A trio of Polk County seniors were honored at Sunday’s WNC Sports Awards Banquet at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville.
A day after winning his second straight state 1A outdoor championship in the pole vault, Jake Justice received the White & Williams Division II Male Athlete award. Justice topped a field of nominees that included fellow Wolverine Caleb Potter, the 2018 1A state cross country champion.
Potter received the George & Sandra Beverly Scholarship and will use that as he plans to attend Montreat College, where he has committed to run cross country.
Senior Ansley Lynch, a finalist for the Wells Fargo Advisors/Aiken, Meyer, Whatley Division II Female Athlete award, received the Advent Health Scholarship. Lynch plans to attend UNC Asheville this fall.
Polk County’s state champion boys track and field team was nominated for the Blue Ridge Division of EmergeOrtho Division II Male Team and was represented by Potter, Justice and Mitchell Yoder. Polk County’s girls 4×400-meter relay team was also nominated for the Mills Manufacturing Division II Female Team award for its 2018 state title.
Conducted by the Mountain Amateur Athletic Club, the banquet presented plaques to winners of 24 awards and presented 16 scholarships of $1,500 each to deserving student athletes through the John & Darlene McNabb Charitable Foundation.
Almost 1,000 people attended the event, which also serves as an induction ceremony for the WNC Sports Hall of Fame. This year’s Hall of Fame class included former East Henderson High and Western Carolina football player Tiger Greene, long-time Enka coach Susan DeWeese, football coach Carroll Wright and basketball coach Tom Pryor, who coached girls basketball at Polk County for three seasons.