By Rudy Coggins
Published in Sports on December 12, 2006 1:47 PM
DUDLEY -- Despite sustaining a season-ending ACL injury, Southern Wayne tailback Anthony Council emerged the Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference Player of the Year.
Council accumulated 1,557 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns until the injury sidelined him the week of the Wilson Hunt game. Council averaged 194.6 yards per outing and is close to 4,000 yards for his career.
Joining Council on the ECC All-Conference squad were teammates Tristan Bass and Kelvin Flow.
Senior linebacker Brandon Johnson helped Eastern Wayne record its best season since 1997 and grabbed a spot on the ECC All-Conference list. He is joined by Kendrick Best, Adrian Black and Nolan Lancaster.
Dontay Taylor, the area's top rushing leader in terms of total yards, drew All-ECC recognition for Charles B. Aycock. Teammates Thomas Pilkington, the area's top quarterback, and linebacker Travis Milligan also picked up All-ECC accolades.
Regular-season co-champions Wilson Hunt and Wilson Beddingfield each received seven all-conference selections, while Kinston had two. Hunt seized the league's sportsmanship award while Beddingfield's Tyrone Johnson was named coach of the year.
Here are the ECC fall sports all-conference award winners:
* Women's golf: C.B. Aycock -- Kelli Forbis (POY), Brooke Newell; Southern Wayne -- Jordan Hill, Alyssa Bradshaw; Eastern Wayne -- Jasmine Reeves, Eric Freeman, Melissa Ricker; Wilson Beddingfield -- Betsy Bennett, Megan Gay, Brianna Speight. Coach of the Year -- Michael Wiggs (Southern Wayne). Sportsmanship Award -- Wilson Hunt.
* Volleyball: Eastern Wayne -- Brittanni Billups (co-POY), Brooke Newsome, Anna Wilkins; Wilson Beddingfield -- Barbara DeRatt (co-POY), Kelly Minshew, Jean Best; Wilson Hunt -- Casey Strickland and Tiera Jones; C.B. Aycock -- Amy Fryt, Jasmine Lee; Southern Wayne -- Charlie Garten, Bridget Parvin; Kinston -- Ashley Singleton. Co-Coach of the Year -- Donald Mooring (Kinston), Colby Mangum (So. Wayne). Sportsmanship Award -- Kinston.
* Men's soccer: C.B. Aycock -- Jorge Delgado, Alex Rodriguez, Carson Sasser, Rich Holder, Jared Kennedy; Wilson Hunt -- Andrew Calvert, Jeffrey Rearden, Charlie Anthony, Aaron White; Eastern Wayne -- Dustin Smith (POY), Oscar Suncin; Wilson Beddingfield -- Omar Guerra, Tony Arizpe, Jamie Onellana; Kinston -- Mike Jones; Southern Wayne -- Adiel Nunez. Coach of the Year -- Joe Romig (Kinston). Sportsmanship Award -- Southern Wayne.
* Women's tennis: C.B. Aycock -- Lizzie Sodoma, Kristen Bennett, Courtney Barnes, Raychel Batts (POY); Eastern Wayne -- Lauren Bynum, Lindsay Frederick, Elizabeth Borden; Wilson Beddingfield -- Zolly Rivera; Kinston -- Emily Broadway; Wilson Hunt -- Katie Wilson, Madison Cauley; Southern Wayne -- Tara Hirsch, Amber Bowden. Coach of the Year -- Luke Vail. Sportsmanship Award -- Wilson Beddingfield.
* Men's cross country: C.B. Aycock -- Nik Fredrick, Daniel Pennington; Southern Wayne -- Allen Bennett (POY), Dean Grady, Tay Wilder; Wilson Hunt -- Michael Prafka, Bobby White; Eastern Wayne -- Steven Henricks, Chris Tesar. Coach of the Year -- Sonny West (Wilson Hunt). Sportsmanship Award -- Southern Wayne.
* Women's cross country: C.B. Aycock -- Caroline Schlaeppi, Megan Hales; Eastern Wayne -- Kelly Gregorcyk, Sarah Schley, Natalie Taylor, Sarah Ricker; Wilson Hunt -- Skylar Zee, Patty Mallory, Britt Taylor, Kathryn Betts. Coach of the Year -- Sonny West (Wilson Hunt). Sportsmanship Award -- Eastern Wayne and C.B. Aycock.
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