Last week ten area softball players from North and West Stokes were named to the All-District 5 team and to the 1A and 2A All-State teams by the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association. North Stokes Chandley Garner was voted All-District and All-State Player of the Year.
“We are proud of all of our kids,” said Vikings coach Jeff Frye. “It shows what working in the summer will do. She represents our motto of ‘Do Work’ not just on the field, but in the classroom as good as anyone I’ve coached. There have been many players to come through North Stokes and I have to say she has been the best overall that I’ve seen. She’ll be missed on the softball field, but more importantly as the person she is. She has a shining personality that rubs off on the team and makes us better.”
Garner will attend N.C. State University and play softball for the Wolfpack in the spring. She was named Co-Player of the Year in the Northwest 1A Conference with Autumn Lawson from East Surry. Garner batted .540 on the year with 35 runs scored, 31 RBI’s and three homeruns to help lead her team to a 19-5 record and to the second round of the state 1A playoffs.
Her teammates Emily Evans, Carley Gravely, Emma Petree, and Lora Wood were also named 1A All-District and All-State for the Vikings with Evans leading the team in batting average with a .575.
West Stokes had five players named to All-District 5: Ashley Philyaw, Sydney Shelton, Mackenzie Parker Hannah Woody and Allison Mabe. Philyaw, Parker, and Woody were named to the 2A All-State team as well.
Philyaw finished up an outstanding career with the Wildcats. The recent graduate was named 2016 WPAC Player of the Year and batted .387 her senior season with a .489 on base percentage. She had 16 stolen bases with 30 runs scored, while helping West Stokes to a 15-9 record and a second round bid to the state 2A playoffs.
“Ashley has been the key to a lot of our success,” said coach Jordan Stevens. “She was our leadoff hitter and our plate setter. When she goes our team goes. She is going to be missed not only on the field, but in the locker room. Also, a big congratulations to our other players for their post season awards. They are all well deserving.”
Parker batted .392 on the season with 34 RBI’s and went 4-2 on the mound with a 2.10 ERA. Woody led the team with a batting average of .526 and an on base percentage of .597 with 26 runs scored.
The Vikings graduated four seniors and the Wildcats three.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.