Twice as Valuable: Grand-Lienard win district's MVP for second time; Junot, Cullins win superlative awards
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor
April 7, 2007 - The last time the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats made it to the playoffs, sophomore Gayle Grand-Lienard was selected as the top player in the district.
This year, the Lady Cats made it back to the playoffs, and guess who was named the District 16-4A Most Valuable Player - Grand-Lienard.
The senior striker who set a school record for goals in a season was voted for the second year as the district's MVP. As a freshman, she was the Newcomer of the Year and as a junior Grand-Lienard was a First Team All-District selection.
Joining her in winning All-District superlative awards were senior midfielder Devyn Cullins as Co-Defensive Player of the Year and freshman forward Karlie Junot as Newcomer of the Year.
First Team selections went to sophomore forward Bonnie Grafton, who had double-figure goals and assists, and sophomore defender Brittany Lamphere.
On the Second Team are senior midfielder Sarah Goldsmith, junior defender D'Kota Hutchings and senior keeper Kai'la Petty. Named Honorable Mention were junior Ana Sanchez, junior Amanda Stoutenberg, sophomore Shelbi Elkin and senior Erica Verner.
It was an impressive showing for the Lady Cats on the All-District team after they finished third in 16-4A.
Grand-Lienard, who has signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Texas Woman's University in Denton, was the offensive leader of the team, scoring a school record 32 goals to go with 16 assists. For her career, Grand-Lienard has 82 goals and 45 assists, both of which are believed to be school records.
Cullins was a two-time All-District player at Rowlett High School before moving to Sulphur Springs for her senior season and she continued that trend here. She was named Co-Defensive MVP along with Paris' Randi Mancuso.
Cullins had a fearless style of play at midfield, winning balls in the air and coming away with more than her share of 50/50 balls. She also had five assists.
Junot, who also transferred to Sulphur Springs this year, was voted the top freshman in the district. She scored 13 goals and added four assists at left forward.
Bonnie Grafton, a Second Team selection as a freshman, was the team's second-leading scorer and top assist-maker. She had 15 goals and 16 assists for the season.
Lamphere was the Lady Cats' other First Team selection. A forward last year as a freshman on JV, Lamphere was switched to sweeper this year, and she excelled on defense.
On the Second Team, Goldsmith was instrumental in getting balls to Grand-Lienard on offense while being able to get back down the line on defense. She finished with seven assists. Hutchings also played well defensively as the left back.
Other superlative awards went to Paris' Brooke Taylor and Mount Pleasant's Yuri Moreno as Co-Offensive MVPs, North Lamar's Erin McGregor as Midfield MVP, and Paris' Stephen Long as Coach of the Year.
Most Valuable Player - Gayle Grand-Lienard, SSHS
Co-Offensive MVP - Brooke Taylor, Paris; Yuri Moreno, Mount Pleasant
Midfield MVP - Erin McGregor, North Lamar
Co-Defensive MVP - Devyn Cullins, SSHS; Randi Mancuso, Paris
Newcomer of the Year - Karlie Junot, SSHS
Coach of the Year - Stephen Long, Paris
Offense - Ali Ryan, Paris; Rachel Edwards, North Lamar; Lili Fernandez, Mount Pleasant
Midfield - Darby Pierce, Paris; Bonnie Grafton, SSHS; Hilary Fowler, Texas High; Melissa Jacobson, Pleasant Grove
Defense - Christy McKinney, Paris; Callie Elliott, Mount Pleasant; Jamie McFatridge, North Lamar; Keeli Johnston, Texas High; Brittany Lamphere, SSHS
Keeper - Stephanie Clifford, Paris; Natasha Peel, North Lamar
Offense - Taren Taylor, Paris; Erica Hamilton, North Lamar; Amanda Bonds, Texas High
Midfield - Sarah Goldsmith, SSHS; Brianne Charbeneau, Paris; Devin Wright, North Lamar; Lucero Cruz, Mount Pleasant; Blake Scott, North Lamar
Defense - Sidney Cunningham, Paris; D'Kota Hutchings, SSHS; Brooke Terry, Texas High; Brittany Womack, North Lamar; Janie Tucker, Pleasant Grove
Keeper - Kai'la Petty, SSHS
SSHS - Ana Sanchez, offense; Amanda Stoutenberg, midfield; Shelbie Elkin, midfield; Erica Verner, defense