Autoplay Program Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide Next Slide ASHEVILLE– Multi-sport stars who mastered several various locations have actually been acknowledged as athletes of the year by the Mountain Amateur Athletic Club.
The 23 WNC Sports Awards winners – provided by Ingles – were chosen by the MAAC Board of Directors from a list of 125 finalists that represent the very best of Western North Carolina high-school sports.
The finalists in 24 classifications are typically recognized and honored at the WNC Sports Awards Banquet at Omni Grove Park Inn. After the 2020 banquet was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MAAC – which has conducted the event given that 1959 – selected to continue to honor the top professional athletes and groups.
WLOS-TV will air a one-hour special on June 27 to honor the award winners. Hosts for the special will be sports anchors and MAAC board members Stan Pamfilis and Chris Womack.
Olivia Sutter of Carolina Day was picked as the Apollo Flame Department II Female Athlete of the Year. A standout in cross country, swimming and track who won numerous state championships, Sutter will attend Cornell.
Mitchell High’s Noah Pitman was chosen as the Young Transportation Department II Male Professional Athlete of the Year.
Pitman, who will participate in Mars Hill, was named all-conference each of the past three seasons in 3 sports – baseball, basketball and football.
The Asheville Citizen-Times Division I Female Professional Athlete of the Year Award went to Karlyn Pickens of North Buncombe. She was all-conference in basketball, all-conference and league player of the year in softball and respectable mention all-conference in volley ball.
Asheville High’s 3 Hillier was named the McNabb Household Division I Male Athlete of the Year. A three-time all-conference performer in baseball and football, Hillier will play baseball at Liberty University.
Addison (Addie) Porter of Reynolds was the only professional athlete to win two awards. The Reynolds soccer standout was chosen as heaven Ridge X-Ray Department I Female Athlete Academic Award winner and likewise was presented the Lary & & Jan Schulhof Division I Female Professional Athlete in a Major Sport Award.
Porter had a school-record 35 assists and included 23 objectives in soccer and ranks in the leading 5 of her class with a 4.52 grade-point average.
Each finalist will receive a gold medal, and the winners in the 24 categories will get plaques and be recognized at the 2021 banquet.
Finalists were selected from a list of candidates supplied by WNC athletic directors and coaches. A total of 27 schools are represented by the 125 finalists.
Reynolds High (12) had the most finalists, followed by Asheville High (10) and Hendersonville and West Henderson (9 each).
The 23 winners originated from 14 various schools. Reynolds (4) had the most winners, followed by Murphy (3) and 2 each from Avery, Carolina Day, Hendersonville, North Buncombe and Robbinsville.
The total list of winners include:
Wells Fargo Advisors/Aiken, Meyer Whatley Division II Female Professional Athlete in a Major Sport: Torin Rogers, Murphy basketball. Rogers averaged 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4.6 obstructed shots per game for the Bulldogs, who finished 30-0 and were stated 1A state co-champions. Carole
Martin/Northwestern Mutual Department II Female Professional Athlete in an Olympic Sport: Sarah Pulliam, Murphy multi sports. Pulliam won the state discus title for a second straight season, setting a brand-new school record with a throw of 126’11” in the state satisfy.
Homewood Suites Department II Female Group in a Major Sport: Murphy High basketball. Coach Ray Gutierrez’s team topped a 30-0 season by being stated the state 1-A co-champion as the state’s only undefeated squad.
Mills Manufacturing Division II Female Team in an Olympic Sport: Carolina Day cross nation. Coaches Mark Driscoll and Brian Rannie led the Wildcats to their sixth consecutive state title, completing 49 points ahead of the second-place team.
Merrill Lynch/Keller Ferrell Division II Male Athlete in a Major Sport: Rylee Anderson, Robbinsville football. A three-year starter on both sides of the ball, Anderson finished his profession with more than 6,000 rushing yards, including 2,029 backyards and 32 goals this previous season.
White & & Williams Department II Male Professional Athlete in an Olympic Sport: River Griffith, Avery fumbling. Griffith won his 3rd straight state title, publishing a 60-2 record this season and a 205-15 mark for his profession. Fields
Automobile Group Division II Male Team in a Significant Sport: Robbinsville football. The Black Knights ended up 15-0 under coach Dee Walsh and won the state 1-A championship for the 2nd time in six seasons and 15th total.
Blue Ridge Division of EmergeOrtho Division II Male Team in an Olympic Sport: Avery fumbling. The Vikings won state titles in group and double group departments, with 7 wrestlers reaching the title round and five winning championships.
Lary & & Jan Schulhof Department I Female Athlete in a Major Sport: Addison Porter, Reynolds soccer. Porter is first player in school history to be named All South/All Mid-Atlantic and was picked her league’s Gamer of the Year after having 23 objectives and a school-record 35 assists.
Very First Citizens Bank Division I Female Athlete in an Olympic Sport: Maya Gash, Hendersonville multi sports. Gash was a three-time all-conference and two time all-state soccer player and operated on 2 track and field relay teams that won local races.
House Trust Bank Division I Female Group in a Major Sport: West Henderson volleyball. The dynasty continued for coach Tiffany Lowrance, who led the Falcons to a 29-3 record and a berth in the state 3-A championship.
Nat & & Carolyn Arthur Division I Female Group in an Olympic Sport: Hendersonville tennis. Coach Jessica Eblen’s team was ideal, completing 19-0 with a state 2-A champion.
Goforth Builders Inc. Division I Male Athlete in a Significant Sport: Jhari Patterson, Reynolds football. An electrifying pass receiver, Patterson was called his group’s offensive MVP, the conference Offensive Player of the Year and played in the Shrine Bowl.
Massasoit of North Carolina, Inc. Division I Male Athlete in an Olympic Sport: Braden Riggs, Pisgah wrestling. Competing in the 126-pound department, Riggs posted a 51-1 mark and won a state title.
McKinney/Nationwide Insurance Coverage Department I Male Team in a Major Sport: Reynolds football. Coach Shane Laws and the Rockets continued their ownership of WNC football with a 5th straight league title and a streak of being unbeaten in conference play given that 2014 that has reached 40 straight games. Rodeway
Inn & & Suites Division I Male Group in an Olympic Sport: Enka fumbling. The Jets won a 2nd 3-A state title under coach Mark Harris, winning 29 double satisfies and having six wrestlers called all-state.
Paramount Kia Department II Female Athlete Academic Award: Anna Bernstein, Asheville School multi sports. With a 4.5 grade-point average as the top-ranked scholar in her senior class, Bernstein was all-conference in soccer and tennis and will go to Yale. Blue Ridge X-Ray Division I Female Athlete Academic Award: Addison Porter, Reynolds soccer. Ranked in the top five in her class with a 4.52 grade-point average and a Vanderbilt dedicate, Porter is an all-state soccer gamer. Heath & Nikol Shuler Division II Male Professional Athlete
Academic Award: Tyler McKinney, Asheville Christian Academy basketball. Ranked in the top 10 of his class with a 4.70 grade-point average, McKinney averaged 22.5 points a video game. Beverly-Hanks Real Estate Division I Male Professional Athlete Academic Award: John
Meyer, North Buncombe tennis. The class valedictorian with a grade-point average of 4.64, Meyer was captain of the tennis team the previous 2 seasons and was 12-0 in the shortened-season 2020 matches. Apollo Flame Department II Female Athlete of the Year: Olivia Sutter, Carolina Day multi sports.
A Cornell commit, Sutter has actually been called to the Citizen-Times All-Western teams in cross country, swimming and track. Young Transport Division II Male Athlete of the Year: Noah Pitman, Mitchell multi sports. Pitman had 7,659 lawns of overall offense in football for the Mountaineers in four seasons and was a three-year all-conference athlete in three sports. Asheville Citizen-Times Department I Female Professional Athlete of the Year: Karlyn Pickens, North Buncombe multi sports. Pickens led her basketball team in scoring, rebounding
and blocked shots and struck out 101 batters and had 10 crowning achievement as her league’s Gamer of the Year in softball. McNabb Household Division I Male Athlete of the Year: 3 Hillier, Asheville High multi sports. The Cougars’all-time leader in completions, yards and goals as a quarterback, Hillier
also holds school records in baseball for hits, home runs and RBIs. David Thompson is an acclaimed press reporter for the Resident Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, at 828-231-1747, or on Twitter at @acthshuddle
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