The Four County 1A/2A Conference announced its All-Conference and Player of the Year selections this past week for the spring sports season. Several athletes from across the county were honored for their athleticism in baseball, softball, girls soccer, men’s track and field, women’s track and field, and golf.
Eight baseball players from Sampson County worked their way to the top to secure All-Conference nominations. Midway led the way with four players followed by Clinton and Union each having two players.
For the Raiders, Wesley Johnson, Dustin Holland, Carson Calcutt, and Adam Butler were all chosen. Butler was second on the team in batting average with a .403 and led the team in both hits and RBIs with 27 and 21 respectively.
Johnson acheived a .314 batting average on the season and was second on the team in hits with 22 while tallying 18 RBIs.
Holland and Calcutt were two of Midway’s leading pitchers, but also found success at the plate as well. Calcutt was third on the team in hits with 21 to go along with his .304 batting average and 16 RBIs. Calcutt also earned a team-best 8-1 pitching performance. He had an ERA of just .089 and, in 55 innings, he culminated 79 strikeouts while only allowing 18 runs on 29 hits.
Holland recorded 36 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.64 and only allowed 20 runs on 40 hits. At the plate, Holland had a batting average of .241 with 13 hits and 16 RBIs.
For Clinton, Charles Jordan and Logan Spell earned All-Conference nominations for their solid play. Jordan had a team-high batting average of .354 with 23 hits and seven RBIs. Spell had a .304 batting average with 17 hits and seven RBIs.
Rounding out Baseball nominations was Union’s Warren Gay and Dawson Thornton. Gay had a .358 batting average with 24 hits and 18 RBIs. Thornton had a team-high .530 batting average with 35 hits and eight RBIs.
In softball, the county had four nominees with Midway once again leading the way with two selections and Clinton and Union each having one.
For Midway, Hannah Lucas and JJ Sankey were the two nominees. Individual stats were not available.
Clinton’s Keona Hill and Union’s Alison Alphin were the other to nominations. Hill’s individual stats were also not available.
For Alphin, she accrued a .359 batting average, assisted by her 14 hits and 1 RBI. She also did most of Union’s work on the mound.
The county also fared well in Girl’s Soccer with eight more selections. Clinton led the charge this time with four selections, followed by Midway with three, and Union with one.
At Clinton, the All-Conference selections were Taylor Spell, Edye Carr, Reagan Barefoot, and Halla Gilpin. Gilpin was also chosen the Four County Conference Player of the Year. Spell had a team-high 44 goals, 30 assists, and a team-high 118 total points. Barefoot had 22 goals, 16 assists, and 60 total points. Gilpin had eight goals, three assists, and 19 total points. Carr was a dominant goaltender for the Lady Dark Horses, culminating 62 saves on the way to a 0.654 season goals against average.
At Midway, Kasey McLamb, Addison Apperson, and Haley Heath were the Lady Raiders All-Conference selections.
McLamb had a team-high 32 goals and six assists. She also totaled 70 points on the season. Apperson had four goals and 11 points. Heath was big in the net for Midway, pulling much of the goaltending duties throughout the season. She had 80 saves on her way to a 0.700 goals against average.
For Union, Zipporah Hayes earned All-Conference honors for the Lady Spartans. Individual stats were not available.
Track and Field
In Men’s Track and Field, there were four total selections for All-Conference.
Union’s Montrel Williams earned the honors in the 100M, Clinton High’s 3200 Relay team secured All-Conference selections in that event, while Midway’s Brian Lucas earned the honors in the High Jump. Rounding out the Men’s Track and Field was Clinton’s Kade Sutton, who secured honors in the 1600M and was also chosen Four County Player of the Year in Men’s Track and Field.
On the Women’s side, All-Conference nominations were dominated by Pender High School, wit the Lady Patriots securring 15 of the 17 selections. Midway, however, did have one participant selected and that was Haley Herndon in the High Jump.
Rounding out the Four County Conference All-Conference selections is Men’s Golf. Midway dominated this event with five nominations but Clinton had a respectable two nominations, including the Conference Player of the Year, Chandler Perry. Hampton Brock was Clinton’s other golf nominee. For Midway, Logan Patrick, Trey Pope, Blake Norris, Andrew Eldridge, and Jordan Sullivan complete the list of All-Conference selections. High School Golf in Sampson County was successful this year as the Midway Raiders, along with Clinton’s Perry, all participated at the State Championship match. Midway finished in Fifth Place as a team, with freshman Patrick finishing in fifth place individually and Perry finishing 18th individually.
Don’t miss the Sunday, June 11 edition of the Sampson Independent for a complete rundown of the All-County Selections.
Reach Daron Barefoot at firstname.lastname@example.org.