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May 1, 2007

The night the stars came out

Mayse, Radcliff named top award winners

Athens ISD athletic director (and birthday boy) Dan Hamrick probably summed it up best in his welcoming remarks at Monday night’s annual Athens High School All-Sports Banquet at Cain Center.

“This year has been a lot of fun with a lot of success,” Hamrick told the capacity crowd at the Athens Hornet Athletic Booster Club-sponsored event.

It’s doubtful anyone would disagree about his assessment of a school year in which varsity teams captured three district championships and two bi-district championships. Not to mention the many the individual achievement accomplishments of athletes and success on the sub-varsity levels.

“We’re excited to have a chance to honor our athletes tonight,” Hamrick said. “We thank them and we thank their parents for giving us the opportunity to work with these young people.”

By the time the well-planned event hit the three-hour mark, it was time for the unveiling of the top awards. Named AHS Athletes of the Year were multi-sport seniors Morgan Mayse and Brant Radcliff.

Mayse, who recently signed to attend Rice University on a basketball scholarship, was a member of the district champion Lady Hornet basketball team and next week will be in Austin attempting to win a second straight gold medal in the high jump.

Radcliff played football and ran track and is a member of the District 14-AAA champion Hornet baseball team, which will make its first playoff appearance since 2003 next week.

In addition to the district titles claimed by the girls basketball and the baseball team, AHS also saw its varsity girls cross country team claim a district title.

AHS also qualified for the playoffs in volleyball, soccer and softball. The Hornet soccer team claimed a bi-district championship, as did the Lady Hornet softball team last week.

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