CARRYING THE LOAD. Junior ace Chase Ragland pitched in each of Louisburg High School’s four games this spring in the Class 1-A State Baseball Playoffs. Ragland has been selected as the Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player.
LOUISBURG -- The Louisburg Warriors were undefeated in Tar-Roanoke Athletic Conference baseball action this spring -- so it’s no surprise that the Warriors dominate the league’s diamond superlatives.
Each of Louisburg’s nine players earned either First Team or Honorable Mention awards on the All-TRAC squad, which was voted on by conference coaches.
And LHS junior mound ace Chase Ragland, whose arm helped lead the Warriors to the Class 1-A State Elite Eight, was the pick as the TRAC Player of the Year.
ALL-CONFERENCE PICK. Bunn High School senior pitcher/infielder Clayton Adams has earned a spot on the All-Northern Carolina Conference baseball squad for the 2009 season. Adams helped BHS finish in second place in the NCC.
FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Six Franklin County performers have been selected to the All- Northern Carolina Conference First Team Baseball Squad for the 2009 campaign.
Four of the standouts are from Bunn -- Bryant Lester, Jake Young, Clayton Adams and Michael Collins.
Two suited up for the Franklinton Red Rams -- Lane Pickett and Garrett Estes.
Roanoke Rapids, which claimed the NCC’s regular season championship, featured the Coach of the Year (Mark Snead) and the Player of the Year (Tyler Deloach).
GREENSBORO -- Rosters have been finalized for the 61st Annual North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star Basketball Game, to be played at the Greensboro Coliseum on Monday, July 20.
A total of 11 N.C.Preps.com All-State selections were picked to play in the annual summer classic.
Among the players selected to play for the East are D.H. Conley’s Jaron Lane, Knightdale’s Stan Okoye (VMI signee), Zach Faircloth from Terry Sanford, Campbell signee Ricky Krainiak of Camden County, Trey Sumler of Nash Central (Western Carolina signee) and Marist-bound Candon Rusin of Topsail.
FRANKLINTON -- Franklinton High School’s 2009 volleyball season will begin Aug. 17 with a road contest at Granville Central.
The Lady Rams’ complete schedule is as follows (home matches are listed in CAPS):
ZEBULON -- The Carolina Mudcats (34-28) fell 10-3 to the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (25-38) in front of 5,989 fans last Saturday night at Five County Stadium.
Jordan Smith (L, 4-2) started the game for Carolina, yielding three earned runs on seven hits and three walks during 5.1 innings.
Jerry Gil made his Mudcat debut in relief of Smith, walking five batters while giving up three earned runs in 2/3 of an inning.
The Stonewood Properties Giants took first place at the recently completed Youngville Minor League Baseball Tourney. Pictured are (back, l to r) Luke Woessner, Cameron Aiken, Smith Gupton, Branson Capps and Ryan Wampler; (front, l to r) Scooter Ballentine, Brandon Whitman, Tucker Brown, Jordan Gailey, Chase Deroschers and Evan Savage. Not pictured is Brayton Haws.