Chattanooga Times Free Press
Chipper Jones entertained a sold-out crowd as the featured speaker of the Best of Preps banquet Monday at the Chattanooga Convention Center, but the former Atlanta Braves star took a back seat in travel miles to one of the evening's main award winners.
Vonn Bell, the Ridgeland High School star football player, made the trip Monday from Columbus, Ohio, where the Ohio State freshman already is enrolled in classes. After mechanical issues forced a nearly three-hour delay in his flight, Bell arrived just in time to receive his Male Athlete of the Year award. Though a bit dazed from the long day, he was appreciative of the award.
"This is a great night to see all these great athletes here and to know that all the hard work was worth it," said Bell, who earlier won the E.B. "Red" Etter Award as the area's top football player. "It's been a long day; I had my first quiz today and the workouts are kicking my tail, but it's all worth it. Ohio State is treating me good, but it's nice to get to come home and see my family and all these nice smiling faces."
2013 Best of Preps Awards
Unselfish Sportsman Award - Aaron Tisdale and Lynn Jordan (Grace Academy)
Heart and Desire Award - Alex Spires (Gordon Lee)
Going the Extra Mile - Devan Greene (LaFayette)
Outstanding Achievement in Academics - Lauren Johnson (Baylor)
Individual Players of the Year
Boys Basketball - Brandon Walters (Howard)
Girls Basketball - Kassidy Blevins (Gordon Lee)
Football - Vonn Bell (Ridgeland)
Baseball - Spencer Mossburg (Silverdale Academy)
Softball - Emily Boyd (Northwest Whitfield)
Boys Cross Country - Simon Holden (Baylor)
Girls Cross Country - Haley Ward (McMinn County)
Boys Track and Field - Simon Holden (Baylor)
Girls Track and Field - Selena Popp (Baylor)
Volleyball - Sadie Lett (GPS)
Boys Tennis - Daniel Pare (McCallie)
Girls Tennis - Samantha Caswell (Baylor)
Boys Soccer - Ramiro Huitanda (Dalton)
Girls Soccer - Courtney Bell (Heritage)
Boys Golf - Andrew Weathers (McCallie)
Girls Golf - Blakesly Warren (Baylor)
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