Highlands School recognized the multitude of achievements earned by athletes throughout the 2018-19 sports seasons at the annual Athletic Banquet on Monday night at the Highlands Civic Center at the Rec Park.
“The high school banquet is an annual event that we recognize our athletes, teams, and seniors on their season accomplishments and seniors for their athletic accomplishments for a career,” said Highlands Athletic Director Brett Lamb. “We highlight the teams successes and efforts during that year. We give out team awards and conference and state awards.”
Coaches presented awards to high school teams including boys and girls soccer and basketball; volleyball, cheerleading, golf, and track.
Fan of the Year
Pictured at the top of the article from left are Highlands School Athletic Director Brett Lamb awarding Plateau Daily News Publisher Brian O’Shea the Fan of the Year award at the annual Athletic Banquet on Monday. FOTY is voted on by the student athletes. Photo courtesy of Dan Brown, The Highlander.
Editor’s Note: To my astonishment, Lamb awarded the Fan of the Year to me. Anyone present could tell from my dumbfounded reaction that I didn’t see this coming. After I realized what was happening, I was so clueless I waved and said thank you to a standing ovation.
But it was afterwards that I learned the significance of the FOTY. This award is voted on by the student athletes and past winners include Gina Billingsley and Andrea Chalker. That’s incredible! I’m floored, stunned, honored, blown away, you name the positive adjective; to even get mentioned in the discussion of nominees is amazing.
If this were a live TV show they would be cuing the wrap-up music. But I have to say school sports are what helped launch Plateau Daily News into what it is today. Coaches and players spoke with me after every game when they were cold, tired, bruised, bleeding, and never once waved me off telling me not today.
To everyone, I say thank you.
Boys Varsity Basketball
Girls Varsity Basketball
Pictured below is girls varsity basketball team playing away against Franklin. To see the full article click HERE.
Boys Junior Varsity Basketball
Boys Varsity Soccer
Pictured below is the “fog” game against Hayesville. See full article HERE.
Girls Varsity Soccer
Pictured below are photos from a track meet in Hayesville. To read the full Hayesville article click HERE.
Pictured below is Highlands golf team at Sky Valley Country Club, Wildcat Cliffs Country Club, and Old Union Golf Course. To see full Sky Valley and Old Union article click HERE, to see the Wildcat Cliffs article click HERE.
Pictured below are Highlands girls varsity volleyball team against Hiwassee Dam. Click HERE to read the full article.
Pictured below is Highlands High School cheerleading team winning Spirit Xpress Regional cheer competition. To see the full article on the Spirit competition click HERE.
Pictured below are photos from Highlands High School’s annual Athletic Banquet.