CHARLOTTE, N.C. - WSOC-TV sports and social media went to Providence High School in southeast Charlotte Friday to present the “Big 22” player of the year award.
Providence offensive lineman Bentley Spain was named the 2013 “Big 22” winner earlier this week.
“It was amazing. I couldn’t believe how filled the stands were, how rowdy all the fans were. I know that they also were the reason I was able to make it through the top five and be the winner, so it was awesome,” Spain said.
Spain is committed to the UNC and has helped his Panthers to a 7-3 record, but his coaches and family said he is so much more than just a relented offensive lineman.
IMAGES: Scenes from 'Big 22' trophy presentation at Providence High School
“He is a gentle giant until he gets on the field. He really is just so humble and so calm,” said mother Cindy Spain.
“He is so quiet and so respectful. He’s a great teammate. That is why all of his teammates were behind him and so supportive of this award,” said head coach Justin Hardin.
“To know that everyone in the community supported me and you know all the hard work I put in and also my coaches and teammates. It’s been a whole team effort. I just really appreciate everyone that’s helped me get here,” Spain said.
Thousands of online votes were tallied in the last round of voting for the "Big 22" contest brought to you by OrthoCarolina.
Providence High School received a $10,000 donation for the school’s scholarship fund at the ceremony.
Spain received a personalized trophy, all provided by WSOC-TV and OrthoCarolina.
Out of the top 22 players five finalists were determined by a percentage of public votes and a percentage of votes from the WSOC-TV Sports Team. Bentley, along with four other finalists were named – Tyler Bray, South Point High School, NC – Trey Brice, Ashbrook High School – Will Grier, Davidson Day – Ryan Moore, York Comprehensive.
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