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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Player of the year

James Fowlkes

The Soddy-Daisy outfielder Fowlkes will continue his career at Lee University after having a superb senior season that included a school-record 18 home runs, a .440 batting average and 28 stolen bases in 30 attempts.

“You have to credit his success to his work in the cage and in the weight room last summer and in the offseason,” Trojans coach Jared Hensley said.

Fowlkes was credited with being a leader on the field, and Hensley said he was unselfish.

“He will probably catch some in college, and he was willing to take a position change in order to make our team better,” Hensley said. “Through the first four weeks of the season his numbers were amazing. He carried us then, but he was a tremendous part of our success all year. There were a lot of games where we went as he went.”

Coach of the year

Jared Hensley

Hensley’s Soddy-Daisy team had its ups and downs but hit an up cycle entering the postseason. The Trojans won District 5-AAA in the regular season, were runners-up to Walker Valley in the district tournament and then rallied to beat the Mustangs for the Region 3-AAA title. Following a sectional win over Tullahoma, they advanced to the state and finished fifth.

“I am humbled. I don’t get carried away with personal accolades except that honors like this are a reflection of the type year our team had,” Hensley said. “I wouldn’t have gotten this award if not for all the hard work and tremendous effort from the players and from two of the hardest-working assistants a coach could have in Jamie Tricoglou and Ben Parker.”

While he would love to have been in the state championship game, Hensley felt good about the Trojans’ 27-14 season.

“We had full intentions of going to the state and winning, but I honestly think we maxed out, and finishing fifth was a special year for our kids,” he said.

First Team

T.J. Binder

Ooltewah

Junior infielder

The third baseman and catcher hit .406 with three home runs, 16 doubles, 39 RBIs and 27 runs scored.

Shelden Brogden

Notre Dame

Senior outfielder

He hit .438 with 18 extra-base hits, 32 RBIs and 36 runs for the District 7-AA tournament champions.

Sam Campbell

McCallie

Senior infielder

He hit .417 with 22 RBIs, 22 runs, six homers and seven doubles and pitched in eight games, striking out 27.

Will Cooper

Baylor

Senior infielder

The Vanderbilt-bound shortstop hit .505 with seven homers, 11 doubles, a triple, 54 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.

Samuel Davenport

Chattanooga Christian

Senior pitcher

He was 8-3 with a 1.18 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 65 innings and batted .485 with 17 stolen bases.

Brandon Davis

Central

Senior pitcher

The Tennessee Temple signee was 6-3 with a 1.43 ERA, 112 strikeouts and only 10 walks in 71 innings.

Phillip DePrimo

Ooltewah

Senior outfielder

He hit .418 with 19 extra-base hits including five home runs. He scored 24 runs and knocked in 19.

Brad Dotson

Soddy-Daisy

Senior pitcher

Dotson went 7-1 with a 2.18 ERA, a .198 opponents’ batting average and 52 strikeouts in 45 innings.

Tyler Garner

Boyd-Buchanan

Senior infielder

He hit .478 with 41 steals, 42 runs and 28 RBIs and was 7-1 with a 1.71 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 49 innings.

Talon Harris

Soddy-Daisy

Junior outfielder

He tied Fowlkes with a team-record 18 homers and hit .400 with 57 runs and 35 steals without being caught.

Taylor Martin

Red Bank

Senior catcher

His season was cut short when a pitch hit him in the face, but he hit .452 with five homers and seven doubles.

Patrick Parris

East Hamilton

Junior utility

He hit .458 with 29 RBIs and 13 doubles and as a pitcher was 7-2 with 44 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings.

Teams of the year

1--Soddy-Daisy

The Trojans won the District 5-AAA regular season and the Region 3 title and a sectional game before finishing fifth in the state.

2--Baylor

Gene Etter’s Red Raiders survived a best-two-of-three series in Division II’s East/Middle regular season and reached the state tournament before falling to eventual champion Christian Brothers.

3--East Hamilton

The second-year program coached by Steve Garland went 28-10 and finished runner-up in District 6-AA and Region 3-AA.

Second team

WIL AMOS Silverdale Senior Outfielder

BRYAN BURNETTE Red Bank Senior Pitcher

CHASE CALDWELL Chatt. Christian Senior Catcher

KEVIN CARR Silverdale Senior Pitcher

KEVIN DUPREE Ooltewah Sophomore Infielder

GAVIN GIBSON Baylor Senior Outfielder

GEORGE HARRISON McCallieSenior Outfielder

LOGAN LONG Grace Academy Junior Infielder

CORY McKAIG Lookout Valley Senior Infielder

HAYDEN TURNER Lookout Valley Junior Pitcher

BRANDON WILLIAMS East Hamilton Senior Infielder

HAYDEN WILLIAMS East Hamilton Senior Utility