Ravenwoods Jefferson wins Trophy House Player of the Year award
By Derby Jones, Publisher
Ravenwood wide receiver Van Jefferson was awarded the Trophy House Player of the Year. Presenting the award is Trophy House owner Matt Britton, Jefferson, Ravenwood Head Coach Will Hester and Gateway Tire GM Garth Bouldin.
Van Jefferson of Ravenwood High School was named the Trophy House Player of the Year. Jefferson, a junior wide receiver led the mid-state with 87 receptions for a total of 1251 yards and 14 touchdowns.
“He is deserving of this award,” said Ravenwood head coach Will Hester. “I think his numbers speak for themselves, he broke all our receiving records at Ravenwood and he is a phenomenal teammate.”
Jefferson’s performance on the field led Ravenwood to its’ best season since 2005 when they won the state championship. Ravenwood finished 10-2 and went all the way to the second round of the playoffs before losing a tough game to Blackman to end the season.
“A lot of things went our way this year, and Van was a big part of our success,” said Hester.
Jefferson was surprised with the award during halftime of Ravenwood vs. Summit girls’ basketball game Friday night. Jefferson, who is also a starting forward for the Ravenwood basketball team, was heading to the locker room to get ready for the boy’s game when he was asked to come to mid-court. “I had a feeling about this when they told me to stick around,” said a smiling Jefferson. “I just want to thank my coaches and teammates. The coaches coached me up and Avery (Jankowski) and the entire team played like champions,” said Jefferson.
Jefferson’s night only got better as later in the evening he scored a basket with 28 seconds left to give Ravenwood the lead and the win over Summit in district basketball play. Jefferson led the Raptors with 15 points.
“I love playing both sports,” said Jefferson earlier in the night after receiving the award.
“I love watching him play basketball also,” said Hester when asked if he worried about Jefferson playing two sports. “Our coaches believe in letting kids have the best high school experience they can and I think all our coaches in all sports do a great job.
So, I am more than happy to see Van excel in basketball as well. I am so happy for Van; he is an even better person than he is a player.”
Jefferson parents were also on hand to see the award presentation and the basketball games. “I am so proud of Van,” said a beaming mother Marla Jefferson. “He is a good kid, and as parents this type of award makes you very proud to see your work pay off.”
Jefferson’s father Shawn is the wide receiver coach for the Titans. “There are some nights I don’t get to see my father during the football season,” said Van. “But when we do we discuss recruiting.”
Ravenwood’s Van Jefferson (2) finished the season with 87 receptions for total of 1251 yards and 14 touchdowns leading the Raptors to the District 11-AAA title and a 10-2 record.
Posted on: 12/19/2013