Avery Athletics Close Year with Athletic Awards

On Tuesday, June 1, the Viking Athletic Department honored their student athletes for their performances during the year.  A number of athletes were honored for their All-Conference Efforts, as well as many other awards being given during the evening which was capped with the Male and Female Athletes of the Year.

The evening opened with each sport handing out individual awards to players, naming coaches awards and presenting each athlete with plaques and certificates to commemorate their efforts.

Following the individual sport awards, the school then honored the All-Conference athletes, and named the NCHSAA Academic team members.  They then took the time to honor five athletes and coaches who were honored by the Western Highlands Conference as coach or player of the year.  Dustin Clarke was named player of the year in men’s basketball and Mary Chesnut Smith was named player of the year for Women’s soccer.  Morgan Bounds and Mercedes Bentley were each honored as Goalkeeper of the Year in the WHC for men’s and women’s soccer respectively, and Bo Manis was awarded the Coach of the Year award in Men’s Basketball.

Men’s and Women’s soccer coach Tom Evaul was named Avery High Head Coach of the Year, and Susan Hawkins was awarded the Assistant of the Year.

The final Conference award of the evening came next, when Mary Chesnut Smith was again honored, this time as the WHC Female Athlete of the Year.

Avery then honored Elyse Perry and Luke Pittman with the Sportsmanship of the Year award, recognizing them for their outstanding leadership both on and off the floor.  Kyle Griewisch and Caroline Crenshaw were then awarded the Edward Jones Scholar Athlete of the Year awards, holding the highest GPA among the senior athletes.

Griewisch and Lauren Avery were then honored as the Male and Female Athletes of the Year for their accomplishments during the 2009-10 seasons.  To earn Athlete of the Year, the student had to compete in two Varsity sports and contribute to their team’s successes on the field of play.  Griewisch played soccer and ran track for the Vikings, leading the men’s soccer team into the playoffs and helping to lead the Viking track team before injury kept him out of regional competition.  Avery earned All-Conference in Tennis and Basketball, helping to lead the Lady Vikings into the playoffs in both.

During the evening, the coaching staff and athletes presented a plaque to Athletic Director Matthew Bentley in commemoration of his efforts as the AD at Avery High, with a number of his former wrestlers on hand to help present the award.  The award was presented by Hank Hardin, who coached Bentley during his time as an Avery wrestler, and spoke of the passing of the torch from coach to athlete, that is continued through the later coaching of others.

The evening was touching, with several great athletes being honored.  Congratulations to each of the night’s honorees, and thanks for the wonderful memories of this past year in Avery High Athletics.

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