Lejeune High School honors students with awards banquet

The Lejeune High School girls tennis team pose for a photo at the awards banquet at Lejeune High School on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune,March 7. From left, Georgia Lee, Carolina Morgan, Bri Croft, Ariana Quackenbush, Natalia Gonzalez, Jasmin Acosta and Lejeune High School principal Eric Steimel. 

Lejeune High School student-athletes who participated in fall and winter sports were honored at a banquet at Lejeune High School on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, March 7.

Four LHS teams made appearances at the eastern regional championships in 2018, with two of them — the boys and girls cross country teams — winning regional titles.

LHS girls tennis made its first trip to the East Regional final in the program’s history. Georgia Lee was named the Coastal 8 Conference tennis player of the year.

“For Georgia Lee, it was pretty evident from the beginning when she first arrived that she was going to do great things for the team,” said tennis coach Michael Phillips.

Also in tennis, Caroline Morgan and Jasmin Acosta earned all-conference honors for doubles.

Lejeune senior wrestler George Vrachnos was the first Devil Pup in 11 years to win a state championship in wrestling.

The boys and girls cross-country teams secured their fourth consecutive regional titles in 2018. Senior Matthew Bray has been a part of all four boys teams that won.

“Every year, I saw this team grow strong even though we never had the same runners,” said Bray, who served as team captain. “I went to regionals and state during for all four years.”

The Lejeune girls finished 11th out of 16 teams at the 1A state championship meet, while the boys took 12th out of 16 teams.

The Lejeune High School boys winter track team placed 50th out of 105 schools at the 1A/2A state indoor track and field championships in Winston-Salem, Feb. 9.

In football, seniors Matthew Peterman, Desmond Johnson and Kobe Ullrich made the all-conference list this past season. Johnson was picked as the team MVP for the 2018 football team.

“The awards banquet tonight is a great way to send me off to college,” Johnson said. “I appreciate all of the love that my teammates and coaches have given me over the couple of years that I have been here.”

Malachi Borders from the Lejeune varsity boys basketball team was proud of his team this season, which included a trip to the state playoffs. The Devil Pups lost 87-44 to Henderson Collegiate in the first round.

“It feels great to be here tonight around a bunch of athletes who succeeded in their sport,” Borders said. “[LHS athletics] is whom I am part of and successful with. It is good to be around them.”

From the Lejeune volleyball team, Noelle Racadio was named all-conference for her fall season accomplishments.

Lejeune boys soccer punched a ticket to the eastern finals for the first time in 14 years, but lost 3-1 to Voyager Academy, Nov. 13.

Lejeune soccer player Broden Wilhelmsen was named first team all-conference, with teammate Kylen Jones securing second-team honors. Lejeune soccer head coach Charles Teegarden was named Coastal 8 Conference Coach of the Year in early November for leading the Devil Pups to a 12-6 season.

“It feels great to be surrounded by everyone,” Wilhelmsen said. “Every year we do this to celebrate everyone’s awards. It felt great to advance to the East Regional final, and it is something that I am proud of.”