Basketball teams, cheerleaders honored at annual banquet
Andalusia High School held its 31st annual basketball banquet Monday night at the Bulldog Bistro.
The boys and girls basketball teams, along with the cheerleaders were recognized from both the junior varsity and varsity squads, along with players from each grade.
In addition, special awards were given to athletes that excelled during their sports’ respective season.
Andalusia cheerleader sponsor Leslie Thorn presented individual awards for the seniors, best all around, 110 percent award, most spirited, most improved and academic.
Best All Around went to Kaitlin Holley; 110 percent went to Jamie Park; Most Spirited went to Susie Watson; Most Improved went to Samantha Hill; and the Academic Award went to Samantha Hill.
The Andalusia Lady Bulldogs finished their 2009-10 season 23-6 and made an appearance at the Class 4A South Regional Tournament in Mobile.
Andalusia coach Bennie Shellhouse recognized the senior players, underclassmen, managers and scorekeeper. The senior players are Erica King, Air’yesha Jenkins, Amber Anderson and Taneshia Reed. The team manager is Randeshia Robertson, and the scorekeeper is Omarria McGee.
Shellhouse presented special awards to individuals who excelled during the season.
Team captains are seniors, Taneshia Reed, Erica King and Amber Anderson; Newcomer of the Year is senior, Airyesha Jenkins; Freshman of the Year Asia Gantt; Most Improved Player of the Year is Alectricia Barnes; Leading Rebounders are Amber Anderson and Shi’Amber Townsend; Defensive Player of the Year is Erica King; Offensive Player of the Year is Alexis Horton; and the Academic Award went to Amber Anderson.
The Bulldogs made it all the way to the Class 4A South Regional finals, where they fell to Brewbaker Tech, 52-44.
Andalusia finished the year with a 25-6 record and in the last four seasons, the Bulldogs have compiled an 87-27 record.
“Success breeds success,” Andalusia coach Richard Robertson said.
Before varsity players were given their special awards, B-team coach Marshall Locke recognized his team’s players and parents for the season.
The B-team finished the season 12-8.
Before presenting his varsity players with special awards, Robertson recognized the floor personnel. They are managers Bridges Anderson Jr., Keyerra Brooks, Grant Holley, Murray Horton; videographers, Cameron McClain and Demetrius Reed; and scorekeeper, Kristin Evans.
Individual varsity special awards went to players that excelled in academics, defense, offense and leading scorer, to name a few.
The Academic Award went to Justin Dooley; the highest free throw percentage award went to Derrick King; the Newcomer of the Year award/Most Improved player award went to Jacard Townsend; the Defensive award went to Derrick King; the captains are Justin Dooley and O’Brien Curry; the Leading Scorer award went to most valuable player O’Brien Curry; the spirited award went to Unricka “Ricky” Jenkins.
In addition, Andalusia Regional Hospital chief executive officer Mark Dooley received the meritorious service award for the team.
Each athlete received a basketball globe trophy at the end of the evening.