Wyffels repeats; Michels, Danielson also Athletes of the Year

Drew Wyffels, Male Athlete of the Year, 2nd year
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The Mabel-Canton Athletes of the Year Awards usually go to just two athletes, one male and one female. For 2017-2018, Cougar athletics gave out three awards. While Drew Wyffels was the Male Athlete of the Year for the second straight year, there were two co-winners of the Female Athlete of the Year award, shared by Payton Danielson and Maddy Michels.

The Senior Scholar/Athletes of the Year awards went to Miranda Cox and Michael Selfness. Two $100 scholarships are awarded to the two senior student/athletes who have combined excellence, both in the classroom (minimum B average) and on the playing field, throughout their years at Mabel-Canton. Emphasis is placed on maximum participation in athletics, class rank and leadership.


Male Athlete of Year (2nd yr.)

The M-C junior is a four-sport athlete. With another year of eligibility remaining, he has already been all-conference an amazing eight times in his career. He was all-conference/all-district in four sports this year, including All-SEC for the third year in baseball and for the second time in basketball. He was an all-district football player for the second year. Wyffels was even All-SEC in his first year out for high school track. Not content with success on the field, he was also Academic All-Conference in all four of those sports.

He was the Most Valuable Player for all three teams that gave out the award. Wyffels was voted MVP in basketball for a third year and a second-time MVP in baseball as well as the Most Valuable Player in football.

The junior was also the Most Valuable Defensive Back on the football team for a second season. Wyffels was also voted the Team Player Award winner in basketball.

He was the Cougars’ starting quarterback for a third season, finishing with the best QB rating in the sub-district (115.7). He led Mabel-Canton defenders in both forced fumbles (three) and blocked punts (two).                            

For the second-straight basketball season, the junior point guard led Mabel-Canton in scoring (15.3 points per game), assists (7.3 apg), and steals (2.5 spg). It was also the third-straight season the ball handler led the team in assist-to-turnover ratio.

During the baseball season, he put in a lot of time on the mound, leading the team in innings pitched and strikeout-to-walk ratio, keeping the ball consistently in the strike zone. At the plate, he led M-C in almost every offensive category, including batting average (an amazing .605), RBIs (13), stolen bases (eight) and runs scored (13).

In his first year of track and field competition, Wyffels was the conference triple jump champion and ran on two conference championship relays. The two relay teams were also sub-section champions in their respective events.


co-Female Athlete of Year

The junior was also a letter winner in four sports — volleyball, basketball, softball and trap shooting. She was also All-Southeast Conference for the second year in both volleyball and softball. Michels was voted co-Hardest Worker Award winner in softball.

In volleyball, Michels was a middle hitter, who led the team in ace blocks (17) while finishing second on the team in total blocks (42) and serving percentage (94%). On the attack, she was third in kills with 185.

As a member of the Cougar softball team, she was the starting catcher. At the plate, Michels led M-C in extra-base hits (16) and being hit by pitch (three). She made consistent contact at the plate, winding up second on the team in batting average (.414) and hits (29) and was third in home runs (three).


co-Female Athlete of Year

As a sophomore, Danielson was a letter winner in three sports. She was voted an All-Southeast Conference player for the second year in basketball and received honorable mention all-conference honors in volleyball.

As a Cougar basketball player, she led M-C in almost every statistical category, including scoring (12.1 pg), rebounding (6.7 rpg), steals (4.5 spg), assists (2.5 apg), field goal percentage (39%) and three-point accuracy (28%).

During the volleyball season, Danielson contributed a lot at the service line and in the back row, leading M-C in service points (268) while finishing second in service aces (58), serving percentage (94%) and digs (244)

During another successful Cougar softball season this spring, the talented outfielder did some damage on the base paths - second on the team in stolen bases (12) and third in runs scored (24). 

Cox - senior Scholar/Athlete

Cox lettered in basketball for two years and in softball as a senior.

She was Academic All-State in basketball, denoting letter winners with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Cox was voted winner of the Team Player Award in softball and co-Best Teammate award winner in basketball. At the plate this spring, she batted .308 as a Cougar softball player.

Selfness -  senior Scholar/Athlete

The senior lettered 10 times during his four years at Mabel-Canton with four letters in both football and baseball along with two letters in basketball.

In addition to his in-game contributions, Selfness succeeded in the classroom. In all 10 of those seasons, he was Academic All-Conference with a 3.4 (A-) or higher GPA.

Unfortunately, most of his senior year was cut short by injury. However, he enjoyed a return to the baseball diamond, pitching and playing all over the infield. At the plate, he led M-C in being hit by pitch (five) and shared the team lead with the fewest strikeouts. His .276 batting average was the fourth-best on the team.