Southern Nash lands 3 on Academic All-Area Team

From left, Brock Alford, Landen Baker and Jermia Walker were named to The Wilson Times’ Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Academic All-Area Team. Contributed photos

Three Southern Nash High School student-athletes earned regional honors with selections to the Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Academic All-Area Team as presented by The Wilson Times.

Firebirds football and basketball player Brock Alford, teammate Landen Baker and Ladybirds four-sport athlete Jermia Walker snagged three spots on the 23-member virtual roster.

The Enterprise’s sister newspaper recognizes players for their achievements on the field and in the classroom each season, considering candidates from a circulation area that includes Southern Nash. The annual awards are sponsored by Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys, the Wilson firm that also sponsors The Enterprise’s Student-Athlete of the Week feature. 

Academic All-Area selections were announced Saturday on WilsonTimes.com. Times Sports Editor Paul Durham presented plaques to the male and female Student-Athletes of the Year — Jayden Mathews of Hunt High School and Avery Lentz of Fike High School, respectively.

Brock Alford

BROCK ALFORD

Starting quarterback for the Firebirds football team and a member of the boys basketball team, Alford threw 14 touchdown passes and ran for another score in helping Southern Nash go 8-4 and reach the second round of the NCHSAA 3-A playoffs.

Alford earned a selection to the 2-A/3-A Big East Conference all-conference team and was named academic athlete of the year for the football team. He has a 4.38 GPA and is ranked No. 7 in his senior class.

LANDEN BAKER

Landen Baker

A talented all-around athlete who excelled on the football field, basketball court and baseball diamond for the Firebirds, Baker earned All-Big East Conference and Wilson Times All-Area acclaim in football. He caught nine touchdown passes from his tight end position and finished with 476 offensive yards while making 16 tackles on defense.

Baker received an all-conference honorable mention in basketball after averaging 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds.

He earned his third straight all-conference nod in baseball after hitting .378 with 19 RBIs and eight home runs, which tied him for ninth in the state. Baker smashed 20 homers in his Firebirds career, which saw him go 3-2 on the mound with a 2.70 ERA and 55 strikeouts.

Baker, who has a 3.96 GPA at Southern Nash, will play football at Wake Forest University as a walk-on his first year. He previously committed to Middle Tennessee State University for baseball.

JERMIA WALKER

Jermia Walker

A standout in each of her four sports, Walker was MVP of the Ladybirds basketball team, earning all-conference recognition for a second straight year from 2-A/3-A Big East Conference coaches.

She helped the Ladybirds repeat as Big East girls soccer champs and earned the academic athlete of the year honor in volleyball. Additionally, Walker was a pole vaulter for track and field team.

Walker is ranked No. 18 in her senior class with a 4.2 GPA while taking honors, Advanced Placement and dual-enrollment college courses.

She also was a member of the Ladybirds cheer squad as well as the Black Student Union and Key Club at Southern Nash. In addition to volunteering for community service projects with the Black Student Union, Walker works part-time at Chipotle and as a youth sports official.

ALL-AREA TEAMMATES

• Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Female Student-Athlete of the Year: Avery Lentz, Fike High School.

• Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Male Student-Athlete of the Year: Jayden Mathews, Hunt High School.

• Carter Aycock, North Johnston High School.

• Jackson Barnes, Fike High School.

• Ashlyn Brunetti, Fike High School.

• Jackson Byrum, Hunt High School.

• Ashton Frazier, Hunt High School.

• Morgan Harold, Fike High School.

• Logan Hodge, North Johnston High School.

• Jeallen Holland, Greenfield School.

• Seth Huston, Community Christian School.

• McKenzie Millard, C.B. Aycock High School.

• Holland Miller, Wilson Christian Academy.

• Johnny Miramon Antonio, C.B. Aycock High School.

• Sophia Nesbit, Wilson Christian Academy.

• Drew O’Neal, Beddingfield High School.

• Nate O’Neal, Beddingfield High School.

• Jer’Lisah Pridgen, SouthWest Edgecombe High School.

• Seth Quinn, Wilson Christian Academy.

• Mesha Strickland, Fike High School.

HONORABLE MENTIONS 

• Southern Nash: Emily Terry.

• C.B. Aycock: Wyatt Aycock, Landon Bridgers, Haley Cotton, Russell Davis, Hayden Edmundson, Zackery Thomas Heath, Courtney Howell, Alyssa Jones, Logan Lawhorn, Cameron Martin, Mary Martinez, Andrew Matthews, Kaiya Norton, Bradley Reese, Annsleigh Rouse and Isabella Simmons.

• Beddingfield: Daneesha Briggs and Malik Woodard.

• Community Christian: Noah Pierce and Bryce Pittman.

• Fike: Caleb Willingham.

• Greene Central: Mary Carson Head and Karsyn Radford.

• Hunt: Shaelee Byrd, Logan Boone, Zymeal Clay, Audrey Earp, Ben Guthrie, Alicia Jones, Emerson Mills, Anna-Brooke Taylor, Drew Wells and Alex Williams.

• North Johnston: Abbie Fortson, Carly Peedin and Sydney Strickland.

• Sallie B. Howard: Cameron Harris.

• Wilson Christian: Jocelyn Bailey. Carter Zander.

• Wilson Prep: Luis Atunuz, Justin Ellison.


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