by Aaron Garcia
Pirates’ Davis named state’s Gatorade Player of the Year
On June 6, Porter Ridge senior Lexi Davis’ season got a little more special when it was announced that the Pirates’ pitcher was named the 2012 North Carolina Gatorade Softball Player of the Year.
The award, managed by a committee of ESPN writers, is given to the top player from each state based on a selection process that includes facets such as athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
Davis, a 6-foot-1 pitcher who has signed with Auburn, led the Pirates to the Class 4A state title on June 2. For the season, Davis racked up a 33-1 overall record with a 0.235 ERA. Davis struck out 279 of the 868 batters she faced and only allowed 88 hits, 21 runs and 34 walks with just seven earned runs on the year. She also accumulated 22 shutouts and one no-hitter.
At the plate, Davis smacked team highs in home runs (eight), RBIs (42) and doubles (11) with 44 hits for a batting average of .450.
“I was kind of shocked,” Davis said of winning the Gatorade award. “It’s an honor to receive that award and to know I beat out some very, very good pitchers. It’s a good feeling to know your hard work paid off. I’m super, super excited that I was chosen and am able to put that on my resume.”
All-Southern Carolina 3A/4A baseball team
Marvin Ridge’s Tyler Chadwick and Weddington’s Alex Bostic were named Co-Players of the Year for the Southern Carolina 3A/4A conference when the league released its all-conference baseball team this week.
Chadwick, who pitched and played several positions this season, helped lead the Mavs to a 22-5 record, while pitcher/outfielder Bostic’s Warriors claimed the Class 3A state title.
Marvin Ridge’s David Weidman, Jacob Henderson, Derek Smith, Kyle Corigan and Zach Kuchmaner joined Chadwick on the list.
Weddington also was well-represented, as Jeremy Schellhorn, Andrew Knight and Daniel Calabretta were honored.
Sun Valley had a trio listed in Jordan Watts, Ryan Smith and Ryan Tapp.
Porter Ridge’s Sergio Patsy and Logan Hoinkes were selected, along with Parkwood’s Chad McWhorter.
All-Rocky River 1A/2A baseball team
Though the Cuthbertson Cavaliers led all Rocky River 1A/2A teams with six selections to the league’s all-conference team this season, Piedmont’s Colby Barnette took top honors as the Player of the Year.
Barnette was joined by teammates John Elwood, Cameron Price, Hunter Purser and Will Ray on the all-conference team.
Cuthbertson was represented by Andrew Hendel, Brian Donovan, Cameron Tekker, John Mangum, J.D. Long and Austin Pierce. Forest Hills landed three on the team in David Nash, Dex Stanly and Rashad Bivens. Union Academy’s Chandler Musselwhite also was honored.
All-Southern Carolina 3A/4A softball team
Porter Ridge pitcher Lexi Davis took home top honors this week when the Southern Carolina 3A/4A conference coaches named her the league’s Softball Player of the Year after leading the Pirates to last week’s Class 4A title.
Davis was joined on the all-conference squad by fellow Pirates Courtney Price, Kayleigh Jonas, Haley Secrest, Whitney Haywood and Tara Loken.
Marvin Ridge also had six honorees in Peyton Jordan, Jessica Steele, Jessica Curtis, Jordan Lugibihl, Taylor Kitchen and Madison Arroyo.
Weddington’s Annarose Borelli also made the team, along with teammates Ragan Broome, Emily Usiak, Jordan Keene and Hailey Chilcott.
Sun Valley was represented by Liz Kreech and Lizzie Letteer, and Parkwood’s Abby Lathan also made the squad.
All-Rocky River 1A/2A softball team
Forest Hills’ pitcher Dawn Harris was named the Rocky River 1A/2A Softball Player of the Year this week.
Harris was joined on the all-conference squad by teammates Natalie High and Shelby Helms.
Cuthbertson and Piedmont also had three players each named to the list. Panthers Sarah Tucker, Hayleigh Gimber and Kaycee Stegall were named to the all-conference team, as were Cavs Kara Salvo, Jessica Weber and Melanie Recher.
Central Academy of Technology & Arts’ Rachel Nance made the team, as did Union Academy’s Maggie Hinson.
Mavs, Cavs win conference cups
The Cuthbertson and Marvin Ridge athletic departments each grabbed one last award for the 2011-12 school year, as each program won its respective Wells Fargo Conference Cup competition.
In the Rocky River 1A/2A conference, Cuthbertson upheld its year-long lead over its conference counterparts with a strong spring. The Cavs finished with 122 points behind conference titles in boys tennis, baseball and girls soccer. They also posted second-place finishes in both boys and girls track and field.
Next up was Piedmont (105.5), which won a title in boys golf and finished second in baseball and girls soccer.
Central Academy of Technology & Arts claimed third after taking second place in boys tennis and boys golf. Forest Hills was fourth with 78.5 points, followed by West Stanly (73.5), North Stanly (67.5), Union Academy (62) and Monroe (54).
Marvin Ridge ran away with the Southern Carolina 3A/4A title after winning six conference titles this spring, including boys golf, girls soccer, boys tennis, baseball and boys and girls track and field. The Mavs had 152 points.
Weddington was next with 125 points after collecting runner-up finishes in baseball and girls soccer. Porter Ridge surged to third place with 116 points, thanks largely to a conference title in softball. Fourth-place Sun Valley finished with 88 points, followed by Parkwood (72) and Anson (59).
The Wells Fargo Conference Cup, sponsored by the N.C. High School Athletic Association and Wells Fargo, recognizes the high schools with the top-performing athletic departments within each of the state’s individual conference and is a companion to the Wells Fargo Cup, which recognizes the most successful athletic departments within the state’s four public-school classifications. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points, which are based on participation and standings during conference play.
Pair of Yellow Jackets honored
On Saturday, June 9, a pair of Forest Hills student-athletes will be recognized for their outstanding sportsmanship when the N.C. High School Athletic Association hands out its “Heart of a Champion” awards.
Yellow Jacket football player Jamarcus Clyburn and softball player Kimberly Rivers each were announced this week as winners of the award, along with 18 other athletes across the state. According to a statement from the NCHSAA, the recipients must have participated in at least one varsity sport or activity, including cheerleading, during the 2011-12 school year; have not been ejected from any contest; and must have demonstrated outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship during their high school careers.
The students will receive their awards at a luncheon on June 9 at the Radisson Governors’ Inn in Research Triangle Park. The award is administered by the NCHSAA’s Student Services Division and sponsored by the N.C. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company.
All-region soccer teams
The N.C. Soccer Coaches Association released its all-region teams, and the list is brimming with Union County athletes.
Marvin Ridge, representing Region 8, landed eight players on the Class 3A team. Forwards Alyssa Ventura and S.K. Davis each were honored, as were defenders Savannah Dove, Taylor Dove, Ariel Griffin and Amy Villa. Midfielder Katie Page also was recognized, as was goalkeeper Madison Martin.
Weddington, also listed within Region 8, had six players chosen. Chandler Arrowood joined fellow midfielders Jillian Lang, Virginia Lingo and forwards Bekah Massi, Auburn Mercer and Hannah Wingo.
Sun Valley was rewarded for its strong season with four honorees on the Region 9 4A team. Heather Black and Taylor Webb each were listed as defenders, while forward Sabrina Frankel and Brittany Smith also made the team.
Also among the 4A recipients was a trio of Porter Ridge Pirates: defenders Kristina Black and Taylor Webb, and midfielder Brittany Smith.
Eight local players were listed among Region 9’s Class 2A recipients. Cuthbertson was represented by midfielder Alex Duty, midfielder Jessica Greenleaf, center back Phenix Durham and defender Cardyn Hall.
Piedmont also had four recipients in forward/center midfielder Abbey Mills, center midfielder Ashley Meer, center back Kasey Williams and goalkeeper Brooke Kelly.