November 25, 2020

Second Annual Bravy Awards Results

(Franklin) – A large crowd packed into the Heard County Middle School gymnasium Wednesday night for the second annual Bravy Awards Show sponsored by the middle school athletic program in conjunction with

The unusual award show features nominees from sports throughout the county including the recreation department, the middle school, and the high school. Participants of every sport in Heard County from t-ball to tennis had the opportunity to win the coveted Bravy award.

Entertainment for the event, based loosely on the ESPY Awards, was provided throughout the evening by the HCMS Show Choir led by Jaime Barnard.

Seventh grader Caylee Meacham performed the National Anthem while Lindsay Orr, Gracie Rowe, Sydney Lee, and Natalie Moncus each performed very impressive solos. Brew Covington’s “dance” routine especially stole the show at one point in the night.

Bravy groupThe top 2013 Bravy Award winners: FRONT- Male Scholar Athlete Noah Cantrell, MIDDLE- Most Valuable Player Cali Harrod, Female Scholar Athlete Alyssa Bishop, BACK- Female Athlete of the Year Jasmine Cook, Heart of the Braves Zane Woods, Male Athlete of the Year Jonathon Hunt (Photo by Rodney East)

The Bravy Award selection committee faced a difficult challenge in awarding the biggest Bravy trophy for the 2012-2013 Team of the Year, and in fact it was so difficult they came to a split decision and awarded the team of the year trophy to two teams from the high school. The award was shared by the Lady Braves softball team that finished third in the state and the varsity football team which went undefeated and won the region.

The two biggest individual awards, the male and female athletes of the year were awarded to junior Jonathon Hunt and senior Jasmine Cook. The criteria for these two awards places a strong emphasis on accomplishments over a number of sports.

Hunt’s resume was keyed by his football performance this year as he was selected as an all region player at three different positions including quarterback, linebacker, and punter. Hunt also scored Bravy points for his third place finish at the state weightlifting meet, his region title in the shot put during track season, and his outstanding play on the basketball court.

Jasmine Cook was a repeat winner in this category based on her all state nod in softball, her runner-up finish in the shot put at the state track meet and her outstanding play in basketball resulting in being named to the all region team. Regarded by everyone as an awesome student and athlete, Jasmine will be sorely missed next year.

The coveted Most Valuable Player Bravy was awarded to sophomore Cali Harrod. It was difficult to argue with Cali’s softball performance this year as she was a dominate force all season long, belting nine home runs and batting well over .500 while manning the difficult shortstop position.

Head football coach, Tim Barron, was awarded the Bravy for Coach of the Year. Barron, easily the most successful coach in Heard County history, led the football team to an unforgettable undefeated regular season and a Region 5-AA title.

One of the surprise winners of the night was recreation department athlete, Noah Cantrell, who took home the Male Scholar Athlete Bravy. Cantrell, a third grader at Centralhatchee Elementary School, received rave reviews from all of his coaches and teachers as not only an outstanding athlete that competes in multiple sports but also as a top academic performer. Cantrell is number one in his class at CES.

The Female Scholar Athlete Award went to senior Alyssa Bishop. The salutatorian of this year’s graduating class, Bishop leaves a legacy as one of the top student athletes in Brave Nation history fueled by her hard work both on and off the field of play. Bishop participated in softball, tennis, and also recently shocked everyone by winning her class in her first state powerlifting meet a few weeks ago.

A sports senior, Zane Woods, brought home the Heart of the Braves Award which recognizes those who may not be the biggest, the strongest, or the fastest but truly lay it all on the line, working hard and contributing to the team in every way they can. It seems unlikely that another athlete will come along in the future that will match Zane’s hard work and dedication the past few years. Zane competed in football and wrestling.

Some of the other major sports awards handed out included Softball Player of the Year, Jordan Watson, Offensive Football Player of the Year, Duranta Dunson, Defensive Football Player of the Year, Dillian Bradley, Lineman of the Year, Jake Edwards, and Basketball Players of the Year, Damon Pearson and HCMS Lady Brave Hannah Sanders.

Some recreation department only awards went to Brody Buc Cofield for Best T-Ball Player, Mason Bailey, Best Coach Pitch Player, and Johnathan Lacey, Best Flag Football Player.

The non traditional sports awards included Alexus Higgins, the 2012-2013 Manager of the Year. Alexus, a junior at HHS actually received nominations from three different sports for her hard work and dedication as manager including baseball, football, and wrestling.

The Best Weightlifter Award also went to a repeat champion from last year, Mr. Tori Rogers, who brought home back to back state weightlifting titles. Rogers, a junior,  will look to three-peat during his senior year.

Later in the night, Coach Tim Barron and Coach Rich Fendley presented the State Champion Weightlifters with their state championship rings which were very well earned.

Dominant senior runner Orlando Burgos was rewarded for his two state runner-up finishes in the 1600 and the 3200 by being named Male Track Athlete of the Year.

An upstart eighth grader, Madison Laprade, won the female version of the track and field award based on her outstanding performance over several different events this season including being named most valuable athlete at the division finals. Laprade also won the Cheerleader of the Year Award which was one of the most highly contested categories.

The Best Wrestler Award went to Taron “Fluffy” Person who finished fourth at the state meet in Macon. Person looks to be a strong contender in the heavyweight class for a state championship next year.

In the Special Olympics categories, Bravys went to Blake Timmons and Mikayla Dockery.

The Breakthrough Athlete Award went to middle school football player, Dyllan Langley, a force on defense last fall in his very first year as a middle school player.

One of the highlights of the evening came when another Special Olympic Athlete, Emma Bradley, won the Bravy Award for Best Moment. Led by the Temple cheerleading squad, Emma crossed the floor in her walker at a varsity basketball game versus Temple this season to a plethora of cheers and “Let’s Go Emma” chants to earn the Best Moment Award.

Standout Brave football player, Ta Freeland, brought home the Play of the Year Award for his game sealing overtime interception versus Manchester which propelled the team to a region title run.

Middle school running back, Carlton White ran away with the Best Performance Award for his 387-yards rushing versus Bowdon in the middle school semi-finals this year. The HCMS Braves won one of the most exciting games of the year 38-32 thanks to White’s mammoth effort.

Other highlights of the evening included the awarding of a $500 Culinary Arts Scholarship to senior Qua Reid. The generous scholarship was sponsored by Loco Rio and presented by one of the owners of the restaurant, Brian Rogers. Rogers also presented the Athlete of the Month Awards to Orlando Burgos and Jemeka Parks for their outstanding performances at the state track meets recently. Both athletes received a $50 gift card for Loco Rio. and HCMS would like to thank everyone who helped to make this wonderful evening possible especially Jaime Barnard and the Show Choir, Lindsay Orr, Rodney East, Pastor Neil Awbrey, and Khris Martin as well as those who helped with the award presentations.

Special thanks also goes out to the show sponsors including Reeves Supply Company, Nutt Roofing and Siding, Loco Rio, Big Daddy’s BBQ, and The Times~Journal. See below for a complete list of nominees and winners.

2013 Bravy Nominees and Winners


Best Flag Football Player 
Sammy Holliday
Cameron Wilkins
Trevor Hansford
Jonathan Lacey (Winner)
Slade Parmer
Best Coach Pitch Player 
Mason Bailey (Winner)
Noah Cantrell 
Ryan Garrison
Todd Huey, Jr.
Abby Coggins
Best Tennis Player  
Alyssa Bishop
Brent Callahan
Jordan Callahan (Winner)
Brandon Clifton
Erica Hendrix
Cody Norris
Best Weightlifter 
Ta Freeland
Zach Looney
Matthew Nilsen
Qua Reid
Tori Rogers (Winner)
Luis Maldonado Vasquez
Best T-Ball Player  
Brody Buc Cofield (Winner)
Annley Cook
Kiley Nichol
Ansley Roddenberry
Best Golfer 
Katelyn Hull (Winner)
Forrest Knowles
Noah Shelnutt
Jarrod Watson
Baseball Player of the Year 
Trey Alford
Ethan Brant
Bob Henderson
Taylor Smith
Cody Stephens (Winner)
Dale Thornhill
Special Olympics Male Athlete of the Year 
Joseph Davis
Jeffery Freeman
Camren Gossett
Coleby Johnson
Blake Timmons (Winner)
Nigel Echols
Special Olympics Female Athlete of the Year  
Chelsea Dickson
Mikayla Dockery (Winner)
Kaylee Holcomb
Tonya Hull
Kady Patterson
Shinese Thurman
Most Memorable Moment  
1. Temple Cheerleaders lead the “Let’s Go Emma” chants when Special Olympian Emma Bradley wins Athlete of the Month Award (Winner)
2. Zane Woods scores a touchdown in his last JV Game at Temple
3. Mrs. Brenda Crumley wins $2500 at Silent Auction 
4. Coach Phillip Manning gets first win as Braves varsity basketball coach snapping 31-game losing streak
5. Sophomore Cali Harrod verbally commits to Florida State University
6. HCMS Soccer defeats Temple 9-1 for first soccer win in Heard County school history
Best Marching Brave 
Bradley Barber
Alex Jones
Lisa Kornhauser
Brennon Meacham
Robert Moody (Winner)
How You Play the Game Award (Best Effort in a Loss) 
1. Cain Dean’s 7-8 Football Braves (Kiwanis Bowl loss versus a beastly Villa Rica squad) (Winner)
2. Brave Nation fans narrowly lose FOX-5 Team of the Week Voting to a much larger Fayette County school
3. Lady Braves (keyed by Jasmine Cook and Cali Harrod back-to-back Home Runs) come back from a 5-1 deficit to take a 7-5 lead over Wesleyan in Columbus before being heart-broken by a Walk-off 3-Run Homer
4. HCMS Boys basketball team storms back from 16-point 4th quarter deficit to tie game before falling 53-50 to Bowdon Red Devils
Best Soccer Player  
Michael Cadwell
Melissa Collins
Peyton Ehlers
Emily Iddins
Trey Wiggins 
Best Performance of the Year 
1. Carlton White 387 yards rushing versus Bowdon during semi-final win (Winner)
2. Hannah Stephens (Tournament MVP Middle School Basketball Championship)
3. Hank Barnes (Back to back Area Wrestling Titles) 
4. Tori Rogers (Back to back State Weightlifting Championships)
5. HCMS 4×100 Girls Team (Maliyah Dunson, Ashton James, Madison Laprade, Dekaii Ogletree) defeats big ans small schools at Track Finals
6. Alyssa Bishop wins State Powerlifting Meet in her very first competition
Manager of the Year  
Alexus Higgins (Winner)
Whitney Kates
Samantha Minix
Katelyn Reed
Sara Wiggins
Joe Yates
Best Wrestler  
Andrew Cannon
Hank Barnes
Taron Person (Winner)
Ethan Brant
Tori Rogers
Gage Cannon
Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year 
Hank Barnes
Orlando Burgos (Winner)
Jonathon Hunt
Mason McLead
Austin Miller
Quindon Dunson

Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year
Jasmine Cook
Maliyah Dunson
Madison Laprade (Winner)
Dekaii Ogletree
Jemeka Parks
Shemeka Parks
Breakthrough Athlete of the Year 
Johanna Beyer
Dakota Christopher
Spencer Hannah
Dyllan Langley (Winner)
Collin Nutt
Madison Whitehead
Amiah Person
Best Dancer 
Emily Mock
Courtney Putzek
Rylee Reeves
Tyler Reeves
Katy Stutts (Winner)
Girl’s Basketball Player of the Year 
Jasmine Cook
Shemeka Parks
Hannah Sanders (Winner)
Hannah Stephens
Tori Caldwell
Alora Cosper
Boy’s Basketball Player of the Year
Torrance Allen
Christian Murray
Damon Pearson (Winner)
Deron Swint
Tray Dunson
Jackson Yates
Cheerleader of the Year 
Betty Jean Covington
Hannah Fairbanks
Madison Laprade (Winner)
Tyesha Wright
Emmie Harrod
Caitlin Wiggins
Lineman of the Year 
Jake Edwards (Winner)
Jay Jones
Dalton Pate
Conner Moon
Tray Owens
Michael Cheney
Football Defensive Player of the Year 
Dillian Bradley (Winner)
Gage Cannon
Duranta Dunson
Jonta Gray
Dyllan Langley
Key Whitlow
Football Offensive Player of the Year 
Jameer Cook
Duranta Dunson (Winner)
Tae Gray
Jonathon Hunt
Carton White
Brady Yates
Softball Player of the Year 
Aspen Barker
Cali Harrod
Anna Shelnutt
Jordan Watson (Winner)
Kaylee Freeman
Haley Bennett
Play of the Year 

1. Aspen Barker hits two key 3-point baskets to spark comeback in Middle School Championship Game (Basketball)
2. Ta Freeland interception seals 28-21 OT win over Manchester (Football) (Winner)
3. Jonathon Hunt completes a 50-yard TD pass to Damon Pearson on 1st and 44 during Region Championship game at Bowdon (Football)
4. Jasmine Cook hits 2-Run Walk-off HR to defeat Pike County for first time in 7 years (Softball)
5. Temple’s Devin Moore scores 72-yard TD versus Braves during Pink-Out Game (Football)
6. Cody Stephens late 3-Run Homer secures huge region win over Temple (Baseball)
Coach of the Year 
Tim Barron (Winner)
Matt Hornsby
Todd Huey
Rich Fendley
Kathy Scott
Brad Yates
Male Scholar Athlete of the Year 
Trey Alford
Hank Barnes
Orlando Burgos
Ayden Cannon
Noah Cantrell (Winner)
Trey Wiggins
Female Scholar Athlete of the Year 
Alyssa Bishop (Winner)
Caroline Jones
Madison Laprade
Lily Langley
Shemeka Parks
Hannah Sanders
Most Valuable Player 
Duranta Dunson
Cali Harrod (Winner)
Kayden Minix
Hannah Sanders
Jordan Watson
Carlton White
Loco Rio Scholarship  
Andrew Moore
Alex Eldridge
Forrest Knowles
Qua Reid (Winner)
Heart of the Braves Award 
Jeffery Freeman
Zakary Hahn
Matt Holdridge
Camara Shaheed
Dennis Shaw
Zane Woods (Winner)
Female Athlete of the Year 
Jasmine Cook (Winner)
Alyssa Cosper
Hannah Stephens
Jordan Watson
Katelyn Henderson
Brittany Graley
Male Athlete of the Year 
Trey Alford
Hank Barnes
Orlando Burgos
Jonathon Hunt (Winner)
Christian Murray
Jackson Yates
Team of the Year
Braves Varsity Football (Co-Winner)
Flag Football 
HCMS Lady Braves Basketball
Heard Elementary School Academic Bowl Team
Lady Braves Varsity Softball (Co-Winner)
HHS Weightlifting Team





  1. Wylene Spearman says

    Congrats to all winners!

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