Washington student-athletes invited to High School OT Awards

Published 5:05 pm Monday, June 17, 2019

RALEIGH — Two Washington Pam Pack athletes were finalist for High School OT awards in their respective categories, Pam Pack soccer star Lilly Frances Lobos and starting pitcher on the softball team, Abbigail Tucker, took off to the Raleigh for the High School OT Honors awards show on Saturday evening.

Nearly 60,000 votes were cast for the best high school athletes in central and eastern North Carolina to give out 41 total awards. Finalists from 81 schools from 27 different counties were invited. Of those invited, two Beaufort County and Washington High School girls were in attendance.

The athletes were treated to foods such as hushpuppies filled with pulled pork and injected with sauce, as well as cookies and other finger foods. All the athletes dressed up nicely and took photos on a red carpet style set.

Lobos and Tucker — a tandem on their schools doubles tennis team — on Saturday went to the awards together, but as representatives for their other sports.

Lobos, has come on to the scene for the Lady Pam Pack soccer team and has dominated her competition. She accounted for 57 goals in her sophomore campaign, nine goals more than her 48 goals she scored in her freshman season. She’s also tallied 36 assists in her career (24 in her freshman year, 12 as a sophomore). Lobos also broke the school record for goals in a season and in a career (105) for boys or girls soccer at Washington. She was in the running for the best female soccer player of the year in the state of North Carolina.

“It was really fun,” Lobos said about her trip to the High School OT honors ceremony. “We got to meet a lot of new people there and the food was great. Overall I’d say it was a great experience.”

Tucker on the other hand, had a stellar season pitching and at the plate for the Lady Pam Pack.

In 22 starts from the circle, Tucker posted a 19-1 record with two no-decisions. In 135 innings pitched, she struck out 173 batters and only surrendered 16 walks. She accumulated a 1.04 ERA on the season as a junior. Her opponents batted a modest .146 on the season against her.

At the plate, she collected a .333 batting average on the season with 18 RBIs and 17 runs scored; helping lead her team to the fourth round of the NCHSAA State playoffs this past year. Tucker was a nomination for the best softball player in the state of North Carolina.

Tucker and Lobos will have another chance at reaching the awards show again next year, as Tucker will be a senior and Lobos a junior for the 2019-20 school year.

Michael Lobos was able to attend the event with his daughter and was blown away by all the athletes and the setting in Raleigh.

“We felt very blessed just for being there,” Michael Lobos said. “Just the fact that (Lilly Frances) was invited means that she’s a winner.”