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Madyson Hendrix is kicking it up to the next level

From the left, front row, are: Jade Hendrix, Betty Thames, Madyson Hendrix and Kelly Brookins; and, back row, Belinda Hendrix, Jimmy Hendrix and Andrew College head coach Jon Hussak. From the left, front row, are: Jade Hendrix, Betty Thames, Madyson Hendrix and Kelly Brookins; and, back row, Belinda Hendrix, Jimmy Hendrix and Andrew College head coach Jon Hussak. Shelia Mader

Madyson Hendrix signed on the dotted line to continue her soccer playing days at Andrew College. She was surrounded by parents, friends, teammates, faculty and staff Tuesday afternoon in the Media Center of Marianna High School. 

Madyson has been a standout on the soccer field for four years at Marianna High School and played at Optimist Park before that. She played one year for the Dothan Shockers. 

When asked about her choice of Andrew College, Madyson was quick to answer, “It was a good fit, the best choice for me. It’s only an hour and forty minutes away, so I’m away but close to home. I liked the small atmosphere so I can concentrate on sports and my studying.”

Madyson had lots of people to extend a thank you to Tuesday, “I’d like to thank my parents and all the coaches I’ve had through the years, my grandma, and my other grandparents and Kelly (Brookins). Coach Labelle (Courtney) and Coach Johnson (Patti). I’d really like to thank Coach Castleberry (Jeremiah) for instilling good work ethics in me and Coach Nolen for all of his help to me at MHS.”

Hendrix has alternated positions on the soccer field between striker and midfield and anticipates anchoring down the midfield position at Andrew College. 

MHS principal Hunter Nolen was very proud of Hendrix, “Madyson has worked hard, it’s been a joy to watch her compete on the field and excel in the classroom and it is fantastic to see another Marianna High School athlete take their skills to the next level.”

Marianna High athletic director John Donaldson was equally as proud, “Madyson has been a very important piece to the puzzle in the development of the MHS girls’ soccer program. It’s great when you have an athlete who does as well in the classroom as they do on the field.  She is a testament to where the soccer program is headed. She has been a leader on the field for sure and we are so proud of her getting the opportunity to continue playing at the college level.”

Madyson’s high school coach, Courtney Labelle is a coach of few words but she said, “I have watched Maddy grow and mature as a soccer player.  She was a great leader and captain for our team. She had a major contribution to the MHS girls’ soccer program. It was an honor to see her grow and I can’t wait to see her play at the college level.”

Madyson is the daughter of Jimmy and Belinda Hendrix, granddaughter of Betty Thames, Carla Messer, and Jimmy Dean Hendrix, Sr.  She has one sibling, Jade who is in eighth grade at Marianna Middle School, and Kelly Brookins.

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