Sherando junior outfielder Payne Bauer earned VHSL first team all-state baseball honors which were announced on Tuesday.

Bauer was one of three Warriors to receive accolades. Bauer hit a team-best .439 for Sherando (19-4), which won the Class 4 Northwestern District regular season and advanced to the Region 4C semifinals. Bauer belted eight doubles, a triple and a home run, while driving in 21 runs and scoring a team-high 30 runs. Bauer led Warriors starters with a .636 slugging percentage and was second with a .523 on-base percentage. He stole eight bases. Bauer was also a first team all-state selection as a linebacker in football.

Also honored for the Warriors were seniors Hunter Entsminger (both outfielder and pitcher) and Michael Usa (first baseman), who were selected to the second team.

Entsminger, a James Madison commit, hit .359, with two doubles and two triples. He drove in 15 runs and scored 20 and was second on the squad with nine stolen bases. On the mound, Entsminger racked up a 6-2 record with a 1.57 ERA. Entsminger struck out 87 in 53.2 innings.

Usa drove in a team-high 29 runs and compiled the team's second-best batting average of .414. Usa belted seven doubles and led the Warriors with two homers. He had a .512 on-base percentage and a .600 slugging percentage. 

Liberty Christian's Quade Tomlin, a junior shortstop, was named Player of the Year and former Major League pitcher Randy Tomlin was selected Coach of the Year.


Eagles' Bragg receives all-state honor

Clarke County's Keagan Bragg was named a VHSL first team all-state selection as the honors were announced on Tuesday.

Bragg, a senior forward who battled injuries throughout the season, scored a team-high eight goals for the Eagles, who finished 8-10-1 overall and 6-5-1 in the Bull Run District. Bragg also added two assists.

Bragg, who transferred to Clarke County in the fall, will play for High Point University in North Carolina next fall.

Maggie Walker senior midfielder Kira Flores was selected Player of the Year and Jim Thomas was named Coach of the Year after leading the team to the school’s first-ever state title. The Dragons beat George Mason 1-0, ending the Mustangs' 11-year run of state championships.

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