New Hanover alums recognized for play in Atlantic 10, Big South conferences

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As postseason accolades roll in for local athletes competing at the college level this spring, a pair of New Hanover High School alums were recently recognized for their efforts on the baseball diamond.

Sam Foy was named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team after concluding his senior year with a .326 batting average in conference play. Overall, the Wilmington native tallied 58 hits, including nine doubles and four home runs, with 35 RBI.

Sam Foy. Photo courtesy- Davidson Baseball
Sam Foy (Photo courtesy Davidson Baseball)

The economics major led the team with 18 multi-hit games and held the team’s largest hitting streak at 13 games, along with the highest reached base streak, with 18 games.

Davidson also made an historical run to the program’s first conference championship this past weekend and became the first No. 6 seed to play in the Atlantic 10 title game, ultimately falling to NCAA Regional bound Rhode Island. Rhode Island was then paired in the Columbia, South Carolina regional alongside UNCW, Duke and the host Gamecocks.

Davidson concluded the 2016 season with a 28-26 record, which marks the third consecutive 28-plus-win season for the Wildcats. Davidson’s-year mark of 103 wins make the programs seven seniors, including Foy, the most winningest class in program history.

Thacker paces Gardner Webb all-conference selections

Collin Thacker. Photo courtesy- Gardner Webb Athletics
Collin Thacker (Photo courtesy Gardner Webb Athletics)

Gardner-Webb placed a school-record six players on the 2016 All-Big South Conference Baseball Team.

The six selections are the most for Gardner-Webb’s baseball program in its history as only league champion and top-20 squad Coastal Carolina had more selections this season, with eight.

Collin Thacker cemented himself as one of the Big South’s best players, regardless of position, in 2016. He was runner-up for a major award – finishing second to Coastal Carolina slugger Connor Owings in Big South Conference Player of the Year award voting.

Thacker burst onto the scene early in 2016 and finished second in the conference with a career-best .394 average. He belted a career-high four home runs, while pacing the Big South in hits (82). The junior also led the nation for much of the season and tied for the NCAA Division I lead in doubles (26). Thacker also ranked among the league leaders in RBI (45) and runs scored (41).