Bridwell, Osborne named PHS Athletes of the Year

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Pampa High School seniors Tucker Bridwell and Georgie Osborne have been named Pampa High School’s Male and Female Athletes of the Year.

Pampa Independent School District Athletic Director Greg Poynor said the awards are given annually to students based on three degrees of criteria.

“We talk to every head coach and they can nominate any of their athletes,” Poynor said. “The criteria is they have to be a senior, play more than one sport and they have to be of good character.”

Included in the “good character” is the students’ academic performances.

“Usually the ones that receive these awards are not just great athletes,” Poynor said. “Tucker and Georgie have all of those intangibles you want, too. They are not only great players, but they make the team better. 

“We count grades as part of showing your character. You’re going to work hard and do what your teachers are asking. Making good grades is a part of that and both Tucker and Georgie did that.”

After players are nominated, the entire coaching staff votes on the winners.

“It’s a pretty neat process,” Poynor said. “It’s amazing to me that we have so many great candidates and that it’s as close as it always is.”

Bridwell, who won the Male Athlete of the Year, was a two-year starter for the Pampa Harvesters where he threw for 6,916 yards, 59 touchdowns and 21 interceptions (across both years). The Harvesters won a Bi-District Championship and Bridwell was also named the 4A Built Ford Tough Player of the Week for the Harvesters 52-25 win over Hereford.

He was also a part of the Pampa Hustlin’ Harvesters Regional Tournament Runner-Ups basketball team.

“He was tremendous for Pampa High School,” Poynor said. “He was a first-team All-District Player a couple of years in a row football-wise. He was a big part of our basketball team. 

“It goes beyond that, for me, with Tucker. He was a good leader. He was the type of kid who not only got up here in the summer, but he brought a bunch of teammates with him. 

“He was well-liked, well-respected, made good grades, great character, great leader, etc. He had all of the intangibles you look for besides being a good football/basketball player, too.”

Osborne, who played on the Lady Harvesters volleyball team and competed in track for PHS, was selected for the Female Athlete of the Year.

Osborne scored more than 1,000 points during her career with the volleyball team. Her 1,000th point came in sweep over Dalhart in October. The Lady Harvesters were co-District Champions, Bi-District Champions and Area Champions.

New Pampa volleyball head coach Kaylee Samulowitz said she is proud of Osborne and looks forward to seeing what she does at the next level.

“Georgie is an incredible athlete, teammate, and student,” Samulowitz said. 

“She worked so hard during her four years of high school and it paid off as she was very successful in volleyball and track. I’m so proud of how far she has come and I can’t wait to see all that she accomplished playing at the next level.”

Poynor added Osborne was a hard-worker and a great leader in her career in Pampa.

The Pampa News would like to congratulate these two outstanding athletes on a great career at Pampa High School.

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