Warriors' Moye, Dean capture league's player-of-the-year honorse
By Rudy Coggins
Published in Sports on June 9, 2010 11:25 AM
Cambric Moye and Brandi Dean earned well-deserving honors, and Charles B. Aycock emerged the Wachovia Conference Cup champion after a strong spring sports season in Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference play.
Moye received the ECC baseball player-of-the-year award after leading the Warriors to their third consecutive regular-season championship, and seventh overall in program history. The senior catcher will play in two All-Star games -- the East-West Classic in Charlotte this weekend and the North Carolina-South Carolina contest June 17-18 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Moye ranked among the top three in several offensive categories for the Warriors, who reached the eastern semifinals of the 2010 N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A playoffs. He batted .337 with 23 RBI and two home runs, and recorded a .964 fielding percentage behind the plate.
"(Cambric) and the other six 2010 seniors have been a part of 64 wins in three years," said Eastern Wayne coach Jabo Fulghum, who won the ECC coach-of-the-year award. "This is one of the best groups of seniors that Eastern Wayne has had in a long time."
The fleet-footed Dean was unstoppable this season.
A senior striker, Dean reeled off a county-leading 24 goals and easily claimed the ECC women's soccer player-of-the-year award this spring. She helped the Warriors claim their first regular-season championship since 2006, and third overall in program history.
Dean concluded her stellar prep career with 59 goals and 26 assists. She set single-season records for goals (24) and hat tricks (five).
"Brandi is a joy to watch when she takes one of her patented runs at goal," said Eastern Wayne coach Jorg Wagner, who was named the ECC coach-of-the-year. "One touch over the top -- and she's gone. With enough space in front of her, nobody inside or outside the ECC has been able to catch her for the last three years."
Craig Hassell, in his second season with men's tennis, was named that sport's coach-of-the-year by his ECC peers. The Warriors finished second in regular-season play and advanced to the second round of the NCHSAA dual-team playoffs.
Senior Tiarra McIntyre picked up ECC runner-of-the-year honors after claming three individual conference titles in the season-ending women's track and field championships.
Eastern Wayne seized the team sportsmanship award in softball.
Aycock secured its third consecutive ECC regular-season, men's tennis dual-team championship and helped the Golden Falcons claim the ECC Wachovia Conference Cup.
Third-year Aycock softball coach Brad Matthews was named the ECC co-coach-of-the-year along with North Lenoir's Heather Carson. Matthews guided the Golden Falcons to 14 victories and an appearance in the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs.
"I am very proud of all of our coaches, student-athletes and parents for a job well done this past school year," said Aycock athletics director Charles Davis. "Our coaches do a great job of supporting the other sports, and sharing athletes."
The Golden Falcons ended up second in softball, baseball and women's soccer. The runner-up efforts help lead to Aycock's 82.5-78-5 decision over county archrival Eastern Wayne.
Triton took third with 76.5 points. South Johnston, which reached the NCHSAA final four in softball, collected 69 points. Southern Wayne, the team sportsmanship winner in men's track, picked up 49.5 points.
North Lenoir had 35 points.
Southern Wayne's Jeremy Joyner shared coach-of-the-year honors in men's golf with Ron Rivera (Triton) and Daniel Benson (South Johnston).
The Wachovia Conference Cup, formerly known as the Wachovia Trophy, is a companion to the Wachovia Cup. The Conference Cup is awarded to schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within their respective leagues.
Points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points.