Male Athlete of the Week

Matt Roach, West Craven baseball

 

West Craven senior Matt Roach has drove in four runs this season for the Eagles' 4-0 baseball team. Roach also pitches for West Craven.

 

How are you approaching your senior year with this program?

"I know we lost some good players from last year's team that played big roles so we have to step up, do what coach tells me to do and get some hits and outs."

 

How do you balance being an outfielder and a pitcher?

"I just try to make sure I stay relaxed. I have fun but at the same time stay calm."

 

How have you approached getting better at the plate?

"I practiced in the offseason a lot. I know I need to step up and be ready every game."

 

There's a lot of success and pride with this baseball program, what does it mean to you to be a part of it?

"You think about all the rivalries and just fun moments we've had. We're guys that have played together our whole lives so we just always have fun."

 

What is something else that interests you?

"I like playing other sports and I like art, I've taken art all four years in school."

 

Female Athlete of the Week

Rylee Williams, West Craven softball

 

West Craven freshman Rylee Williams is hoping to bring her skills to the Eagles and up the team's win total from a year ago. Williams is an infielder and pitcher for West Craven.

 

What has been the biggest softbal adjustment for you coming from middle school to high school?

"Probably just not being the one that has to do everything first."

 

Coming up to a team that is trying to improve from a rough last year, what are you all doing to get better?

"We're doing a lot of little things - conditioning, technique and grinding at those things."

 

What positions do you play on the field?

"Second base and pitcher."

 

How do you balance pitching and hitting?

"I just have to spend certain amounts of time doing each thing and work on them as much as I can."

 

What's the biggest in-school adjustment from middle to high school?

"The class sizes and how it's more serious in high school.