Mat Leopards recognized for another historic season
BY CHRIS BRIDGES
An Pham earned one final award for his accomplishments as a Banks County High School Mat Leopard as the recently graduated senior was named the Most Valuable Wrestler for the 2007-08 season.
Pham received the recognition from coach Kasey Hanley during the team’s annual banquet held last month. Pham earned 52 wins this past season and finished third in the state for his weight class.
For his career, Pham finished as the wrestler with the most wins in BCHS history and also has more pins than any Mat Leopard competitor with 87.
Showing he was an overall student-athlete, Pham also took home the Scholar Athlete Award compiling a 95 grade point average.
Junior Demetric Dempson was presented with the Most Improved Wrestler for 2007-08. Dempson went from 25 wins during his sophomore season to 50 wins and a fifth place finish in state this past year.
Bobbie Hewell, Nathan Ward and Pham each earned Captain Awards from Hanley.
Several BCHS grapplers also earned at least 15 wins and received a medal for that accomplishent. Reaching that milestone during 2007-08 were Nathan Holloway, Pham, Jeremy Greenway, Wesley Angel, Paul Newell, Dempson, Jared Gregory, Hewell and Tramaine Mayfield.
The Mat Leopards continued to progress as a program under Hanley’s direction during the 2007-08 season. This was the coach’s third season directing the BCHS wrestling team.
For this summer, the Alex Tucker Foothills Wrestling Camp will be held June 16-18 from 8-10 a.m. and 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
This camp is designed to improve the ability and intensity of wrestlers at the middle school and high school levels with intense drilling and live wrestling.
The camp will be at the old Banks County High School Leopards’ Den gym in Homer. The cost is $80.
Wrestlers should wear shorts and a T-shirt. Those attending should also bring wrestling shoes and may also bring headgear and a towel. A snack lunch and drink should also be brought.
Tucker was Kennesaw State University’s first head wrestling coach.
For more information on the camp, contact Kasey Hanley at 706-215-4322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.