WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - Tuesday night in Wetumpka, the sharpest seniors in Elmore County were honored at the Joe Sewell Awards. The award honors those for their Christian leadership in athletics.
This year’s winners were Emma Grace Qiaowei Coyle from Tallassee High School and James Allen Singleton Jr. from Elmore County High School.
“To represent my family and my school and the Joe Sewell name, it just is incredible,” said Singleton. “He was a great man and it feels really good.”
“Don’t even have enough words to describe just how amazing it has been to be able to represent the family of Joe Sewell and to be able to represent my school and my community,” said Coyle.
Joe Sewell was a Major League Baseball shortstop and third baseman for the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees for 14 years. He hold the record for fewest career strikeouts. He won the 1920 World Series with the Indians and the 1932 World Series with the Bronx Bombers. He was born in Titus, Alabama, attended the University of Alabama and later returned to coach the school’s baseball team. Sewell was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977.
Former Alabama standout Siran Stacy served as this year’s guest speaker.