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Chambers spotlights senior ballplayers

Chambers spotlights senior ballplayers


By: Ashley Oliver

The start of the spring sports season can be bittersweet.  As much as some look forward to baseball and softball, meaning the school year is almost at its end, for many seniors it means the end of high school sports forever.  This is not the end for the class of 2018 as several seniors have been offered the opportunity to play sports at the next level.  As for this season, the Lady Rebels are currently 8-3 overall and 3-0 in the area; well on the way to post season play. As Area Champs for the last two years; this year’s senior class was instrumental in achieving those results.  The Rebels’ baseball team is also riding the high of holding the title of 2017 Area Champs for the first time in twenty years. The boys are currently 6-9 overall midway through the season. This year’s seniors are unique in every way; holding the key to their own futures. Allow me to introduce the class of 2018.

Pictured L>R standing Bubba Ansbro, McKensie Barnes, Cole Donner, Jossie Daniel, Gavin White, Jessica Holiday, Blake Sheppard, Kelsey Oliver, Luke Davis.  Kneeling Matthew Keebler and Tori Harmon.

Jessica Holiday is the daughter of Dennis and Tabitha Holiday.  Jessica is the starting 1st baseman for the softball team.  Jessica began playing softball in the 6th grade.  Jessica also lettered in varsity basketball and cheerleading where she served as captain.  Jessica was voted football Sweetheart for 2017. Jessica currently serves on the yearbook staff, is the parliamentarian for the SGA and was chosen as class favorite.  Jessica plans to attend Southern Union after graduation to study nursing.

Jossie Daniel is the daughter of Joseph Daniel and Andrea Alsabrook.  Jossie has played softball for the last 5 years and alternates between starting 2ndbaseman and Right fielder.  She was voted Homecoming Princess in 2016.  Jossie plans to attend Southern Union after high school and begin working toward a degree as a Registered Nurse.

Luke Davis

Blake Sheppard is the son of Stephen and Beth Sheppard.  Blake plays both 1st base and left field on the baseball team.  Blake was the 2016 male recipient of the Don McGinty award for student athletes.  He is also the male school winner for this year’s Wendy’s Heisman award. Blake was voted Mr. Chambers Academy by the student body.  Blake also lettered in varsity football and basketball. 
Jossie Daniel

Tori Harmon is the daughter of Ashley and Dori Harmon.  Tori was also chosen for the varsity softball team in 6th grade and earned a starting position in the outfield by 8th grade. She is currently the starting catcher.  Tori was the 2017 female recipient of the Don Mcginty award and the 2016 recipient of HOBY. She was voted Miss Chambers Academy by the student body. Tori has also served as SGA Secretary, Beta Club secretary, Co- Captain of the cheer squad and selected as class favorite. Tori plans to attend Southern Union and work towards a degree in communications.
Jessica Holliday

Kelsey Oliver is the daughter of Steve and Ashley Oliver.  Kelsey was chosen for the varsity softball team in 6th grade and has started at 3rd base since 8thgrade.  She was voted team captain and best defensive player for 2017. Kelsey also held the highest batting average and was chosen to play on the 2017 AISA All-Star softball team. She has been offered a softball scholarship at Central Alabama Community College for Fall. She is the current SGA President, Class President, Beta Club President, Homecoming Queen and Yearbook Editor.  Kelsey was the 2016 female recipient of the Don McGinty Award.  She is also the 2018 female recipient of the Wendy’s Heisman award.  Kelsey received a varsity letter in Basketball and Volleyball.  Kelsey plans to become a radiology technician after graduation.
Gavin White

Luke Davis is the son of Les and Penny Davis.  Luke came to Chambers Academy his senior year from Opelika High School where he lettered in varsity baseball.  Luke plays 3rd base, 1st base and pitches. He has also played with several travel baseball teams as well as having the opportunity to play in two Perfect Game tournaments last summer.  Luke has participated in the rotary club.  He will continue his education at Southern Union where he plans on working toward a degree as a Physical Therapist.
Blake Sheppard

McKensie Barnes is the daughter of Ray and Lisa Barnes.  She is the starting Centerfielder and pitches on the softball team where she was voted best defensive player in 2016. McKensie attended the Alabama Girls State Convention last summer.  She has served as class officer and was chosen as class favorite. McKensie has been offered a scholarship to play volleyball at Southern Union in the fall.  McKensie received awards for most aces and most digs for the 2017 volleyball season.  She also lettered in Varsity cheerleading. 

Gavin White is the son of Anthony and Misty White and the grandson of Frances and the late Tab Smith.  Gavin is the starting shortstop and pitches for the baseball team.  Gavin has received the Golden Glove award in baseball as well as the Mr. Ace award.  Gavin was ranked among the top 100 in the South East of unsigned baseball players for 2017.  He plans to play instructional league baseball in Puerto Rico this summer. Gavin was offered a scholarship to play baseball at North West Florida State college in the fall.