South Point High School presented its fall sports awards on Wednesday, December 18th. Awards were presented for volleyball, cross country, women's golf, women's tennis, men's soccer and football. In the absence of South Point Athletic Director, Kent Hyde, the evening was presided over by Gary Ford, South Point High School principal.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
Emmanuel Paddyfote - Runner of the Year
Cooper Ray - Newcomer of the Year
LADIES CROSS COUNTRY
Makenna Pallozi - Runner of the Year & Southwestern 2A Conference Ladies Runner of the Year
Jordan Villemagne - Newcomer of the Year
Olivia Huffman - Most Improved
Kamryn Shipman - Most Valuable Golfer
MEN'S VARSITY SOCCER
Bryson Johnson - Sportsmanship Award
Eli Fermaglich - Best Defense
Jack O'Gorman - Most Improved
Novian Williams - MVP & Southwestern 2A Conference Defensive Player of the Year
MEN'S JV SOCCER
Connor Proud - Best Offense
Grayson Jordan - Best Defense
Holland Leonhardt - Coach's Award
Caroline Beaty - Most Improved
Brooke Cox - Leadership
Dezi Kauer - MVP
Hallie Walker - Coach's Award
Georgia Smith - Most Improved
Anna Dunbar - Co-MVP
Chloe Ratliff - Co-MVP
Ella Wanner - Most Improved
Sofia Mageau - Coach's Award
Holly Hackney - MVP
Devon King - Dr. Wade Breeland MVP - Initiated in 1948 at the old Belmont High School, this award is presented to the Most Valuable Player on the football team and is the school's oldest award. It is named in honor of the late Dr. Wade H. Breeland, a local dentist and long-time supporter of Belmont and South Point High School athletics.
Peyton Chaney - Dr. Eddie Lineberger Best Blocker - Awarded since 1964 to the best blocker on the football team. Originally named after long-time team physicians Dr. Sam Shaver and Dr. Lee Beatty, the award is now continued to be sponsored by local veterinarian, Dr. Eddie Lineberger, the starting center on the 1979 State 3A Championship team at South Point.
Omari Hunt - Belmont Drug Best Defense - Presented since 1967 to the best defender on the football team. Originally sponsored by the now-closed but popular Catawba Pharmacy in East Belmont, current owner Matthew Morgan of Belmont Drug Store has continued its sponsorship since 2003.
Will Rhinehart - Shelia M. Rollins Memorial Co-Most Versatile - Presented since 1973 to the most versatile player on the football team in honor of long-time Big Red Booster Club supporter Mrs. Sheila Rollins by the Rollins Insurance Agency.
Jacob Humphrey - Co-Wrather Johnson Sportsmanship Award
Xarique Culbreath - Co-Wrather Johnson Sportsmanship Award -Awarded since 1967, the football Sportsmanship Award is sponsored by long-time Big Red Booster Club supporters Yates and Marie Abernathy in memory of Coach Wrather Johnson. Mr. Johnson coached football, girls' basketball, and baseball at Belmont High School from 1946-1954 and later served as an elementary school principal. Mr. Yates Abernathy was the football team MVP in 1950.
Ben Lunsford - Bennie Cunningham Most Improved - Presented since 1984 to the most improved player on the football team in memory of Cramerton and Gaston County legend Coach Bennie Cunningham. The award is sponsored by Mr. Art Shoemaker in honor of his former coach who mentored and provided direction to hundreds of area youth as part of the Cramerton Recreation and the highly successful Little Orangemen Pop Warner football programs.
Jacob Patterson - Bobby Brown Unsung Hero - Awarded to a deserving football player, who may not be well known to others, but is known by his teammates and coaches as playing a significant role in the success of Red Raider teams. The award is inscribed with a poem written by the late Bobby Brown (Belmont High School 1957 alumnus and football player) titled "Unsung Hero".
Collin Owensby - Gerald Cortner Character, Leadership, and Scholarship -This award is given to a senior football player who has not only excelled on the field but in the classroom and has demonstrated outstanding character and leadership qualities. This award is given in memory of Mr. Gerald Cortner, the first principal of South Point High School and for whom the school's auditorium is named. Mr. Cortner was a long-time teacher, football coach, and administrator at the old Belmont High School prior to overseeing the consolidation/transition of the Belmont, Reid, and Cramerton High Schools into the one in which we gather tonight.
Hunter Mason - Coach Phil Tate "First Things First" Award - Initiated in 2017, this award is presented to a football player who places the needs of the team ahead of his own. Named in honor of Hall-of-Fame Coach Phil Tate, who has successfully taught and coached hundreds of student-athletes for over 50 years in football, baseball, basketball, and golf at South Point High School.
Hunter Hogue - Coach's Award
Cam Medlock - Lee's Lawn Service Scout Offense Award
Jaheim Huntley - Lee's Lawn Service Scout Defense Award
Xarique Culbreth - Best Defense
Hunter Hogue - Best Offense
Also recognized at the banquet were the student athletes named to Southwestern 2A fall sports All Conference teams.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
LADIES CROSS COUNTRY
Also recognized at the banquet were Southwestern 2A major award winners;
Patsy Adolph - Southwestern 2A Ladies Tennis Coach of the Year
Kody Kubbs - Southwestern 2A Ladies Cross Country Coach of the Year
Chris Beaty - Southwestern 2A Mens' Soccer Coach of the Year
Makenna Palozzi - Southwestern 2A Ladies Cross Country Runner of the Year
Novian Williams- Southwestern 2A Men's Soccer Defensive Player of the Year
Front Row - L-R - Dezi Kauer-MVP & All Conference; Caroline Beaty- Most Improved; Emily Koehler - All Conference
Back Row - L-R - Grace Nehring - All Conference; Holland Leonhardt - Coach's Award & All Conference; Brooke Cox - Leadership Award & All Conference; Anna Spurrier - All Conference; Mrs. Patsy Rudolph - Southwestern 2A Conference Coach of the Year
Front Row-L-R - Jaylen Orr - All Conference; Eli Fermaglich - Varsity Best Defense & All Conference; Grayson Jordan - JV Best Defense
Back Row-L-R - Adam King - All Conference; Ian Davis - All Conference; Novian Williams - Varsity MVP & Southwestern 2A Defensive Player of the Year.
Not Pictured - Bryson Johnson - Varsity Sportsmanship Award; Jack O'Gorman - Varsity Most Improved; Chris Beaty - Southwestern 2A Mens' Soccer Coach of the Year; Connor Proud, JV Best Offense Award
Front Row - L-R - Anna Dunbar - Varsity Co-MVP & All Conference; Ella Wanner - JV Most Improved; Sofia Mageau - JV Coach's Award
Back Row - L-R - Georgia Smith - Varsity Most Improved; Holly Hackney - JV MVP; Chloe Ratliff - Varsity Co-MVP & All Conference; Hallie Walker - Varsity Coach's Award
L-R - Kamryn Shipman - Most Valuable Golfer; Olivia Huffman - Most Improved Golfer
Front Row - L-R - Lavonte' McCorbin - JV Best Defense; Joshua Crowder- JV Best Offense
Second Row - L-R - Jacob Humphrey - Co-Wrather Johnson Sportsmanship Award; Ben Lunsford - Varsity Bennie Cunningham Most Improved; Devon King - Dr. Wade Breeland MVP & All Conference; Jaheim Huntley - Lee's Lawn Service Scout Defense Award; Cam Medlock - Lee's Lawn Service Scout Defense Award; Will Rhinehart - Shelia M. Rollins Memorial Most Versatile
Back Row - L-R - Collin Owensby - Gerald Cortner Character, Leadership, and Scholarship; Hunter Mason - Coach Phil Tate "First Things First" Award; Peyton Chaney - Dr. Eddie Lineberger Best Blocker; Jacob Patterson - Bobby Brown Unsung Hero Award & All Conference; Xarique Culbreth - Co-Wrather John Sportsmanship Award & All Conference
Not Pictured - Omari Hunt - Belmont Drug Best Defense & All Conference; Hunter Hogue - Coach's Award; Naseem Jones - All Conference
Front Row - L-R - Emme Lewandowski - All Conference; Jenna Feduniec - All Conference; Jordan Villemagne - Women's Newcomer of the Year & All Conference; Makenna Pallozzi - Women's Runner of the Year & Southwestern 2A Conference Runner of the Year
Back Row - L-R - Lilly Gregory - All Conference; Emmanuel Paddyfote - Men's Runner of the Year & All Conference; Cooper Ray - Men's Newcomer of the Year & All Conference; Coach Kody Kubbs - Ladies Southwetern 2A Conference Coach of the Year
Not Pictured - Drake Ballard - All Conference; Will Bowman - All Conference; Ridge Pate - All Conference; Justin Tolbert - All Conference