Editor's note: These awards were based on the criteria of team success and individual success.

Male Athlete of the Year: Garrett Edwards, Pitkin

Garrett Edwards is just a sophomore, but his accomplishments, individually and as part of the Pitkin Tigers, made him one of the top athletes in Vernon Parish.

Edwards led Pitkin to the state Class B State Semifinals in baseball and basketball this season and was voted as First-Team All-State by the Louisiana Sports Writer's Association on the court.

Edwards averaged 25 points per game during the winter as the Tigers went 20-17.

On the diamond, Edwards had a 9-2 record on the mound with a .40 ERA and 76 strikeouts.

Female Athlete of the Year: Cheyenne Vander, Rosepine

When Cheyenne Vander got on the field, track or court, the level of competition automatically went up a level.

Vander's second home was at the state level, reaching the big show in cross country, basketball, track and softball in her senior season at Rosepine High School.

The Lady Eagles made a Cinderella run to the state semifinals as the No. 14 seed this year, led by Vander at the point guard position.

On the softball field, Vander was part of the senior-laden infield, which was one of the strengths on the squad, and took home First-Team All-District honors.

She pulled double-duty in the spring, also competing in track, and placed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles and sixth as part of the 4 x 400 meter relay.

Vander finished in 13th place at the state cross country meet in the fall with a time of 20:12.00.

Fall Male Athlete of the Year: Chris Vargas, Leesville

In his first full season as starting quarterback for the Wampus Cats, Leesville took big strides and entered the conversation of the best teams in Class 4A.

Quarterback Chris Vargas led the Wampus Cats to a 10-2 record, a district title and a second round appearance in the playoffs.

Vargas threw for 2,108 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for three touchdowns.

Vargas will attend Louisiana College in the fall where he will be back on the gridiron for the Tigers.

Fall Female Athlete of the Year: Jacey Merchant, Pitkin

Jacey Merchant placed in a higher position than any girl in Vernon Parish at the state cross country meet.

Merchant, a sophomore, recorded a time of 21:27.58 in the three-mile run at Northwestern State University to pick up ninth place.

The Lady Tigers finished fifth overall as team in Class B, aided by a low nine points from Merchant.

Winter Male Athlete of the Year: Garrett Edwards, Pitkin

Edwards' sophomore season was so good, the state had to take notice.

The young guard already has four years under his belt playing varsity and uses his size and athleticism to take advantage of match ups. He shoots over smaller defenders and can drive past big men who stepped out to guard him on the perimeter.

Edwards averaged 25 points a contest along with 10.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists, including scoring 52 points in a game against Lacassine this season.

Winter Female Athlete of the Year: Kerrigan Small, Leesville

In her lone season at Leesville, Kerrigan Small left a mark on the program.

Small averaged 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists per game and picked up Class 4A Second-Team All-State honors for the Lady Cats.

Small was known for driving past defenders then shooting over the top of them to create havoc for opposing players.

Small will continue her basketball career next year at Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City.

Spring Male Athlete of the Year: John Jett, Hornbeck

John Jett recorded more steps in a day at the state track meet than most people's Fitbits read in a month.

Jett took first place in the 1,600, 800, 3,200 meter runs last month at the Class B State Track Meet at LSU.

Jett won golds in the 3,200 with a time of 10:42.09, the 800 with a time of 2:02.92 and the 1,600 with a time of 4:39.00.

The Hornets finished the state meet in sixth place.

Spring Female Athlete of the Year: Haylee Brinlee, Rosepine

McNeese State bound Haylee Brinlee made outfielders take steps back toward the fence throughout the season.

The Rosepine senior recorded six home runs in her final season as a Lady Eagle as she earned First-Team All-District honors along with being the MVP of District 5.

Brinlee batted .500 and knocked in 25 runs to go along with a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Rosepine made it to the state semifinals, knocking off No. 2 Kinder in the quarterfinals, before falling to eventual state champion Doyle.