Chris Harris, East Central Community College athletic director, addresses a large crowd in attendance for the Fall Sports Awards Banquet held Dec. 5  in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria on the Decatur campus.  Numerous honors were presented to football and soccer players at the annual program.
Chris Harris, East Central Community College athletic director, addresses a large crowd in attendance for the Fall Sports Awards Banquet held Dec. 5 in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria on the Decatur campus. Numerous honors were presented to football and soccer players at the annual program.
Members of East Central Community College's football and soccer teams received special recognition at the annual Fall Sports Awards Banquet held December 5, 2012, in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria on the Decatur campus.

Athletic Director Chris Harris provided remarks and recognized coaches and players for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart also paid tribute to coaches and players and presented academic award recipients in each sport.

In women's soccer, award winners and respective high schools include Kelsey Tadlock of Newton County, Academic Award (3.936 GPA), Team Co-Captain Award; Golden Boot Award (12 goals, two assists, 26 points; finished seventh in scoring in MACJC North Division, 15th in Region 23/MACJC); and All-Region 23 (only repeat player out of 11 selected to team); Paige Gower of Clarkdale, Defense Award and honorable mention MACJC All-State; Kennedy Castleberry of Clarkdale, Hustle Award; Alana Turner of Florence, Team Most Valuable Player, Team Co-Captain Award and MACJC All-State; and Erin Thornton of Newton County, Warrior Award and honorable mention MACJC All-State.

Sophomore players were also recognized and presented letters. Honorees included Kelsey Tadlock, Lynea Moreland and Erin Thornton, all of Newton County; Haley Covert, West Lauderdale; and Rachel Field, Oxford Hills Christian Academy, Auburn, Maine.

The Lady Soccer Warriors finished 3-14 overall and 2-6 in the MACJC North Division.

Award-winners in men's soccer and their respective high schools include Zack Killion of South Oldham High School, Crestwood, KY, Academic Award (3.608 GPA); McGee Ledbetter of Heritage Academy in Columbus, Golden Boot Award (14 goals, one assist, 29 points; top scorer in MACJC North Division and MACJC); Team Co-Captain Award, All-Region 23 (top scorer) and Region 23 Player of the Year; Jesse Vaughn of Newton County, Defense Award and MACJC All-State; Taylor Potter of Bentonia, MS School for Math and Science, Hustle Award and MACJC All-State; Jared Canoy of Biloxi, West Harrison, Team Most Valuable Player. Team Co-Captain Award and MACJC All-State; Russ Thompson of Newton County, MACJC All-State; Drew Norman of Florence, and Will Thompson and Jordan Walker, both of Newton County, honorable mention MACJC All-State; and Bryor Shorter of Florence, Warrior Award.

Sophomore players were also recognized and presented letters. Honorees included Bryor Shorter, Rhyne Riebock, Drew Norman and Deshawn Kitchens, all of Florence; Tyravian Miller, Moss Point; McGee Ledbetter, Heritage Academy, Columbus; Jose Aju, Eupora; Ronnie Tisdale, Pascagoula; Zack Killion, South Oldham, Crestwood, KY; Clay Aikens, McLaurin; Jacob Norman, Gulfport; and Jared Canoy, West Harrison.

The Soccer Warriors completed the program's best season by capturing a share of the MACJC North Division title with a 5-2-1 mark and earning a first-ever berth in the state playoffs en route to a 10-5-3 mark.

Soccer coach Kenneth Thompson presented awards.

Football players who received awards included offensive lineman Dustin Tubby of Neshoba Central, Captain's Award, MACJC All-Star and honorable mention MACJC All-State; quarterback/receiver Brock Hall of Paul W. Bryant in Tuscaloosa, honorable mention MACJC All-State; defensive back Ben Brooks of Northeast Lauderdale, Captain's Award and honorable mention MACJC All-State; quarterback Zack Thrasher of New Hope in Columbus, Academic Award (3.67 GPA); wide receiver Freeman Gray of Tunica Academy, honorable mention MACJC All-State; defensive back Desmond Brown of Cherokee County, Ala., honorable mention MACJC All-State; defensive back Steffon Fuller of Kemper County, first team MACJC All-State; defensive back/return specialist Ricky Hunt of North Panola, MACJC All-State; offensive lineman Shaquille Patrick of Scott Central, MACJC All-Star and second team MACJC All-State; linebacker Cory Houck of Union County, Fla., second team MACJC All-State; offensive lineman Bart Whigham of Northview, Ala., second team MACJC All-State; defensive lineman Martaze Jackson of Demopolis, second team MACJC All-State; and defensive back Za Reese of Morton, MACJC All-Star.

Assistant coaches Kyle Watson and Blake Frazier presented awards.

The Warriors completed the 2012 campaign with a 3-6 overall mark and finished 2-4 in the MACJC South Division.