Thorsby wins fourth All-Sports Award

Published 6:40 pm Friday, July 29, 2011

On the strength of its baseball team’s deepest ever playoff run and impressive showings by all its girls sports teams, Thorsby is the winner of The Clanton Advertiser’s fourth annual All-Sports Award.

The award recognizes the best overall athletics program in Chilton County, based on several criteria.

Each sport a school competes in is awarded a certain number of points, based on that team’s performance the previous season.

For example, a state champion boys basketball team would earn two points, while one that made a playoff appearance but lost early on would earn 1.2 points.

Also, sports were weighted based on their popularity. Compared to the amount mentioned above for a basketball championship, a football state champion would earn three points. A golf state title would earn one point.

Thorsby’s girls teams earned far and away the most points, thanks to playoff appearances by the volleyball, girls basketball and softball teams, and a track and field state championship by Sade Archie.

The THS boys didn’t hurt their school’s cause, especially the football team earning a playoff berth and the baseball team advancing all the way to the semifinals of the playoffs—the deepest run in school history.

Maplesville’s boys earned the most points, mainly because of the football team advancing to the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

The Red Devils ended in a three-way tie for second place with Chilton County High School and Jemison.

Isabella finished fifth, and Verbena was sixth.

CCHS was the two-time All-Sports Award defending champion. Maplesville won in the award’s first year, 2008.

The final rankings are below:

1. Thorsby (9.6 points)

2. (tie) Chilton Co. (8.6)

2. (tie) Jemison (8.6)

2. (tie) Maplesville (8.6)

5. Isabella (8.2)

6. Verbena (6)