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The 68th Annual Ashley Dearing Award Winner - Trent Broadnax Benedictine

By Travis Jaudon/For the Prep Sports Report | May 5, 2021

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On Tuesday, the 68th Ashley Dearing Award was given to Benedictine senior Trent Broadnax. Given to the top three-sport male high school athlete in Savannah, the award is voted on by area athletic directors and local media members. In order to be considered, student-athletes must play football, basketball and a spring sport. 

Broadnax finished second in voting as a sophomore in 2019 to Memorial Day’s Winston Wright and second in 2020 as a junior behind teammate Gavin Stewart. This year, Broadnax finished on top.

“It feels good (to win) because the competitor in me wanted to win it the past two years, but Winston and Gavin both deserved to win,” Broadnax said in a text message to PSR. “it feels good to finally accomplish this goal.”

He is signed to play football at Duke after hauling in 66 receptions for 1,069 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior on the Cadets’ Class 4A Final 4 squad. On the basketball court, Broadnax posted per-game averages of 16.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He was a first-team Prep Sports Report All-Area selection.

In the spring, Broadnax elected to run track this year after playing baseball his first three years at BC. He won the GHSA state championship on the diamond as a true freshman outfielder under head coach Kevin Farmer in 2018. 

This year, his fastest times on the track have been 11.37 seconds in the 100 meters category and 22.90 seconds in the 200 meter event.

“I’m very grateful to win the award, just because I know the prestige and history of the award,” Broadnax said. “It’s just cool to finally be a part of the history.”

DEARING AWARD WINNERS

(Must play varsity football, basketball and a spring sport to be eligible)

2021 — Trent Broadnax, Benedictine

2020 — Gavin Stewart, Benedictine

2019 — Winston Wright, Memorial Day

2018 — Javonte Middleton, Jenkins

2017 — Calvin Turner, New Hampstead

2016 — Demetris Robertson, Savannah Christian

2015 — Brad Stewart, Benedictine

2014 — Brad Stewart, Benedictine

2013 — Paris Baker, Jenkins

2012 — Johnathon Chamblee, Savannah Christian

2011 — Dom DeMasi, Calvary Day

2010 — Dom DeMasi, Calvary Day

2009 — Jesse Morrell, Bethesda

2008 — John Moesch, Savannah Country Day

2007 — Scott Reed, Groves

2006 — Demarcus Dobbs, Calvary Day

2005 — Kellen Stanley, Savannah Christian

2004 — Sage Glasper, Groves

2003 — Joey Boaen, Savannah Country Day

2002 — Ben Patrick, Jenkins

2001 — Lamar Owens Jr., Benedictine

2000 — Danny McNamara, Benedictine

1999 — Rashad Chisholm, Savannah High

1998 — Kris Edge, Savannah Christian

1997 — Tommy McNamara, Benedictine

1996 — Terry Bryant, Johnson

1995 — Ronnie Rockett, Jenkins

1994 — Majiid Lanier, Beach

1993 — Bill Sparks, Savannah Country Day

1992 — Barry Kleinpeter, Calvary

1991 — Marcel Cooper, Groves

1990 — Lloyd Rowland, Savannah Christian

1989 — Pee Wee Kelley, Savannah Christian

1988 — Keith Jones, Savannah High

1987 — Corey Ladson, Tompkins

1986 — Lee Lane, Calvary Day

1985 — Peter Brennan, Benedictine

1984 — Earl Mason, Groves

1983 — Paul Jurgensen, Benedictine

1982 — Robbie White, Savannah Christian

1981 — Greg Amick, Savannah Country Day

1980 — Larry Brobst, Savannah Christian

1979 — Lamar Owens, Tompkins

1978 — Randy Lanier, Benedictine

1977 — Mark Grainger, Savannah Christian

1976 — Rufus Kelly, Savannah High

1975 — Ricky McBride, Groves

1974 — Shan Saunders, Savannah Country Day

1973 — Jo Jo White, Richard Arnold

1972 — Gene Dotson, Benedictine

1971 — Lawrence Maner, Benedictine

1970 — Bobby Reagan, Savannah Country Day

1969 — David Sasser, Groves

1968 — Joby Wright, Johnson

1967 — Julian Smiley, Savannah High

1966 — Peter Schmidt, Savannah Country Day

1965 — Roger Grove, Groves

1964 — Danny Sims, Savannah High

1963 — Dewey Warren, Jenkins

1962 — Tommy Brennan, Benedictine

1961 — Larry Patterson, Benedictine

1960 — Terry Tyler, Savannah High

1959 — Ronnie Braddock, Benedictine

1958 — Jimmy Miller, Savannah High

1957 — Tom Brown, Benedictine

1956 — Carlos Mobley, Savannah High

1955 — Charlie Moore, Benedictine

1954 — Elmer Lott, Savannah High

Follow Travis on Twitter and Instagram @JaudonSports and contact him at travisLjaudon@gmail.com.

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