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FROM THE SIDELINES: Athlete of the Year is under way

Here we go again. The next seven weeks will be a whirlwind ride through Marengo County to identify the best and the brightest athletes at each of the seven high schools.

In 2008 we named our first Athlete of the Year when we recognized Demopolis High’s Jasmine Simmons.

A three-sport standout with strong character and academic credentials, Simmons epitomized the award’s design.

This year we again take up the task of identifying and honoring the top student-athlete in Marengo County.

It is an award that is not about statistics but considers statistics. It pays no respect to gender, classification or institution. It seeks simply to recognize those Marengo Ciounty standouts who excel in athletic and academic venues while maintaining strong character and leadership qualities on the field and off.

Each of the seven county schools will be represented by a pair of nominees, chosen by each individual institution’s athletic director.

A different school will be featured in each weekend addition of The Times until all 14 athletes have had their credentials publicized. Then, in the May 23 issue, the winner will be announced and all nominees revisited.

Now for the presentation of the nominees. The non-traditional story form is broken down into three segments. “Athlete on Athlete” is the a segment dedicated to what each nominee’s t

“Coach Speak” provides insight into the coaches’ evaluation of the players.

Then there’s “The Skinny.” This section contains the statistical information, personal accolades and general analysis of the athletes’ character and athletic prowess.

So sit back, enjoy the trip and join us in appreciating some of the most outstanding young people in the county.