West Stokes recent graduate Tristan Carter signed a letter of intent to continue playing lacrosse. He chose William Peace University after strong considerations from Tusculum, Montreat and Wingate.
“I’m happy and excited,” said the athlete. “I love the small campus atmosphere, the opportunity to help start another program and the weight room really stood out to me. Coach (Nate) Bates is really nice and I believe I will like playing for him and the school.”
Carter has been a four year varsity player and has been awarded all-conference and voted as the best of prep in lacrosse between Stokes, Surry, Yadkin, and Carroll County, Va. by Adams Publishing Group. He played in the East/West all-star game last month and was one of three players to represent West Stokes. He helped lead the Wildcats to the school’s first ever conference championship last season and a third round state playoff game. The team finished second behind Mt. Tabor in a tough 1A/2A/3A conference this season. He tallied 37 career goals, 16 assists, 157 groundballs and won 41 percent of his faceoff battles in 53 games played throughout his high school career.
“Tristan’s work ethic is second to none,” said Wildcat coach Colon Moore. “It was not unusual to either go up to the school on the weekends or get a call from our athletic director saying Tristan was at the school practicing. He plays it constantly. He turned a lot of heads this year, especially at the East/West game on how hard he shot the ball. Tristan is a very versatile player and he will help Peace in many capacities.”
Carter plans to major in physical therapy while attending the four year university. He is the son of Daniel and Shannon Adams.
“I knew after his visit he was in love with the school,” said his mother. “I was hoping for a school closer, but he was happy and you could see it. We really love the academics of the school and the fact that Tristan loves the challenge of helping another new program.”
William Peace University is a liberal arts college in downtown Raleigh. It competes in the USA South Athletic Conference as a Division III school in the NCAA.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.