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Chatham Central and Jordan-Matthews sweep conference athletic honors

Posted Sunday, May 31, 2009

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Thomasville, NC - During a recognition luncheon sponsored by the Thomasville Rotary Club on Wednesday, May 27, the athletic departments at Chatham Central High School and Jordan-Matthews High School were honored for team and individual athletic accomplishments in the Yadkin Valley 1-A Conference during this school year.

The awards were announced by Jay Temple, head of the conference. Female and male athletes of the year, the sportsmanship award, and the Cushwa Cup winner were announced, all of which were won by Chatham County schools.

The Yadkin Valley female athlete of the year is Chatham Central senior Jessica Curtis. She played soccer, basketball, and tennis in high school and earned multiple all conference honors as well as being the 2009 basketball conference player of the year and the 2009 tennis conference player of the year. Curtis is the daughter of Bruce and Sara Curtis. She plans to attend UNC Chapel Hill in the fall.

The Yadkin Valley male athlete of the year is Jordan-Matthews senior Justin Glover. He has lettered in football, basketball, and track as a high school student-athlete and, in addition to multiple all conference honors, is the conference male athlete of the year in both football and basketball. Glover plans to attend Patterson School in Lenoir this fall where he will play basketball. He is the son of Denise McNair.

Chatham Central and Jordan-Matthews share the 2008-09 Yadkin Valley Conference sportsmanship award. The award, like the others announced on Wednesday, are voted on by the athletic directors of the conference. Jordan-Matthews won the award last year.

For the second consecutive year, Jordan-Matthews also won the Cushwa Cup for the best overall sports program. Temple noted the success of its spring sports season led to Jordan-Matthews pulling ahead of other conference schools to win the award. Five of the seven spring sports teams at the school finished alone in or tied for first place in the conference. The Cushwa Cup is named in honor of longtime Thomasville football coach and athletic director George Cushwa, who retired in 1983. Chatham Central won the award the first two years of this conference alignment.

The Yadkin Valley 1-A Conference is comprised of seven schools: Chatham Central, East Montgomery, Jordan-Matthews, North Moore, South Davidson, Thomasville, and West Montgomery. Due to conference realignment by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA), several of the conference teams will change next fall. Chatham Central will remain a 1-A school in the Yadkin Valley Conference. Jordan-Matthews will return to 2-A after spending several years in the 1-A division and be a member of the Mid-State 2-A Conference.

"It is an honor to have a school receive any one of these conference honors, but to have our schools in the Yadkin Valley conference sweep the awards is a tribute to the administrators, coaches and student-athletes at Chatham Central and Jordan-Matthews. Their long traditions of athletic excellence and sportsmanship are yet another outstanding facet of Chatham County Schools," said Robert Logan, Superintendent.

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