Baseball, soccer, and softball coaches associations released their post season awards for the spring and 21 different athletes from across the county were represented. North Stokes Layton Helms, Jake Craddock, Carley Gravely, Autumn Martin, Lora Wood, and West Stokes Micha Harris, MacKenzie Parker, and Hannah Woody received all-state awards in their individual sport.
Helms was named for a second consecutive year in baseball. He batted .360 and recorded five wins and a save from the pitching rubber. Craddock, a rising senior, was selected for the first time. He went 6-1 with a 2.06 ERA and limited opponents to .184 batting average. Craddock batted .483 and knocked in 26 RBI’s. The Vikings finished the year 17-10 overall and were eliminated in the second round of the NCHSAA state playoffs.
The softball association selected 11 area softball players for the District 5 team. The Vikings Martin, Gravely, Wood, Allee Boles, Reid Hawkins, and Sierra Hubbard were on the 1A team and Parker, Woody, Allison Mabe, Faye Lawson, and freshman Tori Tucker made the 2A squad.
Martin was the co-player of the year in the Northwest 1A Conference with a .500 batting average. She accumulated 36 RBI’s and blasted seven homeruns. She went 8-1 with a save on the mound and recorded a 2.02 ERA. Juniors Gravely and Wood were honored for a second time in as many years. Gravely batted leadoff for the Vikings and averaged .400 with 33 runs scored and 31 RBI’s. Wood, a Lenoir Rhyne commit, drove in 23 RBI’s, tallied 31 runs, and hit .486 from the plate.
Parker and Woody also made the 2A all-state team for a second consecutive year. Parker was the WPAC Player of the Year and will play for Appalachian State in the spring. She hit eight homeruns with 42 RBI’s, 16 stolen bases, and averaged .493 from the plate. As the Wildcats leadoff batter, Woody added 30 runs with a .593 on base percentage, and 18 stolen bases.
South and West Stokes women’s soccer programs added a core of players to the Region 8 and 9 teams.
The Lady Sauras battled their way to the fourth round of the state 1A playoffs before falling. Senior Hannah Fischer, juniors Madison Green, Riley Kiser, Lilly Weaver and freshman leading scorer Evan O’Leary highlighted the Region 8 roster.
On the Region 9 team, seniors Allie Hawkins and Tiril Olson along with sophomore Anna Bates led the Lady Wildcats to 11 shutouts and junior Micha Harris racked up 34 goals while being the only Stokes County soccer player to be named all-state.
The area high school teams will return six of the eight all-state players and 17 of the 20 all-region or all-district athletes next school year.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.