Smithfield-Selma High student-athletes Jason Hallam and Parker Watson are among the 27 statewide winners of the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s Heart of a Champion Awards. They received their awards Saturday at an event in Chapel Hill.
The Heart of a Champion Award began in 2000 as a way to recognize student-athletes who have participated in at least one varsity sport and remained ejection-free during the school year. These students also exemplify outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship.
Each NCHSAA member school has the opportunity to nominate one male and one female student-athlete for the recognition.
The students filled out an application questionnaire and then a school official, such as the principal or athletic director also provides an evaluation.
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Watson, a multi-sport athlete, was nominated by SSS basketball coach Stacy Holland; Hallam was nominated by cross country and track coach Christopher Bradshaw.
“We are tremendously proud of the accomplishments in leadership and sportsmanship by this year’s group of Heart of a Champion Award winners,” said NCHSAA commissioner Que Tucker. “Good sportsmanship and behavior-in and out of the playing arena-is critical to the success of NCHSAA programs. By highlighting fine peer models, such as these students, we hope to reinforce the positive behavior and character traits we believe our student-athletes learn from their involvment in high school athletics.”
West sweeps East Wake: West Johnston swept by East Wake in baseball and softball on Tuesday night.
The Wildcats had just two hits but took a 1-0 win in baseball. Hunter Hood got the win and drove in the game’s only run with a groundout in the fourth inning. Wade Eatmon pitched the seventh for the save.
In softball, West Johnston won, 3-0, with just three hits. Nadia Blevins had two of West’s hits on the night and Megan Mills struck out 12 Warriors in a complete-game pitching victory.
Garner doubles up Harnett Central: Garner grabbed a 10-5 win in a meeting of previously unbeaten Greater Neuse River 4A Conference softball squads Tuesday night. The Trojans moved to 5-0 in the league and won for the 11th straight time.
Garner also beat Central in baseball, 4-1.
Stephenson cards a 68 at Reedy Creek: South Johnston’s Patrick Stephenson earned medalist honors with a 4-under-par round of 68 Monday to win the Two Rivers 3A Conference golf match at Reedy Creek Golf Course.
Host Cleveland took the team win with a total of 336, three shots ahead of South Johnston. Patrick Schweitz led the Rams with a 73. Triton was third at 350, followed by Corinth Holders (362).
Comets, Knights split: Clayton bounced Knightdale 11-0 in baseball on Tuesday night, while the Knights took a 9-4 softball win.
Panthers top Farmville Central: Black McLean had four hits to help North Johnston open Eastern Plains 2A Conference play with a 9-4 win over Farmville Central on Tuesday night. The Panthers totaled 14 hits on the night. Holden Hales, Trey Whitley, Logan Hayes and Dylan Radford all oas two-hit nights.
Pirates grab wins at Western: Corinth Holders beat Western Harnett 15-8 in softball on Tuesday and 6-4 in baseball. The Pirate soccer team made it a three-sport sweep with a 6-0 decision.
Smithfield-Selma outshoots Cleveland: Smithfield-Selma handed Cleveland its first Two Rivers 3A Conference girls soccer loss of the season Tuesday with a 4-1 victory. Sophomore Natalie Sabiston had three goals for the Spartans (2-1-1 conference). Freshman Nicole DeBlois had Cleveland’s goal.
Roberts two-hits Hawks: South Johnston baseball pitcher Sauyer Roberts held Triton to two hits in a 9-0 baseball victory Tuesday night. Roberts had six strikeouts and two walks on the night.
Grant Millay was 4-for-4 at the plate for South, which also beat Triton 6-5 in softball on Tuesday night.
North Duplin hands Princeton its first loss: North Duplin downed Princeton 7-6 in softball on Tuesday. It was the Bulldogs’ first loss of the season.
Beth Braswell had three hits for Princeton (5-1 overall) in the loss, while Emily Ricks and Casey Mitchell had two hits each.
Princeton drilled North Duplin 11-0 in baseball. Tanner Flowers threw a two-hit shutout over five innings and drove in three runs. Tyler Ricks and Hunter Mitchell had two RBI apiece.