It was a tough year to be a high school senior athlete. The COVID-19 pandemic shut down some sports seasons early while others never got a chance to get their season started. But for five Bradwell Institute Tiger athletes, all their hard work still paid off after being offered sports scholarships in track and field and basketball.
Tiger track athletes Bryan Chase and Jaiden Williams signed with Brewton Parker College and Shamar Rose with Mississippi State University.
Lady Tiger basketball player Jada Brooks signed with Paine College and Ky'Leo Worriels signed with Itawamba Community College. The signings took place last week inside the Tigers’ gym in order to allow folks to social distance while still celebrate the athletes’ accomplishments.
According to Tiger track coach DeAndre Davis Rose was the 2019 state champion in the 100- and 200-meter run. Rose didn’t get the opportunity to defend his state title this year after all high school extracurricular activities were cancelled.
“Shamar is the All-Time record holder at Bradwell Institute in the 100 and 200,” Davis said. “He is also a part of the 4 x100 team that has the second fastest time in Bradwell history.”
The coach said last year Rose only lost one of over 20 races he competed.
“He was first team All-Region and Savannah Morning News Track Athlete of the Year.”
Williams’ legacy at Bradwell is being the second-best pole vaulter in the history of BI, Davis said.
“He was on his way to break major records this year in the Long Jump and Pole Vault,” Davis added. “
Davis said at one-point Chase never considered going to college. But he worked hard and listened to his mentors and coaching staff improving his speed and overall athleticism.
“This young man was a leader on and off the track. He would run anything you asked him to run. His times really improved in the 400. He was a part of the 4x400 team that had a chance to place at state this year,” Davis said.
Coach Davis also acknowledged another track athlete, Dewayne Bell who will be enlisting into the United States Army.
“All of the seniors will be truly missed,” Davis said. “This group finished second in the State Championship last year. The team loss by five points. It put a bitter taste in their mouths. The team really had a chance again this year.”
While they didn’t get a chance to compete at state this year Davis said their achievements will not be forgotten.
Brooks, a standout shooting and point Guard for the Lady Tigers’ basketball team played on the varsity squad since her freshman year at BI. She played 1,555 career minutes scoring 1,192 career points, including 57 from the three-point range. She nabbed 295 total rebounds, had 212 assists and 155 steals in her BI career.
“I’ve always been a hard worker, but I didn’t have a scholarship or anything to show for it,” Brooks said. “I was waiting for my turn to come. So, I feel relieved to finally say that I got a scholarship and I’m going to college to play basketball.”
Worriels joined the Lady Tigers during her junior year at BI and was the team’s center. In her two years on the varsity squad she played in 54 games, for 1,018 minutes, scoring 432 points, nabbing 444 total rebounds, 64 steals and 51 blocks.“I wanted to show that I could achieve something in life,” Worriels said.
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