Cape Fear Christian Academy presented its athletic awards on Tuesday for the 2020-21 school year in the gym.
There were adjustments throughout the year for COVID protocols, but the Eagles were particularly strong in fishing, softball, varsity boys basketball and volleyball.
River Ennis and Reid Miller won a state championship in fishing. The varsity softball team won the Sandhills Athletic Conference and was second in the NCISAA 1-A tournament. The CFCA middle school softball team went unbeaten.
The varsity boys basketball team earned a share of the Sandhills championship and reached the NCISAA semifinals.
Three athletes made all-state in the fall including Allie Wiggins in cross country, Ella John Dupree in girls tennis and Anslee McLamb in volleyball.
Cinque Lemon was Player of the Year in the Sandhills Athletic Conference in varsity boys basketball and was named all-state along with teammate Tristan Harkins of CFCA.
Sandhills Coach of the Year honors went to Sterling Holmes of CFCA and Claire Parker of the Eagles was Player of the Year. Joining Parker on the all-state team were Kim Bordeaux, Cailee Ray, Rhyleigh Horne and Mariah Bell.
The Eagles introduced Paul Hobbs as new junior varsity and varsity volleyball coach. He comes from Southside Christian in Clayton. Former coach Brittany Ter Meer recently became engaged and plans to enter graduate school after guiding the Eagles to the state semifinals in 2020. CFCA won the Falcons Invitational at Lee Christian, which went on to win the state title.
In middle school volleyball, CFCA won the Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament championships under first-year coach Mary Beth Young.
CFCA’s boys and girls varsity basketball teams each won Senior Classic championships. The CFCA girls got their first NCISAA playoff win since 2009.
Jake Tyndall was named Male Athlete of the Year and Reyna Johnson was named Female Athlete of the Year.
The scholastic athlete awards went to Trey Tripp for the boys and Anslee McLamb for the girls.
Gracie Byrd received the Impact Award for significant contributions as a first-year student-athlete.
Natalia Brocious was the recipient of the Eagle Award presented by the Booster Club for service.
In middle school, Eli Burns was the Male Athlete of the Year and Wiggins won for Female Athlete of the Year.
Scholastic athlete awards in middle school were presented to Landon Alphin for the boys and Larah Tripp for the girls.