Mideastern Conference selections: Topsail’s Wilson takes conference baseball player of the year

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With the spring sports season wrapped up for the year, coaches from across the Mideastern Conference recently met to vote on this year’s all-conference selections.

On the baseball diamond, after helping guide the Topsail Pirates to a Mideastern Conference regular season and tournament championship, Granville Gehris was named Mideastern Conference Coach of the Year, while UNC-Asheville commit Danny Wilson was chosen as player of the year.

Danny Wilson.
Danny Wilson. Photos courtesy John Crouch.

Wilson had a breakout season at third base for the Pirates, who finished the year 25-3 overall and 10-2 in conference. The college-bound ballplayer also stepped up in a big way late in the season and took over duties on the mound as Topsail’s No. 1 starter.

In 78 at-bats, Wilson hit .397, with 34 runs as the team’s leadoff hitter and 20 runs batted in. He finished with five home runs, four doubles and three triples, while fashioning a 6-1 record from 60-feet, six-inches.

First-team accolades also rolled in for a handful of players, who will continue their baseball careers at the next level, including Wilson’s classmate at Topsail, Trader Flora.

The Appalachian State commit proved to be a difference maker behind the plate as the senior standout hit .351, with eight doubles, four homeruns and 26 RBIs.

Brandon Boone (Hoggard), Kennedy Hardy (Laney), Max Johnson (New Hanover) and Ward Coleman (New Hanover) were also selected first-team all-conference.

Brandon Boone. Photos courtesy- John Crouch
Brandon Boone.

Coleman is headed to Davidson College, Hardy will play at Belmont Abbey, Johnson travels to Arizona later this year to compete at Phoenix College, and Boone is off to Guilford Tech.

Donovan Francis earned first-team honors as a .313 hitter for the Screaming Eagles, while the right-handed pitcher finished his senior campaign with a 2.33 earned run averaged over 39 innings pitched.

Zach Johnson helped lead West Brunswick to a 19-7 overall record and hit .391 in 69 at-bats. He had six doubles, two triples, and one home run, with 16 RBIs and 16 runs scored.

Tanner Coley rounds out the list of first-team selections for South Brunswick. Although the Cougars (7-18, 2-10) recorded just two conference wins this year, South Brunswick dropped seven one-run games.


Player of the year– Danny Wilson, Topsail

Coach of the Yyear- Granville Gehris, Topsail

Team sportsmanship award– South Brunswick

First team 

Ward Coleman. Photo courtesy John Crouch
Ward Coleman.
  • Danny Wilson, Topsail
  • Trader Flora, Topsail
  • Brandon Boone, Hoggard
  • Donovan Francis, Ashley
  • Zach Johnson, West Brunswick
  • Max Johnson, New Hanover
  • Ward Coleman, New Hanover
  • Kennedy Hardy, Laney
  • Tanner Coley, South Brunswick

Second team

  • Jon Kuebler, Laney
  • Clark Cota, Topsail
  • Sam Hall, Topsail
  • Brad Pennington, Hoggard
  • Trey Croom, New Hanover
  • Hunter Ashburn, West Brunswick
  • Christian Tafoya, Ashley
  • Charlie Carcich, West Brunswick
  • Josh Larson, South Brunswick