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Notebook: Heritage High School's Blake Walters throws Huskies' first baseball no-hitter

tstevens@newsobserver.comMarch 24, 2014 

Blake Walters threw the first baseball no-hitter in Heritage’s history Friday when he shut out Enloe 1-0 in a Cap Eight 4A game.

A 6-foot, 190-pound junior, he struck out five, walked three and hit three batters. Heritage made two errors.

“Blake is a student of the game,” said Heritage coach Tony Piercy. “He did not have his best stuff on Friday night but he was able to make enough pitches in key spots to keep them off balance. He battled all night and the defense made some solid plays behind him. It was a total team effort.”

The Huskies had three hits in the second inning, with Brad Mize scoring the game’s only run on a passed ball.

Walters is 3-0 with a 0.53 ERA in 13.33 innings.

Clark named MVP: Clayton’s Gary Clark was named the MVP of North Carolina’s 102-90 basketball victory over South Carolina in the 17th annual Carolinas All Star Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Clark made 8 of 11 shots from the field and had 21 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Northern Durham’s Ricky Council II made eight of 12 shots and finished with 21 points.

The North Carolina girls defeated South Carolina 103-61. Holly Springs’ Kiara Leslie, who missed much of her senior season following hip surgery, played less than a minute, but grabbed two rebounds.

Griffin wins: Ben Griffin of East Chapel Hill shot rounds of 72-74 last weekend to win the North State High School Challenge on the Lake golf course at Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford. Griffin, who won N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A titles in 2011 and 2013, had a three-stroke margin on three second-place golfers, including Broughton’s Preyer Fountain.

Charlotte Myers Park topped runner-up Broughton 608-603 in team competition.

Johnston County track: Corinth Holder’s Cameron Rutherford won the girls’ 800 (2 minutes, 34 seconds), 1,600 (5:42) and 3,200 (13:20) in the Johnston County Track and Field Championships last weekend.

Teri and Toni Strickland led West Johnston. Teri Strickland won the 100 (11.8 seconds), 200 (25.2) and 400 (1:00), and Tori Strickland won the triple jump title (34-feet, 111/2 inches) and the long jump (16-11).

Clayton won the girls’ title and Cleveland was the boys’ team champion.

Princeton junior Johnny Frasier, a national football recruiting target, won the 100 (10.8).

Backcourts: Where do Apex High’s T.J. Wells and T.J. Evans rank among the area’s all-time boys’ basketball backcourts? Pretty high, but perhaps not the best.

John Wall played along side Dez Wells on the 2008-09 Raleigh Word of God team. The team also included C.J. Leslie, who later played at N.C. State.

One of the best sets of guards that I remember is Gerald Peacock and Danny Young at Enloe in 1978.

Copeland honored: Former Ravenscroft forward Isaac Copeland was named the New Hampshire boys’ Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year. A 6-foot-9 Georgetown recruit, he left Ravenscroft to play at Charlottesville (Va.) Miller School and last season at Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy.

Copeland helped Brewster to a 33-2 record. He averaged 15.6 points, seven rebounds, 2.4 steals, 2.3 assists and 2.2 blocks.

Sophomore recognition: Bryse Wilson of Orange has been named one of the top 50 high school sophomore baseball players in the country by MaxPreps. A 6-2, 205-pound pitcher, he has 10 strikeouts in 10 innings and has not allowed an earned run.

Gatorade basketball: Keyshawn Woods of Charlotte Northside Christian Academy is the Gatorade North Carolina Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year. Woods, a 6-5 guard, averaged 17.1 points on a 28-1 club that won the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 2A title.

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