By ROB WITHAM
H-P Sports Correspondent
Softball: Pitcher Peyton St. George of Atlee was named Group 5A State Softball Player of The Year by the Virginia High School League (VHSL), one of six county players to earn First Team All-State honors. St. George is joined on the first team by Raider teammates Casey Barrett and Kelly Warren. All three Raiders earned First Team All-State honors for the second straight year, for St. George, it is her third consecutive honor.
Lee-Davis placed three players on the First Team: pitcher Kayley Scott, shortstop Lauren Taylor, and outfielder Sydney Guess. Second Team selections were Jordan Durbin of Atlee and Heather Childress of Lee-Davis.
Atlee second-year head coach Tom McIntyre was named Group 5A State Coach of the Year, leading the Raiders to their third consecutive state championship on June 10. McIntyre and St. George were also named 5A North Region Coach and Player of The Year, respectively.
Patrick Henry earned two spots on the 5A North Region’s Second Team, as shortstop Grayson Radcliffe and pitcher Charlotte Mitchell were honored.
Lacrosse: Nine Atlee Raiders were named to the 2017 Group 5A All-State Lacrosse teams by the VHSL this past week. First Team All-State honors for boys were attacker Dylan Rice and midfielder Will Stockhausen, while attacker Kylie Eastman and defender Kellyn McGlamery were placed on First Team All-State for girls.
Making Second Team for boys were attacker Drew Miller and defenders Walker Everhart and Donovan Quinn. Girls honorees were midfielder Faith Anna and goalkeeper Savannah Clarke. The Atlee boys advanced to their third straight 5A State Championship match, where they fell to Patrick Henry-Roanoke 10-9, while the girls earned their first trip to the 5A State Tournament in school history, falling to George Marshall in the semifinals.
Baseball: Antonio Balducci of Hanover was the team’s lone representative on the 2017 Group 4A All-State Team released by the VHSL despite advancing to the 4A State Championship for the third time in four years.
Balducci also earned First Team honors in the 4A East Region, while teammate Jack Dragum earned Second Team accolades and was named Co-Player of the Year along with Dalton Jackson of Great Bridge. Hanover head coach Charlie Dragum earned 4A East Region Coach of the Year honors.
Atlee rising junior Zach Beach was the only county player who made the 5A North All-Region Baseball team, named to the Second Team as designated hitter.
College: Former Atlee softball standout Raine Wilson has announced plans to transfer to Duke University after one year at James Madison University. Wilson, a four-year starter at Atlee, playing two seasons each at third base and catcher, will reunite with former battery mate Peyton St. George, who enrolls in Duke in the fall. Duke is starting a softball program that debuts in the spring of 2018.