As we continue to remember some of the top moments from 2015, the month of May brought some big-time accolades for a handful of local standouts at the college level. State champions were crowned in track and field, while a former Seahawk golfer qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open. We had late game heroics for one local ballplayer and the UNCW baseball team began a memorable run to the NCAA Regional in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
With N.C. State trailing by one in the top of the ninth, former Ashley High School standout Chance Shepard launched a two-run homerun over the centerfield wall to lift the Wolfpack past Texas Christian 5-4, sending N.C. State to the regional finals in Fort Worth, Texas.
Shepard went 1-for-4 as the designated hitter with a pair of runs batted in, while Joe O’Donnell (Hoggard) saw action out of the N.C. State bullpen. The long ball was Shepard’s seventh of the season, while his younger brother Shane Shepard went 1-for-1 in a pinch hit at-bat for the freshman in the top of the eighth.
Laney High School alum Ashleigh Antal helped guide the Vanderbilt women’s tennis team to its first ever NCAA National Championship as the Commodores defeated UCLA 4-2 in the final match of the season.
With a 2-1 lead after doubles competition, Antal joined three others in singles play to each earn a point to clinch the championship.
Former UNCW women’s golf standout Lori Beth Adams became the second Seahawk to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. Adams shot a two-round score of 76-72-148 during sectional qualifying at Butler, Pennsylvania, Country Club. Seventy-four players were competing for two spots in the Open and Adams birdied her final hole to force a playoff with two other golfers before advancing.
Coastal Christian’s Sabrina Sims successfully defended her title as back-to-back state champion in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.83 as the junior took victory in a photo finish, winning out by .01 seconds.
Jayhlen Washington claimed first-place honors in long jump and triple jump to lead North Brunswick to its second straight state championship as the Scorpions claimed a team victory at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A Track and Field Meet.
With wins in long jump and triple jump, Washington was named the boys Most Valuable Player as the sophomore standout took second in the 110 meter hurdles.