Funk & O'Bannon earn honors at state sports banquet
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Jun 2, 2017, 18:18
Area players were honored recently at a state sports banquet hosted by the Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Jackson on Thursday, May 25th.
Volleyball player Emma Funk of OLA and baseball player Magruder O'Bannon of St. Stanislaus were both honored at the banquet.
Funk was named the Mississippi Volleyball Player of the Year by The Clarion-Ledger newspaper.
Funk helped lead OLA to a 33-7 overall record and their fifth consecutive Class I state championship and 11th title overall.
Funk led the state of Mississippi, regardless of classification, in kills with 748 along with 89 blocks and 34 aces.
She was named the All-South Mississippi Player of the Year and to the All-State team for the second consecutive year. She was also named to tue MaxPreps first team Small School All-American team for the second consecutive year.
Funk, an honor roll student and member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Mississippi in January.
Funk has received interest to play volleyball in college from the University of Texas-Tyler, Rhodes College, the University of South Alabama and Wofford College.
O'Bannon was one of three male student-athletes to receive the Entergy Mississippi Bright Future award. This award recognizes the full aspect of the student-athlete including excellence in the classroom, outstanding sportsmanship on the field and involvement in the community. O'Bannon graduated recently from SSC as #1 in the class of 2017 with a weighted 4.53 GPA. He was named All-Division 8-4A for two years, as well as, All-South Mississippi. O'Bannon was selected for the South Mississippi Futures game following his junior season and was selected for the Crossroads Diamond All-Star game his senior year.
SSC senior guidance counselor Erich Hoffer commented, "Magruder exemplifies everything we look for in a 'Man of Character' which is symbolic of this award."
O'Bannon, who has signed to play for Pearl River Community College, was also a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the school choir and student ministry program. The Clarion-Ledger Sports Awards recognizes the top performer in each sport along with the top male and female athlete, Coach of the Year and Team of the Year.