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Athletic Department Announces Outstanding Senior Athletes for 2013

MACON, Ga. –  First Presbyterian Day School Athletic Director Greg Moore recognized the senior male and female outstanding athletes at a ceremony held today in the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

The award is given each year to a male and female senior who demonstrates excellence on the field of competition.

Claire Crawford was named the outstanding female athlete for her contributions to the Lady Vikings softball and soccer teams. Brooks Stroud, a standout in football, basketball and golf, was named the outstanding male athlete.

“It’s great to see Claire and Brooks win these awards,” Moore said. “The award represents high achievement in a lot of different sports and we’re all about honoring participation and trying to encourage kids to play multiple sports while they’re here and contributing to different teams and both of them have certainly done that. We’re very proud of both of them.”

On the diamond, Crawford was a five-year letterman and was selected All-Region four times. The right-handed hitter was also named Best Offensive twice and was selected to the GHSA All-State 2nd-Team.

This past season, Craword led the Lady Viking fast-pitch program to the GHSA State Playoffs with a .488 batting average, 39 hits, 12 doubles, 19 RBI and 35 runs scored.

On the pitch, Crawford excelled in between the pipes as the Lady Vikings’ mainstay at keeper.

Crawford was a member of the Lady Vikings soccer teams that brought home the Class A GHSA State Title in 2011 and 2012. She also was named to the All-Area team during her tenure.

Individually, Crawford set a new school record for the least amount of goals allowed in a season along with the career mark for least amount of goals allowed per game.

Crawford will move on to play collegiate softball at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville.

In golf, Stroud was named The Macon Telegraph’s golfer of the year as a junior. With exceptional distance off the tee, Stroud shot a 71 at the GHSA Sectional Match earlier this season to help propel the Vikings into the state tournament.

As a member of the basketball team, Stroud averaged 3.5 points per game as a senior after battling back from an injury to start the year.

In football, Stroud was the backbone of the Vikings offense for the past two seasons and led FPD to back-to-back trips to the GHSA state playoffs.

He totaled more than 786 yards his senior season, averaging just over five yards per touch, and scored 16 touchdowns.

Stroud also threw for 1,206 yards in 2012, completing 80 passes for 11 touchdowns.

In his career, Stroud rushed for more than 1,500 yards and threw for more than 2,200 yards while also serving as the team’s punter.

Stroud’s accomplishments include being named to the All-Middle Georgia, AP All-State, Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State, All-Region and Co-Region Player of the Year in the GHSA.

He will attend the University of Georgia in the fall.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory as a member of the Georgia High School Association. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

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