By CHRIS HOBBS
North Lincoln High leads the All-Western Foothills 3A awards for spring sports with four of the top winners.
In voting by conference head coaches, the Knights produced the league’s top baseball pitcher and baseball head coach and the co-player of the year in softball and the top softball coach.
Senior Landon Reeves, who will play college baseball at Coker University, won Pitcher of the Year after going 10-2 as the Knights won a league crown. He pitched 74 2/3 innings with an ERA of 2.34, 16 walks and 94 strikeouts.
Charlie Goss, in his first season, guiding North Lincoln won Coach of the Year. The Knights were 12-2 in the conference and finished 21-6 overall, losing to West 3A champ South Rowan in the third round.
Senior Lily Stump shared softball player of the year with Riley Vogel of Fred T. Foard. Stump hit .488 this season with 29 runs and 40 RBIs and hit .467 with 52 RBIs in her career with the Knights.
Stump’s coach, Breanna Tapp, won the coaching award after guiding the Knights to a second-place finish (11-3) behind unbeaten East Lincoln. North Lincoln was 18-8 overall, falling in the first round of the state 3A playoffs to eventual West champ North Buncombe.
Mustangs’ Michel top player
East Lincoln senior Garret Michel, who hit .532 with 10 doubles, one triple and 17 home runs, was named Player of the Year. He will play college baseball at Virginia Tech.
Michel played 74 career games for the Mustangs, hitting .471 with 23 home runs, 99 hits and 91 RBIs.
In a league that had three teams win at least 20 games – East Lincoln, North Lincoln and St. Stephens – North Lincoln led the all-conference picks with seven.
ALL-CONFERENCE: WFAC Post Season Baseball 22(5)
Tigers’ Woglemuth tops in soccer
Fred T. Foard senior Alexis Woglemuth (no stats available) was selected Player of the Year. A multi-sport Tigers star, she will play college soccer at Marshall University.
East Lincoln, which tied Hickory for a league title, produced Offensive Player of the Year Deana Poteat, a senior. She had 16 goals, two assists and 34 points this season and career totals of 43 goals, 13 assists and 99 points as four-year varsity player.
Jason Dragoon of East Lincoln was named Coach of the Year.
Senior Taylor Rose of Hickory (no stats available) was picked Defensive Player of the Year as Hickory went 11-2-1 in the league to share a title with East Lincoln (10-1-3).
ALL-CONFERENCE: WFAC Post Season W Socr 22(1)
Indians’ pitcher voted league’s best
Mayson Lail of third-place St. Stephens won Pitcher of the Year and Foard’s Vogel, a sophomore, shared Player of the Year with North Lincoln’s Stump.
No stats were available on Lail and Vogel. Vogel helped Foard to a 9-10 overall record and fourth-place finish.
ALL-CONFERENCE: WFAC Post Season Softball 22(2)