Two North Carolinians are among the 40 people honored this week by the National High School Coaches Association.
This is the 15th year straight year the NHSCA has honored 20 athletes and 20 coaches with the national coach of the year and player of the year awards.
The coaches come from 16 different states, while the athletes were picked from 13 different states. North Carolina had one athlete and one coach who were honored.
“The 20 young men and women we are honoring today represent the thousands of success stories produced in high school athletics,” NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro Jr. said. “They have worked extremely hard to develop their skills and have become not just great athletes, but outstanding role models as well, and we are proud to be honoring them.”
Each one of the winners will be honored in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum that the NHSCA is planning in Pennsylvania.
Winning the national award for boys’ track and field is Cherryville’s Trentavis Friday, the most outstanding male performer at this year’s 1A state championship in Greensboro.
Friday won four gold medals in one day, three of them individually as well as the 4x400 relay.
In the 200m, Friday kept Mount Airy’s Cordell France from getting a gold, winning the race by more than a second while France settled for silver.
Friday also contributed to France not getting a bronze in the 100m. Friday won that race, while France, then a sophomore, finished fourth.
Friday’s time of 10.17 seconds in the 100 and 20.33 in the 200 were the best times in the nation this past school year.
When he’s not dashing his way through the competition, Friday donates his time to the First Wesleyan Church’s feed-the-homeless initiative.
Friday will attend Florida State University. Friday is the first North Carolina athlete to be honored as the NHSCA’s boys’ track and field athlete of the year.
While these coaches represent a multitude of different backgrounds, they exhibit a common theme: a strong dedication to supporting and developing high school student-athletes.
“This announcement is always a lot of fun for me,” said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro, Jr. “The coaches we are honoring today are outstanding examples for successful high school coaches in their sports. They place a high value on the teamwork skills their players learn for success in the classroom and on the field, and we are proud to be honoring them.”
Monte Sherrill, Alexander Central, has been named the 2014 NHSCA National Softball Coach of the Year.
Monte Sherrill, who won his 700th career game in 2013, has made a habit out of winning. This past year Sherrill led Alexander Central to its second straight North Carolina Class 4-A state title while running its win streak to 67 straight.
Counting his time at Central Cabarrus High School in the 90’s, Sherrill’s teams own a record of 724-59 for a winning percentage of .925.