After missing nearly his entire sophomore season because of shin splints likely brought on from over indulging in hard work, Ryan Thompson headed into his junior year at Jacksonville High without any pain and minus the crutches he leaned on for several months. And, he came back with a vengeance in 2014, striking out 101 in 65 1/3 innings while sporting a 0.96 ERA in helping the Cardinals to their first conference title since 1976. As a result, Thompson was voted The Daily News player of the year.
Diego Guerrero was named the 2014 Offensive Player of the Year at Middle Creek High School. He finished the season with a 0.447 batting average, with 20 RBI. He recorded 38 base hits, with 4 doubles and 1 HR. Congratulations Diego!
After battling through a state 2-A final series with Bunker Hill and surviving in three games, Kyle Hawley is this year's Fayetteville Observer All-Cape Fear region baseball Player of the Year. Hawley said the goal for 2014 was simple. "I wanted to do exactly what we did, go all the way,'' he said. "I knew we had the team to do it, and I wanted to do whatever I had to to get there to help my team out.'' For Hawley, that meant becoming a more effective player at the plate.