Clayton Spring Awards
Everett Biggs helped pave the way for the Comets’ first Greater Neuse River 4A Conference girls soccer championship in seven years with 19 goals and 17 assists to earn the Offensive Player of the Year Award.
Kayli Watson, in addition to being honored as the Female Athlete of the Year for Clayton, earned the Defensive Player of the Year Award for the soccer team as she anchored a defense that recorded 11 shutouts in conference play this past season.
Eric Hoy was awarded the Male Athlete of the Year, as the senior accounted for over 2,000 yards passing, 1,390 yards rushing and 32 touchdowns for the Clayton football team last fall.
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Klein Evans was named Most Valuable Player for the boys tennis team as the Comets’ No. 1 player went 26-3 en route to a GNRC singles title and runner-up in the state 4A ranks.
Matthew King won the Jeff Adams Award in boys golf as the senior qualified for the 4A Mideast Regional in which he finished in the top 30.
Rodney Rowe earned the Top Sprinter Award for the boys track team. Rowe finished sixth in the 100-meter dash in the NCHSAA 4A championships while taking first in both the 100 and the 200 in the GNRC championships.
Ares Epps was tapped as the Top Newcomer of the Year Award with a pair of fifth place finished in the GNRC championships in the 800 and 1,600.
Alex Roy won the Top Distance Award finishing second in both the 1,600 and the 3,200 in the GNRC finals.
For the girls track team, Kennedy Thorne was named the Track MVP. Thorne took fist place in the GNRC championships in the 300-meter hurdles and placed third in the 100 hurdles.
Samantha Nelson was honored as the Field MVP as she had a sixth place finish in the conference championships in the shot put.
Jeff Adams Award: Matthew King
Defensive Player of the Year: Kayli Watson
Offensive Player of the Year: Everett Biggs
Coaches Award: Kaylee Wilson
Rookie of the Year: Holland Mills
MVP: Klein Evans
Most Improved: Brooks Campbell
Best First-Year Players: Dillon Hyde, Chris Riley
Top Newcomer: Ares Epps
Top Sprinter: Rodney Rowe
Top Distance: Alex Roy
Coach’s Award: Preston Vaneman
MVP Field: Samantha Nelson
MVP Track: Kennedy Thorne