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White’s stats grow brightest at BHS banquet

Tony White Jr. had an award-filled high school hoop career capped off with a bucketful of honors, and numerous school records noted, during the annual Bearden High School Basketball Banquet May 15 at Buddy’s Banquet Hall.

White, an All-state guard and Tennessee Class AAA “Mr. Basketball” finalist who led BHS to the state tourney as a senior in 2006, earned the “Pardue-Hopkins Award” as team MVP, averaging a team-leading 22.4 per game with 147 total assist.

White also won the “White-Stovall Award” for clutch play, broke the school’s all-time single-season free-throw conversion record (235, No. 2 all-time in a career with 483) and finished No. 5 on the Bulldogs’ all-time scoring list (1,706).

The District 4-AAA regular season and Region 2-AAA tourney MVP as a senior, the 5-foot-11, 133 pound guard is also remembered for making a school-record 27 free-throws and 51 points in a home victory versus archrival Farragut this past season.

Finishing No. 3 all-time in free throw percentage (80.6) No. 5 in three-point baskets made (103) and No. 4 in assists (346), White also had four games during his career making at least 10 free throws without a miss.

Other boys’ team awards went to senior guard Rande Sibley, (Sharpshooter Award), who finished as Bearden’s all-time leading scorer in three-point baskets (221). Sibley also finished tied for second all-time in career free throw percentage at 81.3 percent.

Senior guard B.J. Ware earned the “Clemmons-Poindexter Award” as the Bulldogs’ top defensive player, as the Second Team All-East Tennessee honoree ended his BHS career with 205 steals.

Senior guard Kalin Garner earned the “Jared Karnes-Alex Oliver Award” for what head coach Mark Blevins labels, “tremendous leadership.”

Thomas Wiley, a senior post, took home the “Metz-Atkinson Award” for “hard-working, team-oriented” play.

Senior post Jonathan Blue won the “Senior Award,” while senior post Nate Noll earned the “Fan of the Year Award” for his emotional support of the team. “He led the cheers,’ Blevins said.

Freshman Demonte Simpson, a 6-foot-7, 240 pound post, earned the “Barnes-Jerome Brown Award” for top post play, leading Bearden with 197 rebounds.

Blevins recognized BHS assistant coaches Mitch Carter and Jason Barnes with the “East Tennessee” and “KIL Coaching Staff” awards.

Beyond the team, Park Coffin was recognized for his “thirty-five years as clock operator ... dedication to B-H-S basketball,” with the “Quinn-McClunie Award.”


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