Player of the year
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
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.
The third baseman and catcher hit .406 with three home runs, 16 doubles, 39 RBIs and 27 runs scored.
He hit .438 with 18 extra-base hits, 32 RBIs and 36 runs for the District 7-AA tournament champions.
He hit .417 with 22 RBIs, 22 runs, six homers and seven doubles and pitched in eight games, striking out 27.
The Vanderbilt-bound shortstop hit .505 with seven homers, 11 doubles, a triple, 54 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.
He was 8-3 with a 1.18 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 65 innings and batted .485 with 17 stolen bases.
The Tennessee Temple signee was 6-3 with a 1.43 ERA, 112 strikeouts and only 10 walks in 71 innings.
He hit .418 with 19 extra-base hits including five home runs. He scored 24 runs and knocked in 19.
Dotson went 7-1 with a 2.18 ERA, a .198 opponents’ batting average and 52 strikeouts in 45 innings.
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.
He tied Fowlkes with a team-record 18 homers and hit .400 with 57 runs and 35 steals without being caught.
His season was cut short when a pitch hit him in the face, but he hit .452 with five homers and seven doubles.
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
The Trojans won the District 5-AAA regular season and the Region 3 title and a sectional game before finishing fifth in the state.
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.
The second-year program coached by Steve Garland went 28-10 and finished runner-up in District 6-AA and Region 3-AA.
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