No. 8 high school sports story of 2017-2018 | Edenton athletics secures multiple individual awards

The No. 8 high school sports story of 2017-18

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John A. Holmes coach Robert "Bob" Jordan (second right) has led the Aces to three consecutive seasons into the state playoffs.


By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

John A. Holmes has established itself as having one of the more successful high school athletic programs in the state in recent years.

The school’s success was recognized at the state level during the 2017-2018 high school sports season.

In January, Edenton football coach Paul Hoggard was named the National Federation of High School Association (NFHS) North Carolina High School Football Coach of the Year.

Hoggard was nominated by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).

Hoggard, who completed his third season leading the Aces last fall, has guided the program to two East Regional final appearances during his tenure.

In 2016, the Aces defeated South Columbus in the Class 2A East Regional final to advance to the 2A state championship game.

Edenton appeared in the Class 1AA East Regional final against Tarboro last fall.

The Aces fell to Tarboro, which went on to win the 1AA state championship.

In three seasons, the Aces have compiled a 31-11 overall record, won a Class 1A Albemarle Athletic Conference championship in 2017 and appeared in the state playoffs in all three seasons.

John A. Holmes baseball coach Robert Jordan was named the state's top baseball coach in April.

The award, which was presented by the NFHS, recognized his work leading the Aces during the 2017 baseball season.

Edenton posted a 28-3 overall record en route to the NCHSAA Class 2A state championship.

In three seasons under Jordan's leadership, the Aces have made three state playoff appearances with two Class 2A East Regional final series appearance in 2016 and 2017.

The Aces won back-to-back Class 2A Northeastern Coastal Conference championships in 2016 and 2017.

Edenton has a 65-19 overall record during Jordan's tenure.

The Aces posted a 16-10 record this past spring and advance to the third round of the 1A baseball state playoffs.

Athletes Ben Ward and Anna Bass were name recipients of the 2017-18 NCHSAA Heart of a Champion award.

The Heart of a Champion award is given to student-athletes that have displayed outstanding sportsmanship while excelling on the athletic field.

Edenton softball and volleyball player Sharon Jackson was named the region’s Willie Bradshaw scholarship recipient.

According to the NCHSAA, the Willie Bradshaw Endowed Scholarship provides $750 of scholarship support to an outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native and/or Asian Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American student-athlete participating on a sanctioned varsity team at an NCHSAA member school.

Edenton assistant football coach and former boys basketball and track and field coach Andy Downing was named the Region 1 recipient of the Homer Thompson Eight Who Make A Difference award.

According to the NCHSAA, the Homer Thompson award is given to individuals for their commitment to sportsmanship and leadership.

These recipients serve as excellent role models to our student athletes with their positive and dedicated approach to the coaching profession.

The award winners were honored at the NCHSAA’s annual meeting in May.