Player of the Year
Perhaps the most surprising thing about Lanter’s 2011 season is that she played the early portion of it on one leg after an injury during club season. The knee injury eventually got better, and with that returned the speed and leg power that made her such a threat in seasons past. After the slow start, Lanter finished with 32 goals and five assists and helped the Lady Trojans to the Class AAA state semifinals, where they were humbled by eventual state champion Franklin, who was ranked No. 2 in the final fall ESPN poll.
Coach of the Year
Weekley’s Lady Red Raiders claimed their second consecutive Division II-AA state championship this past fall, defeating St. Agnes for the second straight season in the final. Under the 16th-year coach’s direction, Baylor finished with a 19-1 record and a No. 3 national ranking in the final fall ESPN poll. Six of his eight seniors signed NCAA Division I scholarships and finished 53-2-3 over their final three seasons.
“We talked about repeating one or two times, but mainly we focused on the mentality of competing on a daily basis regardless of who the competition was,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for more out of the girls, not just in the season but in terms of how this senior class led throughout.”
Barnes finished with 27 goals and 15 assists for the Lady Bucs, who were Region 3-A/AA semifinalists.
Brackett, who will play for Wofford University, finished with 11 goals and six assists for the Division II-AA state champions.
Butler, a University of Arkansas signee, was the leader of a Baylor defense that had shutouts in their final 12 contests.
Carpenter paced the Lady General defense from her sweeper position.
Henry, a three-year starter, was solid in the back for the Class A/AA state semifinalists.
Phillips finished with a team-high 11 goals and eight assists for the Bruisers.
Pruitt finished with 15 shutouts for the Lady Chargers, who were Class A/AA state semifinalists.
Smith finished with 13 goals and nine assists for the Lady Hurricanes, who advanced to the A/AA sectional.
Thomas, a Samford University signee, finished with 18 goals and five assists for the Division II-AA state champions.
Thomas, a University of Tennessee signee, finished with 10 goals and eight assists for the Division II-AA state champions.
Wyatt, who will play for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, finished with 14 goals and 25 assists and was named to the Class AAA All-State team.
Becca Blevins Signal Mountain Junior Forward
Courtney Born Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe Senior Forward
Simone Busby GPS Senior Goalkeeper
Paige Elliott Baylor Senior Defender
Bayleigh Ellis Cleveland Junior Forward
Blair Harden Heritage Junior
Yinka Ladapo East Hamilton Sophomore Forward
Elizabeth Mouw Grace Academy Sophomore Forward
Kelly Pannell Baylor Senior Forward
Natalie Thedford Chattanooga Christian Senior Midfielder
Blair Barker Notre Dame Junior Midfielder
Grace Courter Notre Dame Senior Goalkeeper
Gaby Gurrola Notre Dame Senior Midfielder
Allyson Hale St. Andrew’s-Sewanee Senior Forward
Anna Hoffman Chattanooga Christian Senior Forward
Kendra Ivins East Hamilton Senior Goalkeeper
Kaitlyn Kennedy Ooltewah Senior Midfielder
Elizabeth Kidwell Notre Dame Senior Defender
Grace Stewart Baylor Sophomore Midfielder
Allie Sullivan Chattanooga Christian Junior Defender
Haley Ward McMinn County Junior Forward
Teams of the Year
-- 1. Baylor (19-1): The Lady Red Raiders won their second consecutive Division II-AA state championship and finished with a No. 3 national ranking.
-- 2. Soddy-Daisy (19-3-2): The Lady Trojans advanced to the Class AAA state semifinals, winning District 5 and Region 3 titles along the way.
-- Heritage (13-2): The Lady Generals finished second in Region 7-AAA and advanced to the Class AAA Elite Eight.