The final sports season of the year saw coaches, players, and parents come together to honor the top performing athletes of the 2011 spring sports season, as well as honoring athletes and coach of the year.
Ashe County High School Coach of the Year went to varsity volleyball and basketball head coach Laura Foster. She saw her basketball team be crowned Mountain Valley Conference champions for the third consecutive year and helped guide the squad to its fifth consecutive season with 20 wins or more. Foster was chosen as 2011 MVAC Coach of the Year for women’s basketball as well.
Two-sport athlete Joe Weaver was honored as the ACHS Male Athlete of the year. Weaver was the starting runningback on the football team and led the team in rushing while helping lead the squad to the 2A state playoffs. Weaver was named to the MVAC All-Conference team to add to his individual accomplishments. Weaver was one of the senior leaders on the basketball team as well, running the point guard position for head coach Marc Payne.
The ACHS Female Athlete of the Year award honored two of the most accomplished athletes the school has ever seen. Four-sport star Mallary Clay and three-sport star Lizzie Hanes shared the honor, wrapping up terrific senior seasons.
Clay earned a spot on the MVAC All-Conference team, as well as the Winston-Salem Journal All-Northwest Team, North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association All-District 11 team and NCPreps All-State team. The senior also got the opportunity to play in the Carolinas Classic All-Star game, which put the top senior basketball players from North Carolina against the top senior players South Carolina had to offer. Late in 2010, Clay was one of 20 finalists from the state of North Carolina to be considered for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award. She is one of just two women’s basketball players in school history to score 1,000 points in her career. Clay will be taking her talents to the next level as she will be playing basketball at Catawba College.
Hanes capped off a memorable senior year, being named an MVAC All-Conference performer in tennis, basketball, and track. She was an All-Regional and All-State performer in tennis after making it to the final four in the state doubles tournament with partner Courtney Bowers. On the track, Hanes was part of a group of ladies that captured the conference title for three straight years, and was one of the most versatile athletes on the team. Hanes ran a career-best time of 45.72 seconds last weekend in the 300-meter hurdles to take fourth place in the state at the 2A championship meet. Hanes was also fifth in the 100 hurdles, finishing in 15.70 seconds.
Here are your varsity award winners. See Tuesday’s edition of the Jefferson Post for the JV award winners.