Hardy County Schools Bestow Special Awards To Student-Athletes

The most prestigious awards for the student-athletes at Moorefield and East Hardy High Schools were carefully selected after much deliberation recognizing the amazing achievements of those individuals providing leadership and utmost character amongst the teams.

The swarm of votes came in as the Yellow Jackets gathered at the Hive giving the Moorefield Senior Female Athlete of the Year award to Lindsey Rinker and the Moorefield Senior Male Athlete of the Year award was presented to Brent Moran.

“I am honored and blessed to receive the athlete of the year award. It is a dream come true and something I’ve been working towards for many years,” Moorefield senior Lindsey Rinker commented.

Rinker was a three-sport athlete competing in volleyball, basketball and softball.

“When I was a freshman, Coach See told me ‘Lindsey, you need to strive to win them all,’ It motivated me to be the best player, teammate, student and person that I could be. I’m sad that my high school athletic career is over, but I had an amazing career at MHS. All of these life skills will help me have a successful future.”

Moran, a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball, shared similar thoughts about what it meant to be given this athlete of the year recognition

“I’m honored to receive this award. I feel that all of my hard work, time, and dedication has payed off. I give all the credit to my teammates and coaches for pushing me to be the best I could possibly be,” Moorefield senior Brent Moran said.

A pride of Cougars filled the Den lifting up junior SierraMarie Miller as the East Hardy Female Athlete of the Year and junior Christian Dove received the East Hardy Male Athlete of the Year award.

Miller was a three-sport athlete competing in volleyball, wrestling and track and field, while Dove played in a trio of sports including football, basketball and baseball.

“I am extremely honored to have received the award of East Hardy’s Female Athlete of the Year. I hope to set a positive example for my younger peers in and outside of sports. I will strive to continue to work hard this following year,” East Hardy junior SierraMarie Miller remarked.

It wasn’t a typical day of presentations as the awards were given outside during the pandemic at separate intervals.

Numerous accolades given to the student-athletes focused not only on the journey of the team, but the value of leadership, character, faith and academic excellence.

Moorefield High School’s highest academic honor for an athlete is the American Legion Scholarship award recognizing the student with the best grade point average and this year it was a dual accomplishment as Isabelle Nesbit and Thomas Williams were both bestowed this accolade with identical grades.

“It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” Sportsmanship and character stands on display at every game as role models develop the core of teamwork and leadership.

The M.A. Bean Sports Award has been presented to student-athletes at Moorefield High School since its inception in the 1967-68 season with candidates writing essays for former recipients to read and vote upon in addition to each individual having the utmost character, leadership, being active in the community, attending church regularly and maintaining academic excellence.

Thomas Williams was selected as the M.A. Bean Sports Award recipient for the 2019-20 academic year, following in the footsteps of his brother Austin (2014-15) and father Sam (1985-86) in receiving this

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