Hunters Lane's Fletcher, Overton's Slagle win prestigious Moss-Oliver awards

Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 1:15am

Russell Slagle and Ikiya Fletcher were awarded Moss-Oliver awards Wednesday.

Ikiya Fletcher collected several firsts as the winner of the Moss-Oliver award on Wednesday.

The Hunters Lane senior not only became the first girl from her school to win the prestigious trophy but the first Metro public school female athlete to be named Moss-Oliver recipient in the 25-year history of the award.

“It’s a great honor to not only be the first from my school but the first public school recipient ever to win the award,’’ Fletcher said. “It’s special for the recognition it brings to our school. This is by far the greatest honor I’ve ever won.’’

Moss-Oliver awards are presented to a boy and girl basketball player from Davidson County on the basis of athletic ability, sportsmanship, academic achievement, school leadership and community involvement.

Overton basketball standout Russell Slagle won the boys award, as the Bobcats made a huge haul of honors this school year. Fellow senior Bryan Hartzell won both the Hume Award and Coutras Awards, following the football season.

Slagle was a three-year basketball starter, led his team in three-pointers and was selected co-captain his senior year. He was a member of the National Honor Society, scored a 30 on his ACT and was FCA president for four years.

“I didn’t ever think I’d be the winner, but it’s a wonderful honor,’’ Slagle said. “It’s special about Bryan, too. He’s an outstanding person. Awards like this really give our school some great notoriety."

The Moss-Oliver awards, sponsored by the Nashville City Civitan Club, were presented by Civitan treasurer Dale Denny on Wednesday afternoon at Swett’s Restaurant. Winners will receive a $500 scholarship award to the college of their choice.

It is named for J.E. Moss and William Henry Oliver, administrators in the 1950s and ‘60s, who became county and city school superintendents when Metro Government was formed in 1962.
Jahi Henley (1996) and brother Joshua Henley (last year) were Hunters Lane male recipients of the award, joining Fletcher.

“I feel so honored. The other finalists for the award were so deserving as well,’’ said Fletcher, who is also a standout volleyball, track and softball player.

She hopes to sign with Gardner-Webb for basketball. “I’d get into some area of spiritual counseling. I’d like to play two sports. Western Kentucky and Fisk are also possibilities,’’ she said.

In order, she listed volleyball, basketball, track and softball as her favorite sports.
Fletcher played basketball her freshman and senior year, along with volleyball and track all four years. She was captain of all three teams. She was student body president both her junior and senior years, made the honor roll all four years and is a Hancock scholar.

Slagle, asked what he planned later in life, said, “I’d like to raise a family in the Nashville area, that would be ideal, then maybe become an athletic director or something down the road.’’

He said he plans to attend Lipscomb University and continue playing basketball in the intramural area.

Other girls finalists:

• Holly Beth Jones, Davidson Academy: Five-year letterman in girls basketball, scored 1,174 points, region tournament MVP, 3.8 GPA, scored 24 on ACT, member of the national honor society, FCA member, member of Appalachian Relief and Operation Christmas Child clubs. Her father is former Brentwood Academy and Kentucky star QB Tim Jones. She has signed to play softball at UT-Martin.

• Madeleine Radcliff, CPA: Four-year basketball letterman, team co-captain, team chaplain, made three game-winning shots this season, 3.9 GPA, National Honor Society, FCA member, senior class vice president, basketball counselor. She plans to attend DePauw University (Ind.) to play Division III basketball.

Other boys finalists:

• Jahzeel Collado, Antioch: Four-year basketball letterman, 3.95 GPA, scored 22 on ACT, top 10 percent academically of senior class, student council officer. He plans to attend Lipscomb University.

• Hunter Miller, CPA: Four-year letterman, district MVP senior year, scored school record 2,032 career points, named most outstanding student athlete junior and senior years, FCA member, basketball camp counselor. He will sign with Florida Gulf Coast, a Division I Atlantic Sun school, today at 2:20 p.m.