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Willie Douglas

LAURINBURG — Ashlyn Dial and Willie Douglas were named Scotland High’s female and male Athletes of the Year at a banquet this week for Scotland County athletics.

Dial earned softball All-Conference honors as well as receiving the offensive MVP award. The defensive MVP award went to sophomore center fielder Macie Gibson.

Softball Head Coach Patrick Williams had more than one reason to celebrate as the event coincided with his birthday.

“This is the biggest birthday party I’ve ever had,” Williams said.

Wrestling Head Coach Rangel Moore announced Willis Benoit as the team’s MVP. Benoit and Zitemus Henderson were both celebrated for being named to All-Conference as well.

Janie Hodges, this seasons Southeastern Conference girls basketball Coach of the Year, handed out the awards to her team. Shanquaylia Stanton received the team’s MVP award. Stanton, along with Dial and Khasiya Sellers were recognized for being named All-Conference. Amaya Pegues was awarded Most Improved player for sophomore season.

Boys basketball had two All-Conference players be given center stage — Willie Douglas and Niem Ratliff. Douglas was awarded team MVP by Head Coach Matt Justin. Alexander Farmer grabbed the Most Improved award for the team.

Michael Way handed out awards to his boys’ golf team. Harrison Hartwell took home the MVP award. He and Travis Jackson were acknowledged for making All-Conference, while Will Floyd was named Most Improved.

Atondra Ellis gave out the awards for boys golf. Her team had no seniors and she said that she was glad to have them this year and will be happy to have them again next year. Nyjel Collins-Jackson and Sam Poage were the team’s co-MVPs.

Ryan Phillips earned the Most Improved Award for his freshman campaign.

Girls soccer’s first-year Head Coach Abbi Giaier passed out awards to her team. Megan Davis received the MVP award while Emma Gray Beachum and Kaitlin Lewis were applauded for making All-Conference.

“We have set a precedent and a solid foundation for next year.” Giaier said.

Makkena Burt took home the team MVP award for girls Track and Field.

Boys Track and Field Head Coach Keith Wood named Zamir White the MVP for the runners and Douglas the MVP for the field competitors. Douglas also made All-Conference. Tyler Smith picked up the honor of Most Improved.

The last team to present their awards for the evening was the baseball team. Head Coach Chad Hill had four players earn All-Conference accolades with Cross Holfert, Nicholas Charleson, Justin Bowers and Donta Green receiving the honors.

Charleson and Bowers were given offensive and defensive MVP awards, respectively. Holfert went home with the team MVP award.

Separate from the awards the coaches gave their team, 17 student-athletes were recognized for being named to All-Conference teams.

Willie Douglas Douglas

Cody Parker

For The Exchange

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