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All-state softball list released

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The North Carolina Softball Coaches Association released its extensive 2011 All-State list and a number of Triangle-area players were named.

Among the highlights of the list: Holly Springs junior pitcher Erica Nunn (above right) was named 4-A East pitcher of the year, Fuquay-Varina shortstop Alexa Cannon (above left) was named 4-A East player of the year, N.C. School of Science & Math senior Whitney Johnson was named 1-A pitcher of the year and sophomore Tyler Ross of Union Pines was the 3-A player of the year.

Below is a list of all local NCSCA 2011 All-State players. To see the full list, download the attached pdf file.

Amanda Rodriguez, Chatham Central, 2011 P
Cayley Oldham, Chatham Central, 2013 SS
Chelsea Brewer, Chatham Central, 2012 3B
Elizabeth Little, Chatham Central, 2011 OF
Erin Sugg, Chatham Central, 2013 C
Whitney Johnson, NCSSM, 2011 P -- 1A Pitcher of the Year- East
Caroline Childers, North Moore, 2011 CF/P
Katelyn Sheffield, North Moore, 2011 OF

Aquilla Mateen, Jordan-Matthews, 2012 3B
Jessica Langley, North Johnston, 2011 OF
Lindsay Tippett, North Johnston, 2011 1st
Tayler Creech, North Johnston, 2012 P
Padgett Harrington, Northwood, 2011 C/3B
Jenna Davis, South Granville, 2013 1st
Kasey Newcomb, South Granville, 2013 P
Taylor Boyd, South Granville, 2013 SS

Hannah Thompson, Northern Vance, 2011 C
Kendall Wilson, Northern Vance, 2012 SS
Mackenzie Cates, Orange, 2014 C
Kaitlyn Barbour, South Johnston, 2012 P
Kristen Jennigan, South Johnston, 2011 SS
Whitney Williams, South Johnston, 2012 1st
Jordan Garrett, Southern Vance, 2011 P
Amber Nunnaley, Union Pines, 2011 C
Amber Williams, Union Pines, 2014 OF
Tyler Ross, Union Pines, 2013 1B/P -- 3A Player of the Year- East
Caroline Womble, Western Harnett, 2011 SS
Kerstine Womack, Western Harnett, 2011 3B
Sierra Holmes, Western Harnett, 2011 2B
Taylor Hains, Western Harnett, 2013 P/1st

Elizabeth Margagliotti, Apex 2012 2nd
Nicole Bond, Clayton, 2013 P
Alexa Cannon, Fuquay-Varina, 2011 SS -- 4A Player of the Year- East
Camise Patterson, Fuquay-Varina, 2011 CF
Lexi Ross, Green Hope, 2013 C/3rd
Amber Benton, Harnett Central, 2012 P/SS
Ivy Spicer, Harnett Central, 2012 3B/C
Logan Weis, Harnett Central, 2011 CF/3B/SS
Cianna Burt, Holly Springs, 2012 C
Erica Nunn, Holly Springs, 2012 P -- 4A Pitcher of the Year- East
Chandler Patterson, Lee County, 2014 SS/IF
Nikki Hoover, Lee County, 2013 C
Allison Geiner, Middle Creek, 2012 OF
Kailey Farmer, Northen Durham, 2011 SS
Mary Lynn Burton, Person, 2012 P
Tracey Vaughan, Person, 2011 CF
Danielle Myers, West Johnston, 2013 C
Lexi Betancourt, West Johnston, 2011 P
Brittaney Dahle, Wake Forest-Rolesville, 2013 P
Kiah Ruffin, Wake Forest-Rolesville, 2011 CF
Lauren Autry, Wake Forest-Rolesville, 2011 C

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J. Mike Blake has been the Sports Editor for The Cary News and Southwest Wake News since October 2008. He holds two "unofficial" NCHSAA records in two different sports - highest career free throw percentage (2-of-2) in basketball and fewest career singles victories (zero. sigh.) for tennis.