Vols honor spring stars

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AJ's Wright, Kennington top athletes

By The Staff




KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School senior athletes Bre Wright and Luke Kennington earned their share of recognition at the annual Volunteers’ spring sports awards on Saturday, May 25.

Two days later, it was obvious why.

Each garnered recognition as the AJ 2012-13 Athlete of the Year at the AJ Senior Awards Night on Monday, May 27. Kennington, headed to Erskine College to play soccer for the Flying Fleet, received the AJ Male Athlete of the Year.

Wright, a girls basketball and track star, is the 2012-13 Lady Vols Female Athlete of the Year.

At the spring awards, Wright received the girls track MVP and reaped all-region honors. She was the AJ girls hoops Coaches Award winner with Halle Thompson and earned Class AA all-state hardwood honors. She tallied over 1,000 career points and was the Region IV-AA Player of the Year and The Lancaster News Player of the Year for girls basketball.

Wright has signed to play basketball at Mackie Brown College in Kansas.

Kennington, an all-region pick in football, earned his share of soccer honors.

He was selected as the AJ Vols Best Offensive Player and reaped all-region honors and the Alvin R. Catoe Award for boys soccer.

AJ senior first baseman-pitcher Tripp Rollings received the Mr. Volunteer Baseball Player of the Year. He was also the Co-Region IV-AA Player of the Year, Class AA all-state and all-region. Rollings was 7-1, with a save, 1.01 earned run average and 108 strikeouts in 62 innings. He batted .453, with six homers, 19 RBIs and an .880 slugging average.

Thompson, who played basketball and softball, is the AJ Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, while wrestler Austin Parker earned the AJ Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Tori Roberts won the Female Sportsmanship Award and Seth Graves, the AJ baseball Most Valuable Student-Athlete, is the Male Sportsmanship Award winner.

In AJ soccer, Trevor Hammond was the team MVP and reaped all-state laurels. Haley Faulkenberry, in AJ softball, received the Best Offense Award, all-region and Class AA all-state honors.

Vols golfer Logan Sowell was the team MVP, all-region and Region IV-AA Golfer of the Year.

AJ Vols spring awards:


Mr. Volunteer Baseball (Player of the Year) – Tripp Rollings

Coaches Award – Daniel Faulkenberry

Most Valuable Student-Athlete – Seth Graves

Most Improved – Corley Faulkenberry

All-Region – Tripp Rollings, Seth Graves, Austin Wrape, Chandler Neal

Region IV-AA Co-Player of the Year – Tripp Rollings

Class AA All-State – Tripp Rollings


Best Offense Award – Haley Faulkenberry

Best Defense Award – Summer Truesdale

Coaches Award – Claire McManus

All-Region – Haley Faulkenberry, Kori Ballard, Summer Truesdale, Hannah Cobb

Class AA All-State – Haley Faulkenberry

North-South All-Star Game – Summer Truesdale

Region IV-AA Coach of the Year – Steve Middleton


MVP – Logan Sowell

Coaches Award – Tyler Bowers

Most Improved Player – Caleb Brown

Region IV-AA Player of the Year – Logan Sowell

All-Region – Logan Sowell

Region IV-AA Coach of the Year – Champ Williams

Boys Soccer

MVP – Trevor Hammond

Class AA All-State – Trevor Hammond

Best Offensive Player – Luke Kennington

Best Defensive Player – Matt Woods

Coaches Award – Josh Croxton

Rookie of the Year – Luke Sowell

Alvin R. Catoe Award – Luke Kennington

All-Region – Trevor Hammond, Luke Kennington, Matt Woods, Cody Ussery

Girls Soccer

Best Offensive Player – Rebecca Hinson

Best Defensive Player – Savanna Catoe

Coaches Award – Taylor Blackmon

Most Improved Player – Crystal Hayes

All-Region – Taylor Blackmon, Savanna Catoe, Cheyenne Blackmon, Rebecca Hinson

Girls Track

MVP – Bre Wright

All-Region – Bre Wright

Coaches Award – Dariesha Sowell

Most Improved Player – Shaquala Miller

Boys Track

MVP – Raheem Carter

Class AA All-State 400 meters – Raheem Carter

All-Region – Raheem Carter

Most Improved Player – Tilson Kirkland

Coaches Award – Quay Perry

Service Award – Coach Robert Lambert