This past Friday the Randolph School held their annual Upper School Awards Program. Each year three athletic awards are given out for excellence on and off the field. Below are remarks from Athletic Director Blake Davenport from today’s ceremony.
AHSAA BRYANT-JORDAN STUDENT ATHLETE AWARD
AHSAA’s Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Award recognizes two high school seniors from each school in the state, one is for the Achievement Award recognizing a student-athlete that has overcome a significant set-back or form of adversity to become a top student-athlete while the other is the Scholar-Athlete Award focusing on a combination of the highest accomplishments in both academics and athletics. Winners from each school receive scholarship money and then compete at the District, Region and state levels with additional scholarship money being awarded with each win.
Randolph’s winner of the Bryant-Jordan Achievement Award has been swimming for Randolph’s varsity Swim Team since 7th grade while also swimming for the Huntsville Swim Association each of those 6 years.
This student-athlete missed one year of swimming due to an incredibly intense battle with Ulcerative Colitis which required two emergency surgeries with the second surgery literally saving his life. In time he built back strength and endurance and after yet another surgery, he was back in the pool competing at a high level again which resulted in being awarded The Comeback Kid Award from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation in 2011. His Randolph Swimming career resulted in qualifying for the state swim meet each of his 6 years highlighted by finishing 3rd in the 200 and 500 Free in 2016, winning the 2017 1A-5A State Championship in the 200 Free and First-runner-up in the 500 Free and after this year’s reclassification process moved Randolph’s Swim team to the 6-7A level, he took 6th in the 200 and 500 Free. Randolph’s winner of the Bryant-Jordan Achievement Award is Cal Shockley.
The winner of this year’s Bryant-Jordan Scholar Athlete Award was chosen as the winner at both the district and region levels. Coach Bunnell and Mr. Rainey had the honor to see him with his family be recognized in Birmingham at the state banquet as a finalist and a great ambassador to Randolph.
He has been an elite soccer player for the Randolph Boys Soccer team since his freshman year and his four years as a starter have included winning two state championships and twice making the All-State team as well as twice being named the State Soccer MVP. This season he broke Randolph’s 22-year-old career goals scored record of 96 goals by adding 39 goals to his pre-senior season total of 60.
He was also a standout defensive player and integral part of the Randolph basketball team that reached the postseason for the first time in three years.
Combine these stellar athletic accomplishments with his over 4.0 GPA and 35 ACT score and you have the winner of the 4A, Region 7 Bryant-Jordan Scholar Athlete Award, Sam Hartley.
EDOR G. ANDERSON AWARD
Each year the Edor G. Anderson, Jr. Award is given to an outstanding male and female senior athlete who has reflected in their years at Randolph the following qualities: soundness of character, a sense of competition, leadership and sportsmanship, both on and off the field. Each person must have competed in two or more sports. Nominations and final voting are conducted by our coaches and athletic staff.
This year’s female recipient of the Award has been a leader on both the indoor and outdoor track teams where she qualified for the state meet each year from 7th to 12th grade. In Indoor track she holds the school record for high jump and hurdles and was chosen team MVP in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. In Outdoor track she holds the school record for high jump, 100m hurdles, 4×400 relay and the open 400m. She was the state champion in the 100m hurdles last year and this year she was the state champ in the open 400m. She finished first runner-up in the 100m hurdles and 4×400 relay and 4th in high jump scoring 31 of her team’s 49 points. This year’s recipient was last year’s winner of the Trey Wilbourn Memorial Award and is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as a national member of the Cum Laude Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Spanish Honor Societies.
The female winner of this year’s Edor G. Anderson, Jr. Award goes to Faith Davis.
This year’s male recipient of the Award has been a leader on both the soccer and basketball teams for the past few years. He has been a varsity basketball player since his sophomore year and was named the Defensive MVP last year while stepping up big time on both sides of the court this year to help lead the team to the postseason for the first time in three years.
In his four-year career on the Randolph soccer team, he is a four time Area Champion with an undefeated Area season all four years, a three time Final Four participant and two time state champion. He made the All-State team in 2018 and was on the AHSAA North All-Star team last summer.
This year’s recipient has been inducted into both The National Honors Society AND Cum Laude Honor Society as well as both the Math AND Spanish Honor Societies. He has also served on the Honor Council all four years of Upper School.
The male winner of this year’s Edor G. Anderson, Jr. Award goes to Parker League.
HONOR THE GAME AWARDS
The Honor the Game Awards are voted on each year by the Randolph Coaching Staff and given to one male and one female sophomore or junior athlete and a varsity head coach who all Honored the Game for Committing to the team, displaying strong character, and developing a disciplined spirit.
In cross country she ran her season best 5K in 20 minutes flat at the 5A Sectionals finishing 4th overall. The following week at the 5A State Championship meet she finished 13th overall and earned All-State Honors while leading the team to a 4th place finish overall. She earned the team’s MVP award as the top runner at every meet that she competed in.
Not to down play an exhausting spring season that included a great track regular season and sectionals meet as well as a great soccer season, which consisted of her playing about 95% of every minute of the entire season, let’s move ahead to the first few days of May. On Thursday May 2nd at the State Track meet in Gulf Shores she finished 6th in the 1600M. On Friday May 3rd, she finished 8th in the 3200M, then was driven the length of the state to Decatur to play in the soccer team’s 5PM semifinal match that capped off an incredible state playoff season by the Lady Raiders and then went back to Gulf Shores that night where she finished 14th in the 800M on Saturday morning to help the girls track team finish 6th in the 4A classification.
She accomplished all of this while doing a great job keeping up with her academics and maintain a great social life. The female winner of this year’s Honor the Game Award goes to Emma Hudson.
This year’s male recipient of the Award is a junior who was an incredible leader himself on this year’s state playoff football team where he rushed for 612 yards and fine touchdowns on offense while making 79 tackles and 15 tackles for a loss on defense earning him 1st team all-region honors. Then as a starter on the bowling team for the third year in a row he averaged rolling a 120 for the season with a season high of 143. He was a co-captain for the second straight year and a leader on the team that always encouraged his teammates throughout the season.
His intense work ethic will be on display all summer long right here on this campus as he prepares to again be a key player and leader on both teams as a senior next year. The male winner of this year’s Honor the Game Award goes to Reed Thurman.
All the Honor the Game Awards are tight votes every year between very deserving candidates that are nominated and selected by our coaches. The Coaches Honor the Game Award is no different. Last year was deemed the most successful year of Randolph Athletics in school history after 16 varsity teams made it to the postseason winning a combined eight team and individual state championships. This year we beat that record by again winning a combined eight more team and individual state championships but having 18 teams make it to the postseason.
Success doesn’t only show up in the form of post season play or championships though. Another metric we use to measure success in athletics is how many students choose to participate. This year we tied a previous high with 77% of our 7-12th graders participating in at least one sport. We set new records with female participation reaching 73%, overall middle school participation hitting 83% and multi-sport participation reaching 41%. Our student-athletes and their coaches have done a great job to make this happen.
This year’s coach’s award goes to a coach who truly exemplifies the commitment, character and discipline this award stands for. The ability to coach two seasons and be genuinely respected and loved by your players, their parents, your coaching colleagues, your administrators and even a referee or two is quite an accomplishment. This coach took over the reigns as the offensive coordinator of the varsity football team and broke the school’s scoring record for points scored and rushing touchdowns on the way to making the playoffs for a fourth straight year. Then as the leader of the Randolph boys basketball program whose middle school team won the county championship and JV team won 20 games for the first time ever, his varsity team made it past the Area tournament for the first time in three years with a roster where 9 of 14 players have scored of 30 or higher on the ACT and the team’s GPA was 3.9. They may not have had the success of a state championship on the court, but I’m willing to bet there’s not a team in the state that will have more success over the next 10 years and beyond.
This year’s winner of the Honor the Game Coaches Award goes to a great coach and an even better guy, Coach Dylan Bunnell. View photos in Vidigami.