Labette Bank Athlete of the Month: Taylor Watkins

Taylor Watkins of Columbus named Labette Bank Athlete of the Month. (photo: Carolyn Eddington)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Dec 5, 2014

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The Labette Bank Athlete of the Month chosen by Sports in Kansas for the month of November is Taylor Watkins of the Columbus High School Football Team

Watkins, a senior linebacker and fullback, helped the Titans (11-2) make their first ever state title game as they took second in 4A-II in 2014. 

Watkins had a huge month of November as he totaled 53 tackles over four games. Watkins had 17 tackles against Girard in the first round of the playoffs, 14 against Holton in the second round, seven against Santa Fe Trail in sub-state and 15 against Andale in the title game. He also added 203 rushing yards in the month of November.

Watkins finished the season with a team high 144 tackles for the Titans. He will be a favorite to be on many all-state lists that will come out over the next week. He also added five touchdowns rushing and 396 yards on the ground.

Watkins is also a state wrestling champion and will prepare to defend his title this winter. 

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Sports in Kansas: Kansas-Sports.Com (@sportsinkansas) and Labette Bank are in partnership to release an athlete of the month from the Southeast Kansas area once a month over the 2014-2015 school year. The athlete will be released and selected by @sportsinkansas with a feature on Kansas-Sports.Com. Nominations of athletes will be accepted during the last seven days of each month. 

Labette Bank features 11 branch locations across Southeast Kansas and is a proud supporter of athletics in the state of Kansas. Check them out online here

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Labette Bank Athlete of the Month Nomination Criteria

-Athlete (girl or boy) must play in the CNC, Pioneer, SEK, or TRL Leagues in Kansas.

-Selection will be based on the play of that athlete over the period of that month. All stats and info must be provided. 

-All nominations are accepted with selection process being handled and finalized only by @sportsinkansas. Coaches are encouraged to nominate their own athletes or athletes from opposing schools. 

-Nominations MUST be emailed. Please email chetkuplen@kansas-sports.com during the last seven days of the month to nominate your athlete!

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