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KERSHAW – Quadarius Fair, Bre Wright and Haley Faulkenberry earned a major part of the orange spotlight at the Andrew Jackson High School fall and winter sports awards night Saturday, March 16 in the AJ High cafeteria.
Fair, a standout in football and basketball, garnered his share of awards in both sports.
He was named the boys basketball MVP and also reaped the Best Offensive Award, and all-region hoops honors with teammate Avalon Truesdale.
Fair averaged 17 points and 7.1 rebounds for the Vols, who gained a Class AA Upper State playoff bid under coach Danny Wright.
In football, Fair was named the Vols Best Receiver with 67 catches for 989 yards and 22 touchdowns. The all-region honoree also was selected for the Best Defensive Back Award with 49 tackles, one tackle for loss, four interceptions and a fumble recovery for a TD.
Wright, the Region IV-AA Player of the Year for girls basketball, averaged 12.7 points per game and 8.8 rebounds.
She was a co-recipient of the AJ Coaches Award with Halle Thompson, showing courage and battling back from injuries in her Lady Vols’ hoops career.
She along with Dareisha Sowell were honored for scoring over 1,000 points in their careers.
Wright also earned all-region and all-state honors.
Faulkenberry earned her share of volleyball honors for the Lady Vols, who won the region title and finished as the Class AA Upper State runner-up.
Faulkenberry was named Class AA all-state and the Region IV-AA Player of the Year. She also won the Most Attack Kills Award.
The late coach Chad Faulkenberry, who died in the fall of 2011, was remembered during the event. Faulkenberry, who coached football, also had a dream to see the Vols begin a prep wrestling program.
AJ fielded its first varsity wrestling team during the 2012-13 mat season.
AJ wrestler Dalton Allen was presented the first Coach Chad Faulkenberry Award.
In football, Corley Fauleknberry was honored with the Coach Chad Faulkenberry Award.
AJ athletic director Scottie Phillips offered key words for parents and student-athletes.
“Push your kids’ grades,” Phillips said. “It’s important for them to keep their grades up.”
He added athletes can make strides from season to season with a solid commitment to the weight room.
“If we want to get the most from our athletes in every sport, our parents have to push our kids to be in the weight room,” Phillips said. “Our athletes should be in the weight room.”
He also encouraged parents to boost athletes through the AJ booster club.
“Come join and be active in the booster club,” Phillips said. “No matter what you do, it’s going to help our athletes and make a difference.”
Coach Chad Faulkenberry Award – Dalton Allen
Most Outstanding Wrestler Lower Weights – Armando Rivera
Most Outstanding Wrestler Upper Weights – Xzavier Woodard
Most Improved Wrestler – Antonio Truesdle
Best All Around – Micah Hayes
Coaches Award – Breanna Horne, Rebecca Hinson
Most Attack Kills – Haley Faulkenberry
Most Defensive Digs – Lauren Rowell
Most Block Kills – Darby Threatt
Coaches Leadership Award – Tori Roberts, Summer Truesdale
All-Region – Lauren Rowell, Darby Threatt, Hannah Cobb, Tori Roberts, Haley Faulkenberry
Region Player of the Year – Haley Faulkenberry
All-State – Haley Faulkenberry
Region Coach of the Year – John Verdugo
MVP – Quadarius Fair
Coaches Award – Wade Eubanks
Best All-Around Player – Avalon Truesdale
Defensive Player of the Year – Cameron McIsaac
Offensive Player of the Year – Quadarius Fair
All-Region – Avalon Truesdale, Quadarius Fair
Coaches Award – Bre Wright, Halle Thompson
Offensive Player of the Year – Elizabeth Scott
Defensive Player of the Year – Dareisha Sowell
Lady Vols Award – McKenzie Horton
Super Sub Award – Anslee McDow
All-Region – Bre Wright, Dareisha Sowell, Elizabeth Scott
Region Player of the Year – Bre Wright
All-State – Bre Wright
1000 Point Club – Bre Wright, Dareisha Sowell
Region Coach of the Year – Dennis Farmer
Best Receiver – Quadarius Fair
Best Offensive Lineman Award – Dustin Faulkenberry
Best Offensive Back Award – Kolby Whitley
Best Defensive Lineman Award – William Cunningham
Best Defensive Back – Quadarius Fair
Best Linebacker Award – Tray King
Coach Chad Faulkenberry Award – Corley Faulkenberry
All-Region – Kolby Whitley, Quadarius Fair, Corley Faulkenberry, Luke Kennington, Dustin Faulkenberry, William Cunningham, Tray King, Zach Hinson
Bronko Nagurski Student Athlete of the Year Award Finalist by the Charlotte Touchdown Club – Cody Ussery