The Corinth Holders spring athletic season saw its fair share of conference titles and standout performers as the Pirates made some noise in the Two Rivers 3A Conference.
The boys golf team won its second consecutive conference title with a consistent effort from all of its top golfers. Sam Baxter, Monty Fields and Kellen LaBonte all earned the award for Outstanding Player.
LaBonte held the second lowest stroke average in the conference for the season tied with teammate Nick Routhier while Baxter and Fields were also in the top 10 lowest average in the league.
The Pirates finished the season with a tie for sixth place in the 3A NCHSAA championships
Seniors Bella Iorio and Allie O’Hara led the Pirates girls soccer team to its first Two Rivers title. Corinth Holders outscored its conference foes 56-4 en route to an undefeated conference run as well as regular season before falling in the opening round of the state playoffs in overtime.
Iorio tallied 20 goals and 11 assists while O’Hara also proved to be a dangerous attacking option with 10 goals herself. Both players received the Co-Leaders Award.
The Pirates also took home the regular season title in baseball with Jake Lewis receiving the Most Outstanding Award.
Lewis picked up a handful of wins as a pitcher, totaling 77 strikeouts and a 1.54 earned run average to go along with his .323 batting average to lead Corinth Holders to an 8-2 regular season mark inside the conference.
The boys tennis team went undefeated in the Two Rivers Conference and partially did so thanks to the strength of Zach Blinson, who was named MVP.
The senior went 10-1 in singles play at both the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds and teamed up with Jake Altman in the team’s No. 2 doubles pairing to go 7-0.
Keslie Hocutt was one of the top overall performers in the Two Rivers Conference in softball and won the Most Outstanding Award.
Hocutt led the league in batting average (.523) and runs batted in (24) and was second in on base percentage (.563). Hocutt also compiled a 12-9 record as the Pirates’ starting pitcher with 59 strikeouts, five complete games and three shutouts.
Arden Vessie was named MVP of the Two Rivers 3A Conference track and field championships, winning the 800-meter run, 1600, 3200 and running the leg anchor for the Pirates’ winning 3200 relay team.
Vessie won the MVP Pirate Award along with her teammates on that relay team: Hannah Canterbury, Kayla Ste. Marie and Rachel Strickland. The fifth Pirate to be named MVP was Samara Gibson who finished third in the state in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.80 seconds.
For the boys track and field team, long distance runner Bailey Blackwell was named the Most Valuable Track Athlete while Grant Sullivan was honored with the Field Athlete of the Year.
Sullivan took home ninth place in the pole vault at the 3A NCHSAA championships while Blackwell came in fourth place in the Two Rivers Conference 800 final.
Corinth Holders Spring Awards
Renfrow Pirate Male Athlete of the Year Award: Grant Austin
Renfrow Pirate Female Athlete of the Year Award: Arden Vessie
Pirate Club Athletic Booster Club Scholarship Recipients: Kelsie Hocutt, Jared Johnson
Most Outstanding: Jake Lewis
Most Improved: Mason Cooper
Most Inspirational: Cobi Taylor
Outstanding Player: Sam Baxter
Outstanding Player: Monty Fields
Outstanding Player: Kellen LaBonte
Co-Leaders Award: Bella Iorio, Allie O’Hara
110% Award: Carolina Solis
Most Versatile: Alexis Ayers
Coaches Award: Summer Maxwell
Most Outstanding: Kelsie Hocutt
Most Improved: Carrie Corbett
Coaches Award: Holly Price
MVP: Zach Blinson
Most Improved: Patrick Johnson
Coaches Award: William Xia
Most Valuable Track Athlete: Bailey Blackwell
Field Athlete of Year: Grant Sullivan
Distance Athlete of Year: Patrick Myers
Relay Runner of the Year: Jimmy Ferrell
Sprinter of the Year: Josiah Adams
MVP Pirate Award: Hannah Canterbury
MVP Pirate Award: Samara Gibson
MVP Pirate Award: Kayla Ste Marie
MVP Pirate Award: Rachel Strickland
MVP Pirate Award: Arden Vessie