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Now that fall sports have come to a close, Greg Grantham, Coordinator of Athletics & Healthful Living, recognized the following high school athletes and coaches in their respective leagues for their achievements.


In the East Central 2A Conference, the following students were named Player of the Year in their respective sport:

Dixon's Maddie Brannon - Girls Tennis

Dixon's Lexi Vulkavic - Girls Cross Country 

Dixon's Casper Duel - Boys Cross Country

Dixon's Carter Phillips - Boys Soccer


In the Coastal 3A Conference, the following students were named Player of the Year in their respective sport:

Jacksonville's Kaitlyn Maready - Girls Golf

White Oak's Lane Dukes - Boys Cross Country

White Oak's Gabe Krueger - Boys Soccer

Swansboro's Jayden Davis - Girls Tennis

Swansboro's Markuise Hemby - Football

Richlands' Brooke Monssen – Volleyball


Additionally, the following Boys Soccer Players were named to the All State team by the NC Soccer Coaches Association:

Chris Brown (Dixon)

Carter Phillips (Dixon)

Michael Chin (Jacksonville)

Roman Edleman (Richlands)

Gabe Krueger (White Oak)

Kyle McGovern (Swansboro)


The East Central 2A Conference also named the following the Coach of the Year in their respective sport:

Northside's Mary Turner - Girls Tennis 

Dixon's Kevin Hicks - Boys Soccer


The Coastal 3A Conference also named the following the Coach of the Year in their respective sport:

Jacksonville's Dave Fleischer - Girls Tennis

Swansboro's Doug Kidd - Boys Soccer



Grantham added that the honors keep piling up for high school soccer coaches. Coach Doug Kidd was inducted into the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame Sat. Jan. 30th at the North Raleigh Hilton Hotel, and he and Coach Kevin Hicks joined the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association “Field of Honor” Sunday, Jan. 31st at the same location.

Also, Coach Hicks was recently selected to coach the North Carolina boys’ team in July in the annual Clash of the Carolinas All-Star Game in South Carolina.

Grantham was also pleased to announce that two Swansboro High School students, Avrie Mewbourn, a freshman, and Abigail Walker, a senior, were selected to serve on Special Olympics North Carolina Youth Activation Council (or YAC) for the 2015-16 school year. This is quite an honor since only 20 students from across the state were chosen for this opportunity.

YAC consists of youth leaders both with and without intellectual disabilities who represent Project UNIFY at the state, local and school level. This is a carefully selected group of youth leaders who will work throughout the year to educate, motivate and activate fellow youth to become agents of change in their communities and advocate for the respect, inclusion and acceptance of all people, regardless of abilities or disabilities. YAC members provide leadership to the Special Olympics movement by participating in the planning and implementation of major Special Olympic North Carolina events such as the annual Youth Summit, Summer Games and Leadership Conference.

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