There was scarcely a day during the 2016-17 school year where either Maggie Hawks or Kendal Tucker weren’t in the news for some sporting accomplishment.
On Friday, as North Surry was being crowned as the county school system’s top all-around athletic program, the two seniors deemed most responsible for that achievement were recognized as the Surry County Schools Athletes of the Year. The two student-athletes were presented with their trophies during a ceremony at the school on Friday.
Surry Telephone Membership Corporation sponsors the awards by presenting each athlete with a trophy.
The selection process for the awards involves nominating and voting on the top senior male and female athletes by the coaching staffs at each high school. The coaches at the three respective schools nominate and vote on the top male and female athletes based on their entire high school athletic careers. Once selection of the top male and female athletes at the school level is completed, the county athletic director, Mr. Tom Hemmings, receives the athletes’ names with a list of their athletic accomplishments. At the county level, a subcommittee of the Athletic Improvement Committee reviews the nominations and makes their selections. There are always outstanding nominees and the selection committee had a difficult time making the final selections.
Maggie Hawks, the Female Athlete of the Year, is a North Surry student who participated in volleyball and basketball for four years. She started every game for over seven varsity sports seasons, which equates to approximately 193 contests over that period.
As a senior, she was the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference (WPAC) volleyball Player of the Year and runner-up for WPAC volleyball conference Player of the Year the previous year. She was selected to four conference all tournament teams combined in volleyball and basketball, and was also named to the WPACAll-Conference teams in both sports a combined six times.In her senior year, North Surry made it to the quarterfinals of the state 2A volleyball playoffs, and then won the West Regional title in basketball. North Surry rode a 22-game winning streak into the state championship game before falling 59-49 in the final against Clinton and State Player of the Year Mikayla Boykin.
Hawks played in 26 state playoff games during her athletic career, including 10 in her senior year.
Division II and Division III colleges recruited her to play both volleyball and basketball. After graduation from NSHS, she will continue her athletic career by playing volleyball at Salem College.
Coach Slate adds that she is one of the top three leaders he has ever coached in any of his 33 seasons as a varsity head coach. He says, “She made the effort to lead all her teammates in the right way.”
Maggie achieved these awards and accolades while also demonstrating outstanding skills as student in the classroom taking a number of challenging Advanced Placement courses and qualifying to be a member of the NSHS National Honor Society.
Kendal Tucker, the Male Athlete of the Year, participated in basketball and baseball during his high school career. He earned a varsity letter in both sports for each of his four years. In basketball, he was a selected as a member of the WPAC basketball All-Conference team for two years. He was a member of three conference basketball championship teams. He received the WPAC basketball tournament MVP in 2016 and all tournament in 2015-16 and 2016-17. He finished his NSHS basketball career with over 1,200 points scored.
Last winter, Tucker was part of a talented senior contingent that led the Greyhounds all the way to the West Regional title and the state championship game. North Surry won 27 games before ending their season with a loss to Northside-Jacksonville in the school’s first championship game appearance since 1989.
In baseball, he was selected as a member of the WPAC All-Conference team for three years and a two-time all-tournament selection. He was selected to the NC All-State baseball team as a junior (the All-State team has not been announced for this year). He was selected to play baseball in the Powerade State Games as a junior and a senior. His batting average as a junior was .400, and he followed that up with a batting average of .600 as a senior. Tucker’s performance as a senior is thought to be one of the 20 best averages in the entire history of North Carolina high school baseball.
Kendal is also an outstanding student as well. He served as a Junior Marshall. He is a member of the NSHS National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. He signed a national letter of intent to play Division I baseball at Winthrop University next year.