As we are wrapping up our school year, we wanted to give a short summary of spring sports and also share our Athletes of the Year from the middle and high school. It has been a great year to be a part of Ezell-Harding athletics!
Coach Charlton and the high school baseball team ended the season with a 20-11 record and were the regular season district champions. They played well all season and were led by seniors Al Batson, Danny Lara, Grant Phillips and Seth Wyse. All four of the seniors made the All-District team with Seth Wyse being named District MVP.
The high school softball team won 15 games this year and should be returning 11 players from this year’s squad. Coach Sadler is excited about this team’s potential next season. Coach Huffard will also be returning most of his team, as 20 players are expected to come back off this year’s roster including a few 8th graders coming up. He expects to make a deep run into the playoffs next year.
The tennis team made a resurgence this year with seven boys and 18 girls who came out to play. Coach Kalkhoff is optimistic about this young team’s future. Our middle school baseball, softball and soccer teams also had many successes this year on and off the field. We see a bright future of Ezell-Harding athletics at the middle and high school levels with so many kids returning next year.
Athletes of the Year – Our middle school female Athlete of the Year is Isabella Jackson. Izzy, as she is commonly called, was the team MVP for soccer and basketball. She was also named an Honorable Mention All-State player at the TNT State Tournament. In over three years of middle school basketball, Isabella accumulated 276 career points.
Our middle school male Athlete of the Year is Derek Griffin. According to his coaches, Derek is “a tough, gritty player who works hard every day. He’s a team leader in every aspect of the game.” Derek participated in four sports this year. He was the defensive MVP in basketball and was the team MVP in football, baseball and soccer.
Our high school female Athlete of the Year is Kelsey Senn. She was a vital piece of every team on which she participated this year. In soccer, Coach Cox called her his best all-around player. In basketball, she was a key part to her team’s run to the state final four. She was also named as All-Region Tournament team for basketball. In softball, she was given the distinction of Honorable Mention All-District.
Our high school male Athlete of the Year is Grant Phillips. He played a pivotal role this year as our high school boys’ basketball team made their transformation into a true contender. Grant was also given the award of 1st Team All-District in baseball. He has signed to play baseball at Tennessee Tech in the fall.