The North Central Athletic 1A Conference has announced its all-conference awards for its spring sports, with conference champions Voyager Academy (baseball), Franklin Academy (golf, soccer), East Wake Academy (softball) and Raleigh Charter (tennis) leading the way in their respective sports.
Voyager Academy’s Aaron Beasley earned baseball’s pitcher-of-the-year honors and Pete Shankle was named coach of the year after helping the Vikings (17-5) breeze undefeated through their NCAC slate and to reach the state quarterfinals of the N.C. High School playoffs.
Woods Charter’s Isabel Pearce (49 goals) was named the NCAC’s soccer player of the year, while the Wolves’ Graeme Stewart was coach of the year.
Franklin Academy (22-2) placed six players on NCAC soccer’s all-conference first team after rolling undefeated (15-0) through league games and making it to the 1A state championship game last weekend.
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Franklin sophomore Marlayna Frutiger was named the goalkeeper of the year, giving up 14 goals all year, while saving 95 shots for a goals-against average of 0.8 per game.
Frutiger was joined on soccer’s all-conference first team by Franklin’s: junior Kiera Stephens, the Patriots’ leader in goals (45); Anna Krussow (30 assists); defenders Danielle Morrison and Kiley Hughes; and ninth-grader Niamh Stephan.
Voyager’s Don Ladd was named NCAC softball coach of the year and his Vikings won NCAC softball’s sportsmanship award despite finishing last in the conference standings (0-7, 3-11 overall).
Franklin Academy senior Jacob Faulkner was the NCAC’s baseball player of the year. He batted .440 and scored 30 of the Patriots’ 150 runs this spring.
Roxboro Community School’s Grace Sherron, a .464 hitter with 20 RBIs, was named the NCAC’s softball player of the year, while Sarah Bradshaw of River Mill was pitcher of the year. Despite an 8-7 won-lost record, Bradshaw matained an ERA of 1.75 while leading River Mill in hitting (.725 with 17 RBIs).
Raleigh Charter (16-1) went undefeated in NCAC tennis matches before winning its second straight state championship. The Phoenix’s Ryan Griffin was named coach of the year and saw four of his players placed on the all-conference first team: player of the year Chinna Baskaran, Joseph Fisher, Harrison Tseng and Revant Birla.
Raleigh’s Brandon Wacaser and Jake Satrisky, who clinched the state championship match at 5-2 with a win at No. 3 doubles, earned honorable mention, and Ryan Griffin was the tennis coach of the year.
NCAC all-conference honors for golf were decided by the players’ cumulative stroke average throughout the season. Five golfers from conference champion Franklin Academy finished in the season’s top 10 – NCAC champion Grant Lewis, Ryan Lamm, Cody McDaniel, Daniel Nunn and Jacob Burgess.
Franklin’s Michael Armstrong was named golf coach of the year.
North Central Athletic 1A Conference
Spring 2016 All-Conference Awards
Player of the Year: Jacob Faulkner, Franklin Academy.
Pitcher of the Year: Aaron Beasley, Voyager Academy.
Coach of the Year: Pete Shankle, Voyager Academy.
Sportsmanship Award: East Wake Academy
Conference Champion: Voyager Academy
First team All-Conference
Logan Robson (River Mill)
Shane Knight (East Wake Acad.)
Cody Hardy (East Wake Acad.)
Jacob Faulkner (Franklin Acad.)
Lucas Wier (Franklin Acad.)
Alfred D’Ottavio (Franklin Acad.)
Ian Coleman (Roxboro Comm.)
Will Jacobs (Roxboro Comm.)
Seth Gentry (Roxboro Comm.)
Collin Winstead (Roxboro Comm.)
Aaron Beasley (Voyager Acad.)
Chase Sykes (Voyager Acad.)
Kendall Vincent (Voyager Acad.)
Caleb Trueheart (Voyager Acad.)
Bryson Willis (Voyager Acad.)
Roxboro Community–Nick Brann, Logan Dunkley, Ashton Morris.
Voyager Academy–Ethan Blevins, Collin Faucette, Mike Jones, Kamaya Neighbors.
River Mill Academy–Zach Marrs, Tyler Myers.
East Wake Academy–Nate Figeura, Greg Yancey.
Franklin Academy–Robert Driver, Trevor Rohrs.
By player, school, stroke average
1, Grant Lewis Franklin Academy (41);
2, Cole Scearce Voyager Academy , (41.2);
3, Ryan Lamm, Franklin Academy , (42);
4, Cody McDaniel, Franklin Academy , (42.2);
5, Daniel Nunn, Franklin Academy, (42.8);
T-6, Chris McCabe, Raleigh Charter, (45);
T-6, Drake Weatherspoon, East Wake Academy, (45);
8, Jacob Burgess, Franklin Academy , (45.2);
9, Payton Weatherspoon, East Wake Academy, (46.4);
10, Josh Lowery Roxboro Community, (46.6).
Conference champion: Franklin Academy
Player of the Year: Isabel Pearce, Woods Charter.
Goalkeeper of the Year: Marlayna Frutiger, Franklin Academy.
Coach of the Year: Graeme Stewart, Woods Charter.
Sportsmanship Award: River Mill Academy
Conference Champion: Franklin Academy
First team All-Conference
East Wake–Gaby Toussaint, Allie Page, Haley Turner.
Franklin Academy–Marlayna Frutiger, Kiera Stephan, Anna Krussow, Danielle Morrison, Kiley Hughes, Niamh Stephan.
Kestrel Heights–Ciara Edmonds.
Raleigh Charter–Hana Chabinsky, Karly Dreyer, Lily Koning, Ellie White, Daisy Bonifant.
Research Triangle High School–Halima Hasan.
River Mill–Jenna Janice.
Roxboro Community–Sarah Powell, Ashton Martin.
Voyager Academy–Campbell Shaw.
Woods Charter–Isabel Pearce, Jade Ogilvie, Mackenzie Abbott, Renee Brozowski, Justina Stewart.
East Wake–Olivia Whitley, Madi Hempstead.
Franklin–Kennedy Capps, Taylor Kassay.
Kestrel Heights–Kira Hollinghurst, Dina Avila.
Raleigh–Emma Spitz, Charlotte Rhodes.
Research Triangle–Sierra Street, Brittany Worthy.
River Mill–Maddie Jordan, Alyssa Nelson.
Roxboro–Eryka Venek, Skylar Bryan.
Voyager–Maggie Liller, Carlie Reo.
Woods–Elise Moses, Alex Christian.
Player of the Year: Grace Shelton, Roxboro Community.
Pitcher of the Year: Sarah Bradshaw, River Mill.
Coach of the Year: Don Ladd, Voyager Academy.
Sportsmanship Award: Voyager Academy
Conference Champion: East Wake Academy
First team All-Conference
East Wake–Sydney Brantley, Rachel Thompson, Lauren Brown, Gracie Hodge, Brooke Sanderson.
Franklin Academy–Carlie Clift, Anna Rogers, Christen Rogers, Carly Graves.
Roxboro Community–Grace Sherron, Karin Lee, Carlee Garrett.
River Mill– Sarah Bradshaw, Morgan Mebane.
Voyager Academy–Mackenzie Allison.
East Wake–Lexi Hargensheimer, Hannah Howell.
Franklin Academy–Megan Rogers, Lucy Batten.
Roxboro Community–Maria Carver, Jailyn Mattos.
River Mill– India Goode, Haley Bradshaw.
Voyager Academy–Bella McCowan, Ballista Kornegay.
Player of the Year: Chinna Baskaran, Raleigh Charter.
Coach of the Year: Ryan Griffin, Raleigh Charter.
Sportsmanship Award (tied): Raleigh Charter, Franklin Academy, Research Triangle High School, Voyager Academy.
Conference Champion: Raleigh Charter.
All-Conference First Team
Franklin Academy: Cyrus Richardson, Grant Smith.
Raleigh Charter: Chinna Baskaran, Joseph Fisher, Harrison Tseng, Revant Birla.
Research Triangle: Ramis Chowdury.
Voyager Academy: Christian Quick, Ben McQuaid, Connor Hollon.
Franklin–Jackson Venable, Brandon Lav.
Raleigh–Brandon Wacaser, Jake Satisky.
Research Triangle–Wesley Collier, Jonas Trepainer.
Voyager– Kolbe McQuaid, Max Leonard.