DOBSON — Surry Community College student-athletes were honored and recognized May 8 during the Athletic Awards Ceremony held at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology. SCC President Dr. David Shockley welcomed the student-athletes, parents, and guests and emphasized the values and life lessons that are gained by participating in athletics. He also commended the student-athletes for all of their efforts and commitment to community service projects during the academic year.
The volunteer work by the Surry softball team was recognized as “Champions for the Community” in the NJCAA Review. The national publication acknowledged the team for their outstanding volunteer work with Operation Christmas Child. Other community service highlights include the baseball team assisting with the Surry County Sheriff’s Association Food Drive and Delivery for the eighth consecutive year and the volleyball team hosting the “Dig Pink” event for the fifth consecutive year to raise funding and awareness for breast cancer.
“All of our student-athletes participate in community projects throughout the academic year. Many of the teams do more than one charitable effort, which gives these student-athletes the opportunity to make a difference in their communities and serve as role models,” said SCC Athletic Director Mark Tucker.
Three student-athletes were recognized for their overall success including academic and athletic performance, volunteering in the community, exhibiting sportsmanship and positive representation of Surry Community College.
Courtney Crews was awarded the Male Student Athlete of the Year award. Crews, a member of the Surry baseball team, volunteered with the Surry County Sheriff’s Association food drive, Knights Athletic Club bingo event, and assisted with campus tours. For the season, he has two homeruns, five doubles, and ten RBIs. In the classroom, Crews has obtained a 3.67 grade-point average and posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall semester. The sophomore from Raleigh plans to attend the University of North Carolina this fall and major in nursing.
The Female Student-Athlete of the Year was awarded to Sarah Scott. The sophomore from East Surry High School was a two-year starter on the Lady Knights softball team. During her time at Surry, Scott has served as a mentor to at-risk students at Central Middle School while also organizing and initiating this year’s Operation Christmas Child project that received national recognition from the National Junior College Athletic Association. Scott was named to the all-tournament team in 2013 helping lead Surry to the Region X tournament championship and an appearance in the district tournament finals. This season she garnered first-team all-region accolades while hitting .349 with five home runs. In the classroom, Scott has earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.517 and been named to the Dean’s List and President’s List. She plans to attend North Carolina State this fall and major in Religion.
Surry awarded the Scholar-Athlete of the Year to baseball team member, Scott Hoilman. A sophomore from Science Hill High School, Hoilman has volunteered with the Surry County Sheriff’s Association Food Drive along with doing campus tours and helping with the College Fair event. On the field, he has posted a batting average of .307 with three doubles and eight RBI. In the classroom, Hoilman has posted a perfect 4.0 grade-point average earning 65 credit hours. He will be nominated for the prestigious Distinguished Academic Award from the NJCAA. Hoilman will continue his education in the fall, but he is currently undecided on a college or university.
Baseball Coach Jamie Lowe recognized six Surry baseball players who were selected for honors by the coaching staff: Most Valuable Player, Robbie Harrison of Glenn High School; Offensive Player of the Year, Tyler Stotler, of West Wilkes High School; Defensive Player of the Year, Keon Holt, of Orange High School; Pitcher of the Year, Chase Saunders, of Wheatmore High School; Most Improved, Tanner Lomax, of West Stokes High School; and the Roy A. Vernon Coach’s Award, Jamison Nagle, of South Stokes High School. The Roy A. Vernon Coach’s Award is given to the baseball player who demonstrates outstanding citizenship, character, work ethic, and sportsmanship while also being a quality student-athlete. The award is named after former assistant baseball coach, Roy Vernon, who coached 14 years at Surry.
Timmy Sawyers from Surry Central High School was given the Knight Appreciation Award for serving as the baseball team manager.
The baseball players were also acknowledged for their assistance with the Surry County Sheriff’s Association Food Drive for needy families, a project the team has done for eight consecutive years. The baseball team members also serve as mentors and tutors to students at Central Middle School in Dobson. The baseball team recently hosted Military Appreciation Day to recognize and honor current and former members of our Armed Forces.
The Surry golf team captured its third consecutive Region X Championship and are participating in the National Tournament in Plymouth, Indiana, May 20-23. Surry golfers Kasie Tolbert and Gaitlin Hiatt competed in the women’s National Championship Tournament May 12 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Women’s and men’s Golf Coach Tom Pendergraft recognized six golfers at the recent banquet: Most Valuable Player (Men), Chandler White, of West Forsyth High School; Most Valuable Sophomore, Ryan Wilson, of North Stokes High School; Region X Runner-Up Player of the Year, McKinley Johnson, of East Wilkes High School; Most Improved, Matthew Snow, of Surry Central High School; Most Valuable Player (Women), Kasie Tolbert, of North Surry High School; and Coaches Award, Gatlin Hiatt, of North Surry High School. Surry Coach Tom Pendergraft was recently named Region X Division II Coach of the Year, and Chandler White was selected as Region X Division II Player of the Year.
The Surry golfers were also recognized for hosting the Region X Fall Golf Tournament and assisting with the presentation of the Vietnam Veteran’s Golf Scholarship.
Softball Coach Blaine Bullington recognized several of the Knights softball players during the banquet. Natalie Hauser, of Forbush High School, was recognized a Most Valuable Player. The Defensive Player of the Year went to Sarah Scott, of East Surry High School while Courtney Barnes of Starmount High School was named Offensive Player of the Year. Shey Steelman of Forbush High School was honored as Pitcher of the Year with Candace Newsom being recognized with the Coaches Award.
At the recent Region X tournament, several players were named to the All-Region team. First Team All-Region selections included Shey Steelman, pitcher; Natalie Hauser, infielder; Sarah Scott, infielder; and Sydney Caudle, outfielder. Surry’s Courtney Barnes (catcher) and Emily Worley (infielder) were named to the All-Region second team. Hauser was named the Region X Player of the Year while Steelman was selected as the Region X Pitcher of the Year. Steelman, Morgan Shiflett, and Candace Newsom were also selected to the All-Tournament team. In addition, Tori Clontz and Emily Worley were recognized for their academic achievement. Clontz currently has a 3.83 Grade Point Average while Worley has a 3.683.
The softball team served as mentors and tutors to students at Central Middle School in Dobson. The team was also recognized as “Champions for the Community” by the NJCAA for their volunteer efforts with Operation Christmas Child in which team members collected and sent packages to needy children across the world for Christmas.
Volleyball Coach Jan Marion-Kiser recognized five Surry volleyball players during the banquet. The Most Valuable Player was Brooke Johnson of North Surry High School. Alexis Allen, of Mount Airy High School, received the Coach’s Award. Defensive Player of the Year went to Maddison Hawks, of North Surry High School, and Offensive Player of the Year was Cassidy Gregory, of East Wilkes High School. The Most Improved Award went to Ashley Smith of East Surry. Brooke Johnson was also named All-Region in volleyball.
The volleyball players participated in the “Spike Hunger Campaign,” collecting canned food items for the Foothills Food Pantry. Team members also organized and held the fifth annual Dig Pink event, which raises funds for breast cancer awareness and research.
For more information about the Knights Athletic program, contact Mark Tucker at 336-386-3217 or go to www.surryknights.com.