Three War Eagle players, two coaches named best in conference

Published 5:15 pm Tuesday, June 1, 2021

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Davie produced three Central Piedmont Conference players of the year and two coaches of the year in recent months.

All three players of the year are underclassmen.

Junior running back Tate Carney claimed POY in football.

He rushed for 1,383 yards, averaged 6.6 yards per carry, added 236 receiving yards and scored 24 touchdowns. And don’t forget he did all that damage in seven games.

When Davie’s 5-2 season ended, he was first in the state in points (144) and TDs and second in rushing yards.

In softball, junior London Dirks tore the cover off the ball for 16 games and won POY. She hit .540 with 27 runs, 27 hits, 10 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 28 RBIs. She also had 11 walks/hit by pitches and nine stolen bases.

And in tennis, Burke Rosenbaum won 24 of 27 matches to lead the War Eagles to a share of the CPC championship. The sensational sophomore went 15-2 in singles and 9-1 in doubles.

Morgan Wyatt and Shane Nixon earned coach of the year.

Wyatt engineered a dramatic turnaround in softball.

In her first season, the COVID-shortened 2020 season, Davie finished 0-7. This year it rose to 10-6 and tied for second in the league.

Nixon guided the tennis team to another memorable season, going 11-2 overall, 9-1 in the CPC and tying for first place. He won the honor for the third time in his career. Davie boys tennis has never been this good for this long. On Nixon’s watch, there have been seven winning seasons in seven years. Davie has finished first or second the last five years. His career record is 76-28.


Davie’s all-conference selections in football were seniors Kristian Lyons (defensive back), Jack Reynolds (receiver), Justus Tatum (DB), Gage Recktenwald (linebacker), Caleb Bowling (DB), Beaven Arey (punter) and Avery Taylor (defensive lineman); and juniors Za’Haree Maddox (receiver), Spencer Williams (offensive lineman) and Camden Beck (OL).

The all-CPC picks from Davie softball were sophomores Sydney Dirks, Summer Simpson and Melanie Gobble and freshman Audrea Fowler.

The all-CPC winners in tennis were seniors Luke Stillson and Jack Nixon and junior C Crenshaw.

And making it in girls soccer from Davie were senior Rachel Devereaux and junior Katie Shupe.