ESPN College Game Day analyst Seth Greenberg, also a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, along with former NBA player and current ESPN analyst LaPhonso Ellis will emcee the inaugural Tennessee High School Sports Awards to be held online Thursday, July 15th at 7 p.m.. The awards are presented by Farm Bureau Health Plans.
The awards are part of the largest high school sports awards program in the nation and recognize the top athletes in most state-sanctioned sports across the country. The program will be live streamed on-demand at https://sportsawards.usatoday.com/tennessean . Preceding the state-wide show will be several regional shows.
State winners will be automatically entered as candidates to be honored in the nation-wide newly establishedmUSA Today High School Sports Award program.
The Chattanooga-area has several student-athletes nominated for the state-wide awards. Those nominated are:
Baseball Player of the Year: Cooper Kinney, Baylor
Male Bowler of the Year: CJ Petrin, Notre Dame
Cheerleader of the Year: Melanie Kral, Baylor
Offensive Football Player of the Year: BJ Harris, McCallie; Jalen Hunt, McMinn Co.
Male Soccer Player of the Year: Neal Carlson, McCallie; David Danquah, Baylor; Gui Vivaldini, McCallie
Female Golfer of the Year: Elvira Rastvortseva, Baylor
Softball Player of the Year: Syd Berzon, Baylor; Addy Edgmon, Sequatchie Co.
Male Swimmer of the Year: Sam Flack, Baylor; Drew Hitchcock, Baylor; Colby Maupin, McCallie; Charlie Potter, Baylor; Sam Powe, McCallie
Female Swimmer of the Year: Bre Belcher, Baylor; Lillie Boggs, Baylor; Ellie Taliaferro, GPS; Ellie Waldrep, Baylor; Logan Watson-Brown, Baylor
Male Tennis Player of the Year: Will Leathers, McCallie
Male Track & Field Athlete of the Year: Skyy Craig, Walker Valley
Female Track & Field Athlete of the Year: Louisa Bohner, GPS
Volleyball Player of the Year: McKenna Brown, Notre Dame
Male Wrestler of the Year: Cody Chittum, Cleveland; Garrison Dendy, Baylor; David Harper, Baylor; Trae McDaniel, Cleveland; Emory Taylor, McCallie; Daniel Urochok, Signal Mountain; Alex Whitworth, McCallie
Male Athlete of the Year: Eric Rivers, McCallie
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