Southeast Raleigh wrestling standout and 2012-13 NCHSAA 4A heavyweight state champion Phillip Shuler was named the News & Observer’s wrestler of the year in the annual year-end rundown of the top athletes across the Triangle area.
Shuler leads the group of area athletes receiving N&O honors, which includes 16 members of the spring all-area teams. He went 39-0 as a senior and 69-17 in his career and will attend East Carolina University.
The Johnston-Garner area softball talent showed up in the all-area softball team, which saw six players earn the honor, and the track teams, which featured eight local athletes.
North Johnston’s Kaylynn Batten (.536 batting average, six home runs, 36 RBIs) and Lauren Batten (14-0, 133 strikeouts and a 0.38 ERA), Clayton’s Nicole Bond (.509 BA, 15-4 pitching record), Charley Cox of Princeton (.508 BA), Megan Gibbons of West Johnston (.491 BA) and Maddie Stewart of Garner (.347 career hitter) were all named to the team.
Xavier Carter of West Johnston (third in the 4A 110-meter hurdle championships) and Nyheim Hines (third in the 300 hurdles at states) made the boys track team.
State girls champions Jasmine Dawson of West (100), Mollie Williams of Clayton (100 hurdles), Tametrius Morrison of Southeast Raleigh (300 hurdles) and Shakinah Brooks of Southeast (long jump) earned girls team honors. Also selected for the girls track team were Regene Watson of Southeast (fourth in the shot) and Alex Williamson (state runner-up in the triple jump).
Garner baseball standout Brighton Hudson went 9-0 with a 0.88 ERA and 79 strikeouts earned baseball honors.
In girls soccer, Emily Truelove’s sophomore season at Cleveland was among the state’s best. She was named all-area after scoring 54 goals and dishing out 20 assists for the 18-2 Rams.
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