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Seniors Tyler Brown and Jacii Powell excelled in multiple sports at Magnolia during the past athletic season.

For their efforts, they were recognized as the 2017-18 Outstanding Male and Female Athletes of the Year during the annual MHS Sports Banquet Tuesday night.

“It feels awesome. I didn’t think I had a chance and I was shocked,” said Powell.

She encouraged younger student-athletes looking to participate in multiple sports and maintaining good grades to “put all you can into everything, but make time for everything.”

“Don’t ever think it’s too much, because you can achieve it if you really want to,” she added.

Brown echoed similar words.

“I am extremely excited and blessed to earn this honor. When you consider all the athletes we have here at Magnolia, it’s unbelievable to me to win it,” he said.

His advice to others was to push themselves to make room.

“Always remember that classroom and grades are first. Honestly, these awards don’t mean anything if you don’t have your grades,” said Brown.

In volleyball, Powell made all-conference, all-state, all-state tournament and was the team’s defensive most valuable player.

She was a four-year letterman in softball, again earning all-conference and all-state honors, as well as earning the team’s offensive and defensive MVP awards.

Brown was a two-year starter in football, earning all-conference and the defensive MVP honor.

In basketball, he earned all-conference and all-state honors, as well as receiving the offensive MVP award.

According to Magnolia Athletic Director Marvin Lindsey Jr., a student-athlete must participate in at least two or more sports to be considered for the honor.

“This award is selected by the coaches through secret ballot and their names will be engraved on two large plaques,” he said.

Hundreds of athletes, parents, school officials, sponsors and others gathered in the Panther Cafe’ for the annual event.

The 55 seniors recognized during the night were part of 10 conference titles and four state championships during their careers.

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