Martin, Black win inaugural Student-Athlete of the Year awards

5-17-2016 - Demopolis, Ala. -Recipients of the inaugural Marengo County Student-Athlete of the Year are Andrew (Marengo Academy) and Emily Black (Sweet Water High School)

5-17-2016 – Demopolis, Ala. -Recipients of the inaugural Marengo County Student-Athlete of the Year are Andrew Martin (Marengo Academy) and Emily Black (Sweet Water High School)

The Marengo County Parks and Recreation Board in partnership with The West Alabama Watchman announced the inaugural recipients of the male and female Student-Athlete of the Year awards Tuesday night at the Demopolis Civic Center.

Marengo Academy senior Andrew Martin won the Male Student-Athlete of the Year Award while Sweet Water High senior Emily Black took home the Female Student-Athlete of the Year Award.

Martin earned West Alabama Watchman All-County honors as well as ASWA First Team All-State accolades in football and WAW All-County honors in baseball while hitting .400 and scoring 29 runs for the Longhorns. He is Top 10 in his class.

Black has a 4.0 GPA at Sweet Water and earned West Alabama Watchman Player of the Year honors in volleyball. She also earned WAW All-County recognition in softball.

The Marengo County Parks and Recreation Board and The West Alabama Watchman also made a $500 donation to the athletic departments of the respective winners.

Finalists for the male award included R.J. Cox of Demopolis, C.J. Robinson of Linden, Taylor Herelle of A.L. Johnson, Wynn Thompson of Sweet Water and Cordarius Pritchett of Marengo High.

Female finalists were Abbey Latham of Demopolis, Tomysha Boykin of Linden, Victoria Belcher of Marengo Academy, Tiffany Barber of A.L. Johnson and Alton James of Marengo High.

A selection committee combed over academic and athletic resumes as well as character references from principals and athletic directors as part of its selection process.

The event also featured Huntingdon College Football Coach and Athletic Director Mike Turk as its guest speaker.

Sweet Water athletic director Pat Thompson, Marengo Academy football coach Webb Tutt and Marengo County Parks and Recreation Department Board Members Mike Randall and Robbie Kaylor. The park and rec board donated $500 to the athletic department of each winner of the inaugural Student-Athlete of the Year Award.

5-17-16 – Demopolis, Ala. – Sweet Water athletic director Pat Thompson, Marengo Academy football coach Webb Tutt and Marengo County Parks and Recreation Department Board Members Mike Randall and Robbie Kaylor. The park and rec board donated $500 to the athletic department of each winner of the inaugural Student-Athlete of the Year Award.

5-17-2016 - Demopolis, Ala. - Awards for the Marengo County Student-Athletes of the Year were presented at the Demopolis Civic Center on Tuesday night. Female finalists were (front, L-R) Victoria Belcher (Marengo Academy), Abbey Latham (Demopolis High School), Tomysha Boykin (Linden High School), Tiffany Barber (A.L. Johnson High School), Alton James (Marengo High School) and Emily Black (Sweet Water High School). Male finalists were (back, L-R) Andrew martin (Marengo Academy), R.J. Cox (Demopolis High School), Taylor Herelle (A.L. Johnson High School), C.J. Robinson (Linden High School), Cordarius Pritchett (Marengo High School) and Wynn Thompson (Sweet Water High School).

5-17-2016 – Demopolis, Ala. – Awards for the Marengo County Student-Athletes of the Year were presented at the Demopolis Civic Center on Tuesday night. Female finalists were (front, L-R) Victoria Belcher (Marengo Academy), Abbey Latham (Demopolis High School), Tomysha Boykin (Linden High School), Tiffany Barber (A.L. Johnson High School), Alton James (Marengo High School) and Emily Black (Sweet Water High School). Male finalists were (back, L-R) Andrew martin (Marengo Academy), R.J. Cox (Demopolis High School), Taylor Herelle (A.L. Johnson High School), C.J. Robinson (Linden High School), Cordarius Pritchett (Marengo High School) and Wynn Thompson (Sweet Water High School).