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Former Bunker Hill softball player Ashlyn Parsons has joined the startup CVCC softball program after becoming one of six to sign with the Red Hawks this week. Photo courtesy of CVCC Athletics

The Catawba Valley Community College softball program has announced the addition of six players to its first-ever recruiting class, according to a press release from CVCC Athletics.

Joining the Red Hawks this fall will be Bunker Hill’s Ashlyn Parsons, Cherryville’s Katie Camp, East Davidson’s Alli Ray and Franklin’s Audi Wallace, Sarah Stanley and Paige Norton.

“To say this is a big week for CVCC softball is a bit of an understatement,” coach Josh Bumgarner said via the release. “With six signings this week and more coming next, our program keeps getting stronger and stronger. We are very fortunate to be signing quality players like we have this week.”

Parsons joins the CVCC program after last playing at Bunker Hill in 2016, where she was an all-conference selection. She hit .465 her senior year with 40 hits and 22 runs in 23 games.

Camp just completed her senior season at Cherryville, where she hit .410 with 34 hits and 32 runs. She also finished with 14 RBIs and 17 walks as the Ironmen advanced to the 1A state tournament.

Ray played in 15 games for East Davidson as a junior in 2018. She led the team with a .537 batting average while hitting two home runs and nine doubles, and also added 12 runs scored.

Norton has played all four seasons on the varsity team at Franklin. In her career, she has tallied 92 hits, including nine home runs and 18 doubles, while scoring 74 times and adding 75 RBIs in 85 total games.

Stanley is also a four-year varsity softball player for the Panthers who has seven home runs, 44 RBIs and 41 runs scored in her career. Wallace, another four-year player at Franklin, has a career .301 batting average with two home runs, 11 doubles and 32 RBIs. The Panthers will play in the NCHSAA 2A West Region final this week.

With these six additions, the CVCC softball program now has 12 players on its inaugural roster. The Red Hawks begin play next spring and will immediately be eligible for championship contention.

L-R’s Williamson named regional coach of year

Lenoir-Rhyne track and field coach Danny Williamson has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross County Coaches Association Southeast Region Women’s Coach of the Year, according to a press release from LRU Athletics.

Williamson, who just completed his second year leading both the men’s and women’s programs, led the Bears’ women’s team to its first-ever South Atlantic Conference championship and was named the SAC Coach of the Year. The team finished the regular season ranked third overall in the Southeast Region.

Poston finishes 60th at PGA Championship

Local golfer J.T. Poston tied for 60th at the PGA Championship this weekend in Farmingdale, N.Y.

Poston, a Hickory High School graduate, finished with a 10-over 290 at the Bethpage State Park Black Course to tie with Louis Oosthuizen, Ross Fisher and Rob Labritz. He placed ahead of the likes of Phil Mickelson (+12), Bubba Watson (missed cut) and Tiger Woods (missed cut).

After shooting an opening-round 77, Poston bounced back with a 67 in round two to make the cut. He then shot a 71 on Saturday and finished with a final-round 75. Brooks Koepka won the tournament with a score of 8-under.

Poston earned a purse of $21,300 for the result and gained five points in the FedExCup standings. He now has 425 FedExCup points, which ranks 69th. The top 125 will advance to the playoffs at the end of the season.

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