North Carolina High School Athletic Association


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Below is a complete listing of the awards that were presented at the 2018 NCHSAA Annual Meeting in Chapel Hill scheduled for Thursday, May 3, 2018. Award winner information and links to press releases will continue to be added as the information for each award is released.

NCHSAA MALE AND FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD – The award is in its 33rd year and winners receive the Pat Best Memorial Trophy, presented at the NCHSAA’s Annual Meeting in Chapel Hill.

This year’s Female Athlete of the Year is Hannah Jennings from Madison and the Male Athlete of the Year is Beau Studebaker from East Carteret. The winners, finalists and semifinalists were chosen from nominations received from coaches, media and school administrators. READ MORE HERE


The Association annually presents these statewide awards in seven different categories, all based on those "who have done the most for high school athletics" rather than a single accomplishment or having an outstanding won-loss record. State awards are presented to a male coach, female coach, athletic director, principal, superintendent, sports medicine representative and a media representative. These awards will be presented at the NCHSAA’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 3rd at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill. READ MORE HERE

DORIS HOWARD FEMALE COACH OF THE YEAR – Angela Mayfield, Mount Airy High School

HARVEY REID MALE COACH OF THE YEAR – Tony Marshburn, Northside-Jacksonville High School


BOB DEATON PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR – Joe Poletti, East Carteret High School

BOB MCRAE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR – Dr. Tony Baldwin, Buncombe County Schools


ELTON HAWLEY ATHLETIC TRAINER/MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR – Dr. Eric Warren, Novant Health Sports Medicine (Union Co. Schools)


BUD PHILLIPS RETIREE AWARD – Mike Smith, former Athletic Director at Lejeune and Northside-Jacksonville

COMMISSIONER'S CHOICE AWARD – Ted Wheeler & Dorine Kingsberry, Ted's Catering

COMMISSIONER'S CUP – The Commissioner's Cup Competition winners for the 2017-18 Academic Year, an award based on community service. Schools had their team or teams identify a need within the community and create a plan to conduct the service project. Each team got a sponsor, who was a coach, faculty member, staff member or parent. They then submitted a 1-minute video of the project to explain how the team served, the impact of the project on the community, the number of people served, the theme of the project and photos or video from the event. Two teams or schools from each classification were awarded the 2017-18 Commissioner's Cut and each will recieve a $1,000 stipend for their respective team or school athletic program.

1A: Lakewood High School – FULL VIDEO SUBMISSION

1A: Rosewood High School – FULL VIDEO SUBMISSION

2A: Mount Pleasant High School – FULL VIDEO SUBMISSION

2A: West Stanly High School – FULL VIDEO SUBMISSION

3A: Cleveland High School – FULL VIDEO SUBMISSION

3A: North Henderson High School – FULL VIDEO SUBMISSION

4A: Garner High School – FULL VIDEO SUBMISSION

4A: Hickory Ridge High School – FULL VIDEO SUBMISSION

COURAGE AWARD – Varner Sink, Head Men's Tennis Coach at Lexington High School & Monique Gidrey, Head Women's Basketball Coach at Jacksonville High School. READ MORE HERE

EXEMPLARY SCHOOL AWARD – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced the selection of Cape Fear High School in Cumberland County as the 2017-18 winner of the NCHSAA’s prestigious Exemplary School Award.

The Exemplary School Award is given as a cooperative venture between the NCHSAA, the North Carolina Coaches Association and the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association. In addition to a banner for display, the school receives a $1,000 cash award. The award recognizes the top overall school in the state in terms of the “total program” including but not limited to athletic success, scope of athletic opportunities offered, facilities, community interest and involvement, academics and the like. READ MORE HERE

GOLDEN WHISTLE MERIT AWARD – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association is proud to present the five recipients of the 2018 Golden Whistle Merit Awards for outstanding officiating service. These awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting at the Dean E. Smith Center on May 3, 2018 in Chapel Hill to Kirk Warner of Raleigh, Rita Roy from Greenville, Cecil Mock of Liberty and Rick Ridenhour from Rockwell.

Criteria for Golden Whistle Merit Awards includes demonstrating leadership, performance, service and training for the betterment of officiating, possessing officiating abilities emulated by fellow officials, being regarded as a person of integrity and character, and a minimum of 10 years of experience as an active official. This year marks the 12th annual presentation of this award. READ MORE HERE

HOMER THOMPSON "EIGHT WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE" SPONSORED BY NORTH CAROLINA FARM BUREAU INSURANCE – The Homer Thompson Memorial “Eight Who Make a Difference” Award winners have been selected by virtue of their commitment to sportsmanship and leadership. These recipients serve as excellent role models to our student athletes with their positive and deidcated approach to the coaching profession. Regional award winners were as follows: Region 1 – Andy Downing, John A. Holmes; Region 2 – Samuel Bobbit – Laney; Region 3 – Matt Brown, Northern Durham; Region 4 – Todd Edge, Cape Fear; Region 5 – Sean Vestal, North Forsyth; Region 6 – Brooke Stouder, Carson; Region 7 – Jerome Ramsey, East Burke; Region 8 – Eric Filipeck, T.C. Roberson. READ MORE HERE

MORRIS WALKER DEVELOPMENT AWARD -The Morris Walker Development Award was created to help recognize individuals and groups that have helped to build the endowment for the NCHSAA. Through the endowment, these groups and individuals help provide the exceptional quality of championships, scholarship and leadership programs we enjoy in North Carolina. This year we recognize two individuals who have contributed greatly to the NCHSAA through partnership.

This year’s Morris Walker Development Award goes to Mike Raybon from Jamestown. READ MORE HERE

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR AWARD – Pat Jones, Marketing Special Promotions. READ MORE HERE

TOBY WEBB COACH OF THE YEAR AWARDS – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Toby Webb Coach of the Year Awards. The Toby Webb award recognizes two coaches annually, one male and one female. Amber Reddick from Freedom and Roy Cooper from Apex have been selected as this year’s winners. READ MORE HERE

TRADITION AWARD – This award is presented to a member of the NCHSAA corporate partnership family for outstanding service to the Association. The 2018 Tradition Award is presented to Cheer LTD, a long-time partner in the NCHSAA’s annual Cheerleading Invitational. READ MORE HERE

UNSUNG HERO AWARD – The Unsung Hero Award, given periodically by the NCHSAA for outstanding service in a role behind the scenes. This year’s state recipient is Leigh Hebbard, sytem Athletic Director for Guilford County Schools. READ MORE HERE


CHARLIE ADAMS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Charlie Adams Endowed Scholarship, an award honoring the late and former executive director of the NCHSAA. Anna Kathryn Kilby from Forbush High School and Jameson Tyler “J.T.” Stroupe from Crest High School were named the winners of the $1,500 scholarship. READ MORE HERE

WILLIE BRADSHAW MEMORIAL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has announced the winners of the Willie Bradshaw Memorial Endowed Scholarship for 2018. The Willie Bradshaw Endowed Scholarship provides $750 of scholarship support to an outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native and/or Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American student-athlete participating on a sanctioned varsity team at an NCHSAA member school.

Regional winners are as follows: Region 1 – Shandronique Jackson, John A. Holmes High School; Region 2 – Krystal Martinez, Hobbton High School; Region 3 – Benjamin Anstead, Durham Riverside High School & Jordan Gary, Southeast Raleigh High School; Region 4 – Nsaia Rogers, Whiteville High School; Region 5 – Giovanni Santibanez-Mendoza, Page High School & Jose Romero, East Davidson High School & Khali Maxfield-Davis, North Davidson High School; Region 6 – Bryanna Foster, A.L. Brown High School & Siamani Olomua, Concord High School; Region 7 – Elena Propst, Maiden High School. READ MORE HERE

WILBURN CLARY MEDAL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 William Clary Medal scholarship. This year’s recipients are Ty Meyer from Hobbton High School and Jayda Bodine from Lejeune High School. Winners of the Clary Medal are awarded a one-time $2,000 scholarship and a commemorative plaque at the NCHSAA’s Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting will be held Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill. READ MORE HERE

PAT GAINEY STUDENT AWARD – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017-2018 Pat Gainey Student Award, providing scholarship support for two student-athletes with a focus on need-based applicants. This year’s recipients are Hannah Jennings from Madison High School and Lyle Pfingst from West Forsyth High School. Each recipient receives a $2,000 scholarship award and a commemorative plaque when they are presented at the NCHSAA Annual Meeting held each May in Chapel Hill. READ MORE HERE