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Bulldogs trio lands on SID all-state team

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The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association heaped more honors upon Barton College baseball players Andrew Webster, Calvin Hawke and Troy Maslowski on Friday.

The Barton trio was among 26 players representing North Carolina universities and colleges on the College Division (NCAA Division II and III and NAIA) All-State team.

Webster was tabbed the first-team catcher, while Hawke was selected a first-team infielder. Maslowski, a sophomore, landed on the second team as an outfielder.

Webster and Hawke are all-state repeaters, while Maslowski was recognized for the first time.

A senior from Pittsboro and a graduate of Northwood High, Webster paced the Bulldogs in batting average (.401), on-base percentage (.511), slugging percentage (.824), total hits (75), home runs (21) and runs batted in (58 in 51 games). He slammed 16 doubles and scored 58 runs. Webster led NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas in homers and RBIs.

Hawke, a senior from Wendell, owned Barton’s second-highest batting average of .391 and slugged a school-record five triples and eight homers. His 68 hits included nine doubles. Hawke scored 45 runs, drove in 36 and paced the Bulldogs with 28 stolen bases.

Maslowski, from Cary, played in all 51 games, hitting .363 with 58 hits, 10 doubles, one triple and six homers. He scored 36 runs and drove in 22. On the mound, the right-hander, in seven appearances, earned one save and posted a 4.43 earned run average. Maslowski drew three starts.

Previously, Webster was proclaimed first team on three All-America units and was first-team All-Southeast Region and first-team all-conference.

Hawke was accorded All-America honorable mention. was chosen all-region and first-team all-conference.

Recently, Hawke was one of two Conference Carolinas athletes to be hailed Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Joining Hawke was the University of Mount Olive’s Bruce Zimmerman. Both were named to the third team.

Hawke possessed a 3.97grade-point average while Zimmerman’s GPA was 3.66.

Maslowski emerged a second-team all-conference selection.

Kelly named all-state

Barton senior outfielder Megan Kelly capped her softball career with recognition as a 2017 NCCSIA College Division second-team All-State selection Thursday. She is Barton’s first NCCSIA All-State softball selection.

A Plymouth resident, Kelly batted .364 and ranked second in Conference Carolinas and 16th in NCAA Division II with six triples.

Kelly ranked among the league’s top team with a .568 slugging percentage and registered team highs with 12 doubles, three home runs, 30 runs scored and 12 stolen bases.

The outfielder started all 51 Barton games her senior season and, for her career, played in 177 of a possible 180 games and started 172. Kelly posted career numbers of a .335 batting average, .407 on-base percentage, 17 triples, 110 runs scored and 64 stolen bases in 73 attempts. She also notched 18 outfield assists, including four this season.

Kelly was joined by outfielder Kayla Allen of the University of Mount Olive as the only Conference Carolinas picks.

LEWIS NEW ATHLETIC TRAINER

Ginna Lewis has joined the Barton College staff as its head athletic trainer.

“I am excited that Ginna Lewis has joined our team as the head athletic trainer,” Todd Wilkinson, Barton’s director of athletics, stated in a prepared release. “Ginna comes highly recommended from her colleagues at Methodist University and had a great interview with the coaches while visiting Barton.

“Her enthusiasm for her job and high-energy personality will make her a great leader of the ATC team. I have no doubt the ATC team will provide outstanding care for the Barton student-athletes.”

Lewis spent the previous five years as assistant athletic trainer at Methodist in Fayetteville. Before the Methodist stop, the Waynesboro, Virginia, native served as an athletic training graduate assistant for two years at the University of Florida while earning her master’s degree.

“I am really excited to be here,” Lewis said. “I hope to keep up with the changing times at Barton while maintaining a positive environment and relationships with athletic trainers, staff and student-athletes.

“My top expectations are to provide the best quality care for our student-athletes, and to facilitate a positive working and team environment, both within the athletic training staff and the athletics staff at large. That will hopefully carry over to the campus and community as well.”

Lewis earned her undergraduate degree in athletic training at James Madison University before attending the University of Florida.

At Barton, Lewis will direct the health-care support for nearly 300 student-athletes.

“Being here was the result of a perfect storm of opportunity,” Lewis said. “The ability to come in and rebuild a program from scratch, to bring in good people and start building relationships is an opportunity you don’t get very often. I am very excited to be a part of that.”

WOMEN’S SOCCER TO HOST TOURNEY

The Barton College women’s soccer team will kick off its 2017 season by welcoming South Atlantic Conference members Anderson (South Carolina) University and Catawba as well as the University of Missouri-St. Louis for the inaugural BC Classic on Sept. 1 and 3.

Anderson and Catawba will each play the Lady Bulldogs and Missouri-St. Louis.

“We are pleased to have the chance to bring three quality college programs to Wilson and showcase their abilities,” third-year Barton head coach Thomas Goines said. “Catawba and Anderson bring the high standards of the SAC to our field and UMSL qualified for the NCAA tournament last season.”

The Lady Bulldogs will play nine of their 16 matches on the Barton Outdoor Athletics Complex pitch.

Defending Carolinas Conference champion Limestone (South Carolina) College visits for Family Weekend on Sept.16. Rival University of Mount Olive is the guest on Oct. 5 and King (Tennessee) University provides the Homecoming opposition on Oct.28.

The remaining home dates: Shaw University on Sept. 6, Converse (South Carolina) College on Sept. 13, Erskine (South Carolina) College on Oct. 7 and Emmanuel (Georgia) College on Oct. 14.

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