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Zachary Bridges, Anna Webster are South Johnston High’s top athletes

Anna Webster (25) is one of South Johnston High School’s Athletes of the Year for the 2015-16 school year.
Anna Webster (25) is one of South Johnston High School’s Athletes of the Year for the 2015-16 school year. newsobserver.com

Zachary Bridges and Anna Webster were named Athletes of the Year for South Johnston. Bridges will continue his baseball career at Brunswick Community College and Webster has signed to play basketball at the University of Charleston Southern. Webster, a multi-sport athlete finished her high school basketball career with 1,572 points, 600 rebounds, 203 assists and 104 steals.

The Scholar-Athletes of the Year for South were Emily Woodard and John Cuppett.

Multi-sport athlete McKinley Johnson received the Stan Coats Award. Other major award winners for the year were Emma Blackman, winner of the Gary Blackmon Award, Patrick Stephenson, winner of the Seth Douglas Allen Award, and Chandler Johnson, winner of the Ronald Avery Award.

Patrick Stephenson was named MVP for the boys gold team as led the Trojans to their first ever conference championship on boys golf. The four-time Player of the Year in the Two Rivers Conference also won the individual title in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A state championships.

In boys track, Jacob Gonzalez and Fabian McDonald had similarly successful seasons and were honored as Co-MVPs for the Trojans.

Gonzalez did his damage in the long distance events, winning the 1000-meter and 3200 runs in the conference championships. McDonald took care of the shorter races, finishing first in the 100 and 200-meter dashes in the conference championships and jumping further in the triple jump than any of his conference foes.

Emma Blackman was named MVP for the girls track team. The senior finished in third place in the shot put in the conference championships with a throw of 28-01.75 feet.

Kandis Adams was named Offensive MVP for the softball team that went 8-2 in conference to win the league title. Adams had a .369 batting average and 24 hits for the season. Carmen Keene was honored as the team’s Defensive MVP with a .892 fielding percentage and 58 put-outs.

Lily Allen was named MVP for the girls soccer team as the goalkeeper posted four shutouts on the season for the Trojans.

Caleb Thompson was named MVP for the boys tennis team and senior catcher Zachary Bridges was named the same for the baseball squad.

Zachary Bridges received the Steven Johnson “Deuce” Scholarship award for the baseball team.

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