By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Between the voting of The Millington Star office and online ballots, the 2021 Female and Male Athletes of the Year have been tallied up. For the first time since 2007, there was a tie for the girls’ award. Tipton-Rosemark Academy’s Brianna Hall and Munford’s Maiya Reed received 5 first place votes to become co-Female Athlete of the Year. Fourteen years ago Brighton’s Amber Gatewood and Munford’s Whitney Malone shared the honor. Reed has become the first person to win two Star Athlete of the Year awards.
For the boys, Tipton County product Gavin Haynes edged out Millington’s Milton Yarbrough for the 2021 honor.
This year The Star took the vote to the public through social media. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram represented one first-place vote for the nominees.
Facebook Winners: Milton Yarbrough (Male), Maiya Reed (Female)
Twitter Winners: Javaris Tolton (Male), Maiya Reed (Female)
Instagram Winners: TJ Graves (Male), Maiya Reed (Female)
FIRST PLACE VOTES:
Maiya Reed 5
Brianna Hall 5
Micaiah Halliburton 1
Ali Naumann 1
Gavin Haynes 5
Milton Yarbrough 4
Javaris Tolton 1
TJ Graves 1
Garrett Haley 1