Four Carrboro athletes and three coaches won top honors from the Mid-State 2A Conference when the league announced its post-season awards for spring sports.
The Mid-State all-conference awards reflected Carrboro’s dominance in the spring season. Carrboro, which has won three consecutive Wells Fargo Cups as the state’s top 2A athletics program, captured 2015 conference championships in baseball, soccer, tennis and both boys’ and girls’ track and field. That was more Mid-State titles for Carrboro than the rest of the league combined.
Carrboro’s soccer and tennis teams both went on to win state championships, while the track teams both finished in the top 10 of the state 2A meet.
Middle-distance champion Maysa Araba and thrower Magnus Herweyer were named the Mid-State’s top female runner and male field athlete, respectively. Max Fritsch was named the league’s tennis player of the year, and Skylar Furey was chosen as the Mid-State’s pitcher of the year.
Melvin Griffin was voted by his peers as the Mid-State’s coach of the year in both girls and boys track, while Shaughn Neal was named the baseball coach of he year and Jared Drexler was selected as the girls soccer coach of the year.
All six of Carrboro’s top singles players were named all-conference, and Fritsch was named the Mid-State’s tennis player of the year after helping the Jaguars zip undefeated through their league schedule without dropping a set. Carrboro (13-1) went on to win its second straight N.C. High School Athletics Association 2A title with Fritsch at No. 1 singles.
A week before Carrboro’s 5-2 victory over Brevard in the NCHSAA’s state dual-team finals, Fritsch and doubles partner Jacob Zinn defeated their Carrboro teammates Jason Wykoff and Sean Ross in straight sets to win their second NCHSAA state doubles championship.
Fritsch, Zinn and Wykoff were named all-conference along with teammates Zach Anderson, Brian Frieburghouse and Andre Javan.
Carrboro’s honorees in track and field were led by state double medalists Araba and Herweyer.
Araba, the female MVP of the NCHSAA 2A state championship meet, won conference and state tiles for the second year in a row in both the 800 and 1600 meters, breaking NCHSAA records in both events. Araba broke her own record in the 800 with a time of 2:15.18 and broke a seven-year-old mark in the 1600 with a time of 4:55.78.
Herweyer, a junior, finished first in the shot put with a mark of 53 feet, 10 inches, and won the discus championship with a throw of 178-7.
Araba was joined on the girls’ all-conference team by: Emine Arcasoy (4x400); Mia Bennett (high jump, 1st); Amelia Covington (3200); Josie Dangler (4x800); Alexandra Jones (discus); Miriam Kadens (4x400); Anna Kemper (high jump, 2nd); Katie Knotek (100 meters, 4x400); Hanna Peterman (3200, 4x800); Maley Wagner (pole vault) and Brooke Zeman (4x800).
Mid-State champions who joined Herweyer on the boys’ all-conference team were: Enrique Guerra (800, 1600); Noah Lambert (long jump); Dylan Stickland (3200); Jesse Tysinger (pole vault); and Theordore Winans (400).
Carrboro runners who made all-conference with runner-up finishes included: the 4x100 relay of Jerrell Atwater, Tabian Sales, Derritt Sharp and Winans; the 4x00 relay of William Ragland, Sales, Sharp and Winans; the 4x800 relay of Harrison Marshall, Tarek Zikry, Miles Gil and Ragland; plus Atwater (110 hurdles) and Zakari Crites-Videman (3200).
Much like Carrboro’s tennis team, its girls soccer team (21-0-1) defeated every 2A opponent it faced and placed just about its entire starting lineup on the all-conference roles.
Championship MVP Miah Araba, who scored twice in Carrboro’s 2-1 victory in overtime against Forbush in the state championship game, led the Jaguars’ all-conference entries, joined by sister Kenza Araba; Elizabeth Cato; Katie Knotek; Leah Simon; sisters Kate Sparling and Laura Sparling; Natasha Turner and Olivia Turschak.
Carrboro senior goalkeeper Benedikte Turner received honorable mention.
Carrboro baseball’s Skylar Furey, a junior who went 7-2 in 13 appearances this year with a team best ERA of 1.67, beat out Reidsville senior Blake Stewart (5-3, 1.00 ERA) for pitcher of the year honors in the Mid-State. Furey pitched a complete game and beat Stewart head-to-head when it mattered most, when Carrboro won 3-2 at Reidsville in the Mid-State tournament championship game.
Furey was joined on the all-conference team by Carrboro’s Colin Andres (catcher, pitcher); Noah Jones (utility); Conner Murphy (OF); Quinn Rhodes (first base, catcher) and Nick Wilhelm (centerfield, pitcher).
John Davis (shortstop, pitcher) and Ben West (pitcher, first base) received honorable mention.
Andres, second in games-won as a pitcher (4-1), led Carrboro’s starters in hitting this season with a .397 average and had an on-base percentage of .429, while Jones (.313) led the Jaguars in runs batted in (17) and extra bases (24). Wilhelm batted .361 and hit for 19 extra bases. All three had a slugging percentage above .500.
Rhodes led the Jaguars starters in on-base percentage (.462) while batting .308. Murphy hit .312 with a .393 on-base percentage and led the team in stolen bases (10).
Carrboro’s golf team shared their sport’s Mid-State Sportsmanship Award with Graham. Jaguars Jacob Steinert and Benton Fine both made the all-conference team after top-20 finishes in the the conference.
Three Carrboro softball players earned all-conference status – Kayle Lane, Paige Watson and Catherine Nansolo — while Maya Marin and Elizabeth Ollila earned honorable mention.