All-conference roundup: Urbanski nets league, region coaching honors
J.F. Webb’s Allie Urbanski swept N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A Carolina Conference and Region 5 soccer Coach of the Year honors after the Warriors tied for third place in the league standings with Orange.
Webb finished 8-7-1 overall before elimination in the first round of the state playoffs.
Ashton Allen, Abbey Smith and Sarah Graham each represented Webb on the all-conference team while Stephanie Moyer and Cat Pittard were honorable mention selections. Allen and Smith were also named to the all-region team.
Northern Vance’s Tanaua White was named Goalkeeper of the Year. She was joined on the all-conference team by Viking teammates Kristin Long, Stephanie Garcia and Hannah Burgess while Katlyn Reams and Gabby Matthews were honorable mention. White and Long were also all-region selections.
Southern Vance’s Tanya Zuniga and Sarah Stanton round out the Tri-County all-conference soccer selections. Their Raider teammates, Brianna Escobar and Leah Woodlief, were honorable mention selections.
Christina Gibbons of state champion Cardinal Gibbons was Player of the Year.
Northern, Webb place three on all-conference baseball team
Northern and Webb each had three representatives on the all-conference baseball team.
Barry Purnell, Trey Stainback and Zach Pegram were selected from Northern and David Watson, Andrew Watson and Taylor Williams made the cut from Webb, which earned the award for sportsmanship.
The Warriors’ Chad Frazier and Matt Hobgood were also named honorable mention along with Southern’s Dustin Brummitt and Montavis Gray.
Orange’s Nick Debo was Player of the Year, Evan Nations of Gibbons was Pitcher of the Year and Orange’s Dean Dease took the coaching honors.
Raiders have five on softball squad
Southern Vance led the way for the area in softball with five all-conference selections. Kiyanna Kearney, Kaylan Hoyle, Megan Hight, Brittany West, and Mikayla Sellers each made the cut. Bree Simmons was honorable mention for the Raiders.
Brooke Wheeler, Bre Lewis and Ellen Blevins were each named all-conference for Webb and Lauren Williams was honorable mention.
Kara Reese was Northern’s lone all-conference selection. Rishana Cheek, Katie McAllister, Jesse Edwards, and Mel’leeah Robinson were listed as honorable mention for the Vikings, who earned the sportsmanship award.
League champion Orange swept the player (Mackenzie Cates), pitcher (Kyrbee Cheek) and coach (Denise Wilson) of the year awards.
Vikings represent area in tennis
Northern Vance was the only Carolina Conference team in the area to earn all-conference tennis honors.
Sam Long, Ethan Byrom, Barrett Johnson, and Joseph Sharpe were each all-conference for the Vikings and Blake Newman was honorable mention.
Cardinal Gibbons’ Robert Kelly was Player of the Year and the Crusaders’ Andrew Tuttle was Coach of the Year. Webb won the award for sportsmanship.
Area well-represented in track and field
Tri-County athletes won three of the four major Carolina Conference awards in track and field.
Southern Vance’s Reggie Hunter was boys Runner of the Year, Webb’s Corsha Harris was girls Field Event Athlete of the Year and Montel Clark of Northern was the boys Field Event Athlete of the Year.
The girls Runner of the Year was Hannah Blackburn of Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill’s Ron Olsen was Coach of the Year.
Webb’s girls 4x100 relay team made earned all-conference honors along with Rainesha Taylor (100, 200 meters) and Corsha Harris (discus, shot put).
Northern’s Jazmine Haywood (100, 200 meters) also earned individual honors along with Southern’s Emerald Hayes (long jump, triple jump) and Deja Hicks (by vote).
The Viking 4x100 and 4x200 boys relay teams were all-conference as well as Jaleel Seward (400 meters), Jeffrey Jones (300-meter hurdles), Vincent Ragland (200 meters), Montel Clark (shot put), Quavon Harris (triple jump), and Scott Hamrick (by vote).
The Southern boys were represented by Reggie Hunter and Qualik Shearin in the 100 meters. Hunter also made the cut in the 200. They were joined by fellow Raiders Xavier Gregory (discus), Jaquez Bullock (shot put), Jeremiah Williams (triple jump), and Ty-Traveon Roberts (high jump).
Devonte Green (long jump) and Joshuan Jones (high jump) made it for Webb.
Cook, Vaughan earn golf honors
Webb’s Taylor Cook and Northern’s Jamie Vaughan each earned all-conference golf honors.
Cardinal Gibbons’ Justin Curis was Player of the Year and Chapel Hill’s Michael Bradley was Coach of the Year.
Eleven Spartans receive recognition
Kerr-Vance had a total of 11 athletes receive postseason recognition in the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association 2-A Eastern Plains Independent Conference.
Jessica Darnell and Rebecca Ross were each all-conference in soccer and Shannon Ayscue was an honorable mention selection.
Wyatt Evans and Daniel Wilkerson each made all-conference and Lane Humphries was honorable mention.
In tennis, Taylor Abbott was all-conference and Will Parish was honorable mention.
Daniel Burnette, Brandon Dickerson and Joseph Burnette were each honorable mention in golf.
Warren County collects postseason awards
Warren County’s Starbesha Satterwhite (200 meters) was the only Eagle girl or boy to earn all-conference selection in track and field for the NCHSAA 2-A Northern Carolina Conference.
Taylor Sikes and Courtney Macklin were all-conference in softball with Kassie Clary and Mikayla Hargrove as honorable mention.
North Johnston’s Lauren Batten was the softball Player of the Year and North Johnston’s George Daniels was Coach of the Year.
Warren County’s baseball team was represented on the all-conference list by Tyler Thompson while Hayden Sullivan and Pete Johnson made it as honorable mention.
The baseball Player of the Year was Roanoke Rapids’ Clay Lockamon and Bunn’s Leonard Allen was Coach of the Year.
Warren County’s Austin Bender was an honorable mention selection in tennis.