The girls tennis team and boys soccer team won conference titles this season to headline the fall sports programs at Clayton.
Carmelle Joyner, named Player of the Year in the Greater Neuse River Conference, was nearly unbeatable this season as the junior standout registered a 17-1 record as the No. 1 singles player for the Comets and was thusly named MVP. Senior Katherine Riley compiled a 16-2 singles record and was given the Coaches Award while freshman Crystal Anderson and her impressive 15-2 singles mark rightly earned her Best First Year Player honors.
The boys soccer team was also tops of the GNRC thanks to a deep and talented squad. Seniors Tim Jones and Seth Pope were awarded the Coaches Award. Tyler Duncan and his quality corner kicks and crosses added an extra dimension to the Comets attack and he was bestowed the New Impact Player award while tireless workhorse Casey Eickhoff won Most Improved.
In girls cross country, freshman Faith Raynor won MVP. Raynor’s third place finish (21:28.32) at the GNRC Championship paced Clayton. Brooklyn Barbour and Bryce Miller won Outstanding Performance. Barbour was the second fastest Comets finisher at the GNRC Championship coming in 12th place.
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Alex Roy won MVP for boys cross country. Roy came in third place in the GNRC Championship and qualified for the state finals thanks to a 16:05.30 mark in the 4A Mideast Regional. Ares Epps, Banks Evans and Ethan Fry all turned in impressive performances this season to win the Rookie Award. Evans and Epps finished in fifth and sixth place respectively in the GNRC championship while Fry posted the eighth fastest time for a freshman at the Mideast Regional.
Keitland Carter and Megan Homestead won the Coaches Award for the volleyball team that finished with an 8-14 overall mark while competing in a very deep and competitive GNRC.
The football team did not present individaul awards.
Girls MVP: Faith Raynor
Outstanding Performances: Brooklynn Barbour, Bryce Miller
Girls Most Improved: Carleigh Scott
Outstanding Performance: Alex Roy
Rookie Awards: Banks Evans, Ares Epps, Ethan Fry
Coaches Award: Tim Jones, Seth Pope
New Impact Player: Tyler Duncan
Most Improved: Casey Eickhoff
MVP: Carmelle Joyner
Most Improved: Kaylee Estes
Coaches Award: Katherine Riley
Best First-Year Player: Crystal Anderson
Coaches Awards: Keitland Carter, Megan Homestead
Most Improved: Ally Felix, Auburn Morgan
Inspiration: Kayla Lewis, Carsey Sutton