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By CHUCK HATHCOCK
Sports Editor


   Players, coaches, fans, and families gathered at the Kirk Academy gymnasium Monday night to recognize the accomplishments of its athletes during the 2013-14 school year.
   Athletes, both junior high and high schools, along with cheerleaders were honored at the event.
   The highlight of the sports season at the school was the appearance by the Kirk Raiderettes in the MAIS Overall Basketball Tournament.
   Junior Lauren Snyder was named Most Valuable for that group that finished with 25 wins. Freshman Margaret Taylor won the MVP on the offensive side while Brett Adair Kyle was MVP on defense.
   Hayden Grantham won the Senior Award. Lexie Simmons was honored by being named Most Improved.
   Snyder, Grantham, and Taylor were recognized for being named All-District. Carley Hudspeth and Kassandra Beck were named Honorable Mention.
   On the junior varsity side, Margaret Taylor was named Most Valuable. Annie Box won the Best Defensive and Carley Hudspeth was named Best Offensive. Victoria Menhal won the Best Rebounder and Juli DiPaolo was Most Improved.
   Here’s a look at the other sports and their award winners.

Football
   Senior Dalton Turner was named Most Valuable for Coach John McCrory. Gunner Hudspeth was the top offensive player and Chris Parella won the Defensive MVP.
   Travis Taylor came away with the Special Teams MVP. Peyton Box was the winner of the Raider Award and Josh Branscome was named Most Improved.
   Gunner Hudspeth, Box, and Turner were named All-Conference on offense. Hunter Dees, Landon Marter, and Parella were All-Conference defensively.
   Robbie Jackson, Branscome, and Taylor were Honorable Mention on offense. Paxton Hames and Zack Beckham were Honorable Mention defensively.
   In junior varsity football, Josh Stanford was the Most Valuable. Holland Bailey won Best Offense and Andrew Easter was Best Defense.
   Warner Herring won the Most Improved award. D.J. McCullough was the Best Offensive Lineman and Preston Woods won the Best Defensive Lineman.
   Andrew McDurmon was the top receiver. Dalton Bell was named Best Defensive Back.

For the full story, see the online edition or the printed edition of the GrenadaStar.





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