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May 4, 2016 3rd Round



May 4, 2016 Semi Finals vs Mooresville



Senior Night April 27, 2016




April 11, 2016




March 24, 2016





Alexander Central Record     2015
29-1  Overall


Alexander Central sets a new ALL Time Win Streak of  95 games in NCHSAA History and 4th All Time of NFHS History Congrats AC!!!!!!

4/24/2015            Alexander Central  captures it's 35th CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!!!!!










2014 NFCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
2014 State AAAA CHAMPIONS
 UNDEFEATED SEASON AT 35-0  

AC celebrates the School's 34th Conf. Title!!!

2014 AC Members headed to College to play Ball this season
Bailey Rhoney - UNCC
Averi Miller - Lenoir Rhyne University
Mia Blochaviak - Erskine College
Bailey Sherrill - Pfeiffer University
Amanda Sports - King University
Christina Krider - Finlandia University
Taylor WIke - UNC

Congrats to all our kids play on fields around the Country in 2015

Congrats to Coach Sherrill for being Named  
National Coach of the Year for the 4th Time


YouTube Video


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Great Job to the AC Coaches and Support Personnel
Darrell Adkins, Terry Waugh, Justin Watson, Megan Laxton, Brittany Loudermilt, Robby Wilkinson, Randy Elder, Kylie Hamby











LOUISVILLE, KY. –  Currently riding a 66-game winning streak and completing a perfect 35-0 season winning the NC State , the Cougars of Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.) FINISHED in the top spot in the USA Today/NFCA High School Top 25!!!. Leading from Poll 1 to the Final Poll


Vada Sherrill ( JR /Middle Infielder)

 North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year

1st player in NC History to reach  at least 60 Runs/60 hits, while she added 41 RBI's and 52 Stolen Bases

How excited would YOU be if you just found out you had won the Gatorade State Player of the Year award?

This photo shows the instant one of the state winners found out yesterday as it was taken when junior Vada Sherrill (left, #8) learned she was the North Carolina POY winner.

Next to her is her sister, Bailey (#14), who is also on the Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.) softball team that plays for the state championship starting tonight at 7 pm in Raleigh against Cape Fear of Fayettesville. The second game will be played at 11 am tomorrow morning and an “if” game will take place immediately after that one if needed.

The team is currently ranked No. 1 by USA Today and No. 3 in the StudentSportsSoftball.com FAB 50 rankings with a 33-0 record and twice beat previous No. 12 ranked North Davidson enroute to the finals.

The happy photo moment was captured because the Charlotte Observer was at the school to do a story on the sisters, which you can read here (excellent piece by Langston Wertz Jr. with photos taken by Jeff Willhelm).

Here are more photos taken by Jeff Willhelm from the shoot yesterday… also pictured with the sisters is their father, Monte, who is the head coach of the Cougars:

http://www.studentsports.com/softball/2014/06/06/pic-week-vada-wins-poy-66/


Congrats

 

2014 NFCA All Americans

1st Team- Pitcher - Kiana Millsaps

2nd Team - DP - Bailey Rhoney

3rd Team - At Large - Vada Sherrill


MaxPreps  All-American Softball Team  2014
IF - Vada SherrillAlexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.), Junior
The state's first "60-60" player with 60 hits and 60 runs scored, Sherrill led Central to another state title, a 35-0 record and a No. 2 national finish in MaxPreps' final Xcellent 25. She also stole 51 bases and was named the Gatorade State Player of the Year.


Student Sports All Americans   2014

http://www.studentsports.com/softball/2014/06/27/1st-team-softball-all-americans-627/

1st Team -    

Jr.       Vada Sherill              Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.)

The sparkplug who helped Central finish 35-0 and a top 3 national finish, she had 60 hits, 60 runs, an on-base percentage of .597 and went 51-53 in steals. Named the Gatorade State Player of the Year, the leadoff hitter also carries a 3.94 GPA.

http://www.studentsports.com/softball/2014/06/26/2nd-team-student-sports-softball-all-americans-626/

2nd Team - Sr         Taylor Wike                 Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.)



2014 NFCA ALL South 

Averi Miller, Bailey Rhoney, Bailey Sherrill, 

Kiana Millsaps and Vada Blue Sherrill


Max Preps All Americans - 2014

1st Team - Vada Sherrill   - Infielder

2nd team - Taylor Wike  - Infielder


NC Softball Coaches Association All State

Tianna Batts, Kiana Millsaps, Taylor Wike, Averi Miller, Bailey 

Sherrill, Vada Sherrill, Bailey Rhoney


4A State West Pitcher of the Year- Kiana Millsaps


NC Softball Coaches Association All District 

Averi Miller, Tianna Batts, Mia Blochaviak, Amanda Sports,

 Bailey Sherrill, Bailey Rhoney, Taylor Wike, 

Kiana Millsaps, Vada Sherrill


District 7 Pitcher of the Year - Kiana Millsaps

District 7 player of the Year - Vada Sherrill


All Charlotte Observer Team

Taylor Wike, Bailey Sherrill, Kiana Millsaps, Vada Sherrill

Charlotte Observer Player of the Year - Vada Blue Sherrill


North Peidmont All Conference

Kiana Millsaps, Tianna Batts, Taylor Wike, Averi Miller, Vada Sherrill, Bailey Rhoney, Bailey Sherrill

North Peidmont Pitcher of the Year  - Kiana Millsaps

North Peidmont Player of the Year - Vada Sherrill

http://www.maxpreps.com/news/QPE7tCAx5UyIBzbue1cKdA/maxpreps-2014-all-american-softball-team.htm


MaxPreps 2014 All-American Softball Team

Alexander Central's Monte Sherrill named National Softball Coach of the Year.

Alexander Central (NC) Named 2014 NFCA National High School Coaching Staff of the Year

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Head coach Monte Sherrill and assistant coaches Darrell Adkins, Terry Waugh, Brittany Loudermilt, Megan Laxton, Randy Elder and Robby Wilkinson of Alexander Central High School (NC) have been selected as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s National High School Coaching Staff of the Year the Association announced on Monday. 

The Cougars rolled to the program’s first-ever perfect season at 35-0 overall, while winning their fourth North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Class 4A state title over the last six seasons. Led by Sherrill, the 2014 MaxPreps National High School Coach of the Year, and a trio of 2014 NFCA High School All-Americans in pitcher Kiana Millsaps, designated player Baily Rhoney and second baseman Vada Sherrill (the 2014 Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year), Alexander Central set a state record for runs scored with 426, posted 24 double-digit victories and will now enter the 2015 campaign on a remarkable 67-game winning streak. The Cougars swept both games in their best-of-three state final series from Fayetteville Cape Fear with major contributions coming from state tournament Most Valuable Player Bailey Sherrill (4-for-6, four runs scored, three RBI combined over the two match-ups). 

For their work this season, Sherrill, Adkins, Waugh, Loudermilt, Laxton, Elder and Wilkinson also garnered the program’s second consecutive NFCA South Region High School Coaching Staff of the Year accolade. 

 Coach of the Year

Monte Sherrill of Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.) led his squad to a 35-0 record and another state 4A title. Alexander Central finished behind Amador Valley as the No. 2 team in the Xcellent 25. 

Monte Sherrill, Alexander Central
File photo by Fabian Radulescu
Monte Sherrill, Alexander Central

"This season was so rewarding because we learned to win in a different style," said Sherrill, 49. "Before, we had Chelsea Wilkinson (Georgia All-American in 2014) and she struck out two of every three batters. She graduated and we had to invent a new style of play – more emphasis on defense, hitting, pick-off plays and baserunning.

"Our baserunning was something to behold," said Sherrill, who has guided Central to four state titles in the last six seasons. "Our baserunning put us on another level."

Central, which set a state record for runs scored (426), will enter the 2015 season riding a 67-game winning streak.

On March 27, Sherrill recorded his 700th win (against just 59 losses). His next coaching victory will be his 722nd.

Sherrill noted that "this team was all about AC (Alexander Central). I am so proud of our two pitchers (Kiana Millsaps and Bailey Rhoney) who shared time without any ego. They worked together and supported one another. It was special to be a part of."

In addition, Sherrill got to share the 2014 season with daughters Bailey Sherrill and Vada Sherrill. Bailey, a senior, earned the MVP award at the state tournament, and Vada, a junior, was the North Carolina Gatorade State Player of the Year.



 Sherrill wins National High School Coaches Association  - National Coach of the Year Award

Softball -- Monte Sherrill
Alexander Central High School - Taylorsville, North Carolina 

Monte Sherrill, who won his 700th career game in 2013, has made a habit out of winning. This past year Sherrill led Alexander Central to its second straight North Carolina Class 4-A state title while running its win streak to 67 straight.  Counting his time at Central Cabarrus High School in the 90’s, Sherrill’s teams own a record of 724-59 for a winning percentage of .925.


http://www.nhsca.com/news/182938/NHSCA-Announces-the-2014-Coach-of-the-Year-Honorees.htm







Congrats to Chelsea Wilkinson for being named the MVP of the SEC Tournament, All SEC and 2nd Team ALL AMERICAN! and National Player of the Week two Times!!.
We are certainly proud of her!! WE ARE AC

Georgia’s Wilkinson Repeats as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – There were many deserving, high-profile performances throughout the country this past weekend, but the effort provided by Georgia’s Chelsea Wilkinson again couldn’t be overlooked as the sophomore pitcher has been selected as the final Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week of the 2014 regular season. 

Just a week after reaping the NFCA weekly honor by virtue of an outstanding performance during a series against nationally ranked Kentucky, Wilkinson continued her impressive roll from the circle by guiding the Bulldogs to their first Southeastern Conference Championship title. Named the event’s Most Valuable Player, the Taylorsville, N.C., native registered a 3-0 mark with a 1.07 ERA and 23 strikeouts over 19.2 innings of work with victories over No. 5 Florida, No. 6 Alabama and No. 16 Kentucky. She set the tone for UGA during a quarterfinal match-up against the Gators, allowing just two hits and striking out nine in a 2-0, complete-game shutout. Summoned into the semifinal match-up in relief against the regular season champ Crimson Tide, Wilkinson permitted just a single earned run on four hits and K’ed five as the ‘Dogs prevailed 5-3. She again went the distance against the Wildcats in the SEC title tilt, granting a pair of earned tallies on just three hits with nine strikeouts as UGA completed its championship run via a 5-2 triumph. Overall, Wilkinson holds an impressive 29-7 record for the year with a 2.04 ERA, six solo shutouts, 23 complete games and 257 K’s over 219.1 innings of work. 

"This is such an incredible honor, not just for me, but for my team,” Wilkinson said. “Winning the SEC Tournament was a reflection of how hard this team worked every day during the offseason, in practice and throughout the season. It is a blessing to be able to play for Georgia and being a part of such an incredible team."

"I am so proud of Chelsea, and I can't say enough about her,” Georgia head coach Lu Harris-Champer said. “She showed so much fight and grit for her team and is a true competitor for her team in the circle. She knew the game plan every day and went out there and executed it, knowing that her defense was there to back her up. She helped us make history by pitching us to an SEC Tournament Title, and I couldn't be more proud of her." 

Wilkinson and the No. 4-national seeded Bulldogs will christen their NCAA tournament run by facing Chattanooga on Fri., May 16, as part of Athens Regional action at the UGA Softball Stadium in Athens, Ga.


March 27, 2014 vs West Iredell 
700 Career Wins
59 Losses

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Monte Sherrill: 700 wins & counting (4/2)


Last Thursday (March 27, 2014), Monte Sherrill, the Head Coach of Alexander Central High in Taylorsville, N.C., won his 700th game in his career to give him a remarkable overall record of 700-59.

Still going strong as his team is ranked No. 4 in our latest FAB 50 rankings and No. 1 in the MaxPrep ratings, he took some time to reflect on his “accidental” softball career as well as on the people and philosophies that have led to his great success…

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I would have never imagined that I could reach this milestone number of wins when I first started coaching.  My long stint with softball began when Coach Tony Elder asked me in the fall of 1988 if I would consider moving over from the Varsity Baseball Assistant to the softball squad. I really thought it would be a one or two year fill-in period before moving back to baseball, but what happened was quite the opposite.

Instead of moving back to baseball, we turned our softball team into a female version of baseball.

Monte Sherrill with hisAlexander Central team after his 700th win.

Monte Sherrill with hisAlexander Central team after his 700th win.

Tallying the 700th win, many people have asked the reason for the long-term success. There are a lot of factors that come into play with that question, but it all started with the way I was raised. I was the oldest of four boys and we were living in meager times with no frills.  My Dad worked hard for his paycheck and was very “old school” in much of his thought.

Pushing forward and going above the minimum expectation was the only way to shine in the workplace. He always reminded us that we would reap what we sowed, living by the mantra “if you make your bed, you sleep in it”.

As I began to play ball, I quickly learned that I could not compete with the other kids from different upbringings that dealt with money and were entitled to things that I never would be.

Once we were all on the field together these things were not important.  We had equal opportunities to make our mark but sheer determination shone brighter and flashier than any new equipment could ever be.

My objective was to out-work, out-practice and out-perform them all. The intensity and drive that I brought on the ball field not only equalized the off-the-field issues, but it helped me to focus on success.  I wanted to shine like the player I had patterned my game after, Pete Rose.

With the mindset of laying it all out on that field, the words of Vince Lombardi come to mind: “I am not sure that winning is so important as not losing.”

At times, my passion has been misconstrued as too intense, but that’s the way we were taught to play back in the 1970-‘80′s era. Those were the days when everyone did not get a trophy for being on the team or even finishing second. Only the winners were rewarded.

I specifically remember one instance when my Little League coach, Bobby Deal, gave our team an incentive.  He told us that he would take us to Hardees for a hamburger if we were undefeated at the end of the year. Boy, that ‘s what we went after, giving it all we had.

In fact, we ended up winning the Little League State Championship because we thought he might take us out for another victory meal. It sure is different now. I have built our program on the old fashioned philosophy of earning your spot and every player being a part of something that is bigger than themselves. We were a “throwback” team in 1989 and still are in 2014.

My background and work ethic has helped me reach this milestone, but it’s mostly because of the player who I have had over the years that have simply been the very best.  This is seen by not only their skills, but their ability to handle the constructive criticism that they get from me every day.

I have not been easy to play for, but compared to what Traci Carrigan Fox (our only senior on the ‘89 team) was part of as well as those players that experienced our push to succeed early on in my career… well, let’s just say that I am a teddy bear now!

On this note, I want to openly “Thank” all of my former/current players for giving our program the very best every day to put us at the top each year. The players in our program know that they only play if they are the best player for our team and that no egos are allowed at practice.

They know that practice is where true champions are made, that no politics come into play on our team and that we are only as good as today’s performance.

I also know our kids will always respect the American Flag and the veterans and they will always know where they stand in our program.

One of the highlights of Coach Sherrill's career is getting to coach his daughters Vada (see here) and Bailey.

One of the highlights of Coach Sherrill’s career is getting to coach his daughters Vada (see here) and Bailey.

If I had to hold my hat on only one thing that has affected my program the most it would be the influence of the Marine Corps. Our teams might be made up of high school females, but these girls would do well in the U.S. Marines in any situation or job. The espirit de corps, the chain of command, wearing the uniform with pride, the code of conduct, and their overall ability to perform under pressure has been the staple of every team.

Our practices of drilling/skills/situations has always been so much more intense in practice than it is in games, including the State Championships.

A theme you hear in the Marines is, “The more you sweat in peacetime, the less you bleed in wartime.” We have adopted that philosophy in our practice sessions.

Every day for three hours, six days a week, our kids are put through enormous stress and attention to detail of the fundamentals of the game. Our kids have at least 225 quality swings every day, and field close to 100 hit balls.

If you really think about it, we have a layering effect going on. Each day we want to triple the practice intensity of other teams, triple the swings and catches, and practice longer than any team. The culmination of these standards is what allows us to put distance between our program and all other teams.

We are built as a no-nonsense group of banded sisters that can flat out play. We play fast physically and mentally and we play angry with resolve knowing we deserve to win.

I must take my hat off to the unbelievable group of assistant coaches that have been with me, from the first being one of my best friends, Danny Dyson, to the present day group who I feel are the best around.

The great part of our staff, throughout the years, has been a shared responsibility to help the kids try to get 1 percent better every day. At Alexander Central, there are never any ”off” days and our coaches put their heart and soul into the players.

I sincerely appreciate all the people who have helped me reach 700.  I have learned far more from these assistants than they have learned from me.  I am a stronger and better coach because of the solid foundation of coaching staff that is holding me up.

I want to especially recognize Darrell Adkins in our current program who is retiring from softball.  Our high school has truly missed out on his exceptional abilities as a Head Coach in its history.  This man has everything it takes to take any program to the top!  He has it all as a coach.

My family has been more than supportive of my passion to coach. Many times, the wives of coaches are the unsung heroes of the team. Thanks to Becky for being my assistant coach.

As my family grew, my job changed and I’ve tried to accommodate.  I have had many cold dinners, nights of washing uniforms instead of being home, working on our field at all hours, and mowing the grass at home with a flashlight at midnight.

I am like my Dad in that I want to leave no stone unturned when it comes to my program. I strive for perfection in every aspect.

Ultimately, though, I hope my players have seen that I love the Lord through this game of softball. I am not close to being a perfect person or coach, even not close to the good representative of a good Christian, but I have been saved by the grace of God.

The 700 wins is a lot and I am humbled in that large numeral, but my No. 1  victory in Christ outweighs that total, or any total, by 100 fold.  God, Country, Corps (AC Softball in this case) remains intact in our program!

Monte Sherrill
Alexander Central HS
Assistant Athletic Director
Head Softball Coach

www.alexandercentralfastpitch.com


8 TIME--4A Softball Champions

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PLAYER PROFILE: TIANNA BATTS

Tianna is a true scholar-athlete with a 4.2 GPA.

Tianna has a 4.2 GPA.

Grad Year: 2016
Pos: outfield
High School: Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.)
GPA: 4.2 GPA
Club: Lady Lightning Gold Elite 
Honors: National Beta Club Society, NFCA All American Scholar Athlete
College: undecided

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StudentSports.com: OK, let’s get the obvious question out of the way first: with a name like “Batts,” how many bad name jokes have you been subject to?
Tianna Batts: Oh my gosh, yes kids make fun of me at school but the famous one is “Batts up to Bat”… hahahaha very clever.

SSS.com: You have been the fastest player at the Tennessee camp the last three years, correct?  Where do you get such blazing speed… do you or have you run track?
TB: I would say first and foremost I have been blessed by God with natural speed but in the offseason I train at Champions Sports Performance Speed School in Cornelius, N.C. Also I would say I got my talent from my dad; he played baseball at VMI and was known as a speedster. And I have never run track a day in my life.

SSS.com: Being at the UT camp, are they recruiting you?  Are you looking at other colleges; have you visited other campuses?
TB: Tennessee had already signed their class of 2016 when I attended camp. However my parents and I did talk to the coach about being a walk-on. Yes, I have been to Virginia Tech, University of Tennessee @ Chattanooga, and UNC Charlotte. I plan on visiting to Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, and NC State.

SSS.com: Do you and your family have a recruiting strategy or are you simply taking each situation as it comes?
TB: My family and I do have a strategy I have my top schools I am interested in not only for softball but also for academics especially colleges and universities that would set me on the right track for becoming a speech pathologist.  However, my family is very supportive and we are open for whatever opportunities are presented so we take each situation as it comes.

SSS.com: You’re also hitting .560 this year… what is your approach at the plate, are you looking to slap/bunt/hit away based on what the defense is?
TB: The coaching staff at AC puts a clock on every position player on the opposing team in pre-game or in previous scouting games.  So with this my approach is based on these numbers. I am concentrating on my bat angles and my hard and soft slaps.  Coach Sherrill makes me look at film weekly from Tennessee and Florida to get the skill down.

Tianna has used her great speed to hit over .560 this season for the top-ranked team in North Carolina.

Tianna has used her great speed to hit over .560 this season.

SSS.com: Alexander Central is one of the top high school programs in the nation… what is it like playing for such a winning team?
TB: Coach Sherrill believes in repetition its all about skill and drill with him. Coach Sherrill hits me 200 balls in practice to work on my defense in center field. He teaches me how to read spins of the ball as they hit off the bat and teaches me how to get behind the ball and run good routes. At AC we out work everyone. Coach Sherrill has high expectations for each and every girl on the team. He treats me like his own and motivates me with his constructive criticism. So it is an honor and a privilege to play for Coach Sherrill and the AC Softball program.

SSS.com: What do you like to do when not on the softball field?
TB: I love shopping…sorry dad, taking random road trips to visit my sisters one at The University of Tennessee and the other at Western Carolina University, and when the weather is really nice I love to spend my days on the lake with friends.

SSS.com: What’s been a top memory or two for you in your softball career?
TB: A top memory was winning the 2013 NC 4A State Championship and coming back to Taylorsville and celebrating with the whole county. WE ARE AC!

 

Quick Hitters

 

What do you after your softball career ends?
I will go on to pursue a career in speech pathology and would love to give back to the community by coaching all aged girls in softball.

You’ve been described as “a driven player”… What drives you on and off the field?
My drive comes from the sacrifice my family makes on an everyday bases for me.

What do you think is the No. 1 issue in the world today?
I would say the number one issue in the world today is the lack of work ethic. A lot of people take things for granted and believe that everything should be given to them.  I make it an effort to work hard and take what I want.

Favorite school subject:
Favorite school subject would have to be civics and economics because not only do I have a great teacher but I’m really interested in how society works on all levels such as government, socially, and economically.

Least favorite class:
My least favorite class is math but my teacher is great so I am more engaged in the class.
Favorite place in the world:

My favorite place in the world is the Caribbean because of the different cultures, the beautiful islands and I cant wait to visit there in June.

What type of bat do you use (and why do you like it)?
I use a combat I like it because I feel like we have a relationship, when I’m trying to do my hard slap it has a pop to it but when it knows I’m about to bunt it dies for me so I can get great bunts down.

Who always makes you laugh?
My sisters make me laugh all the time it is never a dull moment with us three.

What’s something unusual or different about you that few know?
From kindergarten to third grade I was in a Spanish emersion program and I could speak Spanish better than I could English, but now I can speak “poquito espanol” but I understand it very well.

To someone who’s never been to North Carolina, how would you describe it?
If you want all four seasons in one week this is the place for you. But really North Carolina is a very beautiful state that has a little bit of everything for everyone.  Personally I love Charlotte especially downtown.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take one thing with you, what would it be?
I would take my panda pillow pet. He is my ride or die he listens to me when I need to vent and there to cuddle with me.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world right now, who would it be and why?
Beyoncé because I feel like we are the same person and if I was not playing softball I would probably be the up and coming Beyoncé… with that being said I cant sing or dance lol but I love her music.

Other than family, who’s your hero or someone you look up to most?
I look up to Gabby Douglas, after reading her books she is a prime example of what determination and sacrifice mean especially if you want to accomplish big dreams.





 

http://www.studentsports.com/softball/2014/02/19/daily-update-02-19-14/

Photos by Team Hajer



PLAYER PROFILE: VADA SHERRILL

Vada had committed to Virginia Tech but is now back on the recruiting market.

Vada has Alexander Central poised for another state championship.

Grad Year: 2015
Pos: infielder
High School: Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.)
Club: NC Lady Lightning
Honors: All-State, team won 2013 state title
College: uncommitted

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StudentSportsSoftball.com: We have Alexander Central No. 6 in the nation in our FAB 50 preseason rankings after your team went 33-1 last year.  Having won a state title and so highly ranked, is there a lot of pressure on you or the reverse, a lot of confidence in the team?
Vada Sherrill: I have always lived to play under pressure, but growing up where I have, winning is everything. Being trained under pressure is what is instilled in us here at AC. We have practice jacked up where everything’s fast and hard which makes games easier and slow. But all through everything I put almost more pressure on myself than my dad. I always want to get better than I was the day before and try my best not to be complacent. I take pride in where I come from and how it has shaped me into the physically and mentally tough player I am now. Our expectation is winning the state championship.

 

SSS.com: You play for your father, Monte Sherrill, who’s won 10 state titles at the high level… what was that like growing up and always being around softball and winning programs?
VS: Growing up softball has always been a major part of life. I’ve had the excuse to everything, “Sorry I’ve got softball” routine down pat. Although having my dad as a big part in the reason I started playing softball, I know I would have loved it anyway. Being the bat girl/ manager/ daughter/ and the kid every player babysits, I have loved every second of it. In every picture that we have at home, I am holding up a No. 1 finger. We Sherrills know how to win and how to do it well. Dad’s love of the game has rubbed off on me and we share the thrills of the game. I most definitely proud of my dad for all of his accomplishments and he is truly a hero.

 

Vada says she "couldn't ask for a better coach" than her father.

Vada says she “couldn’t ask for a better coach” than her father.

SSS.com:  Being the coach’s daughter can have its good and bad… explain the ups and downs…
VS: Any player can say that they have been coached the hardest by my dad, but try going home with him! When I get home after a game, I hear the game all over again, play by play. Good points and the ones that can be improved upon. I get hit the hardest balls, get thrown the fastest pitches, gets yelled at the most, and takes the brunt of most mistakes of the team. But, I couldn’t ask for a better coach. He is always the one that has got my back and gives me help at any time. If I ever want to take some BP or just look at my swing on film, he’s already got it hooked up and read to work on.

 

SSS.com:  I saw you at the Diamond9 Classic last November and you dominated on the field making a diving play for an out and then turning a double play… how did you get to be such a good defensive infielder?
VS: I’ve played the game since I could walk. I really feel like God has blessed me with a gift and it took me a long to appreciate the game. I play to my fullest potential but defense is played with an attitude. I don’t think anything can change a game quite like a great defensive play. It takes the momentum out of the opposing hitters and usually carries over to our offense.

 

SSS.com: Most players tend to see club ball as the competitive side and high school ball as being more casual… but playing at Central and for your Dad, do you find it as competitive as club play?
VS: I most definitely feel like my high school ball is as competitive as club ball. The level that we play at is as competitive as any other ball I’ve played. The only difference is the level of competition at the conference and state level of school ball. Club ball has a much larger scale of play. We have such intense games at our high school that are just hard to compare to than in travel ball. I feel like that why our high school intensity has prepared me to be calm under high pressure conditions.

 

SSS.com: On the recruiting side, where are you in the process… have you narrowed it down or are you still pretty open?
VS: As of right now, I am still pretty open. Several SEC schools have expressed interest and I like Georgia, Alabama and others like North Carolina State and Pfeiffer University ( Where my Dad went).  Georgia is appealing because my former teammate, Chelsea Wilkinson, plays there. I think I committed too early to a great ACC school (Virginia Tech) and after much thought and prayer, I just didn’t think it was the best fit for me so now I have to go back to the beginning of the recruiting process.

 

Vada's advice to younger players is you must do everything possible to put yourself in a position to win.

Vada’s advice to younger players is you must do everything possible to put yourself in a position to win.

SSS.com: What are the key aspects you’re looking for in a program?  In other words, what are your priorities (distance, conference, playing time, academics, fit with coaches and players, etc.)?
VS: The key things that I am looking for in a college program are its team atmosphere (as a family), great coaching, relatively close to home (four hours), and having a great Physical Education program.

 

SSS.com: What would be the best piece of advice you’d give younger players coming up in how to succeed in softball on and off the field?
VS: Softball is a sport where you must sacrifice, train, and do everything possible to put yourself in a position to win. You’ve got to play from your heart and have that same go get ’em attitude on and off the field. Softball is a strange game in that it’s you against the pitcher within a team concept. You have to excel at your job to bring victory to the whole team. If you want to excel in softball, give 110 percent and nothing less. Champions aren’t born, they’re made.

 

SSS.com: Describe in one or two sentences what, in your opinion, makes softball such a great sport…
VS: I’m sure other sports that girls play offer their own challenges and difficulty but there is no game as difficult to play as softball. As my dad says, “It’s a game of adversity and whoever overcomes it is a champion.”

 

SSS.com: Of all you’ve accomplished in the sports, what’s been a top memory or two for you in your softball career?
VS: Out of all the ball that I’ve played growing up, my top memory would most definitely have to be my sophomore year at AC. I had just gotten hit by a D1 pitcher and took first base. There was one out, tied score, and in the bottom of the ninth inning. On the first pitch, I stole second. Averi Miller, our third baseman, hit a deep fly in left field. I noticed that the left fielder’s back was fully turned so I tagged up and scored from second to win the conference championship.

 

Quick Hitters

 

What do you want to do post-softball playing career?
Teach P.E. / coach in my county.

Fill in the blank… What separates me from other student-athletes is:_________________
… that I know the little details in the game that can make a difference in success.

What’s one issue in the news that you focus on or care about (and why)?
The weather. Determines whether we’re inside or out for practice (laughs). We live softball around this place. You just have to live here to understand how big softball is here. Softball here is like football at other schools.

Favorite vacation spot:
Mexico

Least favorite chore:
Laundry

What type of bat do you use (and do you like it)?
2004 Anderson Rocketech: It’s an old classic and it’s got a lot of pop to it.

What is one thing or person that’s sure to make you laugh?
My sisters Bailey and Darby or my best friend Cory.

What’s something unusual or different about you that few know?
Not a lot of people know that my middle name is a color, Blue. My dad always tells me I was named after the pitcher for the Oakland A’s in the 70’s, Vida Blue, but actually it’s my great-grandmother’s name.

Being from N.C., what from your state or area would you say you’re most proud of?
My hometown is built around a blue-collar work ethic and we’ve only got one stoplight in Hiddenite. People around here speak to everybody and anybody just like a brother. It’s a lot like the Andy Griffith Show.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take one thing with you, what would it be?
I would take Oreo’s.

What’s your No. 1 goal for 2014?
To win our 9th state championship and get a second ring to wear around.

Do you have a phrase or motto that’s your favorite or something you live by?
In the Bible, Esther 4:14: “For you were made for such a time as this.”

 

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Daily Update 02.21.14   Student Sports Softball.com

Today, our primary focus is on a North Carolina high school team that has won.  And won.  And won.  Try eight state titles with three coming the last five years.  And a colorful coach who’s won 10 North Carolina state titles in his 24 years in the dugout.  Also, we have a letter from a disgruntled Florida softball fan who thinks the state gets short-changed when it comes to the MaxPreps.com All-American teams…

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HIGH SCHOOL PROFILE: ALEXANDER CENTRAL (N.C.)

In our Preseason FAB 50 High School Rankings, we have Alexander Central of Taylorsville, N.C. ranked No. 6 and for good reason—they’ve won eight 4A state titles and are loaded again after going 33-1 last year and winning the third championship in the last five years.

The team is loaded with talent, too, as nine current players have either signed or verballed or have college offers.

Here’s a profile of the team as told by legendary Head Coach Monte Sherill, who has coached 24 seasons and won 10 state titles. 

Coaches, players and parents will want to read closely as his philosophies and approaches have proved to win and may just work for you too!

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At Alexander Central (AC), we take pride in the slogan describing us as the “Biggest Little Softball Town in America.” It’s a speck on a map where seven small North Carolina communities –Taylorsville, Stony Point, Hiddenite, Ellendale, Wittenburg, Bethlehem and Sugarloaf – come together to produce players that love the game of softball.

Our high school softball program is supported like most schools support their football teams. It’s a small place to raise a family where kids dream of putting on our uniform pants that bundle at the shoe, the smear on eye black, the full block caps, and button up cap sleeve jerseys.

The 2013 title-winning Cougars after the championship win.

The 2013 title-winning Cougars after the championship win.

We want and strive to be different at Alexander. Our program is a cross between Vince Lombardi toughness and Dr. Phil’s empowerment of the players.

We expect big things every year at Alexander Central and 2014 is one group very blessed with talent.

With all that being said, our greatest attribute as a team is the “WE ARE AC.”  The terms ‘hard working,’ ‘dedicated,’ ‘passionate,’ etc. are used in most coach’s definitions of some of their players, but every Alexander Central softball player fits not only all these terms, but many more.

In this day and age when a fair percentage of all athletes, and even more parents, in general are selfish and stats watchers, we are “AC True Blue.” The only stat that really matters is the final score.

As an AC born and bred person, I know who we are as a county. We are a county of “Semper Fi” (always faithful) people who believe that it’s a given that we are going to work hard and expect nothing in return.

Our payoff is the satisfaction that we did the right thing. We are a county that just epitomizes self-sacrifice, hard work and dedication to the united cause. Our heritage as a county is why we win in softball. We outwork teams. We out-smart teams. When it comes down to it, our team is our county. WE ARE AC…

Practice is where the rubber meets the road in our program. Practice is built into a no-nonsense, all out, pressure packed, three-plus hours Monday thru Saturday.

The Central field puts some colleges to shame.

The Central field puts some colleges to shame.

Our kids respond to the tough love in the way that kids responded back 40 years ago. The skills and drills that are coached at practice, matched with Marine Corps discipline, have produced a streak that may never be matched in North Carolina sports.

We start each day with a combination of various things to empower our kids. They range from player-lead motivational sessions in our locker room, to former AC players from yesteryear encouraging and building on our tradition, to NASCAR drivers speaking on the small details that separate the champions from the want-to-be-champions, to opposing former high school coaches who once were against our ball club.

Our program is built on the ownership of the players. This empowerment carries over to the field where our seniors, with the help of the coaches, are in charge of the underclassmen’s skill development as well as their learning the way our program runs, on and off the field.

Practice transforms into a different phase of boot camp when our club enters the defensive side of practice, where no mistakes are tolerated without proper instruction and advancement of the skill.

We build intense pressure in practice so that mistakes are made only there “in practice.” We go back to the military training theme of, “the more you sweat in peacetime, the less you bleed in war time.”

The Alexander Central lockers on game day.

The Alexander Central lockers on game day.

In other words, we earn our victories in practice.

No stone is left unturned; we are prepared in every way. Just as I expect my players to adjust, I believe coaches need to continually upgrade their own coaching and empower the kids without losing the ironclad backbone of discipline.

I have learned so much and adjusted my practices from watching practices at Arizona(five years attended Coach Mike Candrea’s clinics), Coach Lu Camper at Georgia, Coach Lisa Navas when she was at NC State, Scot Thomas at Virginia Tech, Tennessee, and more.

I look forward in the near future to coach in college. I love watching college coaches.

My time at Central Cabarrus coaching with Charlie Blackwelder immensely helped me in the short game. I am blessed to have a dedicated staff at AC that stays long hours, knows the nuisances of the game and has a passion to coach at Alexander.

I am blessed to have an unbelievable group of assistant coaches who give of their time and energy. My wife has always been supportive of my passion in softball. I am blessed by the Lord in many ways.

No matter what level of success I have on field or a total in the win column, my greatest victory has been in Jesus Christ. His is the moral compass that I want to follow.

In closing, I love Alexander Central. I bleed it and live it. I am proud to be from AC.

 

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*** Here’s a player-by-player look at the Alexander Central (N.C.) team with comments by Head Coach Monte Sherrill:

— 3B Averi Miller (2014, Lenior Rhyne.)
“Averi really has carried our team at times with her play. She can have some monster at bats and really settled in to be a complete hitter. She hits the ball with a lot of force and to all sides of the field. On defense she reminds me of another great third baseman at AC a few years ago named Kylie Cockrell with her soft hands and sure play. If the ball is hit to third base, the player is out. She has excellent knowledge of the game. One of the best things about Averi is her commitment to continue to get better, evident by her sprint speed improving by .3 on her home to first times. This shows a player who is very good but wants to be great!

Amanda Sports

Amanda Sports

— OF Amanda Sports(2014, King University)
“Amanda is the prime example in that you do not ever know where and when an opportunity may arise. She hit lights out in an Atlanta Legacy summer tournament and hit the jackpot with colleges. Amanda is an incredible young lady and has all the skills you want in a complete player.  I am sure she will have a fantastic senior season and will depend on her to be a force in the batting order. She is very close to being a 5 tool player which is very rare at the HS level. She has speed, 60 mph arm. Great power.

— 1B Bailey Sherrill (2014, uncommitted)
“Bailey has really grown stronger and faster and should be a force at the plate this season. Bailey epitomizes a team player and only cares about the betterment of her team and team mates. She is the glue that binds our team.  I am proud to be her dad. Whether she goes 90 for 90 or 0 for 90 I will be forever be proud of her for the young Christian lady she has become.  She gives every play her very best and that’s what I look for as her coach.  She is solid at first and is very acute at the finer parts of the game. She had one of the best batting averages on the team last year, so I feel confident that she will be a force at the plate and hit with some pop.

— C Christina Krider (2014, Finlandia University)
“Christina does a great job of handling the pitchers and receiving the ball. She has great ‘pop times’ meaning stealing a base against us is a very high risk, so she almost forces the opponent to bunt for an advancement of their runners. This is huge because it gives our defense a free out for teams who need to advance a runner to scoring position.  Christina blocks the ball in the dirt very effectively.  In the State Finals, Christina threw out the tying run trying to steal second in the 5th and 6th innings of the first game, and then picked off a runner off second with no outs in the 1st inning of the second game that proved pivotal. She is a tremendous asset to our team behind the plate.”

— OF Mia Blochaviak  (2014, Erskine College)
“Mia had a great State Championship Series at the plate and made three very fine defensive plays in left field.  Mia is a smart player and knows the small parts of the game that will help her be a great coach later on in life. Her best attribute is she plays the game to her strengths. She does what she does very well, and adapts her game to the weaknesses of the defense at the plate. She is solid defensively and usually positions herself to be the right place at the right time. She can hit for average and has major pop at the plate.”

— OF Alysia Winkler (2014, )
“A true team player and always has a positive attitude. She is a defensive standout and tracks the ball very well, many times catching balls that others would not due to her perfect angles to the catch point. Alysia will always bring a positive outlook and does whatever is expected of her to help the team.”

— 2B/SS Vada Sherrill  (2015, )
“Vada is an exceptional hitter who has a keen eye at the plate. She scored 40 runs last year and I look for much of the same this year. Vada is showing power at the plate. She was clocked by the radar at 2.93 (standing start to 1st base) this fall, which is flying and ran a 2.63 on slap contact. Her arm speed over 60 mph. Tianna and Vada will burn on the bases. I really like her poise under pressure and she is tough, tough, tough. She hates to lose and loves competition.  Vada played rec league football growing up and has a unique ability to hit the ball over the fence from her normal right side or from the left.  It seems Vada has the ability to play her best against the best.  She’s a possible Gatorade POY.”

— OF Tianna Batts (2016, )
“Tianna is a rare player who is very fast with a 2.65 slap to first.  She has elevated her defensive game to have the unique ability to cover her two gaps in the outfield. Last year was a learning year for Tianna and did she ever soak up the info and apply it into her skill set. We have a lot of Alexander Central players who will run into a fence to catch a ball at the fence, but Tianna will run through the fence to catch a ball. She has the drive to excel and The Lord’s gift of talent. Her arm has really improved, so we should be set with the top CF in the State for the next three years. Offensively, Tianna will put the ball in play and must make the defense honor her hard slap. She could hit in the two slot for us, but will probably hit in the nine hole, so we can turn over the batting order and set the table. When on base the question is will not be, ‘Is she going to steal, but when?’”

Bailey Rhoney

Bailey Rhoney

— P/DH Bailey Rhoney   (2015, UNC- Charlotte)
Bailey is clutch on both sides of the ball. She is very strong in every area of the game. She is athletically sound and matches that in being very smart in all parts of the game. I love watch her hit. She has a plan at the plate and can make needed adjustments to outwit pitchers with line drive power to all fields. She has a 26-game hit streak going now and can flat out run. As a pitcher, she continues to improve her game. Pitching is always about adjustments, and using your strong pitches to attack a hitter’s weakness. Bailey understands this and has to hit her spots. She features a hard and slow curve, a very nice rise that will be used a lot this year, a hard screwball and a nice drop.  Bailey has gained strength and muscle mass which will pay dividends on the mound.

— P/DH Kiana Millsaps (2015, Pfeiffer University)
“Kiana was the North Carolina State 4A Pitcher of the year with a 24-0 campaign in 2013. She has advanced into a top flight pitcher and was highly effective last year due to her placement and spin count on her drop ball. While she did not strike out a lot of hitters, no one hit the ball hard against her. Hitters usually beat the ball into the ground and into the teeth or strength of our defense. At one point last year, on average Kiana was forcing 8 of 10 hitters to hit soft grounders to our infield. At the plate, Kiana is a beast!  When she gets pitches in her wheelhouse, she is as strong as any hitter in the state with enormous power to all fields. In the off-season, she has really worked hard on her sprint speed. She will have a banner year on both sides of the ball for us.”

— MIF/C Makenzie Pennell (2017, uncommitted)
“Makenzie throws over 60 mph and this kid will not back down from any ball hit. She is fearless and her toughness is exceptional. ‘Mak’ is going to be a great hitter and continues to impress the coaches. Some kids are just meant to be ball players and Makenzie is one of them!”

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More from Coach Sherill on the 2014 team…

Regarding this year’s team, we have so many weapons to throw at the opponent. This squad may be one of the fastest teams I have ever coached as a unit, so we should really be a threat to run any player on the bases. A few obvious players have exceptional speed. Defense should be another real strong point with so many players returning to their positions, but I am really excited about Tianna Batts in centerfield. She is a two gap player and will allow our corner outfielders to play closer to the lines so it will be hard to find a fly ball that does not catch leather.

Let’s talk hitting: our 399 hits as a team last season was a state record. The best part about that was we were going head to head against the best pitchers and teams in the State in the old NW 3A/4A conference.

Our toughest games of the year were our conference games. We are rock solid with our sticks in the lineup and have the unique ability to rollover our lineup on teams.

Alexander Central NC softball poses with a blackhawk combat helicopter.

Alexander Central NC softball poses with a blackhawk combat helicopter.

After the first pitch is thrown, most people would not be able to tell the top or the bottom of our order, there are only quality hitters who can hit with power to all fields and attack with speed.

We use the Rightview Pro System Analysis which I feel like really helps our kids fine turn their technique. We go to the plate with an attitude that we are great hitters based on the knowledge we streamline our swings to maximize the bat speed at the contact point.

We teach to load the backside and push forward with a hard linear move before transferring the swing into a rotational phrase. We try our very best to tweak our swings of the incoming freshman rather than rebuild. We want to always build on the positive.

We are definitely of the Pat Murphy philosophy of YES, YES, YES, No on our aggression on pitches. We are in the box to hit and if the pitcher leaves anything on the plate, we will hit it in the screws. We take hitting personal and want to have quality at bats.

Each player who hits receives an overall grade for the at-bat. We take into consideration the angle of the ball off the bat, the placement of that contact on the sweet spot of the bat, along with added/subtraction of points based on the overall quality of the pitch selection. Each at bat serves as an overall indicator of what the hitter’s quality at bat is. Batting averages mean nothing. We want to hit the ball hard!

Everyone knows that the game starts in the circle. In the circle, we will have the combo of Kiana Millsaps and Bailey Rhoney. It’s hard to beat one being 24-0 / NC 4A Pitcher of the Year and the other being the State Championship MVP, so we are definitely strong in this area. We teach the 6/12 rise that the famous “King and His Court” star Eddie Feigler threw in his barnstorming days and Coach Robby Wilkinson has perfected a great off speed pitch that gets hitters on their foot plus changes in planes.

In the battery, Christina Krider will start behind the plate with Mackenzie Pennell also seeing some time there. Catching is such a critical spot on our team, because we work so many sections in the hitter’s zone. Christina is a great receiver of balls in the dirt and has a strong arm behind the plate.  Like I said earlier, her ability to throw our runners will force the opposition to bunt the runners into scoring position.

Our middle infield is the best in the state in a variety of ways with Taylor and Vada. Looking back to last year’s stats, they had 100 and 107 assists respectively and that is amazing stats in itself.  They both have great range and are smooth fielders with strong arms.

On offense, they have lead our team in many of the statistical categories, but one that stands out is that the two combined have scored over 150 runs in the last two years. They will be difference makers on our team and are interchangeable.  Our solid corners will have Bailey Sherrill at 1st and Averi Miller at 3rd. Bailey has soft hands and is very good at catching balls in the dirt. Averi is one of the most solid third baseman there is in the South East. Both hitters have power and can hit for average.

Amanda Sports, Tianna Batts, Alysia Winkler and Mia Blochaviak will fill the outfield spots. As a group, very few teams can match this group as they are strong defensively and are solid hitters. Like I said earlier, Tianna gives us an opportunity to play 2 steps closer to the line than we have in the past with her speed. A great thing is we have speed in the corner outfielders as well as all of them getting great jumps on tracking the ball.





MaxPreps 2014 Top 100 Preseason National Softball Rankings

Pacifica (Garden Grove, Calif.) lost a lot to graduation, but returnees are impressive enough to earn the top spot.


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This is AC Senior  Mia Blochaviak on the Website All Sports Cover Page. 
See which softball squads we have picked as the top 100 in the nation.
Though it graduated seven players to the college ranks, Pacifica (Garden Grove, Calif.) opens the 2014 softball season atop the Maxpreps Xcellent 25 Softball Rankings, which are extended to 100 to start things off.

Seven seems like a lot, but the 2013 roster had 13 players who had signed or committed to colleges and six return, including a pair of MaxPreps All-American pitchers – Kaylee Carlson and Kaley Winegarner – who have signed with D-1 schools.

With Stanford commit Winegarner injured must of the season, Carlson picked up the slack and won 19 of 20 decisions. She is 55-6 with an 0.78 ERA in her three seasons at Pacifica.

A healthy Winegarner is, simply put, bad news for opponents. As a freshman, she was the Empire League Pitcher of the Year and a MaxPreps All-American.

In addition to the pitchers, Pacifica returns five other all-league players including Florida signee Nicole DeWitt, considered by many to be the top prep senior infielder. Pacifica enters the season with 19 wins in its final 20 games, as the streak-ending loss was to Norco in the CIF Southern Section semifinals (3-2 in 10 innings).

Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.) gets the No. 2 nod in the season-opening poll. Coach Monte Sherrill said his team is "Strong and athletic at every position defensively." 

Alexander Central, 34-1 a year ago, has won three of the last five state 4A titles and in 2013 set a state record for hits in a season with 399.  

Amador Valley (Pleasanton, Calif.) started 2013 at No. 1, but lost early in the postseason. However, the Dons are loaded with eight returning starters, including pitcher Joanna Grauer, who has signed with UCLA and pitched last summer for Sweden's national team.

Following those three are many teams with plans to climb the ladder, including 2014 unbeatens Greenwood (Bowling Green, Ky.), Hoover (North Canton, Ohio) and 2013 MaxPreps national champion Northern (Owings, Md).

Greenwood (No. 4) returns all but one starter from a year ago when it won a state-record 44 times. Coach Penny Reece says the team is even stronger this time around. Hoover (No. 7) returns infielder Jenna Lilley and pitcher Tara Thatcher with a plan to extend its 34-game winning streak. Northern (No. 10) will rely on the arm of senior Jess Cummings, who was 22-0 last season and did not allow an earned run.

See last year's final MaxPreps Computer Rankings and also the final MaxPreps Xcellent 25.

MaxPreps 2014 Preseason Xcellent 100 Softball Rankings

Photo by Heston Quan
Kaylee Carlson, Pacifica

No. 1 (No. 33 in final 2013 poll) Pacifica (Garden Grove, Calif.), 27-6
Pacifica won 19 of its last 20 games and reached the CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinals. Though the Mariners lost seven players to college softball, they return future college players Nicole DeWitt (.490, 26 RBIs, who has signed with Florida), Faith Canfield (.345, 21 RBIs, Michigan) and a pair of D-1 pitchers in Kaylee Carlson (19-1, 138 strikeouts, 0.62 ERA, North Carolina) and Kaley Winegarner (4-5, 1.65 ERA, Stanford), who was injured much of last season. Nicole Wise and junior Brooke Marquez, who were second team all-Empire League choices, also return.

2. (8) Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.), 34-1
Central won the 4A state title in 2013 and lost just one senior, a non-starter. All starters return, including seven all-state players – State 4A Pitcher of the Year Kiana Millsaps (24-0), infielder Vada Blue Sherrill (finalist for state Gatorade POY), pitcher Bailey Rhoney (4A State Finals Series MVP, who had a 26-game hitting streak and was 9-1 on the mound), outfielders Amanda Sports and Averi Miller,  and speedy outfielder Tianna Batts

3. (61) Amador Valley (Pleasanton, Calif.), 24-3

Amador Valley lost one senior starter and returns a complete infield, starting catcher and possibly the best pitcher on any team. When that pitcher is senior Johanna Grauer, good things will follow. Grauer was 22-2 with an 0.08 ERA and 274 strikeouts in 152 innings. She allowed just 39 hits last season. Other key returnees are catcher Victoria Molina, infielders Ashley Lotosynski and Malory Masajlo and outfielders Nicole Yozzo, Hanna Moreno and Jazzy Perez – all seniors.



 
Note of Thanks
Alexander Central / Monte Sherrill wants to send a sincere "THANKS" to Coach Charlie Blackwelder of the Carolina Cobras. Charlie has given of his time and money to help many players over the years develop into fine ball players. Every starter on the AC team since 2010 has played under Charlie at some point in time. He is a fine man of character and huge supporter of Alexander Central Softball.  Thanks for coaching our kids over the years. You are First Class!

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THE SOFTBALL FACTORY
In the last 10 Years, 33 Players have went on to play in College.
9 current players either have signed National Letters of Intent, have verbal commitments or have offers!

 
Honoring our Dedicated Tradition to God, Country, Community and Team


Alexander Central's Home Field
Central Park





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                                                              recognized as the best in the Southeast

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Head coach Jaqueline Sheftz and assistant coaches Erica Christopher and Kelley Larsen of Masuk High School (CT) have been selected as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s National High School Coaching Staff of the Year the Association announced on Monday. 

The Panthers completed the campaign with a perfect 27-0 overall record, winning the 2013 Class “L” Connecticut State Championship and the 2013 South-West Colonial Division Conference crown (7-0 over Lauralton Hall) while finishing the year as the unanimous No. 1 ranked team in both Connecticut high school softball polls. 

 Regional winners for this season were:

SOUTH REGION - Alexander Central High School (NC)

Head Coach: Monte Sherrill -- Assistant Coaches: Darrell Adkins, Josh Bumgarner, Terry Waugh, Randy Elder & Robby Wilkinson

Despite graduating a four-time All-American and three other all-area players from 2012, the Alexander Central H.S. 2013 squad (only had one senior) won the school’s third state championship in five seasons and eighth overall in school history at 33-1 overall as well as Sherrill’s 24th conference title in 24 years at the helm while also setting the state record for single-season hits with 399…Won 31 straight games to end the campaign.


8X Time 4A Champions
                                    
                            2013 State 4A Champions

2011 STATE 4A CHAMPIONS
2009 STATE 4A CHAMPIONS


Alexander Central was Proud to have hosted on the Best High School Field
Georgia Bulldogs vs UNC Tarheels
on Sept 22nd 2013 at AC"s Central Park





2013 NC AAAA Softball Championship Tournament

Alexander Captures 33rd 
Conference Championship!  

 Final USA Today/NFCA High School Top 25 Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – At No. 1 for the 10th consecutive week, Northern (Md.) finished in the top spot in the final USA Today/NFCA High School Top 25 poll of the 2013 campaign as released by the Association on Thursday. The Patriots secured the Maryland 3A state title for the sixth time in a row.

John Curtis (La.) won the Louisiana 2A state crown and suffered only one loss all season in finishing nationally in the second position. No. 3 Logan (Calif.) took the trophy for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) North Coast Section Division I, completing the year with a 26-1 record.

Alexander Central (N.C.) climbed one slot into fourth in the final rankings after winning the North Carolina 4A state title. Rounding out the top five for the season was Bishop O’Connell (Va.), which won the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I title.

Rankings

Rank Team Record Points Previous
1 Northern (MD) 23-0 1
2 John Curtis (LA) 32-1 2
3 Logan (CA) 26-1 3
4 Alexander Central (NC) 33-1 5
5 Bishop O'Connell (VA) 30-1 4
6 Lake City (ID) 28-0 6
7 Mission Viejo (CA) 26-2 7
8 Amador Valley (CA) 22-3 10
9 Sunrise Mountain (AZ) 36-1 11
10 Greenwood (KY) 44-0 13
11 North Canton (OH) 34-0 15
12 North Medford (OR) 29-2 14
13 Woodinville (WA) 22-1 8
14 Coronado (TX) 34-3 9
15 Immaculate Heart (NJ) 31-2 12
16 Arch Bishop Mitty (CA) 27-1 16
17 Las Cruces (NM) 30-1 18
18 El Diamante (CA) 28-2-1 17
19 Vintage (CA) 34-1 20
20 Connell (WA) 27-0 19
21 Olathe East (KS) 24-1 22
22 Glencoe (OR) 31-2 21
23 Boiling Springs (SC) 33-1 25
24 Barrington (IL) 36-2 23
25 Milford (MA) 24-1

WE ARE 
ALEXANDER CENTRAL FASTPITCH

2013 All Region District 7
 Brooke Sharpe,  Christina Krider, Kiana Millsaps, Vada Sherrill,   Amanda Sports, 
Bailey Rhoney,   Averi Miller,   Mia Blochaviak,  Taylor Wike
All State
All State - Kiana Millsaps, Taylor Wike, Averi Miller, Vada Sherrill, Mia Blochaviak, Amanda Sports, Bailey Rhoney


Coach Monte Sherrill Records

Sherrill Facts

(724-59) 25th year
 

Monte Sherrill's 25th 
Conference Title 
in 25 seasons
*25 Seasons with at least 22 victories
*Coached teams that have won 55 percent of the State Titles in the last 11 years
2004  CCHS
2005 CCHS
2009 ACHS
2011  ACHS
2013 ACHS
2014 ACHS
* Of the last 18 teams he has coached at Alexander Central, Coach Sherrill's teams have been in the 
State Finals 11 times  1991, 1994,1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014.
*Of the last 23 seasons as a Head HS Coach, His clubs have been in the State Finals 13 Times  and won  10 State Titles 


Coach Sherrill  1989-2013  Yearly Records

1989    AC       Conference Champs  -Slow Pitch                24-3                 3rd round         2-1

 1990    AC       Conference Champs  -Slow Pitch                  25-2                 3rd round         2-1

 1991    AC       Conference Champs  -Slow Pitch                  28-4     State Champs      6-1

 1992    AC       Conference Champs  -Slow Pitch                  26-1                 3rd round         2-1

 1993    AC       Conference Champs  -Slow Pitch                  24-3                 2nd round         1-1

 1994    AC       Conference Champs  -Slow Pitch                  31-1     State Champs      6-1

 1995    AC       Conference Champs  -Slow Pitch                  31-1     State Champs      6-0

Played fast pitch also ,but no conference teams                  11-1                                         1-1

 1996    AC       Conference Champs  -Slow Pitch                  21-1                 3rd round         2-1

                        And   ( Seasons were combined- Played slow and fast on same days..)

 1996    AC       Conference Champs  -FastPitch                   22-1     State Champs      4-1

            Ranked 17th Nationally

 1997    AC       Conference Champs  -FastPitch                   26-2                 2nd round         1-1

 1998    AC       Conference Champs  -FastPitch                   24-1                 3rd round         2-1      

 1999    AC       Conference Champs  -FastPitch                   26-6     State Finals                        5-2

 2000    AC       Conference Champs  -FastPitch                   25-5     State Finals                     4-2

            Ranked #23 Nationally

 2001    AC       Conference Champs  -FastPitch                   25-7     State Finals                        5-2

2002    AC       Conference Champs  -FastPitch                   23-4                 3rd round         2-1

2004    CC       Conference Champs  -FastPitch                   32-1     State Champs      6-0

            Final National USA Today NFCA Poll  #9

2005    CC       Conference Champs  -FastPitch                   32-0     State Champs      6-0

            Final National USA Today NFCA Poll  #2

2006    CC       Conference Champs  -FastPitch                   27-1                 2nd round        1-1

            Final National USA Today NFCA Poll  #4     Stayed at No#1 for 7 weeks

2007    CC       Conference Champs  -FastPitch                   28-1                 3rd round         2-1

            Final National USA Today NFCA Poll  #12

2008   AC       Conference Champs  FastPitch                    22-5                 Playoffs           0-1

2009    AC       Conference Champs  FastPitch                    31-1     State Champs     7-0

            Final National USA Today NFCA Poll  #4

            NC State Games – WEST Seniors- Gold Medal        2-0 Record

2010    AC       Conference Champs Fastpitch                      27-2                 3rd Round       2-1

            Final National USA Today NFCA Poll  #21

2011    AC       Conference Champs  FastPitch                    31-2     State Champs     7-1

            Final National USA Today NFCA Poll  #4  

            NC State Games – Gold Medal for Region 7  1st ever-    4-0 Record

2012    AC       Conference Champs  FastPitch                    28-2                 4th Round        3-1

            Final National USA Today NFCA Poll  #12

            Ranked no#1 in the Country at two different times in the year.

2013  AC        Conference Champs      33-1    State Champs         8-0 

            Final National USA Today NFCA Poll #4 

2014  Conference  and State 4A Champions   35-0                       Final National Ranking #1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

25 Years-    25 Conference Championships

10 State Titles – 3 Time Runner-up  724-59     ( .924%)












2013 Conf Tournament vs Saint.wmv


Conference Championship vs FT Foard.wmv






Alexander Central Varsity Softball
Front Row
Vada Sherrill, Tianna Batts, Mia Blochaviak, Alysia Winkler
Back Row
Taylor Wike, Bailey Rhoney, Brooke Sharpe, Averi Miller, Amanda Sports, Bailey Sherrill, Kiana Millsaps, Christina Krider

2013 Season Scores





Alexander Central- The Tradition of Excellence Continues....

2012 -Ranked No#1 in the Nation for wt GPA in HS     4.31                                                                                                      

2011 - National HS Field of the Year                                                                                                                                                                         

2012 - AC was ranked NO#1 in the Nation at two separate times during the Season ( MAX Preps)          Coach Sherrill's Team have been ranked in the top 25 in the Nation 8 of the last 9 seasons..

NFCA Announces 2012 Top 10 All-Academic Team Rankings



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Division I’s Robert Morris University registered a 3.609 team grade point average (GPA) during the 2011-2012 academic year to lead all colleges in the 2012 NFCA Top 10 All-Academic Team Rankings.

In the high school categories, Alexander Central High School (N.C.) nabbed top honors among programs with weighted GPAs via a 4.300 GPA.

Listed below are the top 10 teams in each of the seven categories (NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA; all junior college divisions; weighted high schools and non-weighted high schools).For a complete listing of all team GPAs, please go to the 2011-12 NFCA Scholar Athlete Home Page at: https://www.nfca.org/index.php/news/135/4970-12-scholar-athlete-homepage

High School (weighted)

1. Alexander Central High School (N.C.) – 4.300, 2. Cambridge Christian School (Fla.) – 4.296, 3. West Chester East High School (Pa.) – 4.231, 4. Washburn Rural High School (Kan.) – 4.180, 5. Shawnee Mission East High School (Kan.) – 4.166, 6. Lincoln Southwest High School (Neb.) – 4.093, 7. Papillion-LaVista High School (Neb.) – 4.080, 8. Blythewood High School (S.C.) – 3.935, 9. Elysian Fields High School (Texas) – 3.920, 10. Holly Hill Academy (S.C.) – 3.914

 

  2014 Coaches  and Support Personel   
Monte Sherrill  689-59 record in 24 seasons/ 24 Conference Titles
Darrell Adkins- Catchers  - 6th Season in Softball after spending 10 in Baseball
Robby Wilkinson - Pitchers - AC  for 2 Yrs. 10 Years Travel Ball
Terry Waugh -Middle Infielders -AC for 3 years,West Iredell assist for 5 years,travel ball 10 years.
Megan Laxton - Pitchers and Outfielders
Brittany Loudermilt - Corners
Randy Elder - Director of Softball Operations - Field work - Game Scorekeeper
Justin Watson - Manager
Lina Hajer - Media
Jonathan Watts - PA and Sports Information Director
Kylie Cockrell Hamby - Stats - Games only
Terry Batts- Video
Nick Bazzle - Director of Softball
Steve Parks - Man in charge- Grandpa if needed
2014 Central Park Field Supervisors  - Wes Ingle and Peanut White

Special Thanks to Kendall Sipe, Eddie Inman and Dale Fox for all the hours they put into making our field 1st Class.

 


 


 
My how time flys... This video was made 7 years ago when they ( my daughters Bailey -a Senior now, and Vada, a Jr now with Darby in the background)  played 10U for Alexander Gold. It seems only yesterday I was watching the girls make this video for Coach Kylie. The girls were already looking forward to the day to play for AC. Watch Bailey nudge Vada when she Vada speaks about me being tough on them. Its a classic and still goes on today in the truck rides home. :) 

a look back......

 

Conference Tournament Finals

Alexander Central defeated St Stephens in a well played thriller at Central Park to win the NW Conference Tournament. Best Wishes to St Stephens in the Playoffs. St Stephens has a 1st class team and group of coaches.





Coach Sherrill's teams have now won 25 straight Conference 

Championships and won at least 22 games in each of the 25 years

   


Alexander Central Softball Record

Varsity  - Overall 28-2    
Junior Varsity   Overall 16-0
3rd straight JV undefeated Season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
32nd Conference Title!!!!!!
"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, But by what you should accomplish with your ability."

 

 


Chelsea Wilkinson

2013 SEC ALL Freshman Team

2013 SEC All Tournament Team

Beat Texas A & M, LSU, South Carolina and Florida on 4 straight weekends


Chelsea Wilkinson signs to play for Georgia Bulldogs
Lauren Elder signs to play for Lenoir Rhyne University

 

ihigh.com web interview with #20

 
 
 
 
 
 

Softball Rankings:

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CENTRAL PARK WINS 2010 FIELD OF THE YEAR

CONGRATULATIONS
TO EVERYONE
WHO CONTRIBUTES TO THE
    CONTINUED
SUCCESS
OF

ALEXANDER CENTRAL FASTPITCH!
 

NFCA OFFICAL PRESS RELEASE

National Fastpitch Coaches Association

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NFCA & Stabilizer Solutions Announce 2010 Field Maintenance Awards
December 3, 2010

 

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The NFCA and Stabilizer Solutions, the official playing surface of the NFCA, are pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 Stabilizer Solutions/NFCA Field Maintenance awards.

 

Awards were presented in five different categories this year: Division I, Division II, Division III, Junior College and High School. Winners will be recognized at the general business meeting of the 2010 NFCA Convention on December 8 at the San Diego Marriott & Marina in San Diego, Calif.

 

The winners of the 2010 Stabilizer Solutions/NFCA Field Maintenance awards are:

 

Division I

University of Alabama

John & Ann Rhoads Softball Complex

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Groundskeepers: Chris Hildreth & Crew

 

Division II

Columbus State University

Cougar Field

Columbus, Ga.

Head Coach: Brad Huskisson

 

Division III

Wellesley College

Wellesley College Softball Field

Wellesley, Mass

Groundskeepers: John Ponti & Bobby Allen

 

Junior College

Bakersfield College

Dean & Adah Gay Sports Complex

Bakersfield, Calif.

Groundskeeper: Patrick Cornejo

 

High School

Alexander Central High School

Central Park

Taylorsville, N.C.

Groundskeepers: Monte Sherrill, Kendal Sipe & Burpee Wike

 
 
 





Softball Magazine Article by Donny Pennell

 

Head Coach Monte Sherrill
Assistant Coach Darrell Adkins

 
 
CLASS OF 2009 & 2011 & 2013 ~  WE  ARE  STATE  CHAMPIONS

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