Baseball Puts Four on NCCSIA All-State Team


Catawba placed four players on the 2016 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) College Division All-State Baseball Teams.  Will Albertson (Sophia, N.C./Randleman/Campbell), Dylan Richardson (Randleman, N.C./Randleman/Appalachian St.), Brian Blanton (Albemarle, N.C./Albemarle) and Chance Bowden (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) were among the twenty-four players representing 11 different North Carolina Universities and Colleges that were named to the teams.

Catawba, which went 34-21 on the year and won the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship, led the way with its four all-state selections.  The Indians also claimed a share of the SAC Tournament Championship and earned a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Leading the way for Catawba was a pair of first-team all-state selections in Albertson, a senior catcher, and senior second baseman Dylan Richardson.  Blanton, a sophomore closer, and Bowden, a sophomore first baseman, claimed second team honors.

Albertson led the team in batting average (.404) to go along with 17 home runs and 59 runs batted in and was named a 2016 Second-Team All-American by both the ABCA & NBCWA.  In addition, Albertson was chosen the 2016 SAC Championship Tournament Most Valuable Player.

Richardson started all 55 games for the Indians and finished with a .323 batting average, 12 home runs, and 54 RBI.  Richardson was a first-team All-SAC selection and a second-team All-Southeast Region pick (ABCA, NCBWA & d2CCA).  Defensively, Richardson earned the SAC Gold Glove at second base.

Blanton recorded nine saves on the season to rank second in the SAC and 23rd nationally.  Blanton tossed 30 and a third innings, allowing 17 hits and posting 37 strikeouts.  Blanton had a 3-1 record and a 2.67 ERA.  Bowden set a school and conference record with 31 doubles and hit for a .324 average.  He connected on five home runs, drove in 47 runs and scored 50 times.

Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina.

The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, softball, and baseball.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association
2016 College Division All-State Baseball Teams

First Team
C - Will Albertson^, Catawba
INF - Evan Rodgers^, Mars Hill
INF - Dylan Richardson, Catawba
INF - Matther De La Rosa, Lenoir-Rhyne
INF - Calvin Hawke, Barton
OF - Shane Billings^, Wingate
OF - Zak Orrison, Mount Olive
OF - Alex Rodriguez, Methodist
DH - Bradley Brown^, Wingate
SP - Bruce Zimmerman, Mount Olive
SP - Dylan Ward, Barton
RP - Jordan Cummings, Winston-Salem State

Second Team
C - Andrew Webster, Barton
INF - Zach Cooper, Chowan
INF - Chance Bowdan, Catawba
INF - Chuck Noble, Guilford
INF - Randy Norris, Winston-Salem State
OF - Rayshelon Carolina, Mars Hill
OF - Bill Krebs, Wingate
OF - Connor Arcobasso, Chowan
DH - Stibel Aleman Saba, UNC Pembroke
SP - Nathan Steger, Winston-Salem State
SP - Cody Smith, Chowan
RP - Bryan Blanton, Catawba

^ - Named to 2015 All-State Team

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