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Currituck volleyball receives championship rings

Lady Knights won 2A title in November

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Members of the 2018 Currituck volleyball team pose with their North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Class 2A state championship rings, during a ceremony at halftime of the girls' basketball game against Hertford County, Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Currituck County High School.

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By David Gough
Sports Writer

Thursday, February 7, 2019

BARCO — Currituck volleyball won its first state championship in program history just a little more than four months ago.

Back on Nov. 3, the Lady Knights defeated the West Davidson Lady Dragons to cap off six consecutive postseason sweeps on their way to their 2A title. They finished with a 22-6 record.

On Tuesday night, the players and coaches received their state championship rings for it during halftime of the Currituck girls home basketball game against Hertford County.

It was a night that the players were looking forward to.

“I woke up this morning and I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh, today’s the day,” junior Layla Cartwright said. “I was counting down the seconds like, ‘Okay, it’s almost halftime. We’re actually doing this.’ This is so cool. I love it.”

“I was counting down the days. Couldn’t wait to get it,” senior Kamryn Johnson added.

Johnson, along with fellow seniors Kayleigh Reagan-Smith and Faith Hughes, worked together to design the rings.

Included on each ring is the Currituck logo at the top as well as inscriptions of “state champs” and the last name of each ring’s recipient on the sides.

A total of 24 rings were given out as 29 sponsors, from school board members and parents to local businesses, raised nearly $5,000 so each individual could receive their ring.

The Currituck community was quick to show their support of the state champs as enough money was raised before the team even made it back home the day of their championship-winning match in Raleigh.

Many of the sponsors lined up on the basketball court to congratulate each player after their name was called to receive their ring.

“We’re so thankful for the Currituck community for all coming together, doing what they’ve done all season supporting us and supporting us in getting the rings,” coach Doug Towle said. “It means the world to us.”

While the state championship run will be something the players and coaches will remember for a long time, Tuesday’s ring ceremony was the last formal celebration of their accomplishment.

“I think it’s a culmination of all their hard work,” assistant coach Chris Ferretti said. “Ultimately, these type of moments are pretty powerful and I think the girls recognize that and the community recognizes it.”

The seniors now turn their attention to the rest of their final year of high school and will then be moving on to college.

Johnson, for instance, will be attending Stetson University in Florida next year where she’ll be a member of the beach volleyball team.

She has left a mark on the program ever since she was a freshman as she finished with a career total of 1,228 kills and 1,197 digs. Johnson then ended her high school career as the state championship’s most valuable player in her final indoor volleyball game.

For those not named Johnson, Reagan-Smith, Hughes, Katrina Griffith or Brooke Matusko, the rest of the team will soon be moving on to another season in an attempt to defend their crown.

“(Tonight) is a little bit bittersweet though because it’s the cherry on top of everything that we’ve done,” Towle said. “but it signifies the end of working with the senior class that we have and knowing that we’re going to start working on something new.”

Of course, the first impressions of the ring were positive.

“Very big, but very pretty,” junior Laura Griffin said, adding how thankful she was of the community’s support of the team.

“I love it,” Johnson added. “It doesn’t really feel real until you’re actually wearing the ring on your finger. It’s still a dream come true.”

Johnson acknowledged that she plans on showing the ring off as much as she can.

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