published Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Meigs' Woods Mr. Basketball finalist

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    Meigs County's Levi Woods plays in a game against Bledsoe County at Meigs County High School.
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TSSAA Miss Basketball finalists

Class A

Jaycee Coe, Jackson County

Cariona Hassell, Goodpasture

Mendy McNeese, North Greene

Class AA

Rachel Bell, Creek Wood

Allison Hodge, Grainger County

Abbey Sissom, Cannon County

Class AAA

Crystal Dangerfield, Blackman

Keiana Gilbert, Columbia Central

Alexa Middleton, Riverdale

Division II-A

Emily Lytle, Evangelical Christian School

Kaylan Pugh, St. Mary's

Micah Scheetz, Webb School of Knoxville

Division II-AA

Jasmine Cincore, Briarcrest

Kennesha Nichols, Ensworth

Kennedy Potts, Harpeth Hall

Mr. Basketball finalists

Class A

Desonta Bradford, Humboldt

Derrick Spears, Middle Tennessee Christian

Levi Woods, Meigs County

Class AA

Braxton Blackwell, Christ Presbyterian Academy

Jordon Varnado, Haywood

LeGerald Vick, Douglass

Class AAA

C.J. Anderson, Arlington

Leron Black, White Station

Daniel Norl, Kenwood

Division II-A

Clay Hertel, Donelson Christian Academy

Rob Marberry, Franklin Road Academy

Justin Wertner, St. George's

Division II-AA

Josh Bougher, Christian Brothers

Andrew Fleming, Ensworth

Slate Rider, Father Ryan

Levi Woods was just trying to help Meigs County win as many basketball games as he could. Making history never occurred to him, but that's just what happened Friday afternoon when he became the program's first state Mr. Basketball finalist.

"That means a whole lot to me because there have been some really good players here before me," Woods said. "I've just tried to play my best to make people around here proud. But I'm glad to be recognized for the hard work I've put in."

Versatile enough to have played every position from point guard to the post this season, Woods averages 20.4 points, 11.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.5 steals and a blocked shot per game for Meigs County. A natural shooting guard, the 6-foot-4 senior and four-year starter already hasa signed with Lee University.

He is joined by Humboldt's Desonta Bradford and Middle Tennessee Christian's Derrick Spears as the three finalists for the state's Class A Mr. Basketball award.

"I'm really happy for Levi because this is well deserved for a kid who has come to practice every day looking to get better," Meigs County coach Sammy Perkinson said. "It's obvious what he's meant to our program, and besides developing as a player, he's also become a really strong leader for us."

Woods has helped Meigs turn around from a 4-28 finish two years ago to stand 24-4 and undefeated in its district heading into the postseason.

The Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards will be presented before the championship game awards to the top players in each of the state's five classifications. The presentation of the Mr. Basketball Awards for Classes A, AA and AAA will be given during the championship awards for each class on March 15 at Middle Tennessee State University's Murphy Center in Murfreesboro.

Division I Miss Basketball awards will be announced on March 8, also at MTSU. Division II awards for boys and girls will be given March 1 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena.

Contact Stephen Hargis at shargis@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6293.

about Stephen Hargis...

Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 24 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including seven in 2013 and a combined 12 in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers ...

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