Gilmer High soccer celebrates banner seasons
Gilmer High School soccer celebrated its historic seasons with an awards banquet May 3.
The year marked a first for the Lady Cats and Bobcats, who both earned a trip to their respective state tournaments for the first time in the programs’ 14-year histories.
Lady Cats’ coach April Nicholson and the Bobcats’ Simon Phipps each awarded five honors on the evening.
Autumn Durham was named the Lady Cats’ Most Valuable Player. Fellow senior Josie Sheahan received the Best Defense Award, and Elsa Francisco captured the honor for the offense.
The Coach’s Award was shared by Grace Henderson and Renae Chastain, and McKayla Chambers was named Most improved.
For the Bobcats, Marvin Reynoso-Bautista received the Golden Boot Award. Eddie Pantoja took home the Best Defense Award, and Parker Benitez claimed the Best Offense Award. The Coach’s Award went to Stephen Madalo and Fernando Ramirez.
Additionally, Pantoja received a plaque to commemorate a goal he scored in less than five seconds of play versus Pickens High School March 24, 2015, which is the fastest scored in Bobcat soccer history.