December 1, 2020

4th Annual Bravy Award Results

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(Franklin) – A large crowd packed into the Heard County Middle School gymnasium Wednesday night for the 2015 Bravy Awards Show sponsored by Heard County Middle School Athletics in conjunction with

The fourth annual version of the unique award show featured nominees from sports and other activities throughout the county including the recreation department, the middle school, and the high school. Athletes, coaches, and even managers of every sport in Heard County from flag football to track and field had the opportunity to win a coveted Bravy award.

Entertainment for the event, based loosely on the ESPY Awards, was provided by the Heard County Middle School Show Choir under the direction of Mrs. Jaime Barnard.

Braves team chaplain, Pastor Neil Awbrey, kicked off the ceremony with an invocation followed by the singing of the National Anthem by freshman Caylee Meacham.

As always, the Bravy Award selection committee faced difficult challenges during the selection of  the 36 Bravy Award winners. Roughly six to seven athletes or teams were nominated for each one of the Bravy trophies.

Senior Lady Brave softball star and future Florida State Lady Seminole Cali Harrod took home the top honor of the night for the ladies winning the Female Athlete of the Year Award for 2014-2015. Harrod scored three total Bravy trophies during the night including Softball Player of the Year and Female Weightlifter of the Year.

During her senior campaign, Harrod was instrumental in the Lady Braves bringing home Heard County’s first ever state championship batting .545 with 12 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 28 RBI, 35 stolen bases and 48 runs scored.

Harrod was recognized late last year with the state’s biggest softball honor when she was named by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association as the 2014 Class AA Player of the Year after also being named to the GACA first team during her sophomore and junior efforts.

On the boy’s side, the biggest individual award for Male Athlete of the Year went to junior football player and wrestler Matt Brown. Brown dominated in both of his primary sports this season. The junior defensive tackle was named as a second team defensive member by the AP and an honorable mention on defense by the AJC in football while he made his biggest mark in Macon at the GHSA State Wrestling Meet where he finished as state runner-up in Class AA, the best finish in school history. Like Harrod, Brown added a total of three Bravy Awards to his trophy case including Bravy Awards for Defensive Player of the Year in football and of course Wrestler of the Year.

The Lady Braves softball team once again profited from the school’s first ever GHSA State Championship unanimously winning the 2015 Bravy Award for Team of the Year as well as “The Most Memorable Moment.”

Softball scored yet another of the major awards with the coveted Most Valuable Player Bravy being awarded to junior softball phenom Jordan Watson. Jordan Watson who was recognized by the Region 5-AA head coaches this season as both the Region 5-AA Player of the Year and the Pitcher of the Year — a very rare combination in the world of softball.

Despite an extremely challenging regular season schedule featuring numerous contests with the best teams in the state in the highest classifications,Watson put together a strong stat line, finishing her junior season with a 27-9 record, 1.21 ERA with 169 strikeouts and just 23 walks in 196.2 total innings pitched.

The junior hurler also proved most valuable when it really counted as she dominated in the postseason allowing only two runs during the state playoffs while putting together an amazing string of 68+ innings without allowing an earned run.That scoreless streak also earned her the 2015 Bravy for Performance of the Year.

At the plate, she was nearly as dominant batting .505 with seven home runs, ten doubles, and 40 RBI’s from the heart of the order.

Watson, who was also selected first team all-state for the second straight year by the GACA has already committed to play her college softball at Michigan State University but hopes to first lead the Lady Braves to a second state title in 2015.

Even more hardware landed in the trophy case of State Champion Lady Braves with the naming of head coach Matt Hornsby as the Coach of the Year.

The fifth year head coach Matt Hornsby received huge postseason accolades this season along with his girls including being named the Class AA Coach of the Year by the GACA and All-Area Co-Coach of the Year by the Times-Georgian.

Hornsby was the brains behind the difficult regular season schedule that ultimately led to Heard’s first ever state championship. Hornsby has amassed an outstanding record of 131-39-1 — for a winning percentage of .813 during his five seasons at the helm of the Lady Braves.

Heard County Middle School also produced a couple of the big winners on Bravy night Alijah Huzzie who received the Male Scholar Athlete Award and Haley Bennett who took home the Female Scholar Athlete Award. The combined efforts by these two athletes in both the classroom and on the playing field earned them these big honors.

The Heart of the Braves Award was a close call and ended up being shared by varsity football player Anthony Jones and varsity softball and basketball player Ally Harris.

The Play of the Year Award went to junior Zack Hill for his clutch two-out two-strike game-winning base hit which defeated region rival Bremen this spring and propelled the varsity baseball team to its state quarterfinal run.

The Breakthrough Athlete of the Year Award was also shared by two athletes, football and baseball standout Ethan Brant and the upstart Lady Brave basketball player Kimberly Harris.

The Rookie of the Year Bravy Award produced a clear-cut winner in freshman starting quarterback Emory Jones.

The other major sports awards handed out included Offensive Football Player of the Year, Andrew Leak, Lineman of the Year, Levi Brown, Basketball Players of the Year, Madison Whitehead and Jordarius Foster, Baseball Player of the Year, Lee Kay, Special Olympics Athletes of the Year Anthony Brand and Tonya Hull, and Tennis Player of the Year, Cody Norris.

The Track and Field Male and Female Athlete of the Year Awards went to Erica Emory and Gage Cannon. Soccer Player of the Year went to David Urquilla.

Senior Duranta Dunson won Male Weightlifter of the Year while another senior, Nate Meadows scored the Golfer of the Year Award.

The recreation department only awards went to Jordan Elkins, Jr. for Best T-Ball Player, Logan Cammon, Best Coach Pitch Player, and Armari Emory, Best Flag Football Player.

The non-traditional sports awards included Manager of the Year, Kaylie Holliday, Best Marching Brave, Alex Jones, and Co-Best Cheerleader winners Jade Sanchez and Taylor Brazeal.

The Brave Nation would like to extend a very special thanks Coach Allen Sikes, Terrie Sikes, Melissa Nichol, Courtney Baron, Pastor Neil Awbrey, Nutt Roofing, the award presenters, Mrs. Jaime Barnard and the HCMS Show Choir as well as all others who contributed to the special night in any way. (Photos courtesy of Melissa Nichol and Courtney Baron)


2015 Bravy Award Nominees (* Denotes Winner)

Best Flag Football Player
     – Waylon Tate
     – Cason Holtzclaw
     – Justin Hanson
     – Armari Emory*
Best Coach Pitch Player
     – Brody Buc Cofield
     – Cason Holtzclaw
     – Ariuana Brice
     – Khloe Holloway
     – Logan Cammon*
     – Max Lassetter
     – Kylie Nichol
Best Tennis Player
     – Cody Norris*
     – Trey Wiggins
     – Camara Shaheed
     – Melissa Collins
     – Levi Brown
     – Makayla Red
Best Male Weightlifter
     – Duranta Dunson*
     – Austin Miller
     – Andrew Cannon
     – Anthony Brand
     – Sam Brown
     – Gage Cannon
Best T-Ball Player
     – Jordan Elkins, Jr.*
     – Kollyn Gentry
     – Dylan Hackney
     – Pike Barnes
Best Golfer
    – Nate Meadows*
    – Katelyn Hull
    – Jacob Yearta
Baseball Player of the Year
    – Dale Thornhill
    – Collin Wright
    – Eli Dean
    – Lee Kay*
    – Chandler Polk
    – Dakota Christopher
    – Noah Cantrell
    – Tristan Brown
Special Olympics Male Athlete of the Year
     – Anthony Brand* 
     – Nigel Echols 
     – Blake Timmons 
     – Allen Stover 
     – Amos Scarborough 
     – Kevin Forbus   
Special Olympics Female Athlete of the Year
    – Samantha Baker 
    – Kimberly Combs 
    – Haley Laster 
    – Tonya Hull*
Most Memorable Moment
     – HCMS Wins Conference Track Championships
     – Lady Braves Varsity Softball Wins 1st GHSA State Championship in School History*
     – Braves Varsity Football Defeats Screven County to advance to State Quarterfinals for first time in 23 years
     – HES Academic Bowl Team wins first ever RESA District Championship     
     – Braves Varsity Baseball Wins First Region Title Since 1985     
Best Marching Brave
     – Alex Jones*
     – Ethan Caldwell
     – Bobby Gilbert
     – Sydney Reeves
     – Austin Huddleston
     – Eli Caldwell
Rookie of the Year
     – Jacob Cabe
     – Emmie Harrod
     – Sage Kelley
     – Emory Jones*
     – Hermonie Garza
     – Troy Battles
     – Jaden Moreland
Best Soccer Player
     – David Urquilla*
     – Jordan Cornelius
     – Cody Sickman
     – Lily Langley
     – Colson Jiles
Best Performance of the Year
    – Carl Lipford (Varsity Baseball) vs. Dublin (1 win, 1 Save, Game saving defensive play)
    – Lee Kay (Varsity Baseball) vs. Bowdon (1 win, 9 K’s, 4-for-4, HR, 3 RBI’s)
    – Duranta Dunson (Varsity Football) vs. Bremen (300 yards rushing, 4 TD’s, 13 tackles, 1 interception)
    – Chandler Polk (Varsity Baseball) vs. Manchester (1 Home Run and 7 RBI’s)
    – Matt Brown (Varsity Wrestling) Runner-Up Finish at State Wrestling Meet
    – Gage Cannon (Middle Wrestling) 34 match win streak
    – Jordan Watson (Varsity Softball) scoreless post-season pitching streak*
    – Hannah Sanders (Varsity softball) 6 Homers in 5 Games      
Manager of the Year
     – Gabby Owensby
     – Kaylie Holliday*
     – Samantha Minix
     – Katelyn Smith
     – Shealynn Sumner
     – Emily Pate
16. Best Wrestler
     – Gage Cannon
     – Michael Cheney
     – Sam Brown
     – Matt Brown*
     – James Sprayberry
     – Jordan Timmons
Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year
     – Austin Miller
     – Gage Cannon*
     – Ethan Caldwell
     – Cody Sickman
     – Tucker Barr
Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year
     – Caitlin Newell
     – Erica Emory*
     – Morgan Kay
     – Holly Moreland
     – Samantha Minix
     – Marissa Garza
     – Lily Langley
Breakthrough Athlete of the Year
     – Chance Curbow
     – Grant Chaffin
     – Ethan Brant*
     – Kimberly Harris*
     – Keagan Spradlin
     – Mack Smith
     – Mike Holmes
     – Aidan Boyd
Team of the Year
     – HHS Varsity Football
     – HHS Varsity Softball*
     – HHS Varsity Baseball
     – HCMS Wrestling
     – HES Academic Bowl Team
     – HCPR 8U Boy’s Basketball
     – HCPR 12U Girl’s Softball
Girl’s Basketball Player of the Year
     – Haley Bennett
     – Madison Whitehead*
     – Jordan Watson
     – Alexus Crawford
     – Jayden Boykin
     – Erin Brown
Boy’s Basketball Player of the Year
     – Jordarius Foster*
     – Emory Jones
     – Connor Nutt
     – Alijah Huzzie
     – Armari Emory
     – Sammy Holliday
Cheerleader of the Year
     – Taylor Brazeal*
     – Savannah Stephens
     – Madison Laprade
     – Jade Sanchez*
     – Lania Kersey
     – Ariauna Brice
     – Emily Mock
     – Morgan Smith
     -Tori Manders
Lineman of the Year
     – Elijah Toney
     – Levi Brown*
     – Drew Cornelius
     – Wesley Crabtree
     – Michael Cheney
     – Jacob Skipper
Football Defensive Player of the Year
     – Ayden Cannon
     – Matt Brown*
     – Diamond Delgado
     – Kayden Minix
     – Gage Cannon
     – Michael Cheney
Football Offensive Player of the Year
     – Duranta Dunson
     – Austin Barron
     – Emory Jones
     – Leroy Marsh
     – Andrew Leak*
     – Alijah Huzzie
Softball Player of the Year
     – Cali Harrod*
     – Jordan Watson
     – Anna Shelnutt
     – Haley Bennett
     – Allena Bradfield
     – Kassidy Baldwin
     – Johanna Beyer
Play of the Year
     – Alexus Crawford (middle basketball) long 3-point basket vs. Mt. Zion
     – Madison Whitehead (varsity basketball) game winning shot vs. Bremen
     – Jonathan Echols (10U baseball) hits out of the park HR
     – Zack Hill (varsity baseball ) walk-off hit vs. Bremen*
     – Jacob Holdridge (12U Baseball) First Career Home Run to Open Season
     – Cali Harrod (Varsity Softball) Game-tying homer vs. Gordon Lee in State Title Game     
Coach of the Year
     – Matt Hornsby*
     – Trent Bianco
     – Thomas Sickman
     – Tara Lewis
     – Loretta Shaw
     – Vincent Echols
     – Tim Barron
Male Scholar Athlete
     – Austin Barron
     – Tucker Barr
     – Cody Sickman
     – Alijah Huzzie*
     – Jameer Cook
     – Bo Langley
     – Camden Cosper
Female Scholar Athlete
     – Anna Shelnutt
     – Emily Iddins
     -Lora Glover
     – Alexus Crawford
     – Emily Mock
     – Malinda Clark
     – Maddie Carroll
     – Haley Bennett*
Most Valuable Player
     – Duranta Dunson
     – Jordan Watson*
     – Andrew Leak
     – Kaylee Freeman
     – Nate Pike
     – Lee Kay
     – Haley Bennett
Heart of the Braves
     – Alli Brown
     – Anthony Jones*
     – Xander Estes
     – C.J. Bradfield
     – Ally Harris*
     – Mack Smith
     – Carl Lipford
     – Anthony Graley
Female Athlete of the Year
     – Haley Bennett
     – Marissa Garza
     – Jordan Watson
     – Cali Harrod*
     – Alora Cosper
     – Morgan Smith
     – Madison Whitehead
Male Athlete of the Year
     – Matt Brown*
     – Andrew Leak
     – Gage Cannon
     – Zack Stephens
     – Camden Cosper
     – Jonathon Echols
     – Emory Jones
Best Female Weightlifter
     – Jordan Watson
     – Brittany Scarborough
     – Cali Harrod*
     – Morgan Kay
     – Tori Caldwell
     – Alexis Nelms



  1. Wylene Spearman, Teacher at HCHS says

    Russ, Thanks to you and all who thought of making this an annual event! It gets better and better every year! Keep up the good work!

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