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Aaron Schnautz/Record File Photo: South Caldwell's Regan Weisner (21) has been named the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference softball player of the year.

The 2019 high school spring sports season came to an end this past weekend with South Caldwell winning its first-ever softball state championship, capping yet another highly successful spring for schools from the three area conferences. With the final games of the season having been played, the final lists for each league’s end-of-season awards have been released.

NORTHWESTERN 3A/4A

Baseball

The top two teams in the conference, South Caldwell and Alexander Central, split the top honors of the year. The Cougars’ Byron Younts was named player of the year, while the Spartans’ Clay Canale won pitcher of the year. South Caldwell’s Jeff Parham and Alexander Central’s Pete Hardee shared the league’s coach of the year award.

Representing South Caldwell on the all-conference list are Canale, Austin Raynor, Jarrett Pritchard, Ian Moretz, Isaac Bush, Curtis Massagee, Hunter Ingle, Sam Rosario and last season’s player of the year, Owen Foxx.

Cougars named to the all-conference team include Younts, Bryson Hammer, Dawson Elder, Easton Rhoney, Jacob Bebber, Maddox Kerley, Seth Sigmon and Kade Smith.

Hickory’s William Stewart and Bryce Stober also earned the recognition, as did St. Stephens’ JD Everett and West Caldwell’s Holden Triplett.

Boys Golf

For the second straight year, West Caldwell’s Noah Bumgarner was named the Northwestern 3A/4A golfer of the year. His coach, Kevin Abee, won coach of the year honors. Bumgarner was joined on the all-conference team by teammates Lexton Ford, Matthew Gurnsey, Jordan Bumgarner and Hunter Baker.

Alexander Central had three all-conference selections in Landon Dula, Cole Carrigan and Kamden George. Hickory and St. Stephens each had two honorees, with the Red Tornadoes represented by Eli Wyatt and Jackson Graham and the Indians by Calvin Foster and Caden Powell.

Boys Tennis

This season’s player of the year award went to Alexander Central’s Carter Patterson. He and the Co’gars' Cameron White both made all-conference.

Hickory’s Jon Graham earned the league’s coach of the year award. He had three of his players – Austin Skoog, Costen Holtzman and Lewis Tate – on the all-conference list.

South Caldwell led the league with four all-conference selections. For the Spartans, Corey Kincaid, Andrew Mearns, Caleb Cook and Samuel Fisher each earned the recognition.

St. Stephens’ Zach Swisher and Charles Woy, along with West Caldwell’s Isiah Denius, also made the list.

Girls Soccer

League co-champions Hickory and Watauga swept the top conference awards. The Red Tornadoes’ Izzi Wood was named player of the year, with teammate Lauren Hayes winning defensive player of the year and Brian Jillings taking the coach of the year honors. Watauga’s Lily Suyao won offensive player of the year.

Hickory led the league with 10 all-conference selections. Joining Wood and Hayes on that list are Jess LaFrancis, Sarah Harding, Amy Herfurth, Ayden Vaughan, Kara Byrd, Brooke Rowland, Caroline Moore and Elizabeth Betancourt.

Five St. Stephens players earned all-conference nods this season: Natalia Alverez, Olivia Beane, Makayla Stafford, Sarah Atwood and Nicole Hicks. South Caldwell was represented by Taylor Austin, Brooklynn Everhart and Sophie van de Klashorst. Alexander Central’s Caroline Erkman and West Caldwell’s Elizabeth Sherwood were their schools’ lone representatives.

Softball

Following the school’s first state championship, South Caldwell swept the top conference honors. The state’s home run leader, Regan Weisner, was named the player of the year. Jenna Pittman earned pitcher of the year, with Casey Justice winning coach of the year once again.

Spartans joining Weisner and Pittman on the all-conference list include Ciara Hanson, Logan Keller, Katie Wright, Kenley Jackson, Lauren Spears, Addison Blair, Jenna Jackson and Jasmine Hall.

League runner-up Alexander Central had seven all-conference selections: Gracie Rhoney, Faith Carrigan, Lanie Goforth, Mattie Starnes, Ashley Seagle, Alexa Rush and Alea Seagle.

St. Stephens and West Caldwell had three all-conference nominations apiece. For the Indians, Mayson Lail, Macey Pennell and Sadie Watts earned the nods, while the Warriors were represented by Kylie Ried, Haley Price and Cam Crisp. Karissa Atapovich was Hickory’s lone representative.

Track and Field

On the girls side, West Caldwell’s Janiyah Norman was named the track athlete of the year. MaKayla Moore of Freedom is the field athlete of the year, with Watauga’s Emma Brown and Randy McDonough winning runner and coach of the year, respectively.

For the boys, South Caldwell’s Spencer Piercy was named the runner of the year. Alexander Central swept the remaining top awards, with Lyndon Strickland (field), Cooper Castellaw (track) and Jonathan Winkler (coach) each being recognized for their success.

Athletes making the all-conference teams are as follows:

Alexander Central: Sara Heath, Emma Maltba, Kaylin Dyson, Camelia Church, Madison Ratchford, Olivia Benton, Brianna Abernathy, Layna West, Abigail DeJarnette, Sayge Chatham, Maya Adams, Lanie Hammer, Gracie Harrington, Lyndon Strickland, Jesse Schronce, Logan Ellis, Bryson Abernathy, Daniel Cruz, Daniel Morgan, Steven Montgomery, Cooper Castellaw

Hickory: Chloe James, Tristan Rankin, Elijah Milsaps

South Caldwell: Cassandra Bonds, Jack Seagle, Carter Lewis, Spencer Piercy, Malakei Sumner, Aaron Kirby, Triston Adkins

St. Stephens: Marissa Schalk, Sevanna Wilson

West Caldwell: Janiyah Norman, Faizon Dickson, Jyheim Winkler, Makyis Dula, Karson Pilkenton

NORTHWESTERN FOOTHILLS 2A

Baseball

Conference champion Fred T. Foard had the league’s pitcher of the year in Jeremiah Wike, while Hibriten’s Jack Stevens won player of the year. The Tigers’ Channon Vogel earned coach of the year honors.

Foard’s all-conference honorees included Wike, Jack Colosimo, Caleb Peschel, Peyton Hemphill, Corey Siemer and Hayden Lail, while Will Fry was named an honorable mention. For Hibriten, Ethan Watson, Luke Absher, Tyler Watson and Joshua Crisp joined Stevens on the all-conference list, with Cade Ellis the team’s honorable mention.

Bunker Hill placed four on the all-conference list: Thaxton Isenhour, Carson Sigmon, Clayson Chapman and Seth Pennington. The Bears’ Seth Moore earned honorable mention. East Burke’s lone representative was Austin Teague.

Boys Golf

Hibriten’s Maddox Whittington won player of the year honors, with Draughn’s Billy Abee taking home the coach of the year award.

Joining Whittington on the all-conference list from Hibriten was Tanner Tucker. Foard saw Max Cranford, Jordan Sain and Ben Busic make the list, while East Burke was represented by Sam Mace.

Boys Tennis

Ben Spears of Hibriten won player of the year honors, while Foard’s Ryan Gettys was named coach of the year after leading his team to the conference championship.

Foard led the way with five all-conference selections. Ben Spears, Carter Greene, Luke Fountain, Drew Simmons and Jordon McKenzie each received the nomination.

Hibriten had three selections and East Burke had two. Representing the Panthers were Spears, Ryan Carter and JT Spears, while the Cavaliers were represented by parker Lingerfelt and Tommy Lo. Bunker Hill’s Sang Vang was his team’s lone recipient.

Girls Soccer

Conference champion Foard took all but one of the league’s top awards. Abby Walker won offensive player of the year and Alexis Wolgemuth won defensive player of the year, while Stanley Elliott was named coach of the year. West Iredell’s Helen Summerell was the player of the year.

Joining Walker and Wolgemuth on the all-conference list are Tigers teammates Katie Tice, Camryn Ekonomon, Chloe Sain, Abigail Mathews, Hannah Cummings and Victoria Whaley. Anna Schmidt was named an honorable mention.

Hibriten was represented on the list by Rachel Easton, Maggie Willis, Phoebe Stanislaw and Hallie Winkler, with Sallie Young and Macy Penley making honorable mention.

For East Burke, Jennifer Xiong, Arianna Hawkins and Allison Thomas were all-conference selections. Erin Carico and Alia Castrejon were named honorable mention.

Bunker Hill’s Arely Flores was her team’s lone all-conference selection, with honorable mention nods going to Kristian Schlichting and Allison Fair.

Softball

By virtue of taking the league title, Foard had the conference’s pitcher of the year in Adison Yoder and coach of the year in Roland Wright. Other all-conference selections for the Tigers include Harley Gilleland, Breanna Minton, Emily Campbell, Alijah Rao and Kalea Bolch, with Isabelle Wilson earning honorable mention.

For Hibriten, Kyndell Warren won the league’s player of the year award. She was joined on the all-conference list by Davis Walker, Jillian Jones, Zoe Waters and Payton Boggs. Abby Reeves got an honorable mention nod.

Bunker Hill placed four on the all-conference list. Payton Bryant, Camryn Bryant, Lillie Pennington and Addison Wray each received the recognition, with an honorable mention going to Grace Pennington. East Burke was represented by Graleigh Hildebran and Lexi Seagle.

Track and Field

On the girls side, Na’Mya Hector of Bunker Hill was named the sprinter of the year. Foard’s Karina Coulter and Alison Yount were the distance athlete and coach of the year, respectively. Draughn’s Leanna Seagraves was named the field athlete of the year.

For the boys, Foard’s Joshua Martin won coach of the year honors. West Iredell had the sprinter and field athlete of the year in Chandon Smith and Ryan Tenor, respectively. Distance athlete of the year went to Draughn’s Tommy Blackwell.

Athletes making the all-conference teams are as follows:

Bunker Hill: Christian Ramseur, Keenan Kee, Ivan Perez, DaLesha Linebarger, Na’Mya Hector, Naeousha Ramseur, Jada Perkins, Carlos Fletcher (HM), Raheem Carson (HM), Haleigh Kanipe (HM)

East Burke: Noah Rooks, Raegan Robinson, Luke Elliott, Gracie Ruff

Fred T. Foard: Corey Siemer, Maelyn Cranford, Korbin Proctor, Carly West, Kevin Cervantes, Patrick Ceccato, Karina Coulter, Ben Trimm, Cierra McClough, AJ Sollid, Paiden Dula, James Wilkinson, Jacob Faherty, Daniel Puiu, Jonathan Puiu, Julia Richard (HM), Anna Eblen (HM), Preet Patel (HM), Cody Lawing (HM)

Hibriten: DJ Moore, Latayviona Horton, Felice Simmons, Trinity Hayes, Skyler Hollifield

SOUTH FORK 2A

Baseball

West Lincoln and East Lincoln swept the top conference baseball awards this season. The Mustangs’ Garrett Michel was named the offensive player of the year, with defensive player of the year going to the Rebels’ Chris Moxley. West Lincoln’s John Markley won coach of the year.

Maiden and Bandys each had four all-conference selections. For the Blue Devils, Dylan Abernethy, Ross Fowler, Grayson Brown and Jacob Cauble were honored, while the Trojans were represented by Ivan Huffman, Cy Spencer, Alex Reavis and Sal Ferraro. Brantley Durham was the lone representative from Newton-Conover.

Boys Golf

East Lincoln’s Lance Rowe was named the league’s golfer of the year, while Eric Johnson of Lake Norman Charter won coach of the year honors.

Representing local schools on the all-conference list were Maiden’s Kenan Lawing and Newton-Conover’s Holt Allison.

Boys Tennis

Coming off of his third straight state championship in singles play, Newton-Conover’s Brann Reid has been named the South Fork player of the year. Coach of the year honors went to East Lincoln’s Rollin Markel.

Joining Reid on the all-conference list from Newton-Conover is teammate Timmy Eustice. Bandys and Maiden had one representative apiece, with the Trojans’ Graham Warlick and the Blue Devils’ Jake Dalton each receiving the nomination.

Girls Soccer

State runner-up Lake Norman Charter swept the conference’s top awards this season. Kasey Hahn was named the offensive player of the year, Kirsten Brady the defensive player of the year and David Crutchfield the coach of the year.

Newton-Conover placed four girls on the all-conference list, with Anna Grace Hinshaw, Andrea Hunt, Jessica Tenjhay and Sara Watkins receiving the nominations.

Maiden had Maggie Andrews and Kassi Kiziah named all-conference, while Tyler Pesce was the lone representative from Bandys.

Softball

North Lincoln and Lake Norman Charter swept the league’s top softball awards. Lake Norman Charter’s Jenna Carter was named the offensive player of the year, while North Lincoln had the defensive player of the year and coach of the year in McKayla Watts and Breanna Tapp, respectively.

Maiden and Newton-Conover each had four representatives on the all-conference list. For the Blue Devils, Morgan Bohemier, Addyson Ikard, Rachel Cooke and Jaiden Kiser each received the honor. Representing the Red Devils were Maddie Carpenter, Grace Loftin, Georgia Ingle and Emilie Murphy.

Bandys’ Ashtyn Hopson and Bailey Burton also made the all-conference list.

Track and Field

On the girls side, Bandys’ Jason Barnes was named the coach of the year. North Lincoln had the field event and distance runner of the year in Olivia Correa and Angie Allen, respectively. Lake Norman Charter’s Chioma Asiegbunam won the sprinter of the year award.

For the boys, North Lincoln swept all of the top awards. Jake Soorus was the league’s field event athlete of the year. Jalen Ward won sprinter of the year, while Brian Risse won the distance runner of the year award. The Knights’ Jerry Castro was named the coach of the year.

Athletes making the all-conference teams are as follows:

Bandys: Bailey Reynolds, Laci Paul, Maddie Falasca, April Delacanal, Whitney Stewart, Elizabeth Carpenter, Ethan Queen, Jordan Beard, Thomas Dollyhite, Seaver Hubbard, Chase Clanton, Quenten Maddox, Jordan Davis, Hunter Clanton, Blake Reynolds, Alex Reavis, Reid Norman, Nash Shook

Maiden: Amarion Craig, Travion Howell, Chandler Locklear, Dorain Craver

Newton-Conover: Miranda Campbell, Brianna Carson, Anna Carson Loudermelt, Nalece Duncahn, Mia Macon, Brandon Johnson

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