All Arkansas Preps 2018-19 Athletes of the Year
Male Athlete of the Year
Camren Fischer – Senior / Fayetteville High School
Camren Fischer made Arkansas history when he became the four-time winner of the Gatorade Runner of the year — the most in state history. The highly motivated bulldog has not been defeated by an Arkansas runner for three years, was the first Arkansas runner to break 15 minutes in a 5K and the first to qualify for the Foot Locker National Cross Country Meet. Winning the Class 6A state cross country championship with a time of 16:19.90, Fischer was also outstanding in track and field, earning individual state titles in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter events. His time of 9:23.58 in the 3,200-meter race set a state record. He qualified for and ran in both the Nike and Foot Locker cross-country nationals two years in a row, won the Chile Pepper Cross Country meet twice and took second place at the Great American Distance Festival with a time of 14:50.
Female Athlete of the Year
Taylor Griffin Senior / Batesville High School
There is no off-season for Batesville High School senior Taylor Griffin. Track, volleyball, soccer, basketball – Griffin does it all. As a point guard, she averaged 20.63 points and six rebounds per game for the Lady Pioneers basketball team, which secured the Class 4A girls state basketball championship this year. Batesville’s volleyball team was runner-up at the Class 4A state championships. Griffin averaged 13 kills, eight digs and two aces per match. She also placed second in long jump at the state track and field meet, and she holds the school record for long jump with 17 feet, 2 inches.
Coach of the Year
Stan Fowler / Batesville Girls Basketball Coach
The morning after Batesville High School’s Lady Pioneers third basketball game of the season, their coach Stan Fowler woke up feeling dizzy. He asked his son, Payton, if he sounded strange. His 11th grader knew immediately his dad was having a stroke. The stroke affected Fowler’s stamina and his speech. So the Lady Pioneers stepped up and took charge. They knew that this time… their coach needed them. Despite their struggles, the team went on to win the 4A state championship – bringing Batesville its first girls’ basketball state title since 1992.