The Valdosta Daily Times
Open Bible held its annual sports banquet earlier this month to honor the athletic accomplishments of its students.
Open Bible presented athletes with all-state honors in soccer, softball, baseball, and both girls and boys basketball, along with many other awards.
One of the biggest winners of the night was Colton Jenkins. Jenkins was awarded to the first team all-state in soccer and second team all-state in baseball. Jenkins also brought home the award for best offense in soccer, and the both 110 percent and MVP awards in junior varsity basketball.
Along with Colton Jenkins, Marlon Barerra, Fernando Gomez, Logan Ireland, and Joey Ruse made the soccer first team all-state, while Elijah Byrd made the second team.
Other all-state first team additions included Savannah Shaw, Morgan Williams, Anna Joy Holton, Rebekah Tew, Nathan Infante, and John William Worsley. Shaw and Williams were honored in softball and cheerleading, respectively. Anna Joy Holton and Rebekah Tew made the all-state team in varsity girls basketball; Infante and Worsley made the all-state team in baseball.
Open Bible also had a number of second team all-state athletes.
Rebekah Tew represented Open Bible on the second team for softball, along with teammate Daria Whigham and Anna Joy Holton as honorable mention.
Matthew Infante joined the second all-state team for baseball.
All-state honors were not the only awards bestowed upon Open Bible athletes. The school also handed out many of its own awards in each sport as well.
Besides Colton Jenkins’ best offense award, soccer also awarded Ireland for best defense, Ruse for most improved, Barerra for team MVP, and Gomez for dedicated warrior.
Varsity cheerleading gave out the following awards: Katie Jenkins, most spirit, Sierra Goff, best all-around, Williams, spiritual leadership, and Regan White, dedicated warrior.
Junior varsity’s awards included: Madison Rowell, most spirit, Emily Holton, best all-around, and Madison Tew, spiritual leadership.
Along with Colton Jenkins’ two awards, junior varsity boys basketball also awarded Luke Hannon for best defense and Blaine Bayless for most improved.
The junior varsity girls basketball decided Madison Jove gave 110 percent, Keri Ann Arnold had the team’s best defense, Lashley Wright was the most improved player, and Crystal Hipsley was the team’s MVP.
The girls varsity team decided upon Whigham, Anna Joy Holton, Rebekah Tew, Emily Williams, Lindsay Hannon, and Liz Stalvey as the players that best embodied the awards for, 110 percent, best offense, best defense, most improved player, most valuable player, and dedicated warrior, respectively.
Boys varsity basketball went with Ruse for the 110 percent award, Nathan Infante for best defense, Matthew Infante for most improved, Barrera for dedicated warrior, and Worsley for both best offense and most valuable player.
Rebekah Tew won best offense for Open Bible softball while teammates, Anna Joy Holton (best defense), Emily Williams (most improved), Shaw (MVP), Jove (spiritual leadership), and Whigham (dedicated warrior) were all able to bring home some honors from multiple sports as well.
Baseball was the final sport to hand out awards. Nathan Infante won best offense, and Patrick Eason won best defense. Holden Highsmith was the most improved player, Logan Ruiz was the spiritual leadership award winner, and Barrera, the dedicated warrior.
Worsley and Nathan Infante shared MVP honors in baseball.