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Faile leads AJ honorees

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By Robert Howey

KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School junior soccer player Jason Faile was quite active during the Volunteers’ stellar 19-2 season.Faile’s ace play this season was reflected in the Vols’ spring sports awards night in the AJ cafeteria on Monday.Faile, who scored 27 goals including six game winners, tallied his share of honors during the awards.He was named the AJ Athlete of Year in an award presented by the Kershaw News-Era and H&H Chevrolet.Faile, during the AJ soccer awards, earned Class AA all-state and all-region laurels. He also reaped the team’s Offensive Award as well as the Vols’ soccer MVP Award.The soccer team also presented the school the trophy from the Rose City Classic which was won by the Volunteers in a first-ever preseason boys soccer tournament at Lancaster Memorial Stadium in March. The Vols topped a field which included the four county schools.The winner keeps the trophy and hosts the tournament the following season.“This tournament has a traveling trophy, but we’re going to do all we can to keep it here at Andrew Jackson High School,” said AJ coach Randy Jordan.Two AJ athletes received special awards from the Greater New Hope Christian Association. AJ three-sport standout Justin Sellers and softball star Tristan Faile each received the Athletic Club Eagle Award MVP.Sellers plays football, basketball and baseball.Faile, an all-region and all-state pick in softball, was the 20-11 Lady Vols softball MVP and Offensive Award recipient.Following are the awards:GolfMVP – Jacob BaileyTrackMost Improved Awards – Robert Massey (field events), Tremaine Jackson (sprinter), Nick Ellis (field events), Megan Branham (distance)Rookie of the Year – Niko PerryAll-Region – Karmen Twitty, Chris Harris, Niko Perry, Rashawn Miller, McKenzie Stribling, Ritchie Hinson, Devin Nottingham, Ronald Hinson, David AnnanMVPs – Devin Nottingham (boys), McKenzie Stribling (girls), Karmen Twitty (overall)BaseballOffensive MVP – Greg Cook, .397Defensive MVP – Daniel PardueAll-Region – Greg Cook, Daniel PardueSoftballMVP – Tristan FaileCo-Defensive Award – Chelsea Vincent, Caroline PhillipsCoaches Award – Chelsea HoldenMost Improved Player – Natalie DoveOffensive Award – Tristan FaileAll-Region – Tessa Faile, Lauren Kirk, Casey Hammond, Karyn Truesdale, Tristan FaileNorth-South All-Star – Tessa Faile, Caroline PhillipsAll-State – Tristan FaileBoys SoccerMVP – Jason Faile, 27 goalsAll-State – Cory Gardner, Jason FaileAll-Region – Jason Faile, Cory Gardner, Jonathan Haile, Tyler Stroud, O’Marr TruesdaleMost Improved Player Award – Kevin HunterCoaches Award – Raheem HughesRookie of the Year – Oliver WallOffensive Player of the Year – Jason FaileCo-Defensive Player of the Year – Jonathan Haile, Cory GardnerRandy Catoe Memorial Award – O’Marr TruesdaleJustin Rogers Memorial Hustle Award – Daniel WrightGirls SoccerMVP – Sydney HinsonBest Performer – Jaime Leigh JohnsonBest Midfielder – Rebecca JohnsonBest Defender – Rachael DippelBest New Player – Ashleigh AielloMost Improved Player – Ashley BeaversCoaches Award – Amanda Williams, Sara ParkerGame Ball Award – Ashleigh Aiello