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Top athletes honored by St. John’s Christian Academy

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Moncks Corner – The St. John’s Christian Academy athletic department, led by athletic director Thomas Brittle, recently honored the top overall athletes at the school for the past year.

The event was designed to honor all of the hard-working athletes who put in the hours of work while also managing their studies. As is always the case, a few athletes stand out for their works on and off the field more than others.

At St. John’s Christian, the two most prestigious awards are presented each year to students who exemplify what it means to be a true student/athlete while, in some cases, overcoming adversity to excel on and off the field.

The Harvey-Bishop award  is given to an athlete who perseveres through adversity while maintaining a strong effort in the classroom and on the playing field. This year’s honoree is senior Chase Hughes. Hughes suffered a broken collarbone during his junior year and then suffered a torn ACL in his knee during the senior year of football (2017). He missed the remaining football season and also missed the basketball season.

This spring, though still unable to perform, Hughes joined the baseball team and chose to help the team by keeping statistics during games. Near the end of the season, coach Thomas Brittle was able to get him a few at bats as a reward.

The Debbie C. McWhorter award is given annually to the student/athlete who not only performs in athletics but also excels in the area of Christian service off the field. The 2017-18 honoree is Paytan Taylor, who was very active in the area of serving others in the school and in the community.

The school also honored its athletes of the year. Mikey Smith, who played football, basketball and baseball, is the Male athlete of the year. Claire Gilmore, who excelled in volleyball, basketball and softball, is the Female athlete of the year.

Timothy Ferguson earned the award of male scholar/athlete of the year while Morgan Ellis received the female scholar/athlete award.

In baseball, Blaise Poston was the most valuable player. Evan Mizzell was the offensive player of the year and Smith was the defensive player of the year. Derek Shoemaker earned the Cavalier award.

For softball, Gilmore was the team’s most valuable player and Natalie Shuler received the Cavalier award. Casey Southard was the team’s offensive player of the year and Hannah Roberson was the defensive player of the year.

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