Cahoon leaves diamond with diamond
Published 1:30 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2009
By By KEVIN TRAVIS, Sports Editor
Kat Cahoon certainly had a memorable weekend.
The former standout at Columbia High School, who is a senior outfielder at Mount Olive College, was honored along with her classmates during Senior Day festivities Sunday. Besides getting roses and balloons, Cahoon also walked off the diamond with a diamond. She was proposed to on the field by boyfriend Andrew Alphin. Cahoon said “yes.”
The senior is having a stellar senior season. She is hitting a team-best .413 with seven RBIs. Cahoon has scored a team-high 30 runs and has a team-best 10 stolen bases. Her 43 hits lead the Trojans. Cahoon, who was selected as the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas softball Player of the Week last week, extended her hitting streak to 10 game. She narrowly missed batting 1.000 for the week, going 8-for-8 before being retired in her final two at-bats. Along with an .800 batting average for the week, Cahoon reached safely 12 times in 15 plate appearances in the Trojans’ four games.
Meredith Knox, a former star at Washington High School, is playing at Anderson University. Knox is hitting .336 with five home runs and 19 RBIs. She has scored 24 runs and stolen three bases.
Nicole Jordan, a former standout at Jamesville High School, is playing with the East Carolina Lady Pirates. She is 0-for-6 with an RBI on the season.
Dominique Mills, a former standout at Williamston High School, is playing at Fayetteville State. Mills is hitting .304 and has scored a team-best 24 runs. She also has a home run, 16 RBIs and seven stolen bases.
Donecia Ebron, a former standout at Northside High School, is playing at Fayetteville State. Ebron is hitting .286 and has scored nine runs. She also has one stolen base.
Tiffany Frey, a former standout at Jamesville High School, is playing at Pitt Community College. The freshman has been sidelined with a broken ankle. Frey is hitting .200 (2 for 10) with three RBIs, two stolen bases and a run scored.
Lauren Rodriguez, a former standout at Northside High School, is playing at Campbell. The freshman has been sidelined with a broken leg.
Trent Whitehead, a former star at Washington High School, is playing with the East Carolina Pirates. The sophomore is hitting a team-best .438 with two homers, 23 RBIs and 39 runs scored. Whitehead has 12 doubles and two triples among his team-high 56 hits. He also has four stolen bases. Whitehead was named the team’s Hitter-of-the-Week after helping the Pirates to a perfect 5-0 week ,which included wins over in-state rivals Elon and N.C. State as well as its second C-USA sweep and third league series win of the year (UAB). He batted .476 (10-for-21) on the week with two home runs, seven RBIs and scored 10 runs, collecting at least one hit in all five games to push his current hitting streak to six games. Whitehead recorded multi-hit games in four of the five games with a weekly high of three base knocks against N.C. State. Against the Wolfpack, he went 3-for-6 with a career-high two home runs (3-run shot and 2-run shot) and a career-best five RBIs with three runs scored. He has recorded 24 career multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games. Whitehead led the Pirates on the week in batting average (.476), on-base percentage (.538), slugging percentage (.905), hits (10), runs (10) and doubles (3). Hurrently leads ECU and C-USA in average (.438) and hits (56), while also ranking among the national leaders.
Britton Cole, a former standout at Pitt Community College who is from Chocowinity, is playing with the East Carolina Pirates. The senior has pitched one inning, giving up one hit and striking out one.
Styron Barfield, a former standout at Williamston High School, is a pitcher at Elizabeth City. He is 4-6 with an 5.90 ERA on the year. Barfield has struck out 43 and walked 23 in 61 innings. Barfield is also 1-2 with two RBIs at the plate. Barfield has made nine starts and has five complete games to his credit.
Josh Woolard, a former standout at Washington High School, is playing at Lenoir Community College. Woolard (0-0, 0.79 ERA) has appeared in five games and given up one run on six hits in 11 1/3 innings of work. He has three strikeouts and three walks.
Alan Swain, a former star at Washington High School, is playing at Lenoir Community College. Swain (1-0, 4.62 ERA) has appeared in six games and given up six runs on 11 hits in 11 2/3 innings. He has six strikeouts and four walks.
Ryan Zimmerman, a Washington native, is playing with the Washington Nationals. He hit .283 with 14 homers and 51 RBIs last season.
Lauren Allen, a former star at Washington High School, is playing at Peace College. Allen is 5-8 in doubles play and 4-7 in singles play. The freshman has won her last two singles matches.
Jamont Jones, a former star at Washington High School, is competing at Lenoir-Rhyne.
Jessica Rogers, a former standout at Washington High School, is competing at North Carolina A&T.
Gina Valenti, a former star at Washington High School, is competing at Lees-McRae.
Derek Joyner, a former standout at Terra Ceia, is competing at Pitt Community College.
Damien Wilkins is averaging 5.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.6 steals and per game for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Elton Coffield, a former star at Williamston High School, is averaging 19.9 points with the BSW Sixers (Germany).
Ralph Biggs, a Washington native, is playing with Ural Great Perm (Russia). He is averaging 10.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
Joe Barber, a former standout at Terra Ceia College, is averaging 10.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists with the Sendai 89ers (Japan).
Know of any other area athletes competing in college? E-mail sports editor Kevin Travis at Kevin@wdnweb.com.