DOBSON — Brock Jessup and Hunter Travis swept the top honors for Surry Community College during the school’s annual athletic awards banquet.
Travis, a sophomore shortstop from South Rowan High School, was named SCC’s Student Athlete of the Year. As a freshman in 2017, he helped lead the Knights to a Region X regular season and tournament baseball championships while also being selected to the All-Region X team. In addition, he helped Surry make its first NJCAA World Series appearance since 1998.
This season he has helped lead Surry to the Region X regular season championship and top seed in the Region X tournament. Individually, he is currently ranked sixth nationally in home runs and 36th in RBIs.
Possessing a vast array of academic and athletic ability, Travis is a member of Blackwelder Park Baptist Church in Kannapolis and is employed by Kut Rite Lawn care during the summer. He has assisted and volunteered with Main Street Missions, the China Grove food pantry, and various youth baseball camps in the past.
While at SCC the last two years, he has been a Dean’s List and President’s List student posting an overall 3.42 grade point average. This spring, he will earn an Associate’s Degree and plans to attend a four-year college or university to continue his education and baseball career.
Brock Jessup, a sophomore golfer from East Surry High School, has been honored as Surry’s Scholar Athlete of the Year. A member of Victory Baptist Church in Mount Airy, Jessup sings in the church choir and also assists with Bible School each summer.
A two-sport athlete in high school, he was named all-conference in golf for three consecutive years, helping lead East Surry to the state playoffs each season. In 2014, he earned the Sportsmanship Award presented by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. He also excelled academically in high school, earning membership in the National Honor Society and National Honor Technical Society.
While at SCC the last two years, Jessup has been a Dean’s List and President’s List student posting an overall 3.85 GPA. For the 2016-2017 academic year, the NJCAA named him Second Team All-Academic. He was an Ambassador nominee and also volunteered with the SCC Foundation Golf Tournament along with collecting food for the Foothills Food Pantry at the Dobson Christmas Parade. In December, he earned an Associate’s Degree in Construction Management.
On the course, Jessup helped lead Surry to the Region X Golf Championship in 2017 while finishing fourth in the District Tournament. This year, he helped the Knights to a third-place finish in the NJCAA District J Tournament. He also helped Surry capture the 47th annual Federal Credit Intercollegiate Golf Championship hosted by Camp Lejeune and the Wake Tech Eagles Cup. Individually, he was also named as the Tom Pendergraft Coaches Award recipient this year. He plans to attend East Carolina University this fall and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management.
The awards program took an emotional turn as Dr. David Shockley, Surry Community College President, presented the tournament award from the Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate Golf Championship to Susan Pendergraft, wife of former Surry head golf coach Tom Pendergraft. Coach Pendergraft passed away this past January after a battle with cancer.
“It was a fitting tribute to Coach Pendergraft,” Surry Athletic Director Mark Tucker said. “Tom loved his country, and he loved golf. The Camp Lejeune tournament was his favorite because of what it represented, and to have Dr. Shockley present the championship award to his wife Susan was truly an emotional moment for everyone. Tom was such an ambassador for Surry Community College. He cared so much for his golfers and we truly miss him every day.”
Travis also took home MVP honors for the Region X champion baseball team in 2018. Other Surry baseball awards went to Offensive Player of the Year Michael Roberts, Defensive Player of the Year Ethan Danley, and Pitcher of the Year Aaron Mitchell. Jake Carter was honored with the Roy A. Vernon Coaches Award.
Dylon Wooten and Alexis Huffman were named MVP of the men’s and women’s golf teams, respectively. Dylan Ray was honored with the Black Panther Award.
Katlin Anthony was honored during the banquet as MVP of the Surry softball team. Nicole Collins was honored with the Hustle Award, Kayla Shore received the Coaches Award, Tana Frye earned the Best Defensive Player Award, while Paige Rideout was chosen as the recipient of the Best Offensive Player Award.
Anika Thomas led the way in volleyball voting as Surry’s MVP. Bryce Smith was named Defensive Player of the Year, Lauren Charleville was chosen as Offensive Player of the Year, and Kaylee Bullin was given the award for Most Improved. Lexie Hartle was also honored with the team’s Coaches Award.