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The 2021-22 Jack C. Gaster, Jr. Excellence in Athletics Award for the Yadkin Valley 1A/2A Conference went to Union Academy Charter School in Monroe.

MONROE — Union Academy Charter School won the 2021-22 Jack C. Gaster Jr. Excellence in Athletics Award for the Yadkin Valley 1A/2A Conference, according to a release from the school. Athletic Director Michelle Phifer was presented with the trophy at the conference Athletic Director’s meeting on May 12.

The award honors longtime Albemarle High School football coach Jack C. Gaster Jr. for his commitment to high school athletics. The award is presented each year to a team within Albemarle’s conference for outstanding performance during the season. Points are awarded for all sports on the basis how each team finishes within the conference and in the state playoffs.

“Union Academy athletic teams have had an exceptional year in our new 1A/2A split conference. Swim and volleyball along with several other successful teams were instrumental in leading UA,” said Phifer in a release from the school.

Championship seasons by volleyball and an individual state champion in swim were highlights of the 2021-22 season along with conference championships in boys and girls swim, girls soccer and girls track.

Phifer said: “I am very proud of the perseverance our coaches and athletes have shown in our first full year of regular play after the abrupt suspension of athletics in the spring of 2020. Their commitment to building successful programs is evident on the field and in the classroom.”

The Yadkin Valley Conference includes seven schools: Union Academy, Albemarle, Gray Stone Day, Robinson, South Stanly, North Stanly and Mount Pleasant.

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