+ — 2013 all-county selection
= — 2012 all-county selection
* — 2011 all-county selection
Coach of the Year
Cindy Thorndyke, Fairmont: With nearly their full roster returning from last season, Thorndyke’s Golden Tornadoes both lived up to the hype and defied expectations. They were the county’s only team to finish above .500 both overall and in conference play. The team also advanced to the Slugfest championship game for the first time, beating both Lumberton and Purnell Swett in the process.
Player of the Year
+*=Taylor Jacobs, South Robeson, Sr.: For the fourth year in a row, Jacobs was at the center of South Robeson’s success. Even though the Mustangs struggled with a depleted lineup compared to previous years, the senior led the team to success in multiple tournaments. At Slugfest, the Mustangs beat Purnell Swett for third place, following it with a 14-9 comeback win against Pender in the first round of the 1A state playoffs. She finished the season with 129 strikeouts and ends her career with 520 total.
+Katelon Floyd, Fairmont. Jr.: Floyd has given the Golden Tornadoes plenty of stability lately, limiting opponents to a .206 batting average with 70 strikeouts this season and in the rare innings she missed, the team struggled. Batting from the heart of the order she hit .333 with 15 runs batted in.
Victoria Hammonds, Red Springs, Jr: Hammonds was a dual threat for the Red Dvils, hitting .410 with four home runs. She pitched in every game, helping the Red Devils take sixth in the Three Rivers Conference.
+*=Danielle Smith, Lumberton, Sr.: Smith made the jump from St. Pauls to Lumberton for her senior year, replacing county Player of the Year Meagan Skipper in the circle. Though her strikeout numbers were down slightly, she finished the season hitting .431 with 12 extra-base hits.
Taylor Hammonds, C, Lumberton, Jr: Coming out of a consistent sophomore season, Hammonds broke out as one of the Pirates’ top hitters with a .408 batting average, 15 runs batted in and 16 runs scored. A fixture behind the plate, she had a .983 fielding percentage.
Joy Church, 1B, Lumberton, Sr.: In a lineup that lacked consistency, Church brought it, with a .508 batting averages and a county-high 30 hits. It led to 19 runs batted in and 14 scored, along with a perfect 9-for-9 on stolen base attempts.
Mikala Lowry, 1B/Util, Purnell Swett, Sr.: No matter the sport this year, Lowry has been a key part of the Rams’ success and softball was no different. The senior had a .355 batting average with 15 runs batted in and two home runs, despite missing time due to injury.
Cheyenne Chavis, 1B/DP, South Robeson, Sr.: Chavis finished off her career with a .394 average, as a key contributor in the Mustang offense, helping lead the team to the second round of the state playoffs.
+Tiffany Hicks, SS, Fairmont, Soph.: Hicks improved on her standout freshman season, raising her batting average by .080 to .419. She not only made contact, but brought speed, running for five doubles and five triples, accounting for more than one-third of her 26 hits.
Courtney Oxendine, SS, Purnell Swett, Jr.: Oxendine became one of the Rams’ top run producers with 20 scores and 20 batted in. She had 27 hits, including eight doubles, three triples and two home runs.
Lukira Smith, SS, Red Springs, Soph.: Though the Red Devils struggled at times in their first year under a new coach, Smith gave the Red Devils stability in the infield
Christa Thorndyke, 3B/DP, Fairmont, Sr.: Despite facing injuries at times, the four-year starter finished her career 18 runs and a team-high 16 runs batted in.
+CeCe Campbell, OF, Lumberton, Sr.: Campbell served as Lumberton’s anchor in the outfield also was a key offensive contributor with a .429 batting average, getting extra bases on one-third of her hits.
Courtney Yanosik, OF/Util., St. Pauls, Sr.: St. Pauls struggled to produce offense throughout the season but Yanosik was there when the Bulldogs needed her, leading the team in both runs and RBI while putting up one of the three highest averages on the team.
Breanna Hunt, OF, Fairmont, Jr.: In 40 at-bats, Hunt gave the outfield a solid leader as she finished with a .350 batting average and 11 runs scored.
Individual award selections by Scott Schlaufman. Team selections by Scott Schlaufman and Tony Chavis.