The banquet started with Danny Wiseman giving the invocation. After the heart felt prayer, Everett Kelley began giving out awards. Kelley’s first awards, the scholastic awards, went to Autumn Rutledge and Jeremy Ruark. “These two exemplify everything there is about being a student-athlete,” said Kelley.
Bulldog’s baseball Head Coach Doyle Kelley was next as he presented the baseball awards. Kelley awarded Brett Lane as the Team Captain and Josh Hulsey as the Team Co-Captain. Kelley, who had 21 varsity baseball players, then awarded his 13 scholar athletes. The baseball team, along with Kelley, then presented assistant coach Ken Jolly with gift certificates to Wal-Mart and Zorba’s for his retirement and thanked him for all his hard work and dedication to
Cedartown High School.
An emotional Jolly thanked the audience for their standing ovation and then presented Kelley with a Bulldog watch, nicknamed “The Competitor.”
Before the baseball team left the stage, Kelley announced that the state playoff game against Spalding High School was being dedicated to Hannah Ingram, the 17-year old student who recently passed away from fatal injuries she obtained in a car wreck. The baseball team also revealed wristbands that they were wearing in honor of Ingram.
Up next was the Cedartown boy’s and girl’s golf teams. Head Coach Barry Williams first thanked his family, Meadow Lakes, Jeff King, and Bob Tracy for all their help during the season.
Williams, who had five scholar athletes, then presented his boy’s and girl’s low medalist awards. Stacey Mullen received the girl’s award while Ryan Zebeau received the boy’s award.
Head soccer Coach John Sheffield and the soccer team took the stage next. Sheffield thanked Mr. Glover, Mr. Toland, the player’s parents, the bus drivers, and coach Harris.
“We went 8-5 this year and missed the playoffs by one point,” said Sheffield. “The effort we had in the last game was great, you should really have seen how hard these girls were playing.”
Sheffield then gave out the soccer awards. Britni Harris and Lacie Haney tied for the most assists award with seven assists.
The defensive award went to Yessi Navarro and the most goals award went to Harris, who had 17 goals. “She has a cannon for a right foot,” stated Sheffield.
The coaches award was then presented to Molly Howard. Before leaving the stage, Sheffield said he wanted to wish coach Jolly luck in his retirement.
Up next was the boy’s and girl’s tennis teams. Head Coach Tony Lundy thanked Matt Weaver, all the player’s parents, fans, and administrators for all they’ve done throughout the season.
“Last year we had a young team and our guy’s only won three games and our girl’s won two,” said Lundy. “This year our girl’s went 7-3 and the boy’s went 8-2 and qualified for the state playoffs. We really do have a great future ahead of us.
“Also, we have five relatively new courts and wonderful facilities to play at,” Lundy said. “So I encourage any of you who can, to come out and watch these kid’s play.”
Lundy then began talking about the only two seniors he had on this year’s team.
“I only have two seniors but I am extremely proud of them,” Lundy said. “Autumn Rutledge has contributed about 35 wins in four years here at Cedartown and she always showed up to compete and I’m proud of her.
“My other senior was Lucas Hackney. Lucas was a little different since he was family. I really pushed him hard,” said Lundy. “But it paid off this year as he went 10-0 during the regular season and I’ve never had a player do that before. I’m really proud of him.”
Lundy then gave out the tennis awards. The most girl team points award was given to Joy Tillery and Rutledge. The most boy team points award was presented to Hackney.
After giving out his awards, Lundy announced that he would be stepping down from coaching tennis to spend more time with his daughter and family.
Everett Kelley then came to the podium and presented Lundy with a plaque of appreciation. “We appreciate all you done for the tennis program. I know when people say Cedartown tennis they automatically think of you, too,” Kelley said. As Lundy received his plaque he got a standing ovation.
The track and field coaches and players then took the stage for their award ceremonies. Coach Janet Jolly award Courtney Martin with the most points in field events award. Maria Addison received the most points in running events award. Addison also received the coaches award.
“I would like to thank Mark and Amy Addison for all their hard work,” Jolly said. “They do so much for our program and they remind me that there are people in the world who are just kind and I thank them for that.”
Coach Alex Roberts then took to the podium to give out his awards and to tell people about the boy’s track season.
“We had a good season,” Roberts said. “We finished second at our own invitational. The only team to finish ahead of us was Salem, who is traditionally a strong track team.”
Roberts then apologized for him and Michael Monroe showing up moments before the banquet began. Roberts then informed the crowd the reason they were late is they were coming back from state competition where Monroe, a sophomore, had finished eighth in state in the discus event.
Roberts then announced the track and field team had seven scholar athletes. Roberts gave the most field points award to Monroe and the most track points award to Ricky Cooper.
Before the track team left the stage, Roberts was presented a plaque of appreciation for all the coaching he has done in Cedartown. Roberts is leaving at the end of the school year to go and coach football at Ezell-Harding High School in Tennessee.
The student-athletes who lettered four to seven times while at CHS were then awarded. Those student-athletes were: Haney, Wyatt Bevis, Trey Glanton, Krystalyn Sewell, Howard, Whitney Howard, Navarro, Nick Diamond, Rutledge, Nicole Hammonds, Shane Fandry, Mikey Williams, Hackney, William Dorsey, Ruark, LaDarryl Huggins, John Speight, Wes Bryant, and Blake Landrum.
The student-athletes who lettered eight or more times while at CHS were then awarded. Those student-athletes were: Joey Drummond, Jake Addison, Casey Garmon, James Gibson, Ryan Roberson, Kaley Morris, and Rachel Tuck.
The Tri-Athlete award was then given out. Receiving this award was: Monroe, LeeAnne Woodhouse, Emily Harrison, Steven Williams, Martin, Diamond, and Gibson.
The Quad Athlete award was given out as well. Only one person qualified for the Quad Athlete award and that was Khalefa King.
After the Quad Athlete award, Kelley closed the banquet by thanking everyone for coming out that night to support CHS athletics at the annual spring banquet.