Published: Jun 12, 2012 12:00 AM
Modified: Jun 12, 2012 04:20 PM
East Chapel Hill junior Jon Beyle has been named the Triangles Track-and-Field male athlete of the year by the News & Observer.
The post-season honor comes after Beyle won the N.C. High School Athletic Association state indoor championship in shot put and then followed that with championships in both shot put and discus at the NCHSAA outdoor championships this spring.
The N&O awards take scholarship into account. Asked about his favorite subject in high school Beyle responded "Does lunch count?" Nonethless, he finished last semester with a 3.8 GPA at one of the nations most academically demanding high schools.
Track stars dominated the N&Os awards.
Alexis Perry, a 2012 grad from Easts PAC-6 rival Durham Jordan High, was named the Triangles Top Female Athlete by the N&O, while Tevin Hester of Granville Central High School was the Top Male Athlete of the Year.
Perry, heading to N.C. State next semester, was the most valuable female performer in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A indoor and outdoor state championships after missing the state finals her sophomore and junior years because of injuries.
Perry won the 55-meter hurdles and the high jump indoors and claimed the high jump and long jump titles outdoors. She also was third in the 100 hurdles outdoors. In addition, Perry was a varsity cheerleader, all while carrying a GPA of 4.16.
Being named the MVP indoors and outdoors was definitely the highlight, but I learned a lot in high school competition," Perry said. "If you want to be successful, you have to be dedicated and work hard. Obtaining success is not easy and you have to work at it all of the time.
Hester also is the N.C. High School Athletic Association male athlete of the year for 2011-12. The Clemson University recruit was a three-sport standout. He rushed for 1,247 yards and scored 19 touchdowns in football and averaged 18.5 points per game in basketball while becoming the schools career scoring and steals leader.
But he was most outstanding in track. Hester won the New Balance Indoor national high school championship by racing 60 meters in 6.72 seconds. He was fifth in the 200 meters in the same meet. He was the NCHSAA 1A/2A state indoor champion in 55 meters and in the outdoor 100 meters.
Zach Rimmer, with a GPA of 4.17 in the Orange High School class of 2012, was named the top wrestler of the year. Rimmer won the NCHSAA 145-pound individual championship and finished 34-4 after helping the Panthers win another 3A state dual-team title.
Lauren Rogers of Durham Academy was named the Triangle top female Scholar Athlete by the N&O, and Jordan senior Grant Spurney was the top Male Scholar Athlete.
Other top athletes (and their sports) named by the N&O included: Garner senior Juwan Moye (Football); Fuquay-Varina senior Adrian Gonazlez (boys soccer); Green Hope junior Alexis Shaffer (girls soccer); Cary Academy senior Thomas Graham (boys cross country); Millbrook senior Samantha George (girls cross country); Raleigh Charter senior Joe Bonk (boys swimming); Leesville Road senior Hannah Lincoln (girls swimming); Green Hope junior Maggie Auslander (girls Lacrosse; Enloe senior Jonathan Addison (boys indoor track); Wakefield senior Ariah Graham (girls indoor track; Ravenscroft junior Wesley Frazier (girls outdoor track); Cardinal Gibbons senior Connor Prevost (boys lacrosse); Cardinal Gibbons senior Matt Daly (boys tennis); Cary Academy senior Haleigh Morgus (girls tennis); Middle Creek senior Jimmy Boyd (baseball); Holly Springs senior Erica Nunn (softball); Raleigh Upper Room senior Rodney Purvis (boys basketball); Millbrook junior Briana Day (girls basketball) Broughton freshman Stephen Saleeby (boys golf); Athens Drive junior Sarah Bae (girls golf) and Cardinal Gibbons senior Madison Bugg (Volleyball).
For more about these student-athletes, see newsobserver.com
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