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Top athletes awarded in track, baseball, golf, tennis, soccer
by Ericka Birdsong
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Paulding County High students, Zach Phelps and Brittany Hadden have been awarded players of the year 2013 in golf and soccer.
Paulding County High students, Zach Phelps and Brittany Hadden have been awarded players of the year 2013 in golf and soccer.
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The 2013 Spring Players of the Year were to be recognized by the Paulding County Board of Education Tuesday night for their hard work and achievements.

Each school nominates a candidate and voting by the county’s head coaches continues until a majority is decided. The winners chosen by the coaches for their respective sports are as follows:

Baseball – Jeremy Howell of East Paulding. Boys Golf – Buster Bruton of East Paulding. Girls Golf – Brittany Hadden of Paulding County. Boys Soccer – Zach Phelps of Paulding County. Girls Soccer – Melissa Rogers of East Paulding. Boys Track – Josh Whitener of North Paulding. Girls Track – Carissa Tipler of South Paulding. Boys Tennis – Dillon Humphries of South Paulding. Girls Tennis – Monica Behrle of East Paulding.

Howell, a recent graduate, made it to the playoffs twice with the Raiders and helped lead the team to a region championship as a senior. Howell will play baseball at Kennesaw State University.

Bruton, also a recent graduate, helped lead the Raiders’ golf team to a region championship this year and won low medalist at the region meet. Bruton signed a scholarship and will continue his golf career at Kennesaw State University.

Hadden, a rising senior, averaged 48 for nine holes this season and had the lowest scoring average for girls in the school district for the second year in a row.

Phelps, a 2013 graduate, made the second all-region team as a senior. While playing for Paulding County he set school records for saves in a season (215), saves in a game (29) and career saves (608).

Rogers, a rising senior, scored 23 goals this season and hopes to obtain a scholarship next year.

Whitener, a recent graduate, earned the title of 2013 5A Shot Put State Champion along with the Paulding County, Region 5-AAAAA and 5A Sectional champion. Whitener will continue on at Harvard University where he signed to compete.

Tipler, a recent graduate, won the triple jump Region 5-AAAAA Championship as a senior and finished third at state. She also signed a track scholarship to Georgia Institute of Technology.

Humphries, a recent graduate and first singles player, helped the Spartans make the playoffs as a senior. He finished the season 7-4 and signed to play at Shorter University.

Behrle, a rising senior, won this award last year as well. Behrle helped lead the team to the playoffs this season. Behrle is undefeated in the county and has a 40-6 career record while playing for the Raiders.

The Player of the Year program is sponsored by Tim Mitchell of Paulding Sporting Goods in Hiram.
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