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Fletcher, Burnett are Athletes of the Year

Walton is 2nd team All-Region

Seniors Jake Fletcher and Ashae Burnett were named Middlesex High School Athletes of the Year at the school’s athletic awards ceremony Thursday night.

From left are MHS athletic director Brad Norris and MHS Athletes of the Year Jake Fletcher and Ashae Burnett. More photos from the awards ceremony will be in next week’s Sentinel.  (Photo by Tom Hardin)

Fletcher was the Tidewater District Player of the Year for 2009 and also was named first team All-Region A as a shortstop.

Fletcher led the Chargers in several statistics. He batted .510 with 25 hits, including 6 doubles, 2 triples and 4 home runs. He had 12 RBIs, 9 stolen bases and 20 runs.

Fletcher was chosen first team All-District as a pitcher and as a shortstop. He was 3-1 on the mound with one save. He recorded an ERA of 2.07, and had 35 strikeouts and 10 walks.

Fletcher also was selected to play in the Virginia High School League All-Star Game in July at Christopher Newport University. He is one of only 4 players from a Group A school selected to play for the East Team.

Fletcher has signed to play baseball at Randolph-Macon College next year.

Fletcher also was an All-District and All-Region performer on the MHS golf team that made the state tournament, and was a member of the varsity basketball team.

Whitney Walton

In 2009 Burnett made first team All-Tidewater District in basketball for the third straight year. In the regular season she averaged 18.5 points per game and shot 67% from the field. She also averaged 10.3 rebounds per game and had 37 steals.  She was a 2nd team All-Region A selection.

In her four-year basketball career, Burnett scored over 1,300 points.

Burnett also was a track standout for the Lady Chargers, which won the Tidewater District and Region A titles. Burnett scored in 5 events at the district meet. She won the shot put at both the district and regional meets, and finished 8th at the state meet.

Burnett also was a regular on the MHS volleyball team.

MHS softball outfielder Whitney Walton made second team All-Region A. She was a first team All-Tidewater District selection and batted .433. with 13 hits, a double, triple, 9 RBIs and 9 runs. She struck out only 3 times, stole 6 bases, and had a .769 fielding average.

Walton and fellow senior Kelly Purcell were awarded $500 Middlesex Boosters Club scholarships at Thursday’s ceremony. Katlin Major was awarded the $500 John Lemons Memorial Scholarship (see photos next week).

posted 06.17.2009

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