SWANSBORO — The spring sports season is over for all but a few schools around North Carolina, but postseason accolades keep rolling in.
On Tuesday, 11 local soccer players were named to either the 1A All-Region 9 Team or the 2A All-Region 8 team by a panel of coaches from the North Carolina Soccer Coaches’ Association. One of the 11, Mount Airy junior striker/forward Baylee Greenwood, took it a step further by becoming one of just 13 players named to the NCSCA’s 1A All-State Team.
Greenwood scored 31 goals and had four assists for the Lady Bears during the 2018 season, in which Mount Airy fielded a team loaded with inexperience but still reached the second round of the 1A state playoffs. She already has 116 career goals with one season left in her career as a Lady Bear, 66 of which came in her sophomore season.
She headed up a contingent of six Mount Airy players named to the All-Region team, along with junior defender Cheyenne Allen, sophomore keeper Samantha Stewart, sophomore midfielder Olivia Malone, and two seniors, midfielder Kora Ledezma and forward Jo Snow. The honor meant that Snow, who never played high school soccer prior to her senior year, completed her distinguished career at MAHS as an All-Region or All-State selection in three different sports — basketball, track and field, and soccer. As for Ledezma, she earned the honor for a third consecutive year. Stewart, Malone, Allen and Snow were all named to the All-Region Team for the first time in their careers.
Joining the six Mount Airy players were three East Surry Lady Cardinals. Senior forward Elyssa Jones was joined by a pair of sophomores, center back Sophie Lowe and midfielder Natalie Zackman. Lowe made All-District for the second time after earning the honor as a freshman.
From Surry Central, sophomore midfielder Taylor Cochran and senior keeper Alea Doby were named to the All-Region Team, which also included six players from conference rival Forbush and four from West Stokes.
The N.C. Soccer Coaches’ Association has chosen All-State teams, along with awards for Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, every year since 1997 for high school girls’ soccer and since 1979 for boys’ soccer.
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