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The Bearden School District held its annual All Sports Banquet on Monday at the Bearden First Assembly of God Church.

It was the last Bearden All Sports Banquet for Head football and track Coach Ernie Horstkamp. In addition to his coaching duties, Horstkamp served as athletic director and a science teacher.

The banquet was opened by Bearden Head Baseball Coach and native William “Bud” Chambliss before handing the microphone over to Cheer Sponsor Wanda Williams.

It was a good year for the Bearden athletic program filled with several high moments. One of which was the success of the Bearden Lady Bear’s Track team, despite low numbers. The 4*100 meter relay team of Cassandra Coleman, Jaylah Williams, Destiny Johnson and Iyanah Nelson won the 2A State Title in the 4x100M Relay. Kayli Heigleman was a sub on the 4x100M relay team through the year. The group set a school record by running a 51:27 at the Meet of Champions.

Another highlight was the Bearden Basketball team, who repeated as conference champions and finished with a 23-6 overall record. Recognized all of its letterman During the ceremony, Bearden Head Basketball coach Anthony Hammonds announced that this year’s group of senior basketball student athletes had not loss a single game on its home floor during their career.

The football Bears were able to advance to the second round of the 2A State Playoffs and was the last team to hold a lead over the eventual state champion Forman Gators.

Williams spoke about the contributions of the Lady Bear Cheerleaders and became emotional as she honored the seniors. She spoke highly of each member and said the cheer team peaked during post season play.

Below is a list of the awards from the banquet:


Bear Spirit Award - Molly Brandon, Hunter Bulloch, Kenli Barner, Jessica Hill, Holly Pennington and Shelby Young.

Leadership Award - Kenli Barner and Holly Pennington

Girls Track

State Qualifiers - Cassadra Coleman, Angel Edwards, Kaylee Heigleman, Karli Humphries, Destiny Johnson, Evie Porter

All State - Coleman, Johsnon, Jayla Williams and Iyannah Nelson

Boys Track

Outstanding Thrower - Garrett McWhorter

Outstanding Sprinter - Jaylen Wade

Most Improved - Case Humphries


Rookie of the Year - Taylor Hall

Most Improved Player - Nybrea Hughes

Pitcher of the Year - Keelie Mosely

Offensive Player of the Year - Evie Porter

Defensive Player of the Year - Jaylah Williams


Most Improved - Drake Wilson

Most Improved Infielder - Garrett Pierce

Golden Bat - Garrett McWhorter

Golden Arm - Gage Word

Golden Glove - Cohen Word

All Conference Honorable Mention - Rylee Rauls, Tyler Earnest, C.J. Quarles

Bear Spirit Award - Ethan Vaughn


Fordyce News Advocate All Star Football Team - Garret McWhorter, Rylee Rauls, Ricky Scott, Wyatt Williams, Devarious Hughes, Tyler Berry, Jared Vaughn, Drake Wilson, Gage Word, Cohen Word, Robert Miller, CamRon Byes, Jeffrey Cones, C.J. Quarles and Bobby Barker.

All Conference - Dee Hughes, Garrett McWhorter, Jeffrey Cones and Cohen Word

Most Improved Player - Jeffrey Cones

Bear Award - Jared Vaughn

Outstanding Offensive Lineman - Drake Wilson

Outstanding Offensive Back - Cohen Word

Outstanding Wide Receiver - Dee Hughes

Offensive MVP - Tyler Berry

Outstanding Defensive Linemen - Garrett McWhorter

Outstanding Linebacker - Ricky Scott

Outstanding Defensive Back - CamRon Byes

Defensive MVP - Gage Word

Girls Basketball

Three point shooter - Latrice Wright

Manager award - Dasiah Williams

Spirit Award - Abbie Owens

Rebound - Nybrea Hughes

leading scorer - Iyanah Nelson

Most Improved - Latrice Wright

Defensive Award - Iyanah Nelson

All Conf and All District - Iyanah Nelson

All Conference Honorable Mention - Evie Porter, Latrice Wright and Maleka Berry

All District Honorable Mention - Maleka Berry, Evie Porter and Latrice Wright

Coaches Award - Jayla Williams


Points - Dee Hughes

Assists - Kevin Marks

Rebounds - Tyler Berry

Steals - Tyler Berry

Blocks - Dee Hughes/Garrett McWhorter

Charges - Robert Miller

Most Improved - Billy Minor

All Conf - Kevin Marks

Newcomer of the Year - Kendrick Juniel

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