Central’s Wilds and Bolton make the ‘grade’ as S-As

By Steve Williams

Edie Wilds, an All-State player and team captain on the soccer team in 2023, is Central High’s female Student-Athlete of the Year.

Central Athletic Director Danny Sharp noted Wilds is a “great student” with a 4.43 grade point average (Top 10 percent of senior class) and a “tremendous ambassador” for the CHS athletic department.

She also made a 33 on the ACT.

On the pitch, Wilds earned All-District honors all four years and was All-Region three years.

Drew Bolton, a four-time qualifier for the region golf tournament, is Central’s male honoree. He was the President of the Student Body, voted Most Likely to Succeed by his peers and Who’s Who by the faculty.

Sharp also said Drew is a “great student” with a 4.49 GPA (third in his class) and “another great ambassador for the CHS athletic department.”

Bolton signed a golf scholarship with Tennessee Tech last November.

“I love this game,” he said.

“It’s great to get to play another four years.”

During his four seasons playing for the Bobcats, he shaved 17 strokes off his scoring average.


Dyer and Phillips are S-D honorees

Senior Ka’Shauna Dyer, one of the state’s top sprinters, has been named South-Doyle’s female Student-Athlete of the Year.

Ka’Shauna anchored the section champion 4×100 and 4×200 relay and led these teams to state at Spring Fling where the 4×100 team looked to defend 2022 and 2023 state titles. She also qualified in the 200 dash with a new school record and both relays were school records as well.

At state, South-Doyle’s 4×100 relay finished fourth and its 4×200 relay placed third. Dyer placed sixth in the 200.

In academics, Dyer has a 4.2 GPA.

South-Doyle’s male honoree, senior Rolondo Phillips, excelled in track and field as well as football.

He led off the Cherokees’ section runners-up and state qualifying 4×400 relay team, which competed for a state title in Murfreesboro and came in fifth place.

Phillips, a wide receiver and outside linebacker, was All-Region in football. He also was honored as a Careacter Star Athlete.