Preps All-Sports Award: George Jenkins Again Wins for Big Schools
Published: Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 12:46 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 12:46 a.m.
For the fourth consecutive year, George Jenkins is the winner of the 2014 PolkPreps.com large-school All-Sports Award.
George Jenkins has won the award in nine of the past 10 years.
"We take a lot of pride in winning this award, and so do our coaches," George Jenkins Athletic Director Jestin Bailey said. "It's the topic of a lot of conversation during the year."
The Eagles matched last year's total of 347 points and were 100 points ahead of Winter Haven, which came in second place with 247 points.
What sets George Jenkins apart from the pack is its 42 individual state qualifiers in swimming, cross country, wrestling, track, boys tennis and weightlifting.
Swimming and cross country state qualifiers lifted the Eagles' fall sports score to a whopping 170 points.
They earned 69 points in the winter and 108 in the spring.
"I'm very proud of all the coaches and athletes at our school," Bailey said. "We have a great administration that doesn't get enough credit, as well as the coaches who put in the countless hours in the offseason to have the best sports program."
Bartow, which placed third with 221 points, earned the most winter points with 98.
With 281 points, Lakeland Christian is the winner of the small-school award.
"We have a high level of participation in our school's sports program," Lakeland Christian Athletic Director Mark Kirby said.
Sixty-five percent of Lakeland Christian students in grades 6-12 are involved in at least one sport during the year.
"We have a few very talented kids and many good kids who work hard," Kirby said. "I have a great group of experienced coaches who are good at building relationships and teamwork. They demand so much in the way of effort and commitment, but also know how to keep it fun and in balance."
McKeel came in second place with 210 points. Because of the Wildcats' strong cross country program, McKeel was tops among small schools in the fall with 102 points.
All Saints, last year's small-school champion, finished third with 203 points.
The Saints' dominating tennis team helped them rack up 104 points in the spring, the most of all the small schools.
Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.
Vote for the Bartow Ford Player of the Week for Nov. 27:
|Quayshawn Nealy, Lakeland: Blocked punt, 35-yard INT return for TD||48%|
|Justin Shafer, Lake Wales: 204 yards passing, game-winning rush TD||12%|
|Ronald Jones, Fort Meade: 258 yards passing, 64 yards rushing||39%|
Number of votes cast: 489