The largest-ever Best of Preps crowd heard New York Giants quarterback and reigning Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning share his experiences growing up as the youngest son of the famous quarterback family.
"This is such a cool event," Manning told the capacity crowd Thursday night at the Chattanooga Convention Center. "I want to thank you all for letting me be a part of it."
Manning's message was well-received from the gathering that honored the area's top high school stars from the 2011-12 school year.
Baylor graduate Zach Watson received a record-setting three awards -- the Scrappy Moore Male Athlete of the Year, the Franklin Academic Award and the Farr-Worsham Award for achievements in wrestling -- and said he'll always remember this event.
"It's definitely a surprise," Watson said of the three wins. "It's just like what Eli was saying that you have to be passionate about things and you can't be satisfied. I want to work harder than anybody else."
GPS three-sport star Tory Kemp earned the Phillips Award for achievement in track and was named the Female Athlete of the Year. After leading Calhoun to a perfect football season and a state-championship win over nationally ranked Buford, Hal Lamb was named Coach of the Year.
Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...