Spartans Run Away with 2017-2018 Sports Awards Honors

The Knoxville News Sentinel hosted its second annual Knox News Sports Awards, May 31, with more than 100 athletes in the East Tennessee area being recognized at what was called “the biggest night in high school sports.” Of the 33 awards presented at the event, seven were given to Webb School of Knoxville Spartan athletes, including both Boys and Girls Academic Awards and Team of the Year. In addition, Webb was well represented in the numerous categories recognized at last night’s ceremony.

• The five-time Division II-A state champion Lady Spartan volleyball team was named Knox News Sports Awards’ TEAM OF THE YEAR. With their fifth straight state championship this past season, Webb’s Lady Spartans became only the fourth program in state history to claim that distinction.

• Spartan boys’ cross-country and track & field sensation Carter Coughlin ’18 won 2017-2018 BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE YEAR honors. The three-time state cross-country champion and 2017-2018 Gatorade Tennessee Boys’ Cross Country Runner of the Year was also presented with the Knox News Sports Awards’ BOYS ACADEMIC AWARD.
 
• Four-year Lady Spartan swimmer Simone Digby earned the Knox News Sports Awards’ GIRLS ACADEMIC AWARD. An Academic All-American, Digby was named this year’s Webb Co-Salutatorian.

• Considered the most accomplished player in Webb School volleyball history, senior Nicklin Hames was selected Knox News Sports Awards’ VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR at last night’s ceremony. The University of Nebraska signee was honored this year as Gatorade Tennessee Volleyball Player of the Year.
 
• Senior midfielder and Tennessee Scholastic Lacrosse Association (TSLA) Division 2 All-State player Morgan Ernst garnered BOYS LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR kudos. The United States Military Academy-Army football commitment helped lead his Spartans to a return appearance at this year’s TSLA State Final Four.
 
• Sophomore tennis standout Harrison Williams won this year’s Knox News Sports Awards’ BOYS TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR title. Williams, along with teammate and fellow BOYS TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST Ohm Sharma ’19, helped lead the Spartans to back-to-back Division II-A state team titles this year. Harrison also finished runner-up in the 2018 DII-A state singles tournament.

An outstanding number of Webb Spartan athletes were named finalists for this year’s News Sentinel Knox News Sports Awards – a testament to the athletics program at Webb School. Below is a complete list of this year’s Spartan finalist honorees.

TEAM OF THE YEAR
Finalist
Webb Volleyball

CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Girls Finalist
Niki Narayani ’19

Boys Finalist
Carter Coughlin ’18

VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Finalists
Nicklin Hames ’18
Kayleigh Hames ’19

ACADEMIC AWARD
Girls Finalist
Simone Digby ’18

Boys Finalist
Carter Coughlin ’18

SWIMMER OF THE YEAR
Boys Finalist
Jack Hamilton ’19

LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Boys Finalists
Morgan Ernst ’18
Davis Delozier ’18

TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Girls Finalists
Lauren Yoon ’18
Carina Dagotto ’20

Boys Finalists
Harrison Williams ’20
Ohm Sharma ’19
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