Haley named District 6AAA Coach of the Year
Posted By Sparta Live | February 25, 2010 12:00 am
White County High School was very well represented on the post season glitter squad for the school’s first run through District 6AAA.
Warriorette coach, Bryan Haley, was named the girls’ Coach of the Year for the league. He was joined by three of his players on the squad. Two seniors, Tasha Delaney and Jessica Wilson, along with junior, Kristin Jones, were named to the 11-member squad that was picked by the league coaches based on their play in the regular season. Cookeville’s Tatiana Johnson was named girls’ Most Valuable Player.
Three Warriors were named to the boys’ squad. A pair of juniors, Jordan Armstrong and Josh Turner, was joined by freshman, Devon Davidson. The boys’ Coach of the Year was Kevin Bray from Cookeville. The boys’ MVP was also from Cookeville, but had strong Sparta connections. Mitchell Hill, the son of former Warriorette, Melissa Dunham Hill, took MVP honors.
Haley, who guided the Warriorettes to a 7-1 record in the district and the regular season title, received his first Coach of the Year Award. It was the first regular season title for the Warriorettes since the 2003-04 season.
Haley commented on his award, “I wish the plaque said staff of the year. Giving it only to the head coach is kind of selfish because it’s not just me. Coaches Pinion and Beaty have responsibilities for this team just like I do. They teach the game to our kids. It’s a collective effort. Then from there, you have to have players who go out and execute. I thanked my team for being a part of it because it is definitely a collaborative effort. It takes the entire coaching staff and players. I know we only had three girls named to the All District squad, but we’ve had eight girls play hard all year long. I wish they all could have gotten an award. We wouldn’t be where we are without our entire team. The whole coaching staff and all 14 players who dressed out this year put us in this position.”
Tasha Delaney led the Warriorettes in scoring in their eight district games netting 13.6 points per outing up over two points from what she averaged during the entire season. She also averaged 3.5 rebounds and three steals per district game. In league games, she shot 81 percent from the free throw line and 41 percent from outside the three-point arc.
Jessica Wilson tallied 11 points, 5.1 rebounds and two steals per district game. She shot 52 percent overall from the field and netted 71 percent of her free throws.
Kristin Jones averaged 9.4 points per game in the district to go along with five rebounds. She knocked down 70 percent of the shots she took from the field against league teams and also shot 76 percent from the charity stripe.
For the Warriors, Devon Davidson increased his average points per contest almost two points in games against district foes. He averaged 14.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 3.1 steals per outing in 6AAA outings. He shot 48 percent overall from the field in those games.
Throughout the regular season, Jordan Armstrong averaged 7.5 points per game, but in district games he upped that average to 12 points. He also averaged 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and two steals in each of those 6AAA games. He shot 66 percent from the free throw line and 43 percent from the field overall.
Rounding out the All District squad is Josh Turner, who averaged 10.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per district contest. He shot 70 percent from the free throw line in those games and knocked down 16 of 50 three-point attempts for 32 percent.
The All District awards were handed out at the conclusion of each championship game. An All Tournament team was not named.