Alexander Central Record 2015
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
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:
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 2014IF - Vada Sherrill, Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.), JuniorThe 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
1st Team -
Jr. Vada Sherill Alexander Central (Taylorsville,
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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!
Alexander Central HS
Head Softball Coach
8 TIME--4A Softball Champions
PLAYER PROFILE: TIANNA BATTS
Tianna has a 4.2 GPA.
Grad Year: 2016
High School: Alexander Central (Taylorsville,
GPA: 4.2 GPA
Lightning Gold Elite
Honors: National Beta Club Society, NFCA All
American Scholar Athlete
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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!
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
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?
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
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
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?
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
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
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.
Photos by Team Hajer
PLAYER PROFILE: VADA SHERRILL
Vada has Alexander Central poised for another state championship.
Grad Year: 2015
High School: Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.)
Club: NC Lady Lightning
Honors: All-State, team won 2013 state title
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.
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.
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.
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:
Least favorite chore:
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
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!
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
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
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
The Central field puts some colleges to
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.
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
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
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.
*** 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!
— 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
— 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!”
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
Alexander Central NC softball poses with a blackhawk
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
MaxPreps 2014 Top 100 Preseason National Softball
Pacifica (Garden Grove, Calif.) lost a lot to
graduation, but returnees are impressive enough to earn the top spot.
Photo by MaxPreps Photographers/Graphic by
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.
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.
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.
last year's final MaxPreps Computer Rankings
and also the final MaxPreps Xcellent 25
MaxPreps 2014 Preseason Xcellent 100
No. 1 (No. 33 in final 2013 poll)
Pacifica (Garden Grove, Calif.), 27-6
Photo by Heston Quan
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.),
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
(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
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
Alexander Central Staff
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
Alexander Captures 33rd
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.
||John Curtis (LA)
||Alexander Central (NC)
||Bishop O'Connell (VA)
||Lake City (ID)
||Mission Viejo (CA)
||Amador Valley (CA)
||Sunrise Mountain (AZ)
||North Canton (OH)
||North Medford (OR)
||Immaculate Heart (NJ)
||Arch Bishop Mitty (CA)
||Las Cruces (NM)
||El Diamante (CA)
||Olathe East (KS)
||Boiling Springs (SC)
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 - Kiana Millsaps, Taylor Wike, Averi Miller, Vada Sherrill, Mia Blochaviak, Amanda Sports, Bailey Rhoney
Alexander Central Varsity Softball
Vada Sherrill, Tianna Batts, Mia Blochaviak, Alysia Winkler
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. :)
Coach Sherrill's teams have now won 25 straight Conference
Championships and won at least 22 games in each of the 25 years
"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, But by what you should accomplish with your ability."
2013 SEC ALL Freshman Team
2013 SEC All Tournament Team
Beat Texas A & M, LSU, South Carolina and Florida on 4 straight weekends
Head Coach Monte Sherrill
Assistant Coach Darrell Adkins
CLASS OF 2009 & 2011 & 2013 ~ WE ARE STATE CHAMPIONS
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