Tigers, Lady Tigers celebrate individual and team achievements
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers celebrated a very impressive and promising 2018-19 athletic season at their annual banquet May 14 at Malakoff High School.
The 2018-19 athletic season started with volleyball season back in August. Alliyah Coleman was named All-District Defensive Player of the Year with Tyler Wittram being named All-District Server of the Year. Shaylea Boles and Joey White were both named Second Team All-District with Karah Lawyer, Kinleigh Dalrymple, Claire Spivey, Jaci Spiva and Josie Driskell all took home Honorable Mentions.
In girls’ cross country, Hailey Myers, Cameron Roberts, Paton Wilbanks, Martha Cruz, Kallyn Ritchie, Dashia Bailey and Alexia Roman all finished in the top 10 as Regional qualifiers for the Lady Tigers.
After a very successful 2018 season for the Tigers varsity football team, which included a Bi-district, Area, Regional quarterfinal, Regional semifinal and State semifinal championship, as well as the first State championship appearance in Malakoff history, the Tigers took home a lot of hardware in 2018.
Andreas Garrett was named District MVP, Brendon McClintock and Kyler Dalrymple were each named Outstanding Offensive Lineman, with Darion Peace being awarded Newcomer of the Year and the Malakoff Tigers coaches were named the Coaching Staff of the Year.
Tigers who were named to the First Team All-District on offense were Keevie Rose, Parker Busch, Kaderious Thomas, Lincoln Rogers, Jamicah Gregg, Kyler Dalrymple and Hector Romero. On Offensive Second Team All-District were Nathan Jones and Eric Littleton.
On Defensive First Team All-District were Zamir Ruiz, Brandon Nations, Colby Rush, Caleb Adams, Kaderrious Thomas and Dylan Stearman. On Defensive Second Team All-District are Cole Gaddis and Everado Garcia.
Garcia also took home an Honorable Mention along with Cabien Trimble. Garcia, Dalrymple and Busch were each named to the All-District Academic Team.
In girls’ basketball, Lady Tiger Alliyah Coleman was named the All-District Defensive Player of the Year, Sha’Kera Thompson was First Team All-District and Henderson County Defensive Player of the Year while Kyiah Hicks was named All-District Newcomer of the Year and Henderson County Newcomer of the Year. Mia Jackson was Second Team All-District and First Team All-Henderson County, Kiayla Jackson was named All-District Sixth Man of the Year and First Team All-Henderson County with both Amaya Hurd and KeiKei Walker being named Second Team All-District. Cameron Roberts was an Honorable Mention and Honorable Mention All-Henderson County with Denver Starks taking home Honorable Mention.
On the Tigers’ basketball team, Kadderrious Thomas was named All-District MVP, Klayton Copeland was awarded Co-Offensive Player and Don Enis was named Coach of the Year. Andreas Garrett and Casey Wilson were also named to the First Team All-District.
For the Lady Tigers varsity softball squad, Za’Maijah Thomas was named All-District Newcomer of the Year, Joey White was Offensive Player of the Year and Denver Starkes was Defensive All-District Player of the Year. Katie Crews, Josie Driskell and Claire Spivey were all named to First Team All-District Infield. Jaci Spiva was named Second Team All-District Infield with Kinleigh Dalrymple and Ariel Posey each named Second Team All-District pitchers. Kelsea Boles took home the lone Honorable Mention for the Lady Tigers.
To wrap up, the Tigers honored their varsity baseball team. Brandon Nations was named District MVP, Cole Gaddis was Offensive MVP and Riggin Smith was named Newcomer of the Year. Erik Waldo and Cully McCoy were each named to the First Team All-District Infield. Darion Peace and Nathan Jones each took home the honors of First Team Outfield, Jake Little was First Team All-District Catcher, Dylan Stearman was Second Team All-District Pitcher, Second Team All-District Infield went to Wes Huestead and Second Team All-District Designated Hitter/Utility Player was Cainon Oxford.
The Tigers took a huge step in many sports as they took home many awards and quite the amount of hardware as they wrapped up a successful 2018-19 season and look forward to building stronger teams in 2019-20.