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East Bladen seniors Javant McDowell and Kayleigh Raynor and junior Maya McDonald were named Most Valuable Players for their respective sports Tuesday night as the Eagle boys’ and girls’ basketball teams and softball held their awards ceremony.

Boys’ Basketball

McDowell, a 6-6 center who was the Eagles leading scorer with a 14 point average, was named the boys’ basketball Most Valuable Player. Senior Charles Brown received the Coaches Award and sophomore Malcolm Bolden was named Most Improved.

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

Girls’ Basketball

The versatile McDonald was named the girls’ basketball Most Valuable Player. The 5-9 guard led the Lady Eagles in rebounds (5.6), assists (4.7) and steals (4.2). She also scored 11.5 points per game.

Junior Alexus Mitchell topped the Lady Eagles scoring (13.7) and received the Offensive Player of the Year award. Senior Katie Evans was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Sophomore Maegan Burney was named Most Improved, and senior Lily Lin received the Coaches Award.


Raynor batted .357 with 17 runs scored and 8 doubles. In the circle she pitched 6 complete games and struck out 63 batters in 49 innings to win the softball Most Valuable Award. Senior Alyssa Futrell received the Coaches Award.

Special Awards

The Scoop Campbell Basketball Scholarship Award is a new award that was presented to sophomore AnnaGrey Heustess. The award’s inscription reads ‘For your dedication in sportsmanship, character and your desire to become a better player’.

The Wade Archibald Taylor III was presented to senior Jacob Priest who played basketball, soccer and baseball.

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