MOBILE, Alabama – Five athletes and four coaches were honored Thursday afternoon at the Press-Register’s Fall High School Sports Awards Banquet. The event, hosted by the Alabama Media Group and the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame, took place at Hank Aaron Stadium.
Winners of each of the Press-Register and AL.com’s top fall awards were present along with their families and coaches.
“We’ve always taken pride in honoring the best high school athletes in Coastal Alabama, but it makes it more special to be able to bring them together to be recognized,” said Randy Kennedy, Alabama Media Group’s Director of Community News for Mobile. “Our partnership with the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame should add to the prestige of these awards and the event. Hopefully, it won’t be too many years before we see some of these outstanding athletes voted into the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame.”
This year’s winners were:
Football: McGill-Toolen’s Ito Smith, Offensive Player of the Year; St. Paul’s Tre Williams, Defensive Player of the Year; Spanish Fort’s Mark Freeman, Coach of the Year.
Volleyball: St. Paul’s Shelley Spires, Player of the Year; St. Luke’s Tammy Richardson, Coach of the Year.
Cross Country: UMS-Wright’s Robert Hope, Male Runner of the Year; T.R. Miller’s Karisa Nelson, Female Runner of the Year; Spanish Fort’s Michael Rauch, Boys Coach of the Year; UMS-Wright’s Pat Galle, Girls Coach of the Year.
“It’s all a blessing,” Williams said. “The award keeps me humble. I have to stay that way. It shows my hard work and where it has gotten me and the things I need to improve on. This award is a great thing to have. This event is a great thing to be a part of, but, of course, I still have to get better at what I do.”
Peter Albrecht and Scott Hunter spoke at the event on behalf of the Hall of Fame.