Greater Neuse River’s all-conference picks for winter sports

04/25/2014 3:46 PM

04/25/2014 3:47 PM

Knightdale’s Brenna Hardy was one of two players of the year in girls swimming, joining Clayton’s Cara Martin in the honor. Hardy, a sophomore, was the only Greater Neuse River 4A diver to qualify for the state diving meet.

Clayton’s Marty Ringgold was the girls swimming coach of the year, after leading the Comets to the league championship.

West Johnston’s highly-successful wrestling program swept away with the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference individual sport awards. Tony Jimenez was the wrestler of the year, while Wildcats coach David Prendergast was the coach of the year. West was the conference dual and tournament champion.

Garner’s Matt Smothers was the conference swimmer of the year after helping lead the Trojans to the conference championship. West Johnston coach Stephanie Stanton was named the coach of the year.

State finalist Southeast Raleigh dominated the major girls basketball awards with N.C. State recruit Amber Richardson being selected as the conference’s player of the year. Bulldogs’ coach Nicole Meyers was the coach of the year.

Clayton swept the boys basketball honors with Gary Clark being named player of the year and coach Denny Medlin taking coach of the year honors after leading the Comets to another conference title and a second straight trip to the NCHSAA eastern regionals. Clark, a University of Cincinnati recruit and an all-state selection, averaged more than 25 points and 14 rebounds a game. The Comets went 13-1 against conference foes.

West Johnston’s Lauren Lushene was the gymnastics player of the year. Coach of the year honors in gymnastics went to Clayton’s Lauren Ramsey.

Garner won the conference championship in cheerleading and Trojans’ coach Helen Cole was named the league’s coach of the year.

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