Two Rivers 3A Conference

Pirates sweep girls cross country awards

From Staff ReportsJanuary 3, 2014 

Stellar team efforts brought home individual honors for several local standout athletes and coaches from the fall season in the Two Rivers 3A Conference.

Cleveland dominated the football honors as expected after its run to the conference championship. Running back Isaac Martin was the offensive player of the year and defensive lineman Sterling Johnson was the defensive player of the year. Marc Morris, the Rams head coach, was the league’s coach of the year.

Smithfield-Selma’s Chris Parker was named the leagues special teams player of the year.

Corinth Holders swept the individual honors in girls cross country with Arden Vessie being named the player of the year and first-year coach Joe Johnson selected as the coach of the year. Vessie was the individual conference champ and Johnson led the Pirates to the team championship.

South Johnston’s Joe Loia was the boys cross country coach of the year.

Boys soccer individual honors went to Harrison Howell and Renato Fretias of Smithfield-Selma. Howell was the conference’s offensive player of the year after a 13-assist, 12-goal campaign for the Spartans. Fretias was the coach of the year in the sport after leading SSS to the conference championship.

Haley Talton, the individual conference champion, of Smithfield-Selma was the girls golf player of the year. Corinth Holders’ coach Theresa Gale was the golf coach of the year after leading the Pirates to a runner-up finish in the league in their first year of 3A competition.

Cleveland’s Victoria Dixon, a freshman, picked up the player of the year award in girls tennis. She was the conference’s individual champion.

Five Johnston County schools picked up team sportsmanship awards in their respective sports. The award is voted on by coaches from each sport in the conference. Smithfield-Selma’s volleyball and girls cross country teams received the honor.

Corinth Holders, South Johnston and Cleveland received one sportsmanship award each. South won in girls golf, Cleveland in football and Corinth Holders in boys soccer.

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