AHS holds fall banquet

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Andalusia student athletes dressed in their best for Monday night’s annual fall sports awards banquet at the high school’s Bulldog Bistro.

Cross country, swimming, volleyball and football teams were recognized for their contributions in the pool, on the trail, on the court and on the playing field during the fall semester.

AHS Principal Dr. Daniel Shakespeare, who serves as the school’s cross country coach, recognized James Albritton, Ardarius Bogan, Chase Fillmer, Ben Parker, Zach Parker and Andrew Williamson for their efforts in the team’s inaugural season.

For the swim team, Andalusia City Schools Superintendent Ted Watson, who is the coach, said the team of two — B.J. Donaldson and Cali Fillmer — advanced to the state meet, where they couldn’t get past the preliminary round.

Andalusia’s volleyball team saw success this season, finishing at the Class 4A South Super Regional Tournament.

The Lady Bulldogs’ junior varsity and varsity players, along with the team’s manangers, were given recognition for their efforts by AHS coach Angie Grimes.

Individual awards went to those players who stood out above the rest on the court.

Stephanie Watts, a junior, earned the Defensive Player of the Year Award; Alexis Lawrence, another junior, earned the Offensive Player of the Year Award; Christian Davis, a senior, got the Academic Award; and Rachel Dayton, a freshman, won the Most Valuable Player Award.

Before football players were heralded for their successful season, the Andalusia cheerleaders were recognized by advisor Sandra Dendy. Each cheerleader received a rose from a football player.

Andalusia’s football team finished its season in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

The Bulldogs ended their season with a 8-3 record, falling 34-33 in overtime to Childersburg in the first round.

AHS coach Brian Seymore said with work the team put in during the offseason, they felt like they “could do a lot more.”

Seymore went on to recognize each player by classification, the team managers, the ball boys and Fillmer as this year’s mascot.

Individual honors went to Michael McCalman and Derrick Dorsey, who earned the Offensive MVP award; and Montel Lee and Daniel Henderson, who earned the Defensive MVP award.

Additionally, the Coach’s Award went to McCalman; the Most-Improved Offensive Award went to Austin Leverington; the Most-Improved Defensive Award went to Ke’Shun Townsend; the Special Teams Award went to Lee; the Bulldog Award went to Henderson; and the Academic Award went to McCalman.

Henderson and McCalman were named permanent team captains.