Suggs, Castle, West Lead WHS Postseason Honors (2016-12-09 16:19:39)

BOONE - The Watauga High football team had its end of the season banquet on December 4.

WHS coach Ryan Habich also handed out the yearly team awards. The following players were recognized....

Team Awards
Hard Hat Award: Cory Williams
Coaches' Award: Evan Suggs
Golden Helmet: Hamilton Castle
Top Academic: August Sauls

All Academic (3.5 and above GPA)
August Sauls, Joey Watson, Zach Johnson, Elijah Presnell, Hamilton Castle, Evan Suggs, Micah Mast, Damon Moretz, Austin Schweiger, Russ Ebaugh, Tyler Stein, William Maupin, Elijah Pitts.

First Team/Honorable Mention/Player of the Year All Conference cannot be released until HIbriten is out of the state playoffs. The Panthers, the No. 1 seed among the 3A schools in the West, entertain South Point tonight in Lenior, N.C., at Storie Stadium at 7:30 p.m. The winner advances to the state championship game next week.

Statistically, the Pioneers (9-4) racked up a school-record 5,936 yards offense, including 4,621 on the ground. They also scored a school record 631 points.

The Pioneers broke the 60-point barrier three times, including a school-record 78 points against Ashe County. They scored 50 points or more six times. WHS averaged a school-record 48.5 points a game.

Suggs and Castle paced the WHS running game. Suggs ran for 1,900 yards (the most by a WHS running back in a single season since Eric Breitenstein in 2006 and '07) and 24 touchdowns. Castle finished with 1,526 yards and 26 TDs.

Passing-wise, Castle threw for 1,296 yards and 18 TDs. He completed 67 percent of his passes and he only threw six interceptions. He led the team with 2,822 total yards and a combined 44 TDs.

Fellow senior Corey West led the Pioneers in receving with 48 grabs for 660 yards and 13 TDs. West also ran for 896 yards and he scored a combined 26 TDs.

Defensively, Suggs led the Pioneers with 60 tackles, including a team-best 36 solo stops. He also led the team with five quarterback sacks and five tackles-for-loss. Senior Kaden Watkins led the Pioneers with five interceptions. Sophomore Jackson Greene was second on the team with 58 stops and a fumble recovery.

Sophomore place-kicker Kyran Denshaun was 73-of-84 on extra points attempts, and he made both of his field goal tries. He nailed a 41-yard field goal, matching Saava Kostis' 41-yard attempt in 2007 at the old Jack Groce Stadium.



Green Valley - 23
Hardin Park - 19

Cove Creek - 28
Mabel - 27

Parkway - 22
Blowing Rock - 14

Valle Crucis - 32
Bethel - 18


Green Valley - 53
Hardin Park - 35

Cove Creek - 35
Mabel - 24

Parkway - 33
Blowing Rock - 29

Bethel - 35
Valle Crucis - 27


HUDSON, NC - Bayleigh Ponds, a 2016 graduate of Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, S.C., and a transfer from Montreat College (NAIA), recently joined the Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute's women's basketball team.

Ponds, who is 6-foot-1, averaged 11.5 points per game as a senior at Richland and was picked for the 3A All Region Team. CCC&TI women's coach Ty Johnson said Ponds is a long, athletic guard who can slash and shoot.

"She's one of those players every coach wants on their team," he said. "She makes good decisions." As a transfer, she will be eligible to play beginning with in fall 2017, Johnson said.

Switzer Named First-Team All-ACC By League Coaches

2016 ACC Coaches’ Award Winners and All-ACC Team
(Total votes/points in parenthesis)

First Team Offense
WR Mike Williams, Jr.-R, Clemson (38)
WR Amba Etta-Tawo, Sr.-R, Syracuse (33)
WR Ryan Switzer, Sr., North Carolina (32)
TE Jordan Leggett, Sr., Clemson (29)
T Roderick Johnson, Jr., Florida State (34)
T Adam Bisnowaty, Sr.-R, Pitt (28)
G Dorian Johnson, Sr., Pitt (32)
G Tyrone Crowder, Jr.-R, Clemson (27)
C Jay Guillermo, Sr.-R, Clemson (27)
QB Lamar Jackson, So. Louisville (35)
RB Dalvin Cook, Jr., Florida State (38)
RB James Conner, Jr.-R, Pitt (35)
K Joey Slye, Jr., Virginia Tech (24)
Sp. Quadree Henderson, So., Pitt (32)

Second Team Offense
WR Isaiah Ford, Jr., Virginia Tech (27)
WR Travis Rudolph, Jr., Florida State (18)
WR Artavis Scott, Jr., Clemson (16)
TE Cole Hikutini, Sr., Louisville (19)
T Mitch Hyatt, So., Clemson (27)
T Brian O’Neill, So.-R, Pitt (15)
G Tony Adams, Jr., NC State (19)
G (tie) Danny Isidora, Sr., Miami (17)
G (tie) Kareem Are, Sr.-R, Florida State (17)
C Lucas Crowley, Sr., North Carolina (13)
QB Deshaun Watson, Jr., Clemson (27)
RB Wayne Gallman, Jr.-R, Clemson (26)
RB Matthew Dayes, Sr., NC State (22)
K Greg Huegel, So.-R., Clemson (14)
Sp. Brisly Estime, Sr., Syracuse (17)

Third Team Offense
WR Ahmmon Richards, Fr., Miami (14)
WR James Quick, Jr., Louisville (13)
WR Stacy Coley, Sr., Miami (13)
TE (tie) Jaylen Samuels, Jr., NC State (10)
TE (tie) Bucky Hodges, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech (10)
T Geron Christian, So., Louisville (13)
T (tie) Jonathan McLaughlin, Sr., Virginia Tech (11)
T (tie) Jon Heck, Sr., North Carolina (11)
G Augie Conte, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (12)
G Kiola Mahoni, Sr., Louisville (10)
C Freddie Burden, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech (10)
QB Mitch Trubisky, Jr.-R, North Carolina (11)
RB Mark Walton, So., Miami (14)
RB Elijah Hood, Jr., North Carolina (13)
K Michael Badgley, Jr., Miami (12)
Sp. Ryan Switzer, Sr., North Carolina (12)

Honorable Mention: Offense (7 or more points):
RB--Brandon Radcliff, Sr., Louisville (7); WR--Bug Howard, Sr., North Carolina (9); Ervin Philips, Jr., Syracuse (8); Quadree Henderson, So., Pitt (7); G-- Alex Bookser, So.-R, Pitt (7); Wyatt Teller, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech (7); C--Tobijah Hughley, Sr., Louisville (8); PK--Ricky Aguayo, Fr., Florida State (8); Chris Blewitt, Sr., Pitt (8); Mike Weaver, Jr.-R, Wake Forest (8); SP--Greg Stroman, Jr., Virginia Tech (8).

First Team Defense
DE DeMarcus Walker, Sr., Florida State (31)
DE Ejuan Price, Sr.-R, Pitt (29)
DT Carlos Watkins, Sr.-R, Clemson (36)
DT Derrick Nnadi, Jr., Florida State (24)
LB Ben Boulware, Sr., Clemson (37)
LB Micah Kiser, Jr., Virginia (24)
LB Devonte Fields, Sr., Louisville (19)
CB Tarvarus McFadden, So., Florida State (35)
CB (tie) Cordrea Tankersley, Sr., Clemson (24)
CB (tie) Corn Elder, Sr., Miami (24)
S Jadar Johnson, Sr., Clemson (29)
S Quin Blanding, Jr., Virginia (27)
P Nicholas Conte, Sr., Virginia (32)

Second Team Defense
DE Harold Landry, Jr., Boston College (27)
DE Bradley Chubb, Jr., NC State (22)
DT Dexter Lawrence, Fr., Clemson (21)
DT Woody Baron, Sr., Virginia Tech (19)
LB Andrew Motuapuaka, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech (17)
LB Tremaine Edmunds, So., Virginia Tech (17)
LB Marquel Lee, Sr., Wake Forest (17)
CB Jaire Alexander, So., Louisville (22)
CB Greg Stroman, Jr., Virginia Tech (14)
S Jordan Whitehead, So., Pitt (22)
S Josh Harvey-Clemons, Sr., Louisville (14)
P Justin Vogel, Sr., Miami (28)

Third Team Defense
DE Christian Wilkins, So., Clemson (20)
DE Duke Ejiofor, Jr.-R, Wake Forest (15)
DT DeAngelo Brown, Sr.-R, Louisville (15)
DT Kendrick Norton, So., Miami (8)
LB Ben Humphreys, So., Duke (16)
LB Keith Kelsey, Sr., Louisville (15)
LB Shaquille Quarterman, Fr., Miami (12)
CB Breon Borders, Sr., Duke (9)
CB Des Lawrence, Sr., North Carolina (8)
S Jessie Bates, Fr.-R, Wake Forest (13)
S (tie) Chucky Williams, Sr., Louisville (8)
S (tie) Van Smith, So., Clemson (8)
P Dom Maggio, Fr., Wake Forest (9)

Honorable Mention: Defense: (7 or more points)
DE--Ken Ekanem, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (8); DT--Justin Jones, Jr., NC State (7); LB--Zaire Franklin, Jr., Syracuse (11); Matt Milano, Sr., Boston College (9); Andre Smith, So., North Carolina (8); Matthew Thomas, Jr.-R, Florida State (8); Joe Giles-Harris, Fr., Duke (8); Jacob Pugh, Jr., Florida State (8); CB--M.J. Stewart, Jr, North Carolina (7); S--Donnie Miles, Jr., North Carolina (7); Terrell Edmunds, So.-R, Virginia Tech (7); Trey Marshall, Jr., Florida State (7); P--Sterling Hofrichter, Fr.-R, Syracuse (7).

Player of the Year
Lamar Jackson, Louisville, QB, So., Louisville (9)
Deshaun Watson, QB, Jr., Clemson (2)
Dalvin Cook, RB, Jr., Florida State (2)
James Conner, Pitt, RB, Jr.-R, Pitt (1)

Offensive Player of the Year
Lamar Jackson, QB, So., Louisville (9)
Deshaun Watson, QB, Jr., Clemson (2)
Dalvin Cook, RB, Jr., Florida State (2)
James Conner, RB, Jr.-R, Pitt (1)

Defensive Player of the Year
Ben Boulware, LB, Sr., Clemson (4)
DeMarcus Walker, DE, Sr., Florida State (4)
Ejuan Price, DE, Sr.-R, Pitt (3)
Christian Wilkins, DE, So., Clemson (2)
Duke Ejiofor, Jr.-R, DE, Wake Forest (1)

Rookie of the Year
Deondre Francois, QB, Fr.-R, Florida State (8)
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Fr., Clemson (4)
Ahmmon Richards, WR, Fr., Miami (1)
Daniel Jones, QB, Fr.-R, Duke (1)

Offensive Rookie of the Year
Deondre Francois, QB, Fr.-R, Florida State (9)
Ahmmon Richards, WR, Fr., Miami (3)
Daniel Jones, QB, Fr.-R, Duke (1)
Dedrick Mills, RB, Fr., Georgia Tech (1)

Defensive Rookie of the Year
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Fr., Clemson (8)
Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Fr., Miami (2)
Joe Jackson, LB, Fr., Miami (2)
Jessie Bates, SS, Fr.-R, Wake Forest (2)

Coach of the Year
Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech (9)
Dabo Swinney, Clemson (4)
Dave Clawson, Wake Forest (1)

Greenwell Named to Wooden Award Top 30

DURHAM, N.C. – Redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell is among 30 early season front-runners for the John R. Wooden Award, as announced this week by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list for college basketball’s most prestigious honor was selected by a preseason poll of national women’s college basketball media members.

This week’s espnW National Player of the Week and ACC Co-Player of the Week, Greenwell is tied for 10th in the country in three-point field goals per game. She also tops the ACC in three-point field goals made (36) along with Stephanie Watts of North Carolina after hitting four in a 74-63 victory over No. 3 South Carolina Sunday.

Greenwell enters tonight’s matchup with Elon averaging 21.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals per contest. She leads the Blue Devils in scoring, field goals made, three-point field goals made, free throw percentage and minutes.

Also a Preseason All-ACC and Naismith Trophy Watch List selection, Greenwell was named to the Wooden Award top 30 chart for the second consecutive season.

Greenwell and the Blue Devils host Elon Thursday at 7 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

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Photo Courtesy: Evan Suggs, WHS Athletics