Leesville Road catcher Jack Conley was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 30th round, 891st overall, in this week’s Major League Baseball Draft. Conley, the Cap-8 Conference player of the year for the league champion Pride, is committed to N.C. State.
He was the area’s only high school selection, but many former area stars were drafted out of college.
Cardinal Gibbons grad Max Schrock, a South Carolina second baseman, was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 13th round (404th overall). Clayton grad Evan Phillips, a right-handed pitcher at UNC-Wilmington, was taken by Atlanta in the 17th round (510th).
Green Hope grad Adam Boghosian, a right-handed pitcher from North Greenville (S.C.) was taken by the Nationals in the 22nd round (674th), and Wakefield grad Vance Vizcaino, a third baseman at Stetson, was taken in the 31st round (916st) by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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Rocky Mount grad Benton Moss was taken in the sixth round by Tampa Bay.
Hodge retires: Apex softball coach Bonnie Hodge is retiring after 12 years with an overall record of 209-55. A former Apex High softball player herself, Hodge also posted a 162-47 record at Apex Middle over 17 seasons.
Hodge said she will teach one more year at Salem Middle School before retiring from teaching. Among the things she’s looking forward to is being a grandmother.
She called this year’s run to the 4A East best-of-3 final a career highlight. Another highlight, she said, was being able to coach both of her daughters – Brittany and Lindsay.
Hodge believes athletics play an important role in a young person’s life.
“It’s a huge part of education,” Hodge said. “Certainly their core classwork is very important, but having that extra – learning how to manage time and to prepare for different events – is just a huge part of growing up and learning how to deal with life.”
Grant steps down: Panther Creek soccer coach David Grant has stepped down as the boys varsity coach but will still lead the reigning 4A girls soccer state champs.
All-district softball: The N.C. Softball Coaches Association has released its all-district teams. Almost 100 area athletes were honored.
Taking home player or pitcher of the year awards were: Granville Central’s Megan Taylor and Taylor Bailey; South Granville’s Erin Boone and Miranda Barker; Orange’s Mia Davidson; Cardinal Gibbons’ Clare Zureich; Apex’s Kaitlyn Long; Middle Creek’s Devin Wallace; Lee County’s Jacie Arrington and Whitney Sanford; and Jordan-Matthews’ Holly Clark and Dee Decristofaro.