Kristina Stephens and Seth Willoughby were named the 2010 DCHS basketball Most Valuable Players Thursday night at the annual team banquet, while Kendra Foutch was selected as Most Valuable Cheerleader. The awards were presented by Chad Kirby of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home, in memory of his late grandfather, Allen D. Hooper. The MVP and MVC awards are named in memory of Mr. Hooper.
Stephens was one of four seniors on the Lady Tiger team this year. Coach Joe Pat Cope recognized Stephens for her offensive production, especially in district and regional tournament games. She also received District Honorable Mention. The Lady Tigers had their best season in many years, finishing with an overall record of 17-15, breaking a ten year losing streak in district play, and advancing to the second round of the region tournament.
Willoughby was among seven seniors on the Tiger team. In addition to the MVP award, Willoughby received awards for "Best Offensive player", "Most Improved", and for "Best Athlete". He was also recognized for being named to the First Team All District and for being the District's Most Improved Player. The Tigers finished the year with an overall record of 16-12. Their season came to an end in the district tournament.
Foutch, meanwhile, was one of three seniors on the DCHS Basketball Cheerleading squad. In addition to being named MVC, Foutch received an award for "Gymnastics" and she shared honors for "Stunt: Spot" with Sydney Robinson. Foutch and fellow seniors Caroline Carter and Amanda Ours, all received the "Captain Award" for Leadership.
Other individual cheerleading awards included:
Tiger Spirit: Amanda Ours
Most Improved: Allison Little
Best Practice Attitude: Ashlee Whitehead
Jump: Jasmine Dimas
Gymnastics: Kendra Foutch
Stunt: Flier- Emily Webb
Stunt: Base- Jasmine Dimas
Stunt: Spot- Kendra Foutch and Sydney Robinson
Tiger Mascot: Tiffany Young
The DCHS basketball cheerleaders recently received another first place award in the TSSAA State Cheer Championship and earned a TSSAA Distinguished Scholastic Achievement Award with a 3.64 GPA team average. Cheerleaders were also recognized for the TSSAA Individual Award of Merit which is for student-athletes who earn a 3.5 to 4.0 GPA.
Walteen Parker, who has guided the basketball cheerleading program as coach for 26 years, is stepping down as cheer coach. Director of Schools Mark Willoughby recognized Parker for her years of dedication and service and the banquet crowd gave her a standing ovation.
Other Lady Tiger basketball awards were as follows:
MVP: Kristina Stephens
Best Athlete/Best Free Throw Shooter/ Best Ball Handler: Cynthia Woodward
Best Defensive Player/Hustle Award: Alex Meadows
Best Sixth Man: Nikki Bass
Best Rebounder/Best Offensive Player: Martha Webb
Best Practice Player: Elicia Cantrell
Most Improved: Brooke Hutchings
Tiger Award: Mercedes Luna
Toughness: Morgan Page
Freshman Offensive MVP: Chelsea Lewis
Freshman Defensive MVP: Lydia Foutch
Cynthia Woodward was named to the All-District Second Team Regular Season and to the All District Tournament Team. Martha Webb and Kristina Stephens received Honorable Mention and Alex Meadows made the All-Defensive Team.
For the Tigers,
Best Offensive Player/Most Improved/ Best Athlete/ MVP: Seth Willoughby
Hustle Award: Hunter Poteete
Best Practice Player/ Smartest Player: Ethan Hale
Best Passer: Abram Edwards
Best Rebounder:Sonni Young
Best Attitude: Travon Johnson
Best Free Throw Shooter/Best Ball Handler: Payne Denman
Payne Denman was named to the Second Team All District; Sonni Young made the Third Team All District, the All Freshman Team, and the All Defensive Team. Destry Wiggins and Hunter Poteete received Honorable Mention.
The awards were presented by each team's coach. Many of the student athletes were also recognized for academic achievement.
Meanwhile, Zach Odom was named the Tiger basketball Fan of the Year, and received a plaque in recognition of his dedication to the program.
The annual DCHS basketball banquet was held at the Elizabeth Chapel Baptist Church.
(Top Photo: Standing left to right- Seth Willoughby (MVP), Shelia Kirby, Chad Kirby; Seated left to right- Kendra Foutch (MVC) and Kristina Stephens (MVP)
(Second Photo from Top: Standing left to right- Seth Willoughby, Sonni Young, Abram Edwards, Hunter Poteete; Seated left to right- Ethan Hale and Payne Denman)
(Third Photo from Top: Standing left to right- Mercedes Luna, Lydia Foutch, Cynthia Woodward, Nikki Bass, Martha Webb, Elicia Cantrell, Brooke Hutchings, Alex Meadows, and Chelsea Lewis; Seated left to right- Morgan Page and Kristina Stephens)
(Bottom Photo: Standing left to right- Tiffany Young (Tiger Mascot), Emily Webb, Ashlee Whitehead, Jasmine Dimas, Allison Little, and Syndey Robinson; Seated left to right- Kendra Foutch and Amanda Ours)