The local teams playing on the diamond finished in the top-two spots the I-Meck 4A standings and picked up conference Player of the Year honors in the process.
Lake Norman freshman sensation Linda Moore was named Pitcher of the Year, as the Wildcats were a game behind rival first-place Mooresville in the I-Meck standings. Moore compiled a 16-4 record, striking out 145 and walking 21 in 107 innings. She threw 15 complete games and had seven shutouts in her debut season.
She was just as impressive at the plate, however, with a .470 batting average, six doubles, two triples and a home run. Moore was perfect in 22 stolen-base attempts.
Moore’s teammate, center fielder Elly Huecker, is I-Meck Player of the Year. The senior captain hit an eye-popping .522 with seven doubles, a triple and three home runs, and was 27-of-29 in stolen-base attempts. Playing a vital position in the field, she only committed one error in 24 chances.
Though some of the top arms in I-Meck baseball this year were left-handers, righty Justin Poris emerged as Player of the Year. The Mooresville senior ace went 9-2 and unbeaten in conference play, putting up a sparkling 1.02 earned-run average with 62 strikeouts in 41.1 innings.
After throwing a complete game in Game 1 of the 4A state championship, Poris was named series Most Valuable Player.
Mooresville distance runner Damien Gonzalez is the Male Athlete of the Year in track in field, as the junior won conference titles in the 1,600 meters and as part of the 4X800 relay team.
After winning their respective conference titles, several local coaches were Coach of the Year in his sport: Jeff Burchett (baseball) and Jay Clark (boys track & field) from Mooresville, and Tommy Strahan (softball) and Brandon Jolly (boys golf) from Lake Norman.
Player of the Year: Justin Poris, Mooresville
Vance Anderson, Lake Norman
Carson Arnold, Lake Norman
Rudd Ulrich, Lake Norman
Gage Smith, Lake Norman
Cole Robbins, Lake Norman
Cameron Arnold, Lake Norman
Carter Sheppard, Lake Norman
Blake Burchett, Mooresville
Davis Turner, Mooresville
Quin Furguson, Mooresville
Cameron Clonch, Mooresville
Coach of the Year: Jeff Burchett, Mooresville
Player of the Year: Owen Swavely, Lake Norman
Luke Perrino, Lake Norman
Ryan Lux, Lake Norman
Hayden Estes, Mooresville
Coach of the Year: Brandon Jolly
Jessi Brotherton, Lake Norman
Kerri Coffman, Lake Norman
Ellie Fielding, Lake Norman
Sarah Tuttle, Lake Norman
Delaney Edge, Mooresville
Savannah Horan, Mooresville
Meredith Jenkins, Mooresville
Player of the Year: Elly Huecker, Lake Norman
Pitcher of the Year: Linda Moore, Lake Norman
Samantha Ladowski, Lake Norman
Carley Christopher, Lake Norman
Ellie Goins, Mooresville
Jentri Meadows, Mooresville
Hailey Lane, Mooresville
Coach of the Year: Tommy Strahan, Lake Norman
Jake Robinson, Lake Norman
Preston Mason, Lake Norman
Ashish Das, Mooresville
Rahul Das, Mooresville
Kobey Godbold, Mooresville
Boys Track & Field
Athlete of the Year: Damien Gonzalez (1,600m, 4X800 relay), Mooresville
Keshaun Black (100m, 200m, long jump), Mooresville
Griffin Horner (3,200m), Lake Norman
Ethan Brewer, Matt Ferarra, Gonzalez, Carter Tacosik (4X800m relay), Mooresville
Spencer Evans (pole vault), Lake Norman
Coach of the Year: Jay Clark, Mooresville
Girls Track & Field
Athlete of the Year: Maddie Huecker (3,200m), Lake Norman