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The No. 9 High School Sports Story of 2017-2018 | Area athletes named to all-state teams
The No. 9 high school sports story of 2017-18
By Malcolm Shields
Monday, July 9, 2018
Athletes in the region received plenty of exposure during the 2017-2018 high school sports season.
Northeastern’s Breanna Proctor (girls basketball), Traveon Freshwater (football) and William “JR” Walker (football) along with John A. Holmes’ Keimon Bailey (football), Ben Ward (baseball), Perquimans’ Devin Mathis (baseball), Mason Votava (baseball), Kaitlyn Christian (softball), McCrae Knapp (softball), Megan Denson (softball) and Abby Todd (softball), Albemarle School’s Lindsay Winslow (softball), Currituck’s Cole Bates (baseball), Morgan Owens (softball), Layla Cartwright (softball) and Kylee Schojan (softball) were named to all-state teams.
In mid-December Freshwater and Walker were named to the Associated Press all-state football team.
For Freshwater, the selection was the second consecutive season the defensive lineman was named to the team.
Freshwater is one of the top recruits in the state as college football programs North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech and others are interested in acquiring the rising senior’s talents.
Walker was named to the all-state team for the first time this past fall.
Walker, a defensive back, has scholarship offers from N.C. State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Duke and South Carolina along with other top Football Bowl Subdivision — or Division I — programs.
Walker has since transferred from Northeastern to Clayton High School and is set to complete his senior season with the Comets.
Later in December, Walker and Freshwater were selected to the USA Today’s All-USA North Carolina team.
Both were selected to the All-USA team on defense and took part in the US Army All-American Game combine in Texas in January.
Edenton’s Keimon Bailey completed a standout senior season by being selected to the NCPreps.com Class 1A all-state team in late December.
Bailey, who is set to play college football at St. Andrews University this fall, rushed for over 2,000 yards during his final season with the Aces in 2017.
Bailey helped Edenton advance to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 1AA East Regional final against Tarboro.
Along the way to the regional final, the Aces won the Albemarle Athletic Conference championship.
Bailey completed his three-season varsity career with more than 6,000 rushing yards and over 80 rushing touchdowns.
Proctor concluded her high school girls basketball career with her second consecutive selection to the Associated Press all-state girls basketball team in April.
Proctor, who will continue her basketball career at Elizabeth City State University, averaged 18.9 points and 16 rebounds per game last winter for the Lady Eagles.
Proctor scored her 1,000th career point in December.
The forward concluded her career with more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
She reached 1,000 rebounds during her junior season.
Winslow completed her prep career by being selected to the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1A all-state softball team this spring.
At the plate, Winslow led the Lady Colts with a .421 batting average with four home runs and 15 RBIs.
In the circle, she posted a 2.18 earned run average with 95 strikeouts and 25 walks during the 2018 season.
Christian, Denson, Knapp and Todd were key members for the Perquimans softball team that advanced to the fourth round of the NCHSAA Class 1A state playoffs this spring.
All four were also named to the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association all-state team in Class 1A.
Currituck’s Cartwright, Owens and Schojan earned NCSCA all-state honors in Class 2A.
The Lady Knights trio led the club to another Northeastern Coastal Conference regular-season championship in 2018.
Along with leading the Perquimans baseball team to the Albemarle Athletic Conference championship this spring, Mathis and Votava were named to the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association all-state team in Class 1A.
Joining Mathis and Votava on the NCBCA all-state team in Class 1A was Edenton’s Ward.
Ward was also named the Albemarle Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Currituck’s Bates was named to the NCBCA’s all-state team in Class 2A.
Bates, a senior, helped the Knights capture a share of the Northeastern Coastal Conference regular-season championship this past season.