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Scholar Athlete of the Year is a Tyner Ram

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Tyner's Solomon Bridgeman is honored as the Scholar Athlete of the Year. The award comes with a $5,000 scholarship. PHOTO:WTVC SPORTS

Each week during the regular season in high school football our Friday Night Rivals show has highlighted 20 outstanding student athletes.

On Tuesday night, along with Tennessee Valley and North Georgia Chevy Dealers, it's time to meet the grand prize winner.

Solomon Bridgeman is a big and strong young man.

Tuesday night, Bridgmean was on the court, giving all he has for Tyner in its game against Hixson.

He's been all state in basketball and a captain for his basketball and football team.

The young man also holds a 3.0 GPA as a dual enrollment student at Tyner and Mechatronics Academy at Volkswagen.

We caught him with a major surprise.

The CW Chattanooga's Dave Keylon did the honors, asking him to come to center court at halftime.

The scholar athlete of the year award was also a surprise to his teammates.

Keylon announced the presentation on the house microphone. "We want to present you with a five thousand dollar scholarship."

The crowd roared with applause.

That's right, a $5,000 scholarship.

He loved the moment he saw the check walked out by representatives of Tennessee Valley and North Georgia Chevy dealers.

Bridgeman described his first reaction, "I was glad, I was glad. My mom was on me, making sure I get my grades right, stay working hard, stuff like that, this goes to her too."

His mother, Kellie Bridgeman, has been a constant positive influence, "I have done that since he was in kindergarten. I'm always on him to get to work, And when he does it, he does it well."

Bridgeman played a lot of minutes tonight. That's not unusual, he is quite the athlete. Now this award means a lot to him because this summer he lost his father to a heart attack. "I thank my dad, he passed away back in June. I just go out every day, work hard for him."

Bridgeman's principal Gerald Harris praised his student's humility and attitude.

As for his college future, he's undecided.

Several schools are looking at him.

He would be a prize student athlete for any school.


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