Pictured: Coach of the Year Alexis Heinz, Soccer Player of the Year Alyssa Neuberger and BCS President Mark Merrill
Briarcrest Christian School WINS BEST OF PREPS!
The Commercial Appeal's 46th Annual Best of the Preps Awards Banquet was held Friday June 5th at the Germantown Performing Arts Center and it proved to be a HUGE night for Briarcrest ! Briarcrest won the prestigious Best of Preps Team Championship in the Large Private School category for overall performance for the first time since 2003-04. Mark Merrill, president of Briarcrest, accepted the award on behalf of the school.
Several Saints were selected as finalists in various categories: Ruth Wiggins, Girls Cross Country, Megan Henry, Girls Soccer, Alyssa Neuberger, Girls Soccer, Callie Anderton, Volleyball, Megan Henry, Athlete of the Year, Ben Ellis, Athlete of the Year and Tim Zmudzinski, Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Alexis Heinz was named Girls Soccer Coach of the Year after leading Briarcrest to a school best 17-2-2 record and a state runner-up finish. She is only the second female to win the honor and the only soccer coach of the year who was a Best of Preps Finalist as a player in high school. She joins a select group of coaches including her husband, Steve, who won Baseball Coach of the Year in 2009, and her father in law, Jim Heinz, who won Baseball Coach of the Year in 1998 and Football Coach of the Year in 2000.
The biggest individual honor awarded to a Briarcrest athlete went to Alyssa Neuberger as Girls Soccer Player of the Year. The Dartmouth commitment scored 23 goals this past season to give her 55 for her stellar career. She becomes the fourth Briarcrest girls soccer player to win the prestigious award joining Amy Dodson (1986), Angela Kralis (1991) and Elisabeth Sullivan (2008).