Webb School of Knoxville
Webb School of Knoxville

Beall, Dewhirst Named Sports Awards Players of the Year for Boys’ Lacrosse, Tennis

Beall, Dewhirst Named Sports Awards Players of the Year for Boys’ Lacrosse, Tennis

Senior Spartan attacker Sam Beall and Webb sophomore tennis doubles champion Wilder Dewhirst have been named this year’s Knoxville High School Sports Awards (KHSSA) players of the year for boys’ lacrosse and tennis, respectively.

A nine-month athlete recognition program, this year’s KHSSA saluted high school student-athletes representing 24 sanctioned sports from 66 area schools. The event was broadcast virtually, June 28, and featured more than 20 professional athletes and coaches as hosts and award announcers, including Kevin Garnett, Chipper Jones, T.J. Watt, Katie Ledecky, Kerri Walsh Jennings, and Aaron Rodgers. The top three finalists and the athlete of the year for each sport were announced, as well as other premier awards for both on and off-field accomplishments of student-athletes, coaches and teams.

Knoxville High School Sports Awards boys’ lacrosse player of the year, Sam Beall ’21, is an All-Region selection. He led his Spartan lacrosse team this season with 27 goals and 13 assists. He also recorded 84 ground balls and won 63 percent of his faceoffs.

Dewhirst, KHSSA boys’ tennis player of the year, teamed up with Alex Juergens ’23 to win the boys’ doubles title at the 2021 TSSAA Division II-A State Tennis Doubles Championship. He also won No. 1 singles and doubles (with Juergens) to help lead his Spartans to a runner-up finish at the boys’ TSSAA DII-A State Team Championship.

Beall and Dewhirst were among the 10 Spartan student-athletes to be selected as nominees for this year’s KHSSA. Honorees were chosen through statistical analysis, game coverage and coach/athletic director feedback.

Webb School proudly congratulates Beall and Dewhirst on winning player of the year distinction, and salutes the following Spartan KHSSA nominees for 2020-2021:

GIRLS’ BOWLING
Alexia Leek ’22
• Qualified for the 2020 TSSAA Division II Girls’ Individual Bowling Championships
• Posted a season average of 132
• Ranked in the top six within Division II every week of regular season

BOYS’ GOLF
Reece Britt ’21
• Placed third at the 2020 TSSAA Boys’ Division II-A State Golf Championship
• Led his Spartan team to a bronze-medal finish at the 2020 DII-A state contest
• A Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State selection

LACROSSE
Hank Johnson ’23, Goalie
• All-Region selection
• Made 93 saves and posted a 63 percent save record

BOYS’ SOCCER
Preston Holmes ’22, Defender
• District defensive MVP and All-State selection
• Key contributor to Webb’s 2021 TSSAA Division II-A Boys’ Soccer State Championship title and perfect 20-0 season
• Instrumental in helping the Spartans allow just 11 goals in 20 games

Ben Pensky ’22, Forward
• Scored the game-winning penalty kick in the 2021 TSSAA Division II-A Boys’ Soccer State Championship final
• District and Region MVP
• First-Team All-State selection with 27 goals and 18 assists

BOYS’ TENNIS
Alex Juergens ’23
• Paired with Wilder Dewhirst ’23 to win the boys’ doubles title at the 2021 TSSAA Division II-A State Doubles Championship
• Won No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles (with Dewhirst) to help lead the Spartans to a runner-up finish at the DII-A State Team Championship

GIRLS’ TENNIS
Delaney Bone ’22
• Paired with Lili Roth ’21 to win the girls’ doubles title at the 2021 TSSAA Division II-A State Doubles Championship

Lili Roth ’21
• Paired with Delaney Bone ’22 to win the girls’ doubles title at the 2021 TSSAA Division II-A State Doubles Championship
• Won No. 1 singles in the DII-A state team semifinal.

The KHSSA program is part of the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards, the largest high school sports recognition program in the country. Top student-athletes that are recognized at the regional level will have the chance to be recognized in the statewide show, scheduled for July 15, 2021, at 7 p.m. CST. In addition, athletes of the year recognized at the statewide level will be featured as honorees in the 25 sports included in the national awards show that will premiere on the USA TODAY Newswire and Sportswire streaming channels at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday, August 5, 2021.