Spot A Star: May 13-18

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Spot A Star is a list of the top individual performances of the week. Coaches are encourages to submit the names of their athletes who excelled on the field by 7 p.m. every Sunday. The list will be published each Monday.


Jac Croom, New Hanover: In a pair of playoff wins, the UNCW signee went 4-for-7 with a walk, three runs and an RBI.

New Hanover’s Jac Croom. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]

Chase Nixon, New Hanover: In Tuesday’s playoff victory over Southeast Guilford, the junior left fielder drove in a team-high four runs on a pair of hits.

Kyle Smith, New Hanover: Belted what turned out to be the game-winning two-run home run in the first inning during Tuesday’s 7-1 home victory over Southeast Guilford in the third round of the 3A playoffs.

Alex Sniffen, New Hanover: Sent the Wildcats back to the 3A East Regional championship series by tossing a complete game with eight strikeouts in Friday’s 8-1 victory over Terry Sanford.

Blake Walston, New Hanover: N.C. State signee struck out 10 and allowed only three hits in six shutout innings to help the Wildcats earn a third round victory over Southeast Guilford.


Walker Isley, South Brunswick: Shot 72-76 to earn a fourth-place finish at the 3A State Championship at Firefox Resort and Golf Club. Isley’s scores helped the Cougars finish tied for fifth as a team.

Max Johnson, Topsail: Finished tied for 15th at the 3A State Championship after shooting 83-71 over the two days. His 1-under-par 71 was the best score of the final round.

Stewart Kinlaw, Hoggard: Freshman finished tied for 44th after shooting 78-82 at the 4A State Championship at Pinehurst No. 8.

Harrison Wierse, Topsail: Barton signee shot 77-76 to finish tied for 11th at the 3A State Championship.


Cameron Arne, Cape Fear Academy: In games against St. David’s School and SouthLake Christian Academy, the freshman scored five goals.

Cape Fear Academy’s Cameron Arne. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]

Colin Moore, Cape Fear Academy: Had a team-high six points (three goals and three assists) in Tuesday’s victory over St. David’s School that put CFA back in the NCISAA Division II state title game for a fourth year in a row.

Henry Murtagh, Cape Fear Academy: Finished his high school career with a four-goal performance against SouthLake Christian Academy in the NCISAA Division II state championship on Saturday.

Preston Meehl, Cape Fear Academy: Dished out three assists, including the game-winner in overtime, in Tuesday’s 11-10 victory over St. David’s School in the NCISAA Division II semifinals. In the championship game Saturday, Meehl scored twice.

Reed Sweyer, Cape Fear Academy: Scooped up 11 ground balls to help the Hurricanes defeat St. David’s School in the NCISAA Division II semifinals on Tuesday.


JR Johnston, Cape Fear Academy: Teamed with KJ Kernan for an 8-2 victory at No. 3 doubles to earn the only point for the Hurricanes in a 5-1 loss to Carmel Christian School in the NCISAA Division II state championship.

KJ Kernan, Cape Fear Academy: In Tuesday’s semifinal victory over Cary Christian School, Kernan earned an 8-2 victory at No. 3 doubles and a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 5 singles. He teamed with JR Johnston for an 8-2 victory at No. 3 doubles in the state championship match on Saturday.


Jieem Bullock, North Brunswick: Claimed a pair of titles at Friday’s NCHSAA 3A state championship. The junior cleared 6-8 in the high jump and had a distance of 23-1 in the long jump.

Coastal Christian 4×200 relay: The team of Keshuan Pierce, Marquise Dark, Tafari Croom and Jackson Garrett captured the NCISAA Division II state title by crossing the finish line in 1:32.01.

Coastal Christian 4×800 relay: At Saturday’s NCISAA Division II state championship, the team of Isaiah Arnold, Nicholas McConnell, Nicholas Scrocco and Vince Bottiglier captured the title by finishing with a time of 8:06.22.

Jackson Garrett, Coastal Christian: Captured the 400-meter state title at Saturday’s NCISAA Division II championship with a time of 49.94.

Malcolm McLean, Pender: At Saturday’s NCHSAA 1A state championship, McLean was second in the high jump (6-4) and seventh in the long jump (20-8).

Pender 4×100 and 4×200 relays: The team of Tylek Bordeaux, Lonnie Shivers, Lavell Henry and Makhel Henry placed second at the NCHSAA 1A state championship in both events. They finished the 4×100 with a time of 42.44 and the 4×200 relay in 1:29.26.

Michael Walker, Trask: Finished tied for first in the 300-meter hurdles (40.011) and placed third in the 110 hurdles (14.78) at Friday’s NCHSAA 2A state championship.

Trey Williams, Coastal Christian: Helped the Centurions claim the a second straight NCISAA Division II state title by winning the shot put (41-2) and placing fifth in the discus (102-7.25).


Blair Barefoot, Hoggard: Played 160 minutes in wins over Laney and Apex and didn’t allow a goal. The senior finished with five total saves.

Ainsley Norr, Hoggard: Scored the only goal in Tuesday’s third round victory over Laney. On Friday, the sophomore put home the game-winning goal in the fourth minute and later added an assist in a 3-0 win over Apex in the fourth round.

Maggie Stephens, Hoggard: In playoff victories over Laney and Apex, Stephens had a goal and an assist.

Hoggard’s Maggie Stephens. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]


Daisy Hearn, Pender: In her first trip to the NCHSAA 1A state championship, the freshman won the wheelchair shot put (8-3.75) and wheelchair discus (19-3)

Sonti Robinson, Pender: Sophomore claimed the shot put state title at the NCHSAA 1A championship on Saturday by finishing with a throw of 34-5.5.

Natalie Tyner, Laney: UNC signee was victorious in the 3,200-meter run at the NCHSAA 4A state championship with a time of 10:37.34, which was 33 seconds faster than the next competitor.

Keyana Yeoman, North Brunswick: Earned four top-six finishes at the NCHSAA 3A state championship. The senior was second in the 300-meter hurdles (43.91) and fourth in the 100 hurdles (14.58). She was also on the 4×200 relay that finished fifth (1:43.74) and the 4×100 relay that was sixth (48.94).

North Brunswick’s Keyana Yeoman. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]


Jesse Mathis, Hoggard: Senior standout allowed one earned run while striking out 20 in 14 innings in victories over South View and South Central. She was also 4-for-8 with three doubles at the plate.

Icess Tresvik, Hoggard: Had a monster week to lead the Vikings to the 4A East Regional championship series. In wins over South View and South Central, the sophomore went 5-for-8 with two home runs, one double, five RBI and five runs.