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Lancaster High School hailed star athletes at the Bruins' annual fall-winter sports awards night Thursday in the LHS auditorium.
Standouts in 11 varsity sports as well as top junior varsity and B-team performers were saluted. Coaches also presented letter plaques and participation certificates.
Senior quarterback Taniel Massey was named the Bruins' football Offensive MVP, while defensive lineman Tyler Canty earned the Defensive MVP.
Junior guard Michael Catoe was selected the boys basketball MVP, and senior Miteka Trueheart reaped the girls basketball MVP.
Junior state qualifier Dawan Thompson, an all-region pick in football, was named LHS's Most Outstanding Wrestler. Thompson is 30-8 on the season.
Senior Allison Cole, a cheer captain and all-region pick, was the Most Valuable Cheerleader. In cross country, Terry Thompson (boys) and Tyesha Elder (girls) earned the teams' Top Runner Awards. Senior Sharicka McIlwain reaped the Lady Bruins' volleyball MVP.
The Bruins' Most Outstanding Swimmer Awards went to Kelly Sullivan, 173.25 points, and Jena Aeschbacher, 168.25 points. Aeschbacher also swam the most yards for the season, 6,900 on the 13-4 team.
Callen Bethea and Haley Heath, who each posted a 12-2 mark for the 11-3 LHS girls tennis team, shared MVP honors.
Trueheart earned a host of honors for the basketball season after averaging 11.5 points and 5.7 rebounds a game. A McDonald's All-American nominee, she was named the Region III-AAAA Player of the Year and reaped Class AAAA all-state laurels. Trueheart has been selected to play in the Carolinas Select All-Star girls basketball game at Bobcats Arena in Charlotte on April 5.
LHS senior athlete Robert Fletcher, a football and basketball participant, was presented the Scotty Munn Memorial Award in football.
Munn's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Munn, attended. Fletcher, who earlier this month signed a football scholarship to play at Wingate University, also received the Munn Memorial Award as a sophomore.
Lancaster High School athletic director Mark Strickland honored a pair of retiring coaches- cheer coach Vicki Robinson and swim coach Midenna Anderson.
Anderson, in 10 seasons leading the LHS swim team, guided the Bruins to an 87-30 mark. Robinson is a 23-year coaching veteran, who has also coached basketball and tennis in her career. Robinson, as the LHS cheer coach, has molded the Bruins' squads into perennial state contenders.
Guest speaker Jim Howey, a NFL official and 1970 LHS graduate who played football, basketball and ran track, offered words of wisdom.
"Have a game plan and set reasonable goals," he said. "You can write them down, or keep them in your head. There are no easy steps for success. Set goals for academics, sports and life."
MVP- Miteka Trueheart
Coaches Award -Dimaya Jones
Defensive Award- Tenisha Howze
All-Region- Tenisha Howze, Miteka Trueheart
All-State- Miteka Trueheart
Region III-AAAA Player of the Year- Miteka Trueheart
Carolinas Select All-Star Game- Miteka Trueheart
Junior Varsity Most Improved Player- Shaquandra Waters
Junior Varsity Hustle Award- Tyesha Elder
Junior Varsity Coaches Award- Cherrell Cousar, Almesha Catoe
MVP- Michael Catoe
Most Improved Player- Mitchell Belk
Coaches Award- Casey Catoe
Junior Varsity MVP- Garrett Thompson
Junior Varsity Coaches Award- Zed Truesdale
Special Recognition- Andy Plyler
B-team MVP- Forrest Woodard
B-team Defensive Award- Lorenzo Scott
Coaches Award- Kendrick Gladden
Most Outstanding Wrestler- Dawan Thompson, 30-8
Coaches Award- Casey Truesdale, 28-8
Sportsmanship Award- Kendall Adams
Offensive MVP- Taniel Massey
Defensive MVP- Tyler Canty
Scotty Munn Memorial Award- Robert Fletcher
Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award- Shaun Boling, Jarmarcus Frazier
Most Outstanding Running Back- Eric Buchanan
Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman- Dawan Thompson
Most Outstanding Defensive Back- Brion Strothers
Coaches Award- Travis Smith
All-Region- Eric Buchanan, Tyler Canty, Taniel Massey, Dawan Thompson
Junior Varsity MVP- Matt Reese
Junior Varsity Offensive Hustle Award- Nehemiah Stewart
Junior Varsity Defensive Hustle Award- Devonte Massey
B-team MVP- Kendrick Gladden
B-team Offensive Award- Akeem Brown
B-team Defensive Award- Quintarius Robinson
Most Valuable Swimmer (boys)- Kelly Sullivan, 173.25 points
Most Valuable Swimmer (girls)- Jena Aeschbacher, 168.25 points
Boys Coaches Award- Ben Sherman
Girls Coaches Award- Samantha Ragsdale
Most Yards Swam- Dylan Crawford (boys), 6,600 yards; Jena Aeschbacher (girls), 6,900 yards
Community Service Project Distance Leaders Kaysia Grow, 7,750 yards; Breanna Poston, 7,000 yards; Alex Eliades, 8,750 yards; Dylan Crawford, 8,300 yards; Dylan King, 8,300 yards. LHS team swam over 104 miles and raised $4,362 for the Lancaster County Dream Team<
Most Valuable Players- Callen Bethea, 12-2; Haley Heath, 12-2
All-Region- Morgan Gardner
MVP - Allison Cole
Best All-Around- Camiya Massey
All-Region- Allison Cole, Jenna Horne, Camiya Massey, Sally Mobley
Junior Varsity Best All-Around Award- Kayla Clark
MVP- Sharicka McIlwain
Offensive Player- Tesha Tipton
Junior Varsity MVP- Faye McIntosh
Girls Top Runner- Tyesha Elder
Girls Most Improved Runner- Kelsey Carter
Boys Top Runner- Terry Thompson
Boys Most Improved Runner- Andrew Burn