The No. 3 sports story of 2017 | Northeastern boasts multiple all-state selections

The accolades are the No. 3 story of 2017


By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Friday, December 29, 2017

Northeastern High School received plenty of attention for athletics at a statewide level in 2017.

Northeastern had three athletes earn North Carolina all-state selections by major media outlets.

Breanna Proctor (girls basketball), Traveon Freshwater (football) and William “JR” Walker (football) were selected to Associated Press all-state teams.

Proctor, then a junior, was selected to the team in April.

The forward filled up the stat sheet during the 2016-17 girls basketball season.

Proctor, who was selected as The Daily Advance’s Area Player of the Year in girls basketball in 2017, averaged a touch over 19 points and a just over 20 rebounds per game during her junior season.

Proctor was selected to the 2016-17 Northeastern Coastal Conference all-conference team.

Division I and Division II women’s college basketball programs have interest in Proctor.

On the gridiron, Freshwater snagged two Associated Press all-state team selections in 2017.

The defensive lineman, who is one of the top college football recruits in the region for the Class of 2019, was named to his first AP all-state team in January.

His selection was for his production from the 2016 season.

During the 2016 campaign, Freshwater, then a sophomore, posted 150 tackles with 22 sacks.

Freshwater was named to the Northeastern Coastal Conference’s all-conference team and was selected as the defensive player of the year.

For the 2017 campaign, Freshwater had company on the AP all-state team as Walker was also selected as an all-state performer.

Both were announced to the 2017 AP all-state team on defense on Dec. 21.

Walker, who is also being heavily recruited by major college football programs, made the team as a defensive back, while Freshwater was again selected as a defensive lineman.

Walker posted 73 tackles with seven interceptions, while Freshwater, who was named The Daily Advance’s Area Player of the Year in 2017, had 157 tackles with 27 sacks this fall.

Both players were Northeastern Coastal Conference all-conference first team performers, while Freshwater added his second defensive player of the year for the 2017 season.

The pair added to its accolades with a selection to the USA Today All-USA North Carolina all-state football team on Wednesday.

Both were named to the USA Today’s all-state first team on defense.