COVINGTON, Ga. — All-region accolades came to Alcovy soccer and baseball players Wednesday.
Between the girls and boys soccer teams and the baseball squad, seven Tigers were tabbed to All-Region 3-AAAAAA rosters, and boys soccer coach Brian Johnson was named Region Coach of the Year.
Johnson’s boys soccer team made great strides during the 2019 campaign, posting a 9-8 record and winning a pair of games against region powerhouses Heritage and Grovetown. It was a major turnaround from last year’s 3-14 mark and winless 0-10 region record.
In addition, senior striker Marley Stephenson was named an All-Region first team performer for the boys while Jordan Evans was given honorable mention status.
Stephenson was the leading goal scorer on a team that recorded its first winning season since the 2012 squad finished 6-5-1. A three-year starter, Stephenson had 21 goals and seven assists in 18 games, including two hat tricks this past season. He was voted Alcovy's defender of the year for the 2017 season and team's player of the year in 2019. He signed a scholarship offer to play soccer at Georgia State next year.
Evans, a second-year starting keeper, recorded 110 saves in 18 games and allowed just 47 goals for the year. That's coming off a 2018 season where he snagged 182 saves. Evans was voted Alcovy's 2018 defender of the year award and won the 2019 Heart of the Tiger honor.
On the girls side, senior Kaliya Eutsey, an Eckerd College signee, was named first team All-Region and Keyana Lipsey was selected honorable mention. The two were bright spots for a squad that finished 1-15 in a bit of a rebuilding season with a new coach. Both Eutsey and Stephenson also received nominations for Region 3-AAAAAA player of the year.
Johnson noted the importance of both Stephenson and Eutsey receiving such lofty consideration.
"Only five boys and five girls were nominated," Johnson said. "It's a big deal because you could not nominate your own players. That means another coach had to recognize your players talent enough to nominate them."
For baseball, sophomore Ryan Spikes was considered a first team selection after batting .486 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs — all team-leading numbers in arguably one of the toughest pitching regions in the state.
Junior Chandler Hicks and senior Caleb Griffeth were named to the honorable mention list. Both Hicks and Griffeth hit .256 and recorded 14 RBIs, tying sophomore Raquis Holmes for second on the team for RBIs.
Spikes also recorded a team-high 56 strikeouts in 36.1 innings of work.
Alcovy finished 8-20 overall and 1-14 in region play during coach Jimmy Hughes’ first season at the program’s helm.