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Coaches, Students Honored by NCHSAA
Coaches, Students Honored by NCHSAA
Posted on 05/06/2019
A collage showing Jennifer Kruk, Shane Laws, Meredith Anderson, and Chesney Gardner.Pictured (top, from left) are Jennifer Kruk, Shane Laws, (bottom, from left) Meredith Anderson, and Chesney Gardner with Owen Principal Meg Turner.

By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) honored two BCS coaches and two students at its Annual Meeting in Chapel Hill on May 2, 2019.

Enka High School Softball Coach Jennifer Kruk received the Tony Webb Outstanding Coach Award, which recognizes coaches who have had an impact on the lives of student-athletes.

Under Ms. Kruk’s leadership, Enka Softball won back-to-back 3A State Championships in 2015 and 2016, said Enka Athletic Director Brian Carver.

“Her success and influence have permeated beyond the field as she imparts her passion for health, physical education, and excellence in athletics to all students she teaches,” he said. “She has proven to be an exemplary role model for all coaches and staff at Enka High School.”

A.C. Reynolds High School Football Coach Shane Laws received an Eight Who Made A Difference award.

BCS Athletic Specialist David Ball said Laws is a strong leader who emphasizes values of discipline, work ethic, and personal responsibility.

“Shane’s goal as a coach is to develop young men, on and off the field, and prepare them for life’s challenges,” he said. “He makes a difference in young people’s lives with his consistent high standards and expectations.”

Additionally, Enka High School junior and multi-sport athlete Meredith Anderson was selected to serve on the NCHSAA Student Athlete Advisory Council representing Region 8. She received the Heart of a Champion award earlier this year, which recognizes general excellence both on the field and in the classroom.

As previously reported, Charles D. Owen High School senior Chesney Cooper Gardner was named NCHSAA Female Athlete of the Year.

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