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Sunday, April 24, 2011

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

SIMONE BUSBY

The accomplishments of GPS’s junior goalkeeper can’t be solely based on her end-of-the-year stats, as good as they were. She allowed 17 goals in 19 games for the Bruisers, but those who watched her play recognized that the team depended greatly on her ability and leadership. Busby, the Bruisers’ co-most valuable player along with Mary Woodruff Griffin, stopped not only the expected shots but used her athleticism to make impossible saves. Her abilities have drawn the interest of Florida State, South Florida and UAB, to name a few college programs. “She was just so valuable in her ability to make big plays,” former GPS coach Dave Barrueta said. “To see the caliber of schools that are interested in what she can do isa testament to both how good she is as well as how hard she works to be that good.”

COACH OF THE YEAR

BILL McCONKEY

There is a first time for everything, and this year was the first time that McMinn Central’s Chargerettes advanced to the state tournament. Their road included the District 5-A/AA and Region 3 championships — also their firsts in team history — and ot even a 3-0 loss to Christian Academy of Knoxville in the state first round could diminish the team’s accomplishments. “I can’t be disappointed in the way these girls competed this season,” McConkey said. “We had a really young team, but the seniors were good leaders and we were able to enjoy a lot of success.”

FIRST TEAM

Teni Butler

BAYLOR

Junior defender

The outstanding center back for the Division II-AA state champions also scored three goals this season.

Alex Cannon

BAYLOR

Senior defender

She was recognized mainly for defense but scored the winning goal in the Division II-AA state final.

Grace Courter

NOTRE DAME

Junior goalkeeper

She allowed only one goal in the postseason for the Class A/AA state champions.

Mary Woodruff Griffin

GPS

Junior midfielder

She alternated between midfielder and center back for the Bruisers, finishing with four assists.

Kathryn Healy

NOTRE DAME

Senior forward

The Lee University signee had 14 goals for the Class A/AA state champions.

Summer Lanter

SODDY-DAISY

Sophomore forward

She had 28 goals and 12 assists for the Lady Trojans, who lost only in the state quarterfinals.

Sydney Reason

EAST HAMILTON

Junior forward

The area’s leading scorer had 30 goals and 13 assists for the Region 3-A/AA semifinalists.

Michelle Spangler

NOTRE DAME

Senior defender

The Lee signee helped spearhead a defense that allowed only 22 goals and won the A/AA state title.

Tiffany Sullivan

CHATTANOOGA CHRISTIAN

Senior midfielder

She had nine goals and seven assists for the Lady Chargers, who reached the Region 4-A/AA semifinals.

Peyton Thomas

BAYLOR

Junior midfielder

She scored eight goals in 2010 for the Division II-AA state champions and has committed to Samford.

Hannah Wyatt

SODDY-DAISY

Junior forward

She had 21 goals and 21 assists for the Class AAA state quarterfinalists, who finished 21-1-2.

SECOND TEAM

BECCA BLEVINS Signal Mountain Soph. Forward

CHLOE BRACKETT Baylor Junior Forward

LILA FISHER Signal Mountain Junior Forward

BROOKE GANN East Ridge Senior Midfielder

ASHLEY JOHNSON McMinn Central Senior Forward

DAKOTA JOHNSON Soddy-Daisy Senior Defender

KATELYN MCCHESNEY Cleveland Senior Defender

KELLY PANNELL Baylor Junior Forward

KAITLYN POULAKIS Cleveland Junior Midfielder

KATHERINE RODGERS Baylor Senior Goalkeeper

TAYLOR VAN WAGNER McMinn County Senior Midfielder

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

1 BAYLOR (17-0-2)

The Lady Red Raiders won the Division II-AA state championship, their first since 2004.

2 NOTRE DAME (12-7-3)

Overcoming a 3-7 start, the Lady Irish won the Class A/AA state title, their first since 1988.

3 SODDY-DAISY (21-1-2)

The Lady Trojans lost only to Class AAA champion Houston in the state quarterfinals.

Photos by John Rawlston and Laura-Chase McGehee. Text by Gene Henley. Layout by Stacey Wysong.