HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Northwestern 3A-4A tabs trio as Player of the Year

Published Friday, May 21st, 2021

Hickory head coach wins award after

Red Tornadoes finish in sixth place




After producing a West 4A finalist and a state 3A runner-up, the Northwestern 3A-4A’s softball head coaches had a tough time picking the league’s top player.

They voted to give the award to three players from three schools: senior Regan Weisner of league champion South Caldwell, senior Jessica Cannon of McDowell and junior Chesney Stikeleather of Alexander Central.

South Caldwell went 12-0 in the conference to win the title and reached the West 4A final before falling to East Forsyth.

Second-place Alexander Central, 10-2 in league games, won the West 3A crown and fell in the best-of-3 state championship series to Southern Alamance.

League coaches voted sophomore Kadie Becker of South Caldwell as Pitcher of the Year and selected Chad Puett, who guided Hickory to a sixth-place finish, as the Coach of the Year.

Weisner, who will play college softball for North Carolina, hit .600 for the Spartans this season with five home runs and 18 RBIs while Cannon hit .486 for McDowell with three home runs and drove in 12 runs.

Stikeleather’s statistics were not available.

Becker went 10-1 for South Caldwell with an ERA of 1.42. She walked 13 and struck out 88, and in 74 innings pitched allowed only 15 earned runs. Opponents hit .177 against her.

The head coaches tabbed 31 players for all-conference, led by 10 picks from South Caldwell and eight from Alexander Central.


(as voted by conference head coaches)

FINAL STANDINGS: 1. S. Caldwell 12-0; 2. Alexander Central 10-2; 3. McDowell 7-5; 4. St. Stephens 6-6; 5. Watauga 4-8; 6. Hickory 3-9; 7. Freedom 0-12.

Alexander Central: Chesney Stikeleather, Faith Carrigan, Ava Chapman, Kirstyn Herman, Kenzie Church, Peyton Price, Kara Hinkle, Abby Teague

Freedom: Mikhayla Lingafelt

Hickory: Abby Puett

McDowell: Madi Smith, Lucy Hames, Abby Wright, Gracie Rice, Avery Jordan, Jessica Cannon

St. Stephens: Mayson Lail, Macey Pennell, Zoey Boston

S. Caldwell: Regan Weisner, Clara Hanson, Kaylee Anderson, Zoey Shatley, Kenley Jackson, Chloe Phillips, Kadie Becker, Addison Blair, Jasmine Hall, Maddie Carpenter

Watauga: Linley Garwood, Mattie Smith.

Player of the Year: Regan Weisner, S. Caldwell; Jessica Cannon, McDowell; Chesney Stikeleather, Alexander Central

Pitcher of the Year: Kadie Becker, S. Caldwell

Coach of the Year: Chad Puett, Hickory


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