Cavaliers honor their best from fall seasons
Southern Lee announced its award winners for its fall varsity and junior varsity sports seasons with honors ranging from team MVPs to sportsmanship and coaches awards given to Cavalier athletes.
The fall season as a whole for the Cavs included individual state championship berths and first-ever conference titles and state tourney seasons for Cavalier teams.
Southern Lee's volleyball squad won the Cape Fear Valley Conference season championship for the first time in program history with a 10-2 record, sending the Lady Cavs into their first-ever state tournament.
Sophomore outside/middle hitter Sydney Elseth was selected as team MVP. Junior outside/middle hitter Marckee Zimmerman won the Coaches Award and junior middle hitter Amber Hall earned the Sportsmanship Award.
The Lady Cavaliers won the CFVC title and made the postseason with a squad which will mostly return for next season and after winning four league matches a season ago.
The Lady Cavalier tennis team went 10-6 overall and 9-3 in the CFVC, finishing second in the Cape Fear Valley, its best conference place ever. The Lady Cavs reached the dual team state tournament for the first time.
Paige Highberger was the team MVP. Daisy Chang won Most Improved and Dazym Rodriguez won the Coaches Award.
On the gridiron, senior middle linebacker Connor Gaines was named Defensive MVP and junior Aaron Blockman, who started the season at wide receiver before becoming the starting quarterback three games into the season, was the Offensive MVP. Senior offensive lineman/defensive lineman J.P. Roseman won the Coaches Award.
Cavalier varsity cheerleading recognized four individual award winners. Melissa Stec was the Senior Cheerleader who Encouraged the Team the Most. Jessica Davis won the Distinguished Award. Cheyenne Gasper won the Cheerleading Sportsmanship Award and Shaina Toomer was named Most Improved.
Southern Lee's cross country season was highlighted by girls team MVP Vicky Monroy who won the Cape Fear Valley Conference championship, in a time of 20:04. Monroy finished 15th in the regional championship meet and 27th in the 3A State Championship, in a time of 19:50 at states.
Allison Beeson was Most Improved and Donicia Brown earned the Coaches Award for the Lady Cavs. Dylan Wood was the boys team MVP. Braxton Perry earned Most Improved and Biagio Esposito won the Coaches Award.
The Lady Cavalier golf team finished second in the CFVC and made the 3A East Regional Tournament as a team. Sarah Black, who was chosen team MVP, made the NCHSAA State Tournament. Laura Bright won the Sportsmanship Award and Melissa Noles won the Most Improved Award.
The Cavalier soccer program went a perfect 12-0-0 in the CFVC for the fourth straight year. The Cavs had a run of 15 straight wins before falling to Cardinal Gibbons in the third round of the state tournament.
Senior center midfielder Arturo Aguirre was team MVP. Senior forward/midfielder Derrick Cannady was Most Improved. Freshman back Kevin Aguirre was Newcomer of the Year and won the Coaches Award.
Junior varsity football awards went to Matt Ellis, Coaches Award, Chad Ellis, Offensive MVP, and Quinton Locklear, Defensive MVP.
JV cheerleading awards were given to Olivia Yarborough, Most Valuable Cheerleader, Haley Yow, Most Outgoing Cheerleader, Madison Thomas, Coaches Award, and Paige Yarborough, Distinguished Award.
Owen Bond won the MVP award for JV soccer. JV volleyball awards went to Larkin Staley, MVP, Sidney Lilley, Sportsmanship Award, and Tara Way, Coaches Award.