Wake Christian honored its fall sports standouts recently, handing out team awards and recognizing its all-region, all-conference and all-state performers.
Ten members of the Bulldogs’ football squad received honors, led by Beau Barger who received the Doug Buckner MVP award and was named to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association all-state squad.
Barger, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound quarterback and linebacker, finished the regular season with 1,502 yards passing (17 TDs), 1,203 yards rushing (17 TDs) and 83 tackles. Barger, a two-time winner of the team MVP award, finishes his career with more than 5,000 yards total offense.
Wake Christian finished with a 6-5 record and a final overall record of 6-6, losing to Harrells Christian Academy in the first round of the playoffs. This is Wake Christian’s first winning regular season since it returned to 11-man football in 2004.
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Grayson Floyd received the Mike Dawkins Award, Luke Ryals won the defensive award, Kyle Patterson the offensive award and Will Cruikshank the lineman award.
Big East football all-conference selections were Hunter Wilson, John Pompliano, Ryals, Patterson and Barger. Connor Collins and Adams Jones were honorable mention all-conference selections.
First-year WCA head coach Stephen Cochran was the Big East coach of the year.
Volleyball honors went to Haley Brooke McFadden (MVP), Marley Wilson (most improved), Morgan Buffaloe (coach’s award) and Haley Sauls (defense award). McFadden also was a TISAC all-conference selection.
Mark Sharrar was named to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association all-region team and received TISAC all-conference honors. He was also the winner of the coach’s award.
Eric Olsen was the most improved boys soccer award winner, while Casey Brady (best offense) and Joseph Kelly (best defense) also picked up awards.
Will Glas was an all-conference selection, while Casey Brady was honorable mention all-conference.
Sally Hart was named the girls cross country team’s most valuable runner and also earned TISAC all-conference recognition. Other girls cross country award winners went to Dana Johnson (most improved) and Rebekah Howard (William Buffaloe Award).
Carson Adams was the winner of the William Buffaloe Award for the boys cross country team. Dylan DeSpain was the most improved runner and Drew Boykin was the team’s most valuable runner.
For varsity girls tennis, Alyona Eakes was named the Bulldogs’ top player, while Brianna Ims picked up the most improved award.
Cheerleading awards went to Kayla Lavan (most improved), Krystal Duncan (coach’s award), Haley Bennett (most spirited) and Victoria Renfroe (Bulldog Award).
Junior varsity volleyball awards went to Grace Bunn (most improved), Jessica Bernath (best defense) and Abbey Hering (coach’s award).