Suffolk’s fall talent on display

Published 6:17 pm Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Duke Automotive-Suffolk News-Herald male and female Fall Player of the Year awards have been announced, but it is important to note that they have a group of talented peers within the city.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy senior running back Noah Giles was the male award-winner, and he had competition for the honor from the one who received it the previous two years — King’s Fork High School senior running back Deshaun Wethington.

Though Wethington missed two games this season, he still managed to put together a remarkable season that helped propel his team to the 4A East Region quarterfinals.

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In 10 games, he ran for 1,716 yards and 25 touchdowns, serving once again as the Bulldogs’ main offensive weapon.

King’s Fork had a rough end to its regular season, losing four games in a row, but he helped pick it right back up in the first game of the playoffs against Smithfield, running for 250 yards and five touchdowns.

Though No.1-seeded Lake Taylor High School was a heavy favorite in the regional quarterfinals, Wethington lent 83 yards and two touchdowns to a remarkable Bulldog effort that forced the Titans to execute a fourth-quarter rally to win 52-39.

Nansemond River High School sophomore forward Ashlyn Rogers took home the female Fall Player of the Year award, but she had good company on her own team in the form of senior midfielder/forward Jaclyn Mounie.

Mounie was a key contributor on offense that helped the Lady Warriors navigate the new world of the Virginia High School League’s Group 5A classification, which Nansemond River moved up to this school year. Rather than take a step back, the Lady Warriors had a better-than-normal season in which they went 13-4 overall.

Mounie contributed 20 goals and eight assists to her team’s efforts.

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy junior tennis star Elvie Sellers also put together an impressive season, going 14-5 in No. 1 singles matches for the year, including going undefeated against Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II opponents.

Though her team fell in the VISAA Division II state semifinals, she finished strong, giving her team its only wins in the match in No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles.

Teaming with senior Ria Khandpur for No. 1 doubles, they went 10-8 for the year.