2017-04-19 / School & Sports

MCHS Seniors Recognized For Dedication

By: Glenda Bailey


(L to R): golf senior players, Tate Bryan, Preston Clenney, and Parker Brown (L to R): golf senior players, Tate Bryan, Preston Clenney, and Parker Brown The Miller County administration and faculty would like to recognize 12 seniors who have contributed to the Miller County High Sports Program. The hard work and dedication have paid off for these seniors, and it is truly an honor to recognize each one, along with their parents.

The first senior is Austin Anderson, and he is the son of Marcus and Kelly Anderson. He has been a member of the baseball team for one season. Austin has lettered in soccer for 2 years, cross-country, and baseball. Austin has been a member of FFA for one year. After high school Austin plans to attend Chipolata College to study nursing.

Our next senior is Parker Brown, and he is the son of Michael and Sharyn Brown. Parker is a 3-year member of the golf team and served as the vice-president of the FFA. Parker plans to attend LSU in the fall to study criminology.


(L-R): baseball senior players, Cole Green, Austin Anderson, JaKobe Cooper, Hudson Givens and Bo Mock (L-R): baseball senior players, Cole Green, Austin Anderson, JaKobe Cooper, Hudson Givens and Bo Mock Tate Bryan is the son of Christy Bryan. Tate has been a member of the golf team for three years and the football team for four years. After high school Tate plans to join the Navy to be a Naval Corpsman.

Preston Clenney is the son of Trent and Vicki Clenney; he has been a member of the golf team for three years. Preston also has been an FFA officer for three years, Beta Club for three years, showed cows for four years and was the low medalist in golf in 2016. After high school Preston will attend Ogeechee Tech in Statesboro to study to be a funeral director.

Jakobe Cooper is the son of Cynthia Cooper and has been a member of the baseball team for two years. Jakobe has also played football and basketball for four years. Jakobe has also been a member of FFA for three years and FBLA for two years. Jakobe’s accomplishments include Honorable Mention All- Region in football in 2013, 1st Team All-Region in football 2015 and 2016, and Honorable Mention All-Region in baseball for 2015. Jakobe also played in the 2017 Ga/Fla All-Star game. After high school Jakobe plans are to attend Point University to play football and pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education.


(L-R): tennis senior players, Connor Vann, Gretchen Rigsby, Ivey Pope, and Brice McQuire (L-R): tennis senior players, Connor Vann, Gretchen Rigsby, Ivey Pope, and Brice McQuire Hudson Givens is the son of Andy and Andrea Givens. During all four years of Hudson’s high school career, he has been a member of the Beta Club, FFA, and Students for Christ, and the Bass Club. Hudson is an active member of South Mt. Zion Church of God and a volunteer firefighter at the Colquitt-Miller Fire Department. In academics, Hudson has received Principal’s and A Honor Roll all four years. Throughout high school, he has received the Yale Book Award of Excellence, a scholarship from the National Wild Turkey Federation, and is an Honor Graduate. In FFA, Hudson has received his Green Hand, Chapter, and State Degrees. In athletics, Hudson has been the catcher for the Miller County Pirates Baseball Team for four years. As a freshman, he received Honorable Mention. During his sophomore year, he received 1st Team All-Region. As a junior, Hudson was awarded the Pirate Offensive Player of the Year Award and the Region 1-A Defensive Player of the Year Award. Hudson’s future plans are to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College for two years, and then transfer to Valdosta State University and later Georgia Technical College, to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Cole Green is the son of David Green and Ann Potts. Cole has been a member of the baseball team for two years, earning Honorable Mention All- Region and Most Improved Player his junior year. Cole also was a member of the football team for three years, where he earned 1st Team All-Region Wide Receiver his junior and Senior seasons. Cole is a member of the FFA and has two sisters Tori Green and Ivanna Tabb.

Bryce McQuire is the son of Will and Jess McGuire has been a member of the Tennis team for 3 years. Bryce was a member of the Final Four tennis team as a sophomore and the Elite 8 team as a junior. As a junior he also received the Buddy Grimes Award. Bryce also is a three year Beta Club member, Move On When Ready member for two years, is in the top 10 of his class, and will be an honor graduate. He will attend Georgia Southwestern in the fall to pursue a business degree.

Bo Mock is the son of Jerald and Stephanie Mock. Bo is a four year member of the baseball team where he has earned All-Region Honorable Mention as a sophomore, lst Team All- Region as a junior and earned the Pirate Award also as a junior. As a senior Bo was chosen to the Preseason All State Team by the Georgia Dugout Club. Bo was also a player for the Wiregrass Cardinals 2015 15 and under State Dixie Champions and the AAU National Championship Teams. As a sophomore Bo was the region champion and finished seventh in the state in track. Bo is also a three year member of the FFA.

Ivey Pope is the daughter of Jamie and Vicky West. Ivey was a four year member of the Lady Pirate softball team where she received the Kim Tully Award this year. She is also a four year member of the tennis team where she received the Most Wins Award her freshman and sophomore seasons and finished in the final four her junior season. Ivey is also a four year member of the FFA and FBLA. Ivey received first in the area freshman and sophomore years, and first in the state her junior year and fifth at the national level on her poultry proficiency. She also received her Green Hand, Chapter, and State degrees in FFA. Ivey was a member of the Homecoming Court her freshman and senior years, and is an active member of First Baptist Church. Ivey will attend Georgia Southwestern to pursue a degree in either physical therapy or orthopedic surgery.

Gretchen Rigsby is the daughter of Dale and Lisa Rigsby. She is a four year member of the tennis team, where they placed in the Final Four in state last year. Gretchen is four year member of the FFA, where she placed first in the area for her wildlife management proficiency and will compete for state. She is also member of the Travelers Rest Freewill Baptist Church. Gretchen plans to attend Bainbridge State College in the fall.

Connor is the daughter of Tammy and Mitch Vann. Connor is a four year member of the tennis team where in the ninth grade she was named Rookie of the Year, and
in the 10th and 11th grade she was the Buddy Grimes Award recipient, where in 2016 the girls finished third in the state. Connor was chosen as homecoming representative both her freshman and senior years. She also has been a cheerleader for four years where she served as captain for three, Beta Club member for four, and a FBLA member for three years. Connor has also received the Georgia Certificate of Merit Award, served as a junior marshal, senior class vice-president, and will be an honor graduate. Connor has been a “Move On When Ready Student” at Bainbridge college for the last two years and attends First Baptist Church. Connor plans to attend Georgia Southwestern College in the fall to study to become a nurse practitioner.

Pirate fans, these fine young student athletes have given their all in representing not only our school, but their parents and our community as well. As time draws near for them to graduate and journey out into the real world, this old sports writer and Pirate fan just wants to let all of you know how proud I have been of you and for you. Always remember this: Can’t could never do a thing, but could could if you put forth the effort; and the #1 Motto - ONCE A PIRATE, ALWAYS A PIRATE!

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