Callaway duo honored at awards ceremony
COLUMBUS – Callaway High’s Brittany Mitchell, who will walk across the stage to receive her high-school diploma next week, received a major honor last week during an awards ceremony in Columbus.
The Sportsvisions awards were presented during a ceremony at The Hilton Garden Inn, and Mitchell was one of the big winners.
There were 44 athletes representing 22 schools from Alabama and Georgia that were honored during the event which was for females only, and four of those athletes were selected to receive special awards.
Mitchell, a three-sport standout at Callaway High, was one of those four.
Mitchell was named the Peaceful River athlete of the year, an award that recognizes all-around excellence as an athlete and student.
Each of the schools had two athletes represented at the ceremony, and they each received an award recognizing everything they’ve achieved in high school.
Mitchell and Taylor Townsend were Callaway’s representatives.
Mitchell played softball, soccer and basketball during her time at Callaway, and she is headed to Columbus State to play softball after signing an athletic scholarship late last year.
Mitchell was a four-year starter in softball, and her senior season was one of her best.
She hit .355 with three home runs, nine doubles and 18 RBIs, and she got red-hot down the stretch and helped carry the team to the state tournament.
Mitchell produced offensively, and she also got it done defensively while playing catcher for the first time.
“She’s just an all-around good kid,” Callaway softball coach Ashley Summerlin said. “She works hard not only in softball, but she works hard in the class room. It’s finally paid off for her. She’s going to get an opportunity to play. There are a lot of people who play softball in high school that don’t get to play after that.”
After softball season ended, Mitchell played basketball for the first time in high school, and she was a reserve player for a team that reached the state tournament.
Mitchell didn’t play soccer her senior season, but she enjoyed three successful years playing that sport.
Townsend was a terrific tennis player at Callaway, and she was also a standout runner for the cross-country and track teams.
Last fall, Townsend helped Callaway’s cross country team finished third in the Region 5-AAA meet to qualify for state.
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