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Surprising West Forsyth cruises into State 4-A championship series Titans coming through with clutch plays By Sam Davis Triad Sports Weekly Few people outside of the West Forsyth community would have thought that this year’s West Forsyth baseball team would be on the verge of capturing its first ever State 4-A Baseball championship. After all, Brad Bullard took over as head coach for longtime Coach Randy Pope at the end of last season. However, the Titans have clawed and scratched their way to the championship series and will take on Richmond County for the state title this weekend in Raleigh. Bullard, who played on the last West team to advance to the state cham-
West Forsyth celebrated its recent 4-A Regional championship.
pionship, said the Titans have enjoyed a remarkable season thus far. And, the team’s 2014 ride isn’t over just yet. “This season has been unbelievable,” Bullard said. “It is a wonderful feeling seeing and hearing everyone in the Clemmons and Winston-Salem communities talk about West Forsyth baseball and what a great season we have had. The players and coaches have been overwhelmed by all of the support we have received these past few weeks.” Bullard said the outpouring of support has helped keep the team inspired. “I have not seen as many people at a baseball game as I did
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Mustangs’ title keyed by determined effort Kaitlin Shephard’s decision to give up volleyball, basketball, was pivotal decision in Parkland’s acscent to 4-A crowns By Sam Davis Triad Sports Weekly Coach Antwan Hughes knew this year’s Parkland girls track team could be a special group. The Mustangs proved Hughes to be prophetic. Parkland won both the State 4-A indoor and outdoor championships. Kaitlin Sherman keyed the
state’s top team of sprinters. But it took a little persuasion by Hughes to get her there. “I had been on her dad to let her come out for indoor track the last two years,” Hughes said. “It’s hard for someone in 4-A track to come out in March and April and compete against runners who have been training all year. She had been
playing volleyball in fall and basketball in the winter I knew she could be outstanding if she gave fulltime to track. Her dad finally
Kaitlin Sherman criuises to victory in the 100 meter dash finals.
Parkland’s girls won both the indoor and outdoor state title.
allowed her come out early this year. She came out in November and that allowed her to go to another level. She was dominant dur-
ing indoor season and she really exploded during the outdoor season.” Sherman recently captured the 100 and 200 at the State 4-A championship. She also anchored legs on both the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams. She was named the meet’s Most Valuable Performer and
Parkland won the title in runaway fashion. While Hughes said Sherman’s efforts stood out, there were several other key performers on the team. In addition to that, the Mustangs have an outstanding coaching staff. “These girls worked
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Former W-S Nationals lead baseball resurgence at RJR By Sam Davis Triad Sports Weekly
The 2014 baseball season was a special one for the R.J. Reynolds team. The Demons accomplished several milestones under head Coach Doug Welch. It was the best record that Welch and his staff have accomplished in Welch’s 18 seasons at the
helm. NCHSAA 4-A The Demons won playoffs. RJR also the Central Piedset records for vicmont 4-A Confertories, batting averence for age, RBI’s, the first hits, stolen time bases, comunder plete games Welch. pitched and Along opponents’ the way batting averthey set age. a host of From the In addition, records. Press Box the Demons RJR adplaced six Sam Davis vanced players on to the the AllQuarterfinals of the see Press on 4
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Home Grown Talent Beatty hoping to get another look by MLB team He leads Frontier League in homers, RBI From Staff Reports C.J. Beatty is continuing his quest to earn a berth on a Major League Baseball Roster. For the past two seasons, Beatty has been a member of the Washington (Pa.) Wild Things of the Pioneer League. Last season Beatty had a career year, batting .305 with 18 C.J. homers and 26 doubles, three triples and 66 RBI’s. This year he is working to improve upon those numbers. Through 16 games he is tied for the league lead in homers with five. His 10 RBI’s also is tied for the league lead in that category. ` He began playing sports at the age of five years old. He came
through the Little League Program at South Little League. From there he went to Glenn high where he started on the baseball team for . four years. He earned a scholarship to North Carolina A&T, where he was a four-year stater and earned All-Rookie Team honors and AllMEAC throughout his career. Beatty was drafted Beatty by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 26th round of the 2009 MLB JUNE AMATEUR Draft. In 2012, Beatty split his time between the Fort Worth Cats of the North American League and the Lincoln Saltdogs of the Independent American Association. Between both ballclubs, he hit eight home runs and
Beatty receive congratulations after smashing a homer. collected 50 RBI and had a solid batting average of .282. Also, had a stint in 2010 with the Palm Beach Cardinals (high A affliate of St.Louis Cardinals).
A switch-hitter, Beatty is showing power from both sides of the play. He has also bulked up his frame, packing a powerful 205 pounds on his 5-10 frame.
Sessoms shines in State 2-A Track Junior standout brings home four gold medals, leads Carver to secondplace finish From Staff Reports As a sophomre last season, Brian Sessoms of Carver established himself as the premier boys high school sprinter in Forsyth County. Sessoms captured both the 100 and 200 meter dash at the Scott Brent Invitational. This year Sessoms wanted to make up for a Brian Sessoms (center) above and below, won both the 100 meter dash and 4x100 relay at the poor showing in the State 2-A championship when he false start- State 2-A Meet in Greensboro. preliminaries was 11.08. However, he ed in the 100. It took him a year to prove that he posted a time of 10.85 in the finals to hold off second-place Avery Ashton of Bunn, is indeed one of the top sprinters in the who clocked a time of 11:03. state. In the recent State 2-A champiIn the 200, Sessoms recorded a onship meet held at North Carolina A&T, Sessoms captured first place in both indi- time of 21.88. That was good enough to allow him to defeat Markel Spencer of vidual events (100 and 200) and also led the Yellowjackets’ relay teams to victories Washingto, who finished in a time of 22.16. Sessoms got the Yellowjackets off in the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays. While the weather wasn’t ideal for to a fast, running the first leg. Carver finished that event in a time of 43.08. Forest him in any of his events, he still held off Hills was second in 43.12. With Sessoms the top competition to score some 40 leading the way in the 4x200, Carver ran points for the Yellowjackets, who totaled a time of 1:27.79 to defeat second-place 52 in the meet for their second-place finGreene Central by more than a full secish. ond. Sessoms’ qualifying time in the
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Mustangs from Page 1 hard all year,” Hughes said. They did a good jo during indoor season when we took a close win in the state championship. They continued to work hard during the outdoor season and we were able to get more people on the team.” The Mustangs had eight to qualify for the state meet. However,
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each played a key role as they dominated the sprints, relays, hurdles and long jump. “That was the key,” Hughes said. “It’s hard to win with eight or nine. But we had people going to different events and they all did well in every event.” The diversity in talent on the staff helped the Mustangs as well. Tyrone Holman coaches the hurdles and helps out with the jumps. Kamary Cladd assists in that area also. Jerrelle
www.triadspor tsweekly .com Elliott, former standout at Parkland and North Carolina A&T coaches the 400 and middle distance runners and Robert Neil a volunteer, also helps out with the jumps. The team’s future looks bright. Only two seniors qualified for the state meet, long jumper Ila Mumford and sprinter Myshale Spigner. With a solid group of juniors returning for the senior year the Mustangs should again put the state’s best girls team on the track.
Sherman and Williams are also receiving much recruiting attention. Both have heard from most of the ACC schools. In addition, the Mustangs have several promising freshmen on their squad. That trio, which consists of Shanone Cannon, Kimani Davis and Djianiya France will keep the Mustangs’ program for many years to come. “It’s taken us a while to get here, but I’m pleased with the way the girls have worked so far,” Hughe said.
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Dash’s Hawkins earns berth on All-Star Team From Staff Reports Outfielder Courtney Hawkins has been selected to represent the Winston-Salem Dash in the 2014 California-Carolina League All-Star Game, the league announced Wednesday afternoon. He has earned the starting designated hitter spot in the Carolina League?s order for the Midsummer Classic, which takes place Tuesday, June 17. Hawkins is tied for second in
Press from Page 1 Conference Team. Ty Aldrus, Robby Casey, Drew Fisch, Stephen Greene, Shane Sullivan and Logan Welch all earned All-CPC Honors. If you ask Coach Welch about the 2014 team, he would tell you this team is special because of their chemistry and they were no doubt the best practice team he has had at RJR. "I have had a lot of super stars at RJR, but this team achieved the most because we got better at every prac-
the Carolina League with 10 home game hitting streak and six-game RBI runs, while his 38 streak to begin the seaRBIs are alone in secson, and he spent much ond place on the cirof the season’s first six cuit. He also ranks weeks at or near the top third in the league of Minor League Baseball in RBIs.The with 24 extra-base hits and is tied for third 20-year-old is in his with a .479 slugging third professional season and ranks as the seventhpercentage. The Corpus best prospect in the Christi, Texas, native Chicago White Sox Courtney Hawkins had a career-best nineorganization, according
tice." Amazingly, many of the players on the Demons’ varsity roster have played together most of their lives. Most played at the Winston-Salem Nationals Little League. Welch coached them from the start of their careers. Most were also named to the league’s All-Star teams and gained valuable experience during their play against outside teams in District 2, regional and state competitions. Welch’s son Logan, who has accepted a scholarship offer to play at
Univ. of North Carolina, has been a leader throughout his young career. A junior, he appears to have all the tools to play on the collegiate level as do several others on the team. With his return next season, the Demons will be one of the conference favorites and RJR could very well advance past their quarterfinal finish in State 4-A competition. With the way Welch has brought the program along is a testament to the patience and work ethic he instilled in the players, beginning at an early age.
It also speaks volumes about the confidence that the players’ parents have in him. In a time when those who are entrusted with children come woefully short of living up to the standard in that regard, Welch has gone over and beyond the call of duty to develop the individual and collective talent of the group. He should be applauded for putting the time in to get his program to this point. Far too often coaches never get out in the community and involve themselves in activities that will help devel-
to Baseball America. The 13th overall pick in the June 2012 MLB Draft, Hawkins finished third in the Carolina League with 19 home runs during his first full season in Winston-Salem in 2013.The 2014 All-Star Game will pit the Carolina League All-Stars against the California League All-Stars at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, Del., the home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
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Stephen Greene, Ty Andrus, Robby Casey and Shane Sullivan joined Logan Welch and Drew Fisch on the CPC 4-A All-Conference Team.
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Myers and Brown tie for points lead at Bowman Gray From Staff Reports The battle for the championships are off and running at Bowman Gray Stadium. Now, the leaders have the task of keeping up their momentum – while the challengers look to seize opportunities to grab the title for themselves. Burt Myers of Walnut Cove has started off his season on a note that’s hard to beat – Myers qualified for the pole in both events so far and has tallied up two wins out of three races in the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series. But even the slightest misstep can open the door for the fierce competition at Bowman Gray Stadium. Myers became entangled in a collision during the second race on Saturday, leaving his car damaged. The #1 car of Myers was able to finish the race but not in the position that he would have hoped for. “The second race was a difficult second 25-lapper at Bowman Gray,” said Myers. “We got in the middle of three and four and the 77 turned dead right – I guess somebody got into him. I don’t know what happened but it knocked my toe-in way out and we basically just had to limp in from there,” said Myers. “I don’t know what’s going on lately – a full moon seems to be hanging around every Saturday night. It’s the Madhouse.” But the incident was just what points contender Tim Brown of Tobaccoville needed. Brown was able to avoid any collision, charging forward to gain several positions. A third place finish in the first race and third again in the second race was good enough to earn him the most points of any Modified competitor.
Titans from Page 1 Wednesday night vs Providence in 12 years since our last championship run,” Bullard added. There are a few things that separate this year’s team from those in the past, according to Bullard, who served as an assistant to Pope for 12 years before being elevated to the head job. “The leaders of this team have definitely been all 11 seniors,” Bullard said. “They made it to the final eight last season and that experience has really helped us this post season. They never panic when things go bad or don't go as planned. They keep their composure and fight until that last out is made.” The Titans have relied on their strong pitching staff and defense to carry as far as they have come this season. Several players have stepped up
Now that the dust has settled, Myers and Brown are tied for the lead in the points. Jason Myers of Walnut Cove, who finished second and eighth on Saturday, sits third on the points ladder. In the Double D Construction Services Sportsman Series, Derek Stoltz of Walkertown has fought his way into a commanding points lead. Stoltz charged forward to grab the checkered in the opening night’s race. Known for his aggressive style, Stoltz won the first Sportsman race in last event as well – and then went on to take third in the night’s second Sportsman race. But along the way, Stoltz clashed with the 2013 defending champion, Mack Little of Kernersville. A feud could potentially be brewing which may make Stoltz’s championship bid a little more complicated. Ryan Robertson of WinstonSalem has turned in some consistently high finishes to rank second in the points, with Mack Little sitting third in the points. Brian Wall of Winston-Salem leads the way in the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series. Blake Shupe of Mount Airy is right behind him in second. In the Traffic Control Safety Services Stadium Stock Series, A.J. Sanders of Mocksville and Daniel Yates of Lexington tie for the points lead after splitting wins in the first pair of 15-lappers for the season. The points battle will heat up this Saturday night – it’s the Kevin Powell Motorsports 100 presented by Triad CW 20. The Modifieds race in a 100-lapper with a full-field draw for position and the infamous double-file restart rule. Plus there will be racing for the Sportsman, Street Stock, and
in those categories. “Our pitching and defense is what has helped us make it this far,” Bullard said. “Michael Bates, Travis Holden, Jake Mayhew, and Alex Vanderstok have been terrific for us on the mound. Catcher Zach French has done an outstanding job behind the plate and working with these guys.” While the Titans have not kicked in any doors with their hitting, they have managed to dome through at key times. “Our hitting has been very clutch this post season,” Bullard said. “We have gotten big hits when we have needed them in the later innings.” Bullard said his team will try to use its strong pitching to take the best-of-three series. He feels that it favors his team over a one-game, winner-takeall format. “I love the format of the best of three series,” he said.
Stadium Stock Divisions.Gates open at 6:00 for practice, qualifying is at 7:10, and the first race begins at 8:00 PM – this Saturday night. Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series Current Points Standings RK CAR POINTS 1 1 2 83 3 4 4 25 5 77 6 53 7 48 8 13 9 21 10 11 11 5 12 12 13 82 14 69 3
DRIVER GAINED Burt Myers Tim Brown Jason Myers John Smith Lee Jeffreys Danny Bohn Brad Robbins Chris Fleming Tommy Neal Frank Fleming Randy Butner Mike Norman Cale Gale Junior Miller Luke Fleming
98 98 90 84 78 70 70 68 68 64 54 48 44 40 40
Double D Construction Services Sportsman Series Current Points Standings RANK CAR POINTS 1 02 2 31 3 76 4 86 5 00 6 13 7 18 8 19 9 4 10 11 11 28 11 68 13 07 14 59 15 81
DRIVER GAINED Derek Stoltz 98 Ryan Robertson87 Mack Little 78 Taylor Branch 77 Justin Taylor 75 Jordan Fleming 73 Kenny Bost 61 Michael Adams 61 John Holleman 59 Wayne Hill 58 Michael Tilley 53 Robbie Brewer 53 Danny Cornwell52 Shane Tuttle 47 Zack Clifton 46
Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series Current Points Standings RANK CAR POINTS
1 2 3 4 5 6 6 8 9 10 11 11 13 14 15
Brian Wall 94 Blake Shupe 88 Doug Wall 82 David Sumner 80 Donnie Martin 76 K.J. Stimpson 72 David Creed 72 Dakota Ratcliff 70 Derrick Rice 64 Chase Hunt 60 John McNeal 58 Darren Cotner 58 Aaron Hylton 50 Austin Edwards 48 Billy Gregg 44
22 30 12 1 00 8 09 54 20 16 99 91 14 50 98
Traffic Control Safety Services Stadium Stock Series Current Points Standings RANK CAR POINTS
A.J. Sanders 50 Daniel Yates 50 Shane Southard 48 Chuck Wall 48 Andrew Sanders
44 40 8 81 4 46 49 01 48 7 13 42 11 5 69 62
P-Nut Vernon 46 Jason Keaton 44 Junior Smith 44 Chris Allison 42 Randy Lineberry A.J. Quakenbush 40 Bobby Yountz 40 Billy Cameron Jr 38 Kevin Hedgecock38
2014 West Forsyth Baseball Team “I think this format truly shows who has the best overall team. I don't think the format favors one team more than the other because to get to this point both teams have great pitching. I don't think our strategy changes at all either. I think you have to do what you can to win game one and then worry about games two or three when they
come around. You have to win one at a time.” Team unity is the one major strength that has bound the Titans together. With that going for them, Bullard said he thinks West will come out victorious in the championship series. “Our success this season is because these kids play
together and fight for one another,” Bullard said. “We have been through a lot as a team this season and to see a bunch of individuals come together as one unit is an awesome feeling. These guys believe in us as their coaches and believe in each other. We always fight until that last pitch or out is made.
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