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Castles receives top award at Carolina Academy athletic banquet

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Lake City – The Carolina Academy athletic family held its annual end-of-the year athletic awards banquet on May 22nd at the school’s gymnasium.

The banquet is designed to honor all of the competing athletes from the recent school year but also hands out superlative awards in each sport.

The top honor presented each year is the Buddy Wallace Bobcat Award, which is presented to the senior athlete who best exemplifies a combination of academic and athletic success. This year’s honoree is Reagan Castles, who started in volleyball, basketball and softball. Castles earned all-state honors in volleyball and softball and was selected to play in the SCISA North-South all-star game in softball.

Castles was the most valuable player in volleyball and in softball, where she rated as one of the top pitchers in SCISA. She was named the best defensive player in basketball.

In fall sports, members of the football program received individual honors. Brad Tucker was the team’s most valuable player and also was recognized as an all-region and all-state player. Bradley Floyd also was named all-state and all-region while collecting the team award as best offensive lineman.

Jeremiah Brunson was the best defensive lineman and earned all-region honors. Tyson Brand was all-region and was the best offensive back while Tyrese McCray was best defensive back and was all-region.

Mac Timmons received the Coach’s Award and Austin Brown received the rookie award. Shay Hall and McKenzie Amos also were named all-region with Hall claiming the team award for best all-around performer.

Peyton McCutcheon was the most valuable player on the junior varsity football team. Dyson Lamb was best offensive player and Gavin Filyaw was best defensive player. Daniel Cox received the Bobcat award.

In volleyball, Lydia DuRant was best offensive player and Emily Alexander was best defensive player. Harley Welch was best offensive player on the junior varsity team while Gracen Bradley was best defensive player. The jayvee team finished with a 13-6 record.

In varsity cheerleading, Katelyn Coker was most valuable and Katie Hurst received the Coach’s award. Most spirited in basketball was Margaret Matthews while Laura Kelly Cook was most spirited in football cheer.

Madison Franks was most valuable in junior varsity cheer and Paisley Hanna was most spirited. Havyn Gaymon earned the Coach’s award and Hailey Stanley was most improved.

The varsity tennis team finished 12-3 last fall and Grace Weaver was the team’s most valuable player as well as the region player of the year. Coach’s awards went to Elizabeth Askins and Margaret Matthews with both players earning all-region honors.

Mary Catherine Cameron was the most valuable player in junior varsity tennis while Esther Campbell was named most improved player.

In basketball, George Wilder was named most valuable player on the junior varsity boys team. Austin Brown was best offensive player and Wheeler Floyd was the most improved player.

Will Epps was the varsity team’s most valuable player and also was recognized for being selected to the all-region team. Matthew Joye was best offensive player and Will Matthews received the Coach’s award.

For the varsity girls team, Malery Ward was named Best all-around player. Ward was an all-region pick and was selected to play in both the SCISA North-South all-star game and the SCISA/GISA all-star game, which pits players from South Carolina and Georgia.

Lydia DuRant earned the top rebounder award and Madison Lee was most improved. Maggie Prosser earned the Coach’s award.

Grace Weaver and Vandi Timmons were the co-most valuable players in junior varsity girls basketball. Rachel Yarborough received the Coach’s award and Mary Catherine Cameron was named most improved.

On to the spring awards, Hank Reynolds was the most valuable player on the boys golf team while he and Matthew Lamb earned all-region honors. Emma Louise Hunt was the most improved player and was an all-region pick in girls golf during the fall.

In boys track, Derrick Smith was the top scorer this spring while Morris Brown was best all-around. Tyrese McCray was the top newcomer and Cody Sauls received the Coach’s award.

The top scorer in girls track was Elizabeth Askins and Malery Ward was best all-around. Ward also was all-region in the discus. Grace Weaver earned the Coach’s award and Madison Burgess was top newcomer.

In baseball, McKenzie Amos was the offensive player of the year and an all-region pick. Blaine McFadden earned the pitching award and Bradley Floyd received the Coach’s award. Floyd also was all-region.

Jackson Matthews was the player of the year in junior varsity baseball while Wheeler Floyd received the Leadership award. Bryton Tanner won the Batter Up award and Logan Miles earned the Throwing Heat award for pitching.

For varsity softball, Madison Lee was top offensive player and Harley Welch was top defensive player. Paxton Bish earned the Hustle award and Jaimee Epps earned the Coach’s award.

All of those, along with Castles, were all-region selections.

Haley Sims was best offensive player for the junior varsity team. Co-defensive players of the year were Gracen Bradley and Cassie McLean, while Sarah Beth Lynch received the Coach’s award.

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