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Williamsburg Academy hands out athletic superlatives for 2017-18


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Kingstree – With all the games played and the equipment put away until August, the athletic department at Williamsburg Academy took some time to honor the top athletic performers from the 2017-18 school year.

While state championships were not achieved this past year, there were some outstanding individual performances by athletes across the board. And many of the athletes were underclassmen, which gives hope for more successes in the coming year.

Each year, the school recognizes the top male and female senior athletes. The award is called the Stallion Award and goes to athletes who exemplify not only outstanding athletic ability but also excel in the areas of leadership and sportsmanship. The athlete must compete in a minimum of two varsity sports.

The male Stallion award recipient is John Addison Floyd, who lettered in four sports during his senior year. Floyd played baseball, football, basketball and ran on the track team, doing baseball and track simultaneously during the spring. Floyd will attend Coastal Carolina.

The female winner was Marti Easler, who lettered in three sports – volleyball, basketball and softball. She signed to play softball at Columbia College.

“There could not be two better choices for these awards,” athletic director Ken Kellahan said. “Both equally share the characteristics that we look for in our athletes. Their work ethic, attitude and selflessness. They are really good kids and certainly we are proud of them as graduates of our school.”

Another big award in the department is the Scholastic award, presented to a top student/athlete who combines academics with their athletic prowess. This year’s honoree was Madelyn Heathcott.

Each sport also recognized the top performers during their respective seasons.

In varsity football, Mack Ard was the team’s most valuable player while Chase Murray was the most improved player. Jesse Gaymon was best offensive player and Floyd was the best defensive player. Tyson Funderburk received the award for best lineman.

Cross country is a new and growing sport in the fall sports season. This year’s most valuable runner was Blakely Owens while Sarah Kinsley Kellahan received the Coach’s award.

Coach’s awards in varsity volleyball went to Madison Lamb, Madi Wadford and Madelyn Heathcott. Coach’s awards in junior varsity volleyball went to Nealy Lamb, Iva Grace Wilson and Lizzie Williamson.

Jeana Faye Reynolds was the most valuable player in girls tennis while Milli Brown received the Coach’s award. The junior varsity’s most valuable player was Sydney Anne Smith.

In varsity cheer, team leadership awards went to Reynolds, Claire Kellahan, Winston Jarrett and Mary Logan Brown. Madelyn Heathcott received the Becky Wolfe award.

Sarah Elizabeth Coker and Brooke Wall received leadership awards in junior varsity cheerleading.

In varsity girls basketball, Brandy Gause was named the team’s most valuable player, while Madi Wadford and Madison Lamb shared most improved honors. Marti Easler received the Hustle Award and Kinslee Wilson was named the team’s top defensive player.

Iva Grace Wilson was tabbed as the most valuable player on the junior varsity girls basketball team. Billie Patrick received the Coach’s award and Billie Easler was named top defensive player. Nealy Lamb was named the most improved player.

John Addison Floyd was the most valuable player on the varsity boys basketball team. Chase Murray received the team leadership award and EJ Muldrow earned the Hustle Award.

For junior varsity basketball, Ty Wadford was the most valuable player and Nic Brown was named best all-around. Billy Price earned the Coach’s award and Joe Kellahan garnered the Hustle award. Lee Holliday was named the team’s most improved player.

Into the spring sports, the junior varsity softball program handed out Coach’s awards to Nealy Lamb and Lizzie Williamson. Earning the same honor for the varsity team was Peyton Strickland while Madison Lamb was named most improved player.

Holden Erwin was named the most valuable player on the golf team while Austin Tisdale received the Coach’s award.

In varsity baseball, Colby Newton earned the Pitching Award and Joe Kellahan was the best offensive player. Paul Amman earned the Coach’s award.

The pitching award in junior varsity baseball went to Lee Holliday. Dawson Brown was top offensive player and Boyd Casselman was top defensive player.

For track and field, another relatively new sport at the school, awarded most outstanding runner honors were Floyd, Palmer Richburg and Skyler Graham. Blakely Owens received the Coach’s award and Charlie Easler was most improved.


© 2017 High School Sports Report

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