First Posted: 5/21/2009
After duking it out on the softball field all season, players from North Surry and Surry Central teamed up to represent their schools as Mountain Valley 2A all-conference selections.
North Surry had three players make the squad, plus one honorable mention. The Golden Eagles were represented by Hayley Durham.
Brooke Graves, North Surry (P) There is an obvious reason Graves made the squad: When Brooke was on, we were on, North Surry coach Julie Gammons said. And she had another strong year. Since the Greyhounds finished 14-10 and reached the NCHSAA playoffs, Graves was on more often than not.
Graves took the mound for the majority of North Surrys games this year, but the junior righty wasnt just a strong arm. Gammons said her batting average exceeded .300 and she led the team in RBIs.
Hayley Durham, Surry Central (1B) Yes, she was the prototypical power-hitting first baseman, but the comparisons to the norms of Durhams position end there. She was an excellent fielder who made the kinds of plays that turn errors and extra bases into outs.
I really think of a first baseman as being a good defensive player, Surry Central coach Phil Bowers said. Digging the ball out of the dirt after bad throws is really important.
Durham belted one home run, batted .350 and her RBI total reached double digits, according to Bowers. The junior cleanup hitter is also an excellent student who sings in the school chorus.
Chenoa Marsh, North Surry (LF/2B) After a mid-season switch in the batting order, Marshs average jumped 100 points. From there on out it was sheer consistency, as Gammons put it. As versatile as she was on the field, Marsh was just as valuable in the dugout.
Chenoa is an emotional leader, Gammons said.
Christy Wagoner, North Surry (CF) Wagoner made the all-conference team with no problem it was the stat book where it was hard to find her this season. Wagoner made the plays that dont show up in line scores, but are just as important to winning as a home run. She played stellar center field. She could lay down bunts. She worked the count to tire pitchers out. She led the team in singles as a leadoff hitter, setting the table to score runs. She also batted over .300, Gammons said. It would have been hard to overlook someone who played so consistently well all season long.
Ashley Reece, North Surry (C) Gammons said Reece was as physically strong a player as she had ever seen.
She can hit the ball a country mile, Gammons said.
But the tough slugger also carries a smile on her face. Her jubilation is contagious and made her one of the most positive influences on the Greyhounds roster.
Mountain Valley 2A all-conference awards
Player of the Year Jana Matthews (Starmount)
Coach of the Year Heather CourtsTysinger (Starmount)
Ciera Cockerham (Forbush)
Hayley Durham (Surry Central)
Jessica Dzeskewicz (Forbush)
Brooke Graves (North Surry)
Courtney Groce (Starmount)
Ashlee Handy (Starmount)
Annie Hegar (Ashe County)
Jessica Hinkle (Forbush)
Nichole Hutchens (Starmount)
Andrea Jarman (Wilkes Central)
Terra Johnson (Wilkes Central)
Leslie Long (Forbush)
Chenoa Marsh (North Surry)
Jana Matthews (Starmount)
Ashlee Myers (North Wilkes)
Taylor Smith (Forbush)
Chelsea Varner (Starmount)
Haley Williams (Wilkes Central)
Christy Wagoner (North Surry)
Kendra Yearick (Ashe County)
Madison Ashley (North Wilkes)
Chelsey Carter (Wilkes Central)
Erin Covington (Ashe County)
Taylor Gentry (North Wilkes)
Sarah Jennings (Wilkes Central)
Amber Owens (North Wilkes)
Haley Pardue (Forbush)
Ashley Reece (North Surry)
Brittany Thomas (Wilkes Central)
Brittany White (Starmount)