Herald Weekly Softball Player of the Year

Name: Leah Murray

School: Hough High

Class: Junior

Season highlights: Speedy outfielder was named player of the year in the MECKA 4A conference … She batted .460 and was the Huskies' power source with four home runs. … Helped the Huskies to a 17-6 record and N.C. 4A playoff berth. 



Herald Weekly Softball Coach of the Year

Name: David Webster

School: Hough High

Season highlights: Directed the Huskies to a 17-6 overall and an 11-3 mark in the MECKA 4A conference, which was good for second place and a state playoff berth. … Took on coaching roll as a late fill-in, but made a smooth transition. … He coached rival Hopewell High to state titles in 2002 and 2003. … Hough had five all-conference players – Leah Murray, Kaitlyn Shifflett, Hannah Jones, Casey Brescia and Tori Hall.