Best of Coastal Christian: Girls No. 6, 5 and 4
In an effort to determine the best 10 male and female athletes at each Wilmington school (Ashley, Cape Fear Academy, Coastal Christian, Hoggard, Laney, New Hanover and Wilmington Christian Academy), I selected a panel of qualified individuals to vote. The participants included: former and current coaches, administrators and ADs, media members and even fans. Each individual voted anonymously with their No. 1 athlete receiving 10 points, No. 2 athlete receiving 9 points and so on.
The first school up is Coastal Christian. A total of 11 people voted and the results will be released throughout the week.
Monday, June 22: Boys and Girls 10, 9, 8 and 7 as well as honorable mention (anyone else who received votes)
Tuesday: June 23: Boys 6, 5 and 4
Wednesday, June 24: Girls 6, 5 and 4
Thursday, June 25: Boys 3, 2 and 1
Friday, June 26: Girls 3, 2 and 1
Girls Honorable Mention
- Jordan Murphy, Abby Parker and Anna Dudley Wetherill (13 points)
- Nicki Huntley (10 points)
- Shelby Smith (8 points)
- Autumn Montague (6 points)
- Callie Weaver (2 points)
Girls No. 10
Maya Insley (18 points)
Class of 2020
Girls No. 9
Carson Fuller (27 points)
Class of 2019
Girls No. 8
Ali Duncan (36 points and 1 first-place vote)
Class of 2011
Girls No. 7
Anna Grace Holdford (39 points)
Class of 2018
Sallie Newton (51 points and 1 first-place vote)
Class of 2018
The greatest goalkeeper in Coastal Christian girls soccer history, Newton holds program records in saves in a game (26), saves in a season (228), career saves (426), shutouts in a season (9) and career shutouts (21). She was named the team MVP and was a member of the all-conference teams as a sophomore, junior and senior. During her senior season, Newton made 228 saves and had nine clean sheets in 21 contests. Newton just completed her sophomore year at Georgia Southern, where she has started four games and saved 22 shots during 366 minutes of play.
“Sallie knew what she wanted and wasn’t going to let anything stop her. She will be known as the greatest keeper in Coastal soccer history.” – Anonymous voter
Emily McKinney (53 points and 1 first-place vote)
Class of 2014
McKinney was instrumental in helping Coastal Christian volleyball become one of the area’s top programs. Over her final three seasons, McKinney had 1,579 digs, 128 kills and 82 aces from her libero position. She shined as a senior, finishing with 769 digs, 66 kills and 40 aces. Her 769 digs in a season is still a school record, as are her 8.1 digs per set in 2011. McKinney was also a four-year member of the soccer team.
“A naturally-gifted athlete who combined raw talent with an insatiable desire to improve. Emily stands out as one of our all-time greats.” -Anonymous voter
Sabrina Sims (59 points)
Class of 2016
Sims participated in tennis, cross country, basketball, track & field and soccer at some point during her terrific career. She excelled on the track, winning state titles in the 100-meter dash in 2014 and 2015. Sims still holds the school record in the 100 (12.74), 200 (27.84) and long jump (15-0) and is in the top 10 in the 400, 800, shot put, 4×400 relay and 4×800 relay. On the basketball court, she scored 769 points, grabbed 356 rebounds and came away with 207 steals over four years. She still holds school records in free throw made in a season (136) and free throws made in a career (247).
“First, watching Sabrina grow and develop from middle school through her senior year was incredible. Second, holy cow she’s fast.” – Anonymous voter