Five Raiders make spring All-State teams

Published 4:35 pm Monday, May 30, 2022

Sophomore Katie Baxter helped the Raiders first-year program win the conference title and advance to the second round of the state playoffs. (Submitted)

Pungo Christian Academy had five athletes selected to NCISAA All-State Teams in three different spring sports.

Junior Reagan Stoop made her fifth consecutive appearance on the NCISAA 1A Softball All-State team. Stoop has been on the All-State squad since seventh grade. She finished the year with a .604 batting average with 29 hits and 29 RBI. She made 23 appearances on the mound, going 20-3 with an 0.38 ERA and 173 strikeouts.

Sophomore Melanie Rutledge made her fourth consecutive All-State appearance for softball. Rutledge has also earned All-State honors since seventh grade. She batted .500 with 27 hits and 31 RBI.

Freshman Emma Hanna made her first appearance on the softball All- State team. She finished with a .468 batting average to go along with 22 hits and 13 RBI.

The Lady Raiders won the Tar Heel Independent conference championship with a 7-1 record and battled Cape Fear Academy to the last batter of the three-game state tournament final before falling by one run.

Sophomore Katie Baxter made her second consecutive appearance on the NCISAA 1A Girls Soccer All-State team. She led the Raiders in goals and assist, scoring 26 times and setting up 18 more.

Baxter transferred from Christ Covenant School in Winterville and helped the first-year Raiders program to a conference title after a 1-4 start. PCA finished 8-1 in the league and 12-6 overall with a trip to the second round of the state playoffs.

Junior Sam Warren made his first appearance on the NCISAA 1A Boys All-State golf team with a ninth place finish in this year’s state tournament.