HICKORY — The Watauga girls’ soccer team placed three players on the All-Northwestern Conference team.
Pitcher Jada Wilson, third baseman Sam Reese and second baseman Taylor Lipford were all named all-conference, which was released June 3. Watauga finished fourth in the NWC with a 7-7 league mark, 10-11 overall. The Pioneers reached the state 3-A tournament, but lost to Crest in the first round.
Wilson, who signed to play college softball at Caldwell Community College, finished the season hitting with .318 with a team-high four home runs and seven doubles, the second highest on the team.
Wilson was also the Pioneers ace on the mound, where she was a four-year starter. She finished the season with an ERA of 2.03, a 9-10 record and with 116 strikeouts. She gave up 30 earned runs and walked 52 batters.
Lipford, a junior, hit .317 in 2019 with two triples, five doubles and 11 RBIs. Lipford also had a fielding percentage of .917, making just seven errors in 84 chances.
Reese, a senior, hit .241 with five doubles and eight RBIs. She swiped a team-high seven bases out of seven attempts and had a fielding percentage of .930.
South Caldwell (25-5, 14-0 NWC), which won the state 4-A championship with a victory over Wilmington Hoggard, captured the top three conference awards. Regan Weisner was named the Player of the Year, while Jenna Pittman was named Pitcher of the Year and Casey Justice was named Coach of the Year.
Weisner and Pittman were two of the 10 South Caldwell players to be named to the All-NWC team.
Second-place Alexander Central (19-7, 11-3 NWC), which reached the second round of state 3-A playoffs, put seven players on the team. McDowell (11-12, 9-5), which finished third in the NWC, lost to Lake Norman in the first round of the state 4-A playoffs. The Titans put five players on the All-NWC team.
St. Stephens (7-12, 6-8) and West Caldwell (9-13, 6-8) finished in a tie for fifth place in the conference. Both teams put three players on the team.
Freedom (3-20, 3-11) finished in seventh place and Hickory (2-19, 0-14) finished eighth and both placed one player on the all-league team.