Awards given at MCHS soccer banquet

By Amanda Lowrance

Awards given at MCHS soccer banquet

The10-4 McNairy Central Soccer Team gathers for group photo at the soccer banquet. Players not pictured are seniors Nathan Howell and Jonathan Jones. Staff Photos by Amanda Lowrance

The MCHS soccer awards banquet was held at Selmer Middle School on Saturday evening, honoring seven very skilled athletes from the team and the alumni.

Coach Nick Cook began his speech with a special thanks to his wife, Monica. He surprised her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and showed his gratitude.

“Everyone is scratching their head wondering what’s happened,” said Coach Cook. “The last time we went past the first round of the district playoffs was in 2002.”

The district has doubled since 2002, and McNairy Central gained the first seed out of twelve teams.

Still holding a record for all-time assists, Hall of Fame was awarded to Alumni Josh Mankey.

Freshman Andrew Dunn received Rookie of the year and was the third leading scorer this past season.

Best Hustle went to Matthew Frye for his dedication on the field.

Best All Around went to Joyner Pollard for his ability to play any position.

Best Offense went to Dakota Chandler for his scoring ability.

Best Defense went to Issac Cagle, the lefty, mild-mannered freshmen, who received the only yellow card this season.

Most Improved went to Jonathan Jones for going up in every statistical category this year.

Coaches Award went to Christian Shipman for his leadership. Shipman also received #2 all-time career saves and #3 in all-time defensive stops.

MVP went to Nathan Howell for his aggressiveness on the goal and his leadership. Howell also received #1 all-time shots on goal in career, #2 all-time points per game, and #3 all-time goals.

Co-MVP went to Josh Court for his ability to maneuver on the field. Court also received Defensive MVP for the district and was awarded for setting new records for career defensive stops, season defensive stops, and average defensive stops per game.

“Everybody plays their role,” said Coach Cook. “Everybody does their job.”

The team will continue to build in the off-season and hopes to have an even better season next year.