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LHS honors spring stars

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By Robert Howey

Lancaster High School capped its 2007-08 sports year, saluting spring sports stars Tuesday night in the LHS auditorium.

Award recipients, letter winners and participation awards were presented in eight sports.

Several sports had dual winners, including baseball where senior outfielder-pitcher Nick Ferguson was named MVP and earned all-region honors.

Ferguson, headed to Spartanburg Methodist College to play baseball, was also presented the Friends of Lancaster Baseball Academic Award.

Softball standouts Cherrell Cousar and Courtney Cauthen each received a pair of awards. Cousar, the LHS third baseman, earned the Offensive Award and reaped all-region laurels.

Cauthen, the LHS ace hurler, was presented the Defensive MVP and an all-region award.

Region III-AAAA shot put champions Shaun Boling and Sha’Quandra Waters were busy during the track awards.

Boling, unbeaten in the shot during the regular-season and region meet, reaped the boys track Coaches Award, while Waters was tabbed as the Lady Bruins track Most Improved performer.

LHS ace keeper O’Neal Simpson led the boys’ soccer awards with the Bruins booters’ MVP and an all-region plaque.

In addition, retiring LHS baseball coach Steve Williams was honored for 26 years of work with the Bruins’ program. LHS principal Dr. Joe Keenan announced an education scholarship, which is to be awarded annually, will be established in Williams’ honor.

Guest speaker Dr. Ellen Rucker Carter, a former Bruins’ athlete as a cheerleader and track team member, offered key words of advice.

“Stay on task, stay focused and stay around positive people,” Rucker said. “Life is a balancing act, so learn to be consistent and persevere. If you make good choices and work hard, you will achieve your goals.”

Softball

Offensive Award – Cherrell Cousar

Defensive Award – Courtney Cauthen

Coaches Award – Angela Faile

All-Region – Cherrell Cousar, Courtney Cauthen, Candice Benson

Jayvee Best All-Around – Erin Walker

Jayvee Coaches Award – Pagen Glenn

Baseball

MVP – Nick Ferguson

Most Improved – Trevor Hammond

Coaches Award – Rico Robinson

All-Region – Evan Byrd, Michael Catoe, Nick Ferguson

Friends of Baseball Academic Award – Nick Ferguson

Jayvee MVP – Joseph Threatt

Jayvee Most Improved – Tevin Perry

Girls Track

High Point Award – Keiosha Robinson, 140 points

Coaches Award – Ashley Null

Most Improved Award – Sha’Quandra Waters

All-Region – Sha’Quandra Waters

Boys Track

MVP – Terry Thompson

High Point Award – Josh Page, 197 points

Coaches Award – Shaun Boling

All-Region – Shaun Boling

Boys Soccer

MVP – O’Neal Simpson

Iron Man – Kenny Workman

Coaches Award – Ethan Kramer

All-Region – O’Neal Simpson

Jayvee MVP – Bobby Dukes

Jayvee Coaches Award – Dillion Huggins

Girls Soccer

Offensive MVP – Amy Ghent

Defensive MVP – Sara Grace Bailey

Most Improved Player – Sydney Patterson

Jayvee MVP – Morgan Gardner

Jayvee Most Improved Player – Cayce Bethea

Tennis

MVP – Garbo Lo, John Michael Catalano

Most Improved Player – Logan Catoe

Golf

Low Stroke Average – Patrick Marshall, Will Riggins – 41.1 each