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"Best of Preps" High School Sports Awards Banquet

May 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm to Jun 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm
The Classic Center, Athens, GA
Event Summary

The “Best of Preps” High School Sports Awards Banquet honors student-athletes from 17 public and private schools in 19 different sports for their hard work and accomplishments on and off the playing field. 


Event Details

OnlineAthens/Athens Banner-Herald knows the importance of local high school sports. We have a long standing tradition of recognizing student-athletes across our community through daily coverage of their performance, dedication and achievements throughout the school year in both our print and digital products. The "Best of Preps" High School Sports Awards Banquet provides a unique opportunity to celebrate these high school student-athletes for their hard work on and off the playing field.

Dr. Carla Williams, a four-year letterwinner for the Georgia Lady Bulldog basketball team and Deputy Director of  Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator for the UGA Athlete Association will deliver the keynote speech.

  In addition, we recognize the outstanding Athens area youth that make up the Jackson EMC All Area Team. The      Jackson EMC All Area Team is made up of the top athletes in each of the 19 different high school sports in These    students come from all public and private schools in Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe    counties.


Congratulations to our 2017 Student Athletes


The Piedmont Athens Regional "Athlete of the Year”

Anna Marian Block, Athens Academy, Cross Country & Track & Field

Phlan Fleming, Cedar Shoals High School, Basketball


The Pilgrim's Pride "Academic Athlete of the Year” 

Caroline Caldwell, Clarke Central High School, Tennis

Andrew Todd, Athens Christian, Football & Soccer


The Akins Arena's “Most Versatile Athlete of the Year”

Madison Pickerel, Athens Christian, Cross Country, Track & Field & Basketball

Noah Campbell, Prince Ave Christian, Football, Basketball & Baseball


"Comeback Player of the Year”

Kate Woodall, East Jackson Comprehensive High School, Softball

Jacob Hudson, Athens Academy, Football & Basketball


 The MVP School of Sports "Freshman of the Year."

Lindasy Tulenko, North Oconee High School, Tennis

Jasper Gibson, Jefferson High School, Basketball


The Nakanishi "Unsung Hero of the Year"

Treveon Varnum, Clarke Central High School, Athletic Department Assistant


"Community LEADer of the Year Award"

MacKenzie Carpenter, Athens Christian, Cheerleading


The OnlineAthens “Coach of the Year”

Donnie Byrom, East Jackson Comprehensive High School, Softball


To see a full list of fall sports nominees click here. To see a full list of winter sports nominees click here


Tickets are $40 and include dinner, photo opportunity, and program. Please use the click here for ticket button above to reserve your seat today. 


If you would like more information on nominating an outstanding high school athlete, becoming a sponsor, or more information on tickets please contact our Director of Marketing, Tina Laseter, at 706-208-2318 or email  

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The Classic Center
300 North Thomas Street
Athens, GA, 30601

May 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm to Jun 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm
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