Eagles’ Cockrell wins state honor

COCKRELL

COCKRELL

By Gene Phelps

Daily Journal

For the second consecutive year, a Tupelo Christian Preparatory School student athlete has won the Wendy’s High School Heisman for the state of Mississippi.

TCPS senior Mary Cockrell was named the 2013 state winner for her success on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

“It’s really a big honor for my school,” said Cockrell, who competes in basketball, swimming and tennis for the Eagles. “I’ve played sports my whole life. I go from sport to sport working to get better.

“I enjoy being part of a team and helping encourage everybody.”

Postseason success

Cockrell recently qualified for and competed in the MHSAA Class I Swim Championships at Delta State University in Cleveland. She was a member of the 200-yard medley relay, swimming the backstroke. She also swam on the Lady Eagles’ 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle relay units.

All three units competed in the state finals.

In tennis, she qualified for last season’s Class 1A state tournament in Jackson in girls doubles.

She will now be considered to become a national finalist by the Wendy’s High School Heisman panel of judges.

Cockrell’s award now makes this back-to-back years that TCPS has had a state award winner. Last year, Evan Talton was the winner.

gene.phelps@journalinc.com