CHAPEL HILL— Caleigh MacKinnon of Union Academy and Christopher Thorburn of Cardinal Gibbons High School were named recipients of the NCHSAA Performance of the Week awards.
Each week, two athletes in North Carolina High School Athletic Association competition are selected for this award from nominations submitted by media and school administrators.
MacKinnon, a senior on the Union Academy women’s soccer team, scored a total of 6 goals and had 7 assists across 3 games for the Cardinals last week. In a 7-0 win over Queens Grant, MacKinnon recorded 2 goals and 3 assists. Against Forest Hills, she had 2 goals and 3 assists. The next night, Union Academy defeated Monroe 9-1 and MacKinnon scored 2 goals and had 3 assists.
Thorburn, a senior on the Cardinal Gibbons baseball team, had a phenomenal outing in the Crusaders 20-4 win versus Garner. In the second inning, Thorburn belted two home runs, which enters him into the NCHSAA record book as the 15th student-athlete to hit 2 home runs in an inning. Thorburn finished the game with 3 hits and 8 RBIs.
Weekly recipients will be recognized on the NCHSAA Website and social media pages. They will also be honored at a banquet for all recipients from this year in late April. The deadline for nominations is each Monday at 5 p.m through the online form that can be found here.