The Walstons are drawing statewide and national attention for their soccer exploits.
North Johnston junior Ian Walston has been named to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 2A all-state team for the fall 2015 season. Walston was one of only 14 players from across the state on the squad.
He led the 2A ranks in goals (42), assists (32) and points (116) and was first in the state in goals and points.
Walston set two North Johnston school records: assists in a season (32) and goals in a match (6). He also tied the school record for assists in a match (4).
Ian is the son of Corinth Holders boys soccer head coach and athletic director Brent Walston who was also honored recently as one of 22 coaches selected as a 2015 National Coaches of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Walston, who coached at North Johnston and Wilson Hunt previously, will officially receive the honor during the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s annual meeting in May.
Stevens goes over 1,000 points: Neuse Charter basketball standout Devante Stevens scored his 1,000th career point during the Cougars’ win over Lakewood on Jan. 7. Stevens had 22 points and 16 rebounds in a 54-51 Neuse Charter win.
The Cougars started the Carolina 1A Conference season by winning their first give games and were 11-5 entering this past week.
Evans will be RSC Student-Athlete of the Week: Clayton High tennis standout Klein Evans will be honored as the Raleigh Sports Club’s Student-Athlete of the Week during the club’s Jan. 27 meeting at Highland United Methodist Church. Evans is a University of Richmond signee and the U.S. Tennis Association’s player of the year for the state in 2015.
Brogden is CGA player of the year: Garner’s Pat Brogden was named the 2015 Richard S. Tufts Senior Women’s Player of the Year for 2015 by the Carolinas Golf Association. It is the fourth time she has been a recipient of a player of the year award for the Carolinas.
Brodgen won her fifth Carolinas Senior Women’s Senior title in 2015, won the Women’s Eastern Senior Championship and finished as the runner-up at the North & South Women’s Amateur as well. She has 10 CGA titles in her career.
All-state golf honors: South Johnston senior Patrick Stephenson was named to the Tarheel Youth Golf Association’s all-state first-team squad after a stellar 2015 season. The ECU recruit was the runner-up at the NCHSAA 3A state championships and won several junior titles.
Pirates get state title rings: Corinth Holders High School presented state championship rings to Connor Blandford and Lydia Davis recently at basketball games. Blandford was the 200-yard individual medlely state champion last year. Davis won her second state all-around gymnastics championship last year after returning from a major back injury.
Carolinas Young Amateur: Clayton’s Makenna Hammer and David Germann both finished in the top 15 at the Carolinas Young Amateur in Pinehurst recently. The event is for mainly college-aged players. The tournament was shortened to one round because of heavy rain.
Germann, a University of Richmond golfer, was 13th in the men’s division with a round of 73. Hammer, a Methodist University golfer, tied for 14th in the women’s division.