Jordan Ollis has the first championship of his head coaching career.
The former Polk County standout led Chadwick Academy to an undefeated season and the CIF Southern Section 8-Man Division I football championship, his Dolphins defeating Valley Christian Academy 33-14 in the final.
Chadwick finished 11-0 to claim the school’s first CIF Southern Section title since 1986.
Ollis’ brother, Austin, is as assistant coach on the team. Jordan Ollis also had an extra coaching hand throughout the playoffs from his father, Bruce, as the former Polk County head coach patrolled the sidelines with his son.
Chadwick had only one game this season decided by less than a touchdown, that its 23-21 win over Flintridge Prep in the regular-season finale.
Ollis has compiled a 25-6 record in three seasons at Chadwick.
MARS HILL: Sophomore Lindsey Jenkins ran to a 66th-place finish in the NCAA DII Southeast Regional Championship at the University of North Georgia’s cross country course in Oakwood, Ga.
That finish makes Jenkins eligible to be named an Academic All-American.
“The most impressive race today came from sophomore Lindsey Jenkins, who seemed to have unbreakable focus and determination over the entire race,” said Mars Hill head coach Carter Benge.
“This led to a huge breakthrough performance and a finish over 20 spots ahead of her pre-race ranking to complete the athletic requirements for nomination as an Academic All-American for the first time.”
Jenkins set a personal record at the South Atlantic Conference Championship, posting a time of 23:31.15 for the 6k race, earning her 50th place.
MONTREAT: Senior Caleb Potter ran the fastest 6K of his career in September at the Young Harris XC Opener, completing the course in a time of 19:24.8.
Potter also placed 23rd in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championships, taking 23rd in the 8K race with a time of 25:33.2.
The senior ran his final cross country race at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships in Vancouver, Wash., placing 170th with a time of 26:47.8.
Potter also earned recognition as a Daktronics Scholar-Athlete. To be considered, athletes must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
LENOIR-RHYNE: Olivia Overholt posted a personal-best 6K time of 23:05.5 to take 43rd at the South Atlantic Conference Championship.
Overholt also competed in the NCAA DII Southeast Regional Championship, finishing 85th with a time of 24:47.1.
Her best finish of the season came in the NCAA D2 SE Regional Preview in late September, where she finished 21st.
BELMONT-ABBEY: Sophomore Tori Thompson set a personal record at the Conference Carolinas Cross Country Championships.
Thompson completed the 6k course in a time of 27:18.4, finishing 57th overall.
Thompson also competed in the NCAA DII Southeast Regional Championship, finishing with a time of 27:18.4.
She had her best finish of the season in late September, coming home 18th in the 5k Yeti Invitational in Shelby.