Cape Fear Christian Academy recognized accomplishments in spring sports that included a state championship in softball and a state championship in fishing at an athletic banquet Thursday in the gym.
The gathering enjoyed a taco bar provided by Shane and Chauntel Summers.
Major awards were presented with Spencer George receiving the Male Athlete of the Year for high school and Kristen Bass presented with the Female Athlete of the Year.
Upper school scholastic honors went to Trey Tripp for the boys and Kristen Bass for the girls.
Middle school athletes of the year were Zeke Brock (boys) and Ruby George (girls). Middle school scholastic honors went to Jackson Breslin (boys) and Ella John Dupree (girls).
Anna Gurkin received the Eagle Award for service and Reid Miller was the Impact Award winner for his contributions in baseball.
CFCA had a fishing team for the first time. Brothers River and Reed Ennis brought home the Junior Division title in a year-long competition sponsored by the North Carolina Student Angler Federation. Their dad, Brian Ennis, was their coach and boat captain. Patrick Gilchrist of the NCSAF spoke at the banquet.
Varsity softball coach Sterling Holmes guided the program to its seventh state title, the first played at the Eagles’ field. Rhyleigh Horne was team MVP. Kristen Bass was Offensive Player of the Year. Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors went to Paige Jeffries and Jada Horne.
Five Eagle softball players made All-Sandhills Athletic Conference and All-NCISAA 1-A: Aubree Bass, Kristen Bass, Jada Horne, Rhyleigh Horne and Paige Jeffries.
In baseball, coach Marty Priebe presented the Rising Star Award to Zeke Brock, the Coach’s Award to Reid Miller and the Most Outstanding Award to Jaden Crumley, who also was all-conference.
In varsity girls soccer, coach Michael Breslin presented the MVP award, as voted on by the players, to Ella John Dupree. Reyna Johnson received the Coach’s Award. Assistant coach Jackson Breslin presented the Most Improved Award to Meredith Taylor. All-conference honors went to Johnson and Taylor.
Middle school softball coach Craig Autry presented honors to Aubree Bass (MVP), Harmony Horne (Offense), Rhyleigh Horne (Co-Defense) and Shelby Hodges (Co-Defense).