The head coaches of each fall sport nominated a player from their respective team and then voted until a clear winner was determined. Each program is a member of Region 5-AAAAA.
Senior quarterback Chandler Burks from South Paulding was named the football player of the year after producing a stellar campaign in which he threw for 24 touchdowns on 2,468 yards passing while also rushing for 1,476 yards and 18 scores.
He led the Spartans to a school-record 10 wins and its first playoff victory this season.
East Paulding’s Allyssa Sheffield and Hiram’s Jacob Robinson received the awards for cross country.
Sheffield, a junior, had a strong season on the course through winning the county meet last September, placing fifth in the region meet the following month and finishing her campaign by finishing 15th overall at the state meet in November, the highest for a Paulding County female runner.
“Alyssa works super hard and is extremely dedicated to running,” East Paulding head coach Becky Dunn said. “It’s great to see her recognized.”
Robinson also had a stellar season, winning three individual titles and leading the team to a region championship. Robinson placed 13th out of 230 runners at the state meet.
“It’s a tremendous honor for Jacob to receive this award because he’s a great ambassador for our program” Hiram head coach Russell Brand said.
Junior Danielle Downs claimed the softball honor after an outstanding season for Hiram. The pitcher/first baseman led the county in batting average (.605) and doubles (20) while recording 52 hits and 40 RBIs. She was named to the All-State First Team.
“Danielle is a great leader for our team and has a tremendous work ethic,” Hiram head coach Michelle Caldwell said.
Mackenzie Chambers was named volleyball player of the year after leading Hiram to 31 wins for the second consecutive year. The Hornets advanced to the second round of the state playoffs.