2017-18 Queens Grant High School Annual Sports Banquet

Athletic Director, Dan Kerr with John Orlowski receiving award. (Ed Berti)
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The Queens Grant Annual Sports Banquet was held on May 17th at Elevation Church in Matthews, North Carolina.

Basketball Coach Jay Forsythe addressing audience. (Ed Berti)

Athletic Director Dan Kerr hosted the program in front of a crowded room filled with the Stallion faithful including coaches, student athletes, family and friends.

Andy Duran All-Conference, All-Region, awaiting All-State selection. (Ed Berti)

There were truly some good student athletes at the banquet.  The teams with highest grade point averages include Women’s Tennis 3.99, Women’s Cross Country 3.58, Men’s Tennis 3.57, Women’s Soccer 3.47, Volleyball 3.39, Men’s Cross Country 3.37.

The All-Star lineup recognized the 2017-2018 Stallion Award Nominations in the following categories.

Lucas Brown, All-Conference, All-Region, All-State. (Ed Berti)

Freshman of the Year – Male Athletes:  Nathan Gremore, Tennis, Josh Divers, Cross Country and Track.  Female Athletes: Makayla Pratt, Basketball, Ashlynn Brown, Tennis and Track, Anne Estelle Strawn, Basketball and Softball.

Outstanding Performance of the Year – Male Athletes: Jah’Quez Sanders, Basketball on December 28th vs. Grace Christian he scored 31 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, while shooting 5 for 7 three pointers.  Jose Duarte, Soccer had 22 saves in a shut-out win against Forrest Hills.  Lucas Brown, Cross Country and Track, he entered the cross country state championship to run his personal best time of 16:24 as he finished second in the state.  Lucas also accomplished his second consecutive All-Conference and All- Region selection. Female Athletes: Ashley Aberly, Basketball scored a game high 24 points, 10 rebounds in a key game for the Stallions, Ashlynn Brown, Tennis had an outstanding performance in the conference championships to earn her a berth in the regional tournament.

Jose Duarte, All-Conference, All-Region, All-State. (Ed Berti)

Senior Athlete of the Year –  Male Athletes: Jose Duarte, Soccer, Jesse Bell, Soccer and Wrestling, John Orlowski, Baseball, Toris Saifele, Track.  Female Athletes, Morgan Redloske, Volleyball, Adrienne, Cheer and Track, Haley Fisher, Soccer.

Stallion Excellence Award –  This is the top honor according to Athletic Director, Dan Kerr.  The award is given to the all-around top three student athletes in both gender categories.  The student-athlete must also possess leadership skills on and off the field.  They must be an excellent student academically and set a good example for their teammates and classmates.  They are not necessarily the “Best” athlete, however, the most deserving based on their overall performance academically, mentally, physically, through consistent hard work and commitment to achievement.  Male Athletes: Lucas Brown, Cross Country and Track, Jacob Beard, Baseball, Noah Guercio, Lacrosse.  Female Athletes: Olivia Gotta, Tennis and Softball, Alondra Silva, Cheer, and Virginia Creech, Cross Country and Track.

Senior Cheerleaders. (Ed Berti)

The two varsity teams who standout above all the rest this past school year are Baseball with a 15-10 overall record, 9-3 in PAC-7 Conference competition.  Men’s Soccer 13-8 overall, since Head Coach Mark Guercio has been at the helm the Stallion soccer program has experienced a winning season.

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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran's affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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