Sports figures give thanks

Published 12:34 pm Thursday, November 27, 2008

By Staff
Commentary by KEVIN TRAVIS, Sports Editor
There are so many reasons I am thankful. I’m thankful to have such a wonderful, supportive mother (Mumsy) and two loving brothers. I’m thankful to have a job I love, and bosses I can rely on and truly admire.
I’m thankful for the opportunity to attend some great sporting events, and especially thankful for the chance to cover some great athletes.
I asked several current and former area sports figures what they are thankful for and, as we celebrate Thanksgiving today, these are their responses.
Haley Hiatt, Washington High School
C.J. Wilson, ECU defensive end, former Northside High School star
Stephanie Holton, Shenandoah University basketball and former Columbia High School star
Trent Whitehead, ECU baseball player and former Washington High School star
Blaine Prescott, Lees-McRae soccer and former Washington High School standout
Joe Barber, Sendai 89ers (Japan) and former Terra Ceia star
Kristen Slade, P.S. Jones teacher/coach and former Northside High School great
Cor-J Cox, Olney Central College (Illinois) basketball, former Washington High School star
Nicole Jordan, ECU softball and former Jamesville High School standout
Gabby Newman, North Carolina State
Elton Coffield, BSW Sixers (Germany) and former Williamston High School star
Lindsay Gladden, ECU graduate
Holly Knot, Jamesville High School volleyball
Davey Ann Burbage, Washington High School standout
Jamont Jones, Lenoir-Rhyne football and former Washington High School standout
Faith Hardison, Williamston High School, signed to golf at ECU
Brad Roach, former Williamston High School star
Samantha Smith, Tallahassee Community College basketball and former WDN Female Athlete of the Year (Washington)
Damien Linson, former Plymouth High School star
Suzanne Lee, former WDN Athlete of the Year (Northside) and current ECU student
Angelo Sharpless, ECSU basketball/football and former Plymouth High School star
Lizzy Bruin, ECU volleyball standout
Jeremiah Marable, ECSU football and former Southside High School standout
Gerald Lawrence, ECU football, former Washington High School star
Kevin Travis is the sports editor of the Washington Daily News. You may reach him at 940-4217, or by e-mail at