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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
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
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
MVP – Bre Wright
All-Region – Bre Wright
Coaches Award – Dariesha Sowell
Most Improved Player – Shaquala Miller
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