at Oakland.
Boys basketball player of the year: Brandon Miller, Cane Ridge, Mr.
The Class 4A Mr. Basketball winner, Alabama signee and McDonald’s All-American led the Ravens back to the state tournament averaging 26.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
Volleyball player of the year presented by the Nashville Predators: Maggie Rickert, Nolensville, Jr.
Rickert helped lead the Lady Knights to their third straight state title and first in the state’s largest classification. She was named an all-state player as well as the District 11-AAA MVP and finished with nearly 500 kills.
Girls soccer player of the year: Caroline Betts, CPA, Mr.
The Vanderbilt signee finished her five-year career at CPA with more than 200 career goals. She was named an all-state player as well as an All-American.
Girls basketball player of the year: Jaloni Cambridge, Ensworth, So.
The two-time Division II-AA Miss Basketball winner is the No. 2 recruit in the country for the Class of 2024 according to ESPN. She averaged 17.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 3.1 assists on her way to being the state tournament MVP. She has already surpassed 1,000 points for her career.
Girls bowler of the year: Jenna Hedgepath, Lipscomb Academy, Mr.
The Vanderbilt signee closed out her career with a state title. The senior captured the Division II crown by averaging 206 over seven matches. She averaged 211 during the regular season.
Boys bowler of the year: Connor Thomas, DCA, Mr.
Thomas won the Division II individual state championship this season, finishing with a 201.5 average over the course of eight matches. This was after averaging 177 during the regular season.
Hockey player of the year presented by the Nashville Predators: Tyler Laub, MBA, Mr.
Laub finished third in the league in the regular season in scoring and led the league in goals. I have added eight goals and two assists in the playoffs.
Boys wrestler of the year: Gabe Fisher, MBA, Jr.
Fisher finished the season with a 31-0 record and his second straight state tile in Division II at 220 pounds.
Girls wrestler of the year: Ella’Lina Gonzalez, Clarksville Jr.
It was a perfect season for Gonzalez, finishing 38-0, including a state title at 107 pounds. This was her second straight state championship.
Boys swimmer of the year: Oliver Pilkington, MBA, Jr.
Pilkinton finished first in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle during the state championship.
Girls swimmer of the year: Morgan Cartereaux, Ravenwood, Jr.
The Auburn commitment won two events, winning the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. She is the state’s top-ranked swimmer for the Class of 2023.
Boys lacrosse player of the year: Harry Claus, Ravenwood, Mr.
Noel helped lead Ravenwood to back-to-back state championships. He headed a defense that allowed just four goals a game. He had 29 groundballs and 14 takeaways.
Girls lacrosse player of the year: Charlotte Myers, Harpeth Hall, So.
Myers, a midfielder, scored 101 goals and had 45 assists this season to lead the Honeybears to the Private School state championship. She was the MVP in the Private School state championship.
Softball player of the year: Lauren Johnson, Centennial, Jr.
The Alabama commitment hit .562 with 42 runs scored, 22 RBIs, 11 doubles, three triples and three home runs
Baseball player of the year: Carson Rucker, Goodpasture, Jr.
The Tennessee commitment hit .541 with 74 runs scored, 14 home runs, 13 doubles and 77 RBIs for the Division II-A state champions.
Boys soccer player of the year: Patrick Lee, CPA, Mr.
Lee, a senior forward, scored 20 goals and had 11 assists in 15 games for the Lions. He was named the Division II-AA Middle Region player of the year.
Boys tennis player of the year: Hank Trondson, Ensworth, Jr.
Trondson won the Division II-AA singles state championship and was the No. 1 player from the Division II-AA Middle Region.
Girls tennis player of the year: Riley Collins, Ensworth, Sr.
A year after finishing state runner-up in doubles, Collins finished state runner-up in Division II-AA and was the No. 1 player in the DII-AA Middle Region this year.
Boys track and field athlete of the year presented by Slim Chicken of Middle Tennessee: Barion Brown, Pearl-Cohn, Sr.
Brown was the fastest runner in Nashville winning the 100, 200 and 400. He also anchored the winning 800 relay.
Girls track and field athlete of the year presented by Slim Chicken of Middle Tennessee: Mensi Stiff, Brentwood Academy, Jr.
The Ole Miss commitment won the shot put and the discus with the farthest throws of the state championships. She has the state record with a throw of 50-feet, 7½ inches.
Academic Achievement award: Beth Nelson, Oakland, Sr.
Nelson, a Brown women’s basketball signee, graduated with a 4.0 GPA and scored a 35 on her ACT while maintaining a full load of International Baccalaureate classes. She was a valedictorian at her high school and a National Merit finalist.
Leadership Award: Jacob Sanders, Gallatin Sr.
Sanders, a four-year member of the Gallatin football team, graduated with a 4.0 GPA. He never made anything other than an A in 13 years of school. He was president of HOSA – the health science club at school, leading those meetings. This fall when a flag football league started in Gallatin, Jacob served as the head official on Saturdays after playing on Friday nights. This spring I coached a flag football team in middle school.
Girls athlete of the year presented by Farm Bureau Health Plans: Reghan Grimes, Ravenwood, Mr.
Grimes played for a volleyball state championship, reached the Class 4A basketball sectionals and won track championships in shot put and discus. The Tennessee Tech women’s basketball signee averaged 18.5 points and 9.2 rebounds. And in track, she owns the state record in the discus with a throw of 161-7.
Boys Athlete of the year presented by Farm Bureau Health Plans: Gabe Fisher, Montgomery Bell Academy, Jr.
Fisher was a two-sport star at Montgomery Bell Academy. He played on both the offensive and defensive line for the Big Red, who reached the football state championship game in 2021. He had 68 tackles with 21 for loss on the defensive line and recorded 10 sacks. In wrestling, I have finished a 31-0 season by winning the Division II 220-pound state championship by pin for his second straight state title.
Boys team of the year: Oakland Football
Oakland capped its second straight undefeated football season with a 43-26 win over Summit and will enter the 2022 season with a 30-game win streak. Oakland had wins over Division II, Class AA state champion Lipscomb Academy, DII-AA runner-up Christ Presbyterian Academy, Class 1A state champion South Pittsburg and Mississippi state champion Madison Ridgeland Academy.
Girls team of the year: Harpeth Hall football
Harpeth Hall won its second girls soccer state championship and first since 2013. The Honeybears defeated Baylor 2-0 in Division II-AA to finish 12-0-3.
Coach of the year: Nate Clapp, Page
Clapp completed a rare coaching sweep when he led Page to state championships in girls soccer and boys soccer during the 2021-22 school year. Page beat Central Magnet 3-1 in the fall to win the Class AA girls soccer state championship to cap a 20-3-1 season. In May, he led the boys to a 2-0 win over Valor Collegiate in the Class AA championship game. Page finished 16-5-5.
Fred Russell Lifetime Achievement Award: Lamar RogersClarkrange
Rogers is the winningest high school girls basketball coach in Tennessee where he has 1,289 wins and only 290 losses at his alma mater Clarkrange, where he has coached for the past 46 years. His teams from him have reached the TSSAA state tournament 25 times with eight Class A state championships with three runner-up finishes.
Kaia Jergenson Courage Award: Amarion Ford, East Nashville, Mr.
Ford was 14 when he held his older brother in his arms after he was shot and killed. After, people told him he’d become a statistic. What he became though was a model student and leader for East Nashville’s football team. Amarion scored a 24 on his ACT and had a 3.8 GPA at East Nashville with plans on becoming an engineer and one day working on airplanes.
Best mascot fan favorite presented by Mattress King: Bobby the Bobcat (Greenbrier)