Raiders, Eagles receive Northern Carolina postseason awards
Deon Smith and Maurice Howard of Southern Vance received the top Northern Carolina Conference postseason football awards for defensive players.
Smith is the league’s defensive back of the year and Howard is the defensive lineman of the year.
No Northern Carolina team advanced past the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 2-A playoffs.
Five other Raiders were named all-conference. They are: Shawn Henderson, Sheldon Smith, Qualik Shearin, Ja’Quez Bullock, and Isaiah Leveille.
Honorable mention selections for Southern are Charlie Kersey, Juwan Harris, Ty-Traveon Roberts, Jeremiah Williams, and Eric Venable.
Kaelan Evans, Pete Johnson, Josh Moss, Anthony Oliver, and Dennis Waddell of Warren County were each named all-conference and the Eagles’ George Burnette, Jaquan Jones and Cory Green are each honorable mention selections.
Coach of the year honors in football went to Mike Hobgood, who led his South Granville team to a conference championship.
South Granville’s Sean Bowman is the offensive back of the year and one of his blockers Cole Parrish is the offensive lineman of the year.
Northern Vance and J.F. Webb compete in the 3-A Big Eight Conference, which has one representative remaining in the 3-AA football playoffs. Southern Durham, which finished the Big Eight season unbeaten, hosts Wilson Hunt in the state semifinals Friday.
Southern’s Kiyanna Kearney and Brittany West each earned All-Northern Carolina honors in volleyball along with Warren County’s Kassie Clary.
The Raiders’ honorable mention selections in volleyball are: Megan Hight, Deja Hicks, Bree Simmons, and Allyson Dunn. For the Eagles: Destiny Hicks, Denaisha Wortham, Kelsie Clary, and Lily Richardson.
South Granville’s Casey Ellington is the volleyball player of the year and Christy Fitzgerald is coach of the year after leading the Vikings to a perfect Northern Carolina Conference campaign.
Franco Ceniza of Southern and Warren County goalkeeper Dontravious Harrison are all-conference soccer selections and the Eagles’ Regine Palmer earned all-league honors in girls cross country.
The offensive player of the year in soccer went to Franklinton’s Ivan Rebollar and N.C. School of Science and Math swept the defensive player of the year and coach of the year honors with Bryon Spells and Henry Gallagher taking the awards, respectively.