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Lady Packer flag football presents awards for inaugural season

Feb. 13—MOULTRIE — To close out the inaugural year with the last of the 'firsts' for the program, the Lady Packer flag football team celebrated their season with a banquet and awards ceremony.

The sun was shining and the breeze light as athletes and their families began to arrive at the the Lily Pond event center Saturday afternoon.

"As a first-year program, we set the bar," said head coach Kirk Woodall. "We were Division 3 Area 1 championships, made it to the elite eight in the title four state championships, had an overall record of 11-1-1, finished 17th in the state and 41st in the nation."

Throughout the season, the players had rotated captains; however, only four athletes can go into the books as the official captains during the 2023-24 season.

Jamya Moore, Ava Brooks, Ta'Meria Williams and Nyleigha Knighton were the athletes voted in by their teammates to receive this honor.

Four Lady Packers were selected to receive the Packer Pride award, which was also selected among the team, to acknowledge their passion for camaraderie and being a good teammate: Moore, Brooks, Sarah Cooper and Jaelyn Wier.

Several athletes were also presented with the scholar award, which is given to students who have a 90 plus academic average: Wier, Melissa Breedlove, Carolina Brown, Cooper, Montana Tatum, Brooks, Maris Hopper, Dalivia McBride, Moore and Carli Pearson.

The one award that the coaches chose without outside input was the most improved player.

"Technically everyone should get most improved because we didn't have a flag football team last year," said Woodall. "But, there are two players whose skill and understanding of the game came the furthest."

Wier was the most improved from the JV squad, and Mashayla Davis was presented the award for the varsity team.

}All the MVP awards were chosen with both the coaches and teammates input.

On the JV squad, two athletes were given the offensive MVP award: Dayln Monk and Ta'ayona Singletary.

Defensive MVP for the JV team was presented to Demetri Kinsey.

Overall JV MVP went to Tatum.

The varsity team also saw four players receive the three MVP awards.

Both Maris Hopper and Amareyia Knighton, who were instrumental to the nine shutouts over 13 games, were given the defensive MVP award.

Caylnn Singletary was awarded the offensive MVP due to 17 receptions over 301 yards with 6 touchdowns.

"One of the best compliments you can get is when another coach says 'I'm glad she is graduating'," said Woodall referring to the overall team MVP winner. "She was a total weapon for us and we will be hard pressed to find a player as talented as she is."

Nyleigha Knighton was presented the overall MVP award.

The final awards to be given were the all area players.

Seven of the Lady Packers made the team: Nyleigha Knighton, Hopper, Amareyia Knighton, Moore, Caylnn Singletary, Williams and D'Zeriyah Polite.

Also coming from the Lady Packers roster was the all region player of the year, which was given to Nyleigha Knighton.

"All I can say is I'm glad she is was ours," said Woodall.

In addition to individual awards, each member of the team was presented with a plaque that included a team picture, the results of each game and overall stats for the season.

"To you seniors," said Woodall. "Thank you for coming out and trying something new your last year of high school."

Ten of the athletes on the varsity team will be graduates of the 2024 class: Polite, Ki'Myra Crawford, Hopper, Moore, McBride, Pearson, Messiah Bender, Brooks, Ta'Lisa Edwards and Nyleigha Knighton.

Juniors, with 12, represented the largest group of those who played on the inaugural season: Breedlove, Carolina Brown, Cooper, Ariana Daniels, Davis, Emily Holweger, Amareyia Knighton, Caylnn Singletary, Tatum and Williams.

The remaining seven players — Kinsey, Leah Toomer, Candelaria Tercero, Ta'ayona Singletary, Monk, Weir and student manager Makayla Henderson — are a mix of sophomores and freshman.

"All of you will be remembered as the first ones to play Lady Packer flag football in Colquitt County," said Woodall. "This was an amazing year, and out job now is to continue to build this program and continue to be the champions you've already shown you can be."

Tryouts for the Lady Packers 2024-25 flag football season will be early May.