KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - With the spring seasons eliminated from competition, there is a handful of senior athletes that been on the fields of play since freshman year.
These photos are some of those athletes (MORE TO COME) that grinded each of the last four years for their shot at a varsity roster.
Look for more in upcoming Clay Today Sports Pages.
Aubry Brown, Ridgeview High outside hitter and blocker, has been part of the historic district title run under coach Destiny Brightman with four years of pushing the Lady Panthers to bigger and better finishes. As a freshman, Brown punched up 64 kills with 81 kills as a senior with 25 blocks.
Sam Bement, Clay High multiple swim talent, followed in brother Ben Bement’s footsteps with four strong seasons in the Blue Devil program with a region invite for both; Ben a junior, Sam a freshman (24th in 100 breast), followed by Sam finishing 23rd in Class 2A as a senior in the 200 individual medley.
Emily Loose, a Keystone Heights High stalwart for volleyball, finished her freshman year with 94 kills and her senior campaign with 165 kills and 29 blocks behind senior teammate Madison Hesketts’ team leading 275 kills.
Madison Heskett was Keystone Heights High Schools top hitter with 275 kills, 40 assists and 12 blocks as a senior after improving immensely from just one as a freshman.
Jaycie Brookshire, Oakleaf High softball, has been a power hitter for the Lady Knights’ batting lineup and a consistent first baseman capable of stretches for key outs. Brookshire annual batting averages over or near .300; fresh .500, soph .283. Junior .395, Senior .421 with a top RBI of 34 last year. Brookshire has five homers in her shortened four years; two in each of junior and senior seasons.
Robbie Jones, Fleming Island High swimming and track, came into his freshman year as fast swimmer and runner and got better each season. As a freshman, Jones saw the likes of Heinton, Hackett, Hutton and Neeley dominating the state scene while Jones finished with a region sixth place in the 50 free, a 14th in the 100 free and a Class 3A ticket as a senior in relay events. In track in 2019, Jones was one spot from a region ticket in the 110 Hurdles with teammate Glenn Rodgers the eventual Class 4A champion. Jones was two spots out in the 300 hurdles.
Keystone Heights High senior golfer Sloane Siebert has been a steady force on the young and quickly-advancing Lady Indians golf team that finally got her to the Class 1A championship tournament before she left.
Middleburg High footballer and trackster Laron Bryant has had his fast legs and uncanny ball carrying ability as a trump card for Bronco coach Karl Smeltzer. Bryant got in as an explosive kick returner as a freshman then was a main offensive weapon at wide receiver as a senior.
Ali Sarman is the Clay High Swiss Army Knife athlete with three sports under her belt in her four years; softball, weightlifting and basketball. As the wall behind home plate, Sarman was an indominant force behind the Blue Devils’ annual pitching power hurlers.
One of the best stories in Fleming Island High track and cross country was the steady rise of Will Livesay as a force for the Golden Eagle run squad. Livesay broke on to the top seven in cross country as a sophomore with a pedestrian 18:11.67, but kept his pace annually before finishing with a state meet ticket his junior year and a senior split of 16:54 in the region 1-4A race with a flu. Livesay’s junior state meet run was a 17:04 as Fleming Island’s top finisher; 63rd, in Class 4A.
In track, Livesay was not even on the Richter scale for 1600 with a freshman 5:18 that got dropped to a 4:41 in 2020. Livesay rose statewide to a 10:03 3200 at the 2019 Class 4A championships and a 9:46.68 in 2020.