Olivia Jones helped the Riverdale girls basketball be the best in Tennessee.
Brent Stockstill took Siegel’s football team to a level it had never reached.
On Thursday, the two seniors were named The Daily News Journal’s 2013 athletes of the year.
Jones, a three-sport athlete at Riverdale, was a Miss Basketball finalist for the Lady Warriors. The District 7-AAA Player of the Year averaged 14.4 points with a team-high 9.0 rebounds and 3.9 steals. The Middle Tennessee State University signee is a three-year starter for Riverdale. She was the first player off the bench her freshman year.
This season she also was a middle hitter for the Riverdale volleyball team. And she is a four-year track athlete, who has reached the state meet in the past. She won the shot put this week in the L.D. Agee Rutherford County Track & Field Championships and was a member of two winning relays.
“Each sport is different,” Jones said. “One is an outside sport, one you do a lot of shooting and one you do a lot of jumping.
“I’ve stayed focus. Being a senior, you have a lot of things coming your way — senioritis. You just have to stay focused on your goal.”
Stockstill, a Cincinnati football signee, became the school’s first Mr. Football finalist this past season. As quarterback, Stockstill led Siegel to a 13-1 season. The school had its first undefeated regular season and won its first district title.
He completed 173-of-265 passes for 2,690 yards with 32 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He also ran for 653 yards on 108 carries and scored an additional 10 touchdowns. He completed 23-of-33 passes for a career-high 376 yards in a loss to Maryville in the Class 6A state semifinals. He did that despite tearing his ACL in his right knee the week before in a win over Riverdale.
“It’s not necessarily what he has done for the Siegel football program, but what he’s done for Siegel High School,” Siegel football coach Greg Wyant said. “There are so many things, like what he did against Maryville. Then, he comes back.
“Whatever it is, he’s got it. I don’t know how to put it in adjectives.”
But while many athletes’ senior years would end with that injury, Stockstill had surgery and begin rehabilitating his knee.
And Stockstill returned to the athletic field four months later to the baseball diamond. Stockstill enters the postseason hitting .394 and has even began throwing on the mound.
“It’s taken a lot of hard work,” Stockstill said. “I’ve been blessed with great people around me throughout the whole process. I just had to work hard every morning and have faith every day in the people helping me and myself that I was doing the right thing.”