As a result of the spring sports season being cut short, the Athletic Department of South Point High would like to recognize the seniors on the spring sports teams. So, over the next seven weeks, there will be a series of articles highlighting these seniors.

We are proud of the accomplishments of all senior student athletes both on and off the field, court, track and golf course.

The first of these stories is about the ladies soccer team seniors: Mary Walker, Abby (Pickle) Morgan, Abby Long, and Riley Racz. Head coach Kellie Patz tells us this. I have had the pleasure of knowing these young ladies since their freshmen year. They have been excellent role models for their team as well as their classmates. The team voted for each senior to be a captain this year. Anyone who comes to a game or practice would see how strong the team bond is between all of the ladies, and it is solely because of these four. It was an honor to be their coach for the past four years and to see how much they have grown into fantastic young ladies. The team will not be the same without them next year, and they will be greatly missed. Mary was not only a great teammate, but a high scorer and play developer for our team. Pickle gave 110% each time she stepped out onto the field and still would find ways to make everyone laugh during a practice or a game. Abby was a great choice for a captain this year because of her knowledge at different positions and her constant help with younger players. Riley, whether she was injured or not, would always know how to get her team hyped up during a game! Congratulations Mary, Pickle, Abby and Riley!!! Thank you for everything you have done to make this team a team. We love you and will miss you!

Team highlighted next week: Men's Golf

The second in our series of articles highlighting our spring sports seniors is about the two seniors on our men's golf team. Coach Josh Justice writes:

Brenden Bradshaw & Jared Lareau were the only two seniors on the Men's golf team this season. Both young men were great leaders for our younger guys. They loved to play and work on their game and always had a great energy and attitude going to practice or a match. At the point of the shutdown this season, Brenden was the team's number one golfer and Jared fluctuated between the number 2 and number 3 golfer, so the underclassmen will really have to work hard to fill their shoes. Both Brenden and Jared were very competitive in the Southwestern 2A conference and were able to score well to help our team. We were only able to play one conference match before the season was cut short, which resulted in a 3rd place finish out of 7 teams. Brenden and Jared played well that day and were shaving off strokes each week. This fall, Brenden will be attending Cape Fear Community College to study business administration and pre-law. Jared will be attending Central Piedmont Community College to further his education. He will be studying business. There is no doubt these two young men will be successful in the next chapters in life because of their work ethic, toughness, and positive personalities.

Team highlighted next week: Softball

The third in our series of articles highlighting the seniors on our spring sports teams is about the 2 seniors on our softball team: Lexy Henson and Abby Pearson.

Coach Leah Brooks writes: Lexy Henson has always been a tremendous versatile player. Any position I moved her to she would go to without hesitation. She was a leader that any of the girls could come to with questions. At every practice and game you would know that she left everything on the field. Lexy plans to continue her education at Appalachian State University in the fall.

Abby Pearson is the type of player that played hard for her team and was always a vocal leader. It didn't matter if we were losing or winning, she would always give the team positive feedback and always encouraged everyone to not give up, but keep working harder. Abby made sure if she wasn't doing something right, she would work harder to fix it.

Both of these seniors left a wonderful mark on our programs and led by example. They showed the under classmen what the true meaning of being s South Point High School softball player means. They will be greatly missed!!!!

Team highlighted next week: Men's tennis

This is the fourth in our series of articles highlighting our spring sports seniors. This article highlights the seniors on our South Point tennis team. Coach James Justice writes:

Tennis Seniors 

-Dharmin Patel: Dharmin was a three year starter for the Boys Tennis Team.  He excelled in both singles and doubles.  His hard work and dedication led to him earning the #1 spot in singles by his Senior year and a regional birth in Doubles last year as a Junior.  He might not have been the biggest in stature but he had one of the biggest hearts on the team. Dharmin was selected All-Conference his Junior year and will be attending NC State University this Fall. 

-Grayson Dunbar: Grayson played three years for South Point tennis.  When his Senior year rolled around, he was our #2 singles player. As a Junior he was in our top 6 and also made it to Regionals. Grayson made everybody around him better.  His competitive spirit was witnessed every match and every practice. He was one of the leaders on our team.  Grayson will be attending The University of South Carolina this Fall.

-Will Jurchak:  Will was a three starter for the Boys Tennis Team.  Each year he got better and better due to his work ethic and love for the game.  Will found ways to pester his opponents and beat guys that were probably more skilled.  He always went into a match expecting to win and very rarely was proven wrong.  Over the past three seasons Will accumulated more wins than anyone on the team and was an All-Conference Selection his Junior year and also Team MVP.  Will will attend Wofford College this Fall.

-Noah James:  Noah was a four year starter for the Boys Tennis Team.  He had a variety of shots that he used to attack his opponents.  He was a benchmark that other players on the team used to gauge their improvement as he also received their best game.  Noah was an All-Conference Selection his Junior year.  Noah will be attending The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the Fall.

-Tyler Miller:  Tyler was a part of the team for the past three seasons.  He knew his role and always brought energy to practice each and every day.  He always encouraged his teammates  and pushed them to succeed. He is a beast at the net.  By his senior year Tyler showed growth not only in his tennis game but also as a teammate and leader. Tyler will be attending Cape Fear Community College in the Fall. 

Ryan Proud: Ryan has been a part of the team for the past two seasons.  He worked really hard to improve from last year to this year.  Ryan was not going to beat himself, as he was very consistent.  Ryan probably had the best backhand on the team due to his commitment and perseverance.  Ryan will be attending NC State University in the Fall. 

Nate Natale: Nate was a member of the Tennis team each of the last two seasons.  Nate had raw natural ability and was easily coached.  His size and length made him a tough opponent for anybody.  Nate really excelled at doubles and worked hard everyday. Nate will be attending Appalachian State University in the Fall. 

Ridge Pate:  Ridge played on the Tennis team for two years at South Point.  Ridge had a killer first serve.  He worked hard everyday at practice and made our team better.  Ridge is still deciding between App State and UNCW to further his education this Fall. 


        Coach Justice and Coach Cox

Team highlighted next week: Men's tennis