The area's top athletes and coaches were honored at the seventh TimesDaily Athlete of the Year banquet at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum. A near capacity crowd listened to professional angler and motivational speaker Clay Dyer deliver an inspirational message about overcoming hardships. Sara Puckett of Muscle Shoals and Colt Smith of Mars Hill were named the female and male athlete of the year, while the Rogers girls and Mars Hill boys were named the top programs.

— Gregg Dewalt

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