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Stocks, Jones named West’s top athletes

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By Michael Paul, Sports Editor

 During the West Brunswick Senior Awards program May 29, Hannah Stocks and Markel Jones were named athletes of the year.

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Stocks was all-conference and team captain in softball and volleyball.

Jones was all-conference in three sports: football, basketball and baseball. Jones will continue his baseball career at North Carolina State University.

In other awards, Allison Brown was the one-time recipient of the Jerry W. Jones and Kyle M. Jones Memorial Scholarship.

Brown also was the first female recipient of the Caleb Hawkins Memorial Scholarship.

Brown and Bobby McRainey were named winners of the Marine Corps Most Distinguished Athlete awards.

Winners of the BB&T Jamboree scholarships were Victoria Lodge and Hunter Howard.

Howard and Sam Smith were recipients of the U.S. Army Scholar-Athlete awards.

Dixie Youth Baseball awarded a scholarship to Dustin Darguzas. Shallotte Dixie Youth awarded scholarships to Darguzas and and Kim Cook.

Cook, Stocks and Savannah Pridgen were awarded scholarships by the West Brunswick Youth Softball Organization.

West athletics director Jimmy Fletcher said these student-athletes have signed letters of intent to continue their sports careers at these colleges:

Phillip Gause, football at UNC Pembroke; Trevor McKenzie, football at Wingate; Cook, softball at St. Andrews; Jones, baseball at N.C. State; Cole Josselyn, baseball at USC Sumter; Landon Tilley, baseball at Campbell; Abbey Long, soccer at Cape Fear Community College; Scottie Melvin, soccer at Mars Hill.