LAURINBURG — Scotland High School spring athletics garnered 16 all-conference nominations in six spring sports — boy’s golf, softball, boy’s tennis, baseball, girl’s soccer and boy’s track.
Student athletes were recognized at Monday’s end-of-year sports banquet and each of the 16 spring athletes received their all-conference certificates.
The boy’s golf team had two athletes earn all conference honors, sophomores Mason High and Nick Thompson. Both of the Scots golfers qualified for the 4A East Regional tournament, where their seasons came to an end. High finished the season shooting an 89 average and Thompson shooting a 91.
The boy’s tennis team had three players earn all-conference honors, senior Shane Dubbs and juniors Nyjel Collins-Jackson and Sam Poage.
Dubbs finished second in the Southeastern conference singles tournament while Collins-Jackson and Poage finsihed third in doubles. All three advanced to the 4A East Regionals. The Scots finished the year 10-3 overall and 7-5 in the Southeastern conference to finish in third place behind Pinecrest and Lumberton.
The Lady Scots soccer team had two all conference selections, senior Emma Gray Beacham and sophomore Beatrice Eddy.
The Fighting Scots track team had four athletes make all-conference — freshman Tony Strickland, junior Zamir White, senior Octavis McLaurin and junior Brenton Thomas.
Strickland was one of the team’s distance runners competing in the 1600-meter run, 3200M and the 4x800M relay team. Strickland ran the 3200M in 11:13 to finish second at the Southeastern conference championships last month. He finished fifth in the 1600 with a time of 5:04.
White won the 100-meter dash at the SEC Championships with a time of 10.96 seconds, but did not compete at the 4A East Regionals because of a nagging hamstring issue.
McLaurin finished second in the shot put at the SEC Championships to earn his place on the all-conference team with a time of 43’-9.5”.
The Scots other all-conference field event participant was Thomas who finished second in the long jump and triple jump at the SEC Championships. Thomas jumped 21’-7.5” in the long jump and 42’-9.75” in the triple jump.
The Lady Scots softball team had two all-conference selections — juniors Katie Lighhall and Macie Gibson.
Lighthall was the starting short stop for the Lady Scots and ended the year with a team high .456 batting average. The Lady Scots junior also led the team with five stolen bases, and was the No. 2 pitcher for the team.
Gibson was the starting center fielder for the Lady Scots and led the team with a .361 on base percentage. Gibson also had the second highest batting average, behind Lighthall, at .343.
Fighting Scots baseball team had three all-conference selections — seniors Donta Green and Justin Bowers and junior Matthew Hyatt.
Green, who was also named the Male Athlete of the Year at Scotland High School, was the starting short stop for the Scots this season. He led the team with a .448 batting average and three home runs. Green served as one of the closers for the Scots pitching staff, throwing six innings allowing one run off two hits with six walks and 13 strikeouts.
Bowers served as a utility player for the Scots playing first base, third base and pitching. Bowers had a .284 batting average and had one of the Scots six home runs this season. The senior led the team with 21 RBIs and had 11 stolen bases.
Hyatt was one of the starting pitcher for the Scots, before he was sidelined due to a wrist injury. The junior had a staggeringly low 0.66 ERA with four wins and three losses and led the team with 41 strikeouts. Before his injury, Hyatt in 53 innings pitched allowed 21 runs off 45 hits with 16 walks to go along with the 41 strikeouts.
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