The undefeated NCHSAA 2A champion volleyball team of North Surry had coach Shane Slate named conference coach of the year and Kara Hodges player of the year. The Greyhounds placed Courtney Campbell, Hodges, Sara Parker, Summer Robertson and Nicole Rumplasch on the first team, and Morgan Bunker and Emily Culler were honorable mentions.
The Greyhounds finished a perfect 33-0.
Other local teams highlighting the all-conference team include:
East Surry: Keri Fulp, Tia Joyce and Kelsey Long were first teamers. Morgan Chilton and Hayley Shelton were honorable mentions.
Surry Central: Occupying the first team are Whitney Joyner and Alysha Shelton. Honorable mentions include Brittany Tolbert and Michaela Wall.
Mount Airy: The Granite Bears saw Skyler Davis and Lauren Smith make honorable mentions.
In Cross Country, 1A state champion and runner of the year Matus Kriska was a lock to represent Mount Airy in the boys division. For Surry Central, Jacob Fulk and Raul Lachino also made the cut. Their coach, Rex Mitchell, was the coach of the year.
The girls were represented by the Golden Eagles’ Allee Taylor and the Granite Bears’ Jordan Hiatt.
Returning from a hiatus of more than a year, East Surry’s Megan Shelton returned in style by claiming the NCHSAA 1A individual tennis title. She was named the conference player of the year and was joined on the first team by teammate Marcie Matthews; Mount Airy’s Ellie Case, Elizabeth Dinkins, Jordan Gwyn, Merry Kessler and Jordan Jackson; and Surry Central’s Tara Dockery. Case and Gwyn were state runners-up in doubles.
Honorable mentions included East’s Lauren Thompson; Mount Airy’s Jade Hughes and Alex Rigney; North Surry’s Chainey Kuykendall; and Surry Central’s Taylor Case. Granite Bears coach Scott Kniskern nabbed coach of the year honors.
Even with all that success, there could be more state titles to come.
The Surry Central soccer team plays in the 2A western regional semifinals tonight, so they could be ready to make a final push to close the season. The Golden Eagles dominated the all-conference team with Edwin Alonso, Joel Gonzalez, Bernardo Leandro, Leonel Perez, Jose Diaz and player of the year Jose Antonio Talavera making the cut. Honorable mentions for the Golden Eagles were Donnis Barrios and Ed Lira. Their coach, Blake Roth, was coach of the year.
Other local teams included:
East Surry: The Cardinals put Jonah Easter, Damian Padron and Jorge Salas on the first team. Jorge Padron and Jesse Smith were honorable mentions.
Mount Airy: The Granite Bears placed two players on each team. Jesus Carrion and Kendall Cawley were first teamers, while Andrew Belk and Chase Pilcher were honorable mentions.
North Surry: After missing a year of competition, the Greyhounds fielded a team again this past season. Carlos Lopez was all-conference and Valente Castillo and Rodolfo Monroy were honorable mentions.
Last but not least is football. With Mount Airy riding a 28-game win streak and in the midst of defending its state title, the Granite Bears were all over the first team. Here’s how the football team broke down:
Mount Airy: Justin Collier, Stephen Hart, Brooks Mayberry, Jordan Moore, Andy Temoney, Daryl Valentine and Luke Wheeler.
East Surry: Markus Brown, Hunter Diamont, Joe Reid Denny and Andrew Hunter.
Surry Central: Wade Dawson and Josh Stover.
Mount Airy: Collier, Ben Hinson, Mayberry, Josh Smith, Temoney, Valentine and Wheeler.
East Surry: Adam Garrell, Diamont, Hunter, Travis Lowry.
North Surry: Joston Phipps.
Surry Central: Jake Dellinger and Shane Johnson.
Mount Airy: Demetrius Rucker and Jordan Schwartz.
East Surry: James Gosnell and Jason White.
North Surry: Nik Morgan and Blake Shupe.
Surry Central: Alex and Dave Wilmoth.
The Granite Bears’ kicker Tyler Hull was specialist of the year. Defensive player of the year was Luke Wheeler and offensive player of the year was Hunter Diamont. Mount Airy coach Kelly Holder was dubbed coach of the year.