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McCormick, Xie earn honor


WESTERLY — Junior Billy McCormick was a stabilizing force at the net for the Westerly High boys’ volleyball team this season and earned a second-team All-Division II selection.

“He was one of our middle blockers,” Westerly coach Peter McCann said. “He is very good at the net.

“He led our team in kills (154), aces (29), digs (89) and blocks (28 solo, 45 assisted). He played with a lot of passion and was very, very consistent from game to game. He always seemed to put up numbers consistent with his average, he wasn’t really up or down too much.”

Nine players from Division II were named to the first-team and nine others, including McCormick, earned a spot on the second-team.

McCormick also was also one of 14 players to earn a spot on the Division II-South All-League team.

The pair of awards were the first of the junior’s career.

Kenny Xie, Westerly’s senior setter, also garnered a Division II All-League award.

“Kenny is very reliable and stable back there,” McCann said. “He had 426 assists this year and about 500 last season. He was second on the team in aces (17) and digs (66).

“He was our floor captain, everyone looked to him. He ran our offense and did a good job of spreading the floor.”

Xie was named to the Division II-South second-team in 2013.

There are five teams in Division II-South and 15 in all of Division II.

GOLF

Joe Kuzmic was one of six golfers to be named to the Southern Division second-team.

Kuzmic, who led the Bulldogs with an average of 42.1 strokes per nine (6.4 over par), earned the spot with his play during league matches (based on strokes over par).

The top six players who play at least six matches earn a spot on the first team and so on down to the third team.

Kuzmic, a sophomore, finished 14th at the state meet and tied for 22nd at the New England tournament.

The top 12 golfers from each state meet qualified for the New England meet, but Kuzmic will play because other Rhode Island golfers declined the invitation.

Westerly coach Gary Korytkowski said Meghan Daugherty was the only other golfer he’s coached that qualified for the New England tournament at an younger age.

The postseason award was the first of Kuzmic’s career.

Freshman Jon Reid garnered a third-team spot.

Reid averaged a 44.1 stroke per nine average and was 8.5 strokes over par.

SOFTBALL

Jessica Spargo’s Division I third-team selection was the highest honor of the three Westerly players to earn postseason awards.

Spargo was tied for second on the team in batting average (.313) and led the Bulldogs with 12 RBIs and seven doubles.

Spargo also pitched 106 2⁄3 innings for Westerly, posted a 4.27 earned run average and struck out 75 batters.

The senior pitcher was one of 13 players to earn third- team honors. She also earned honorable mention in 2013.

Bella Malvinni was one of 17 players to garner a Division I honorable mention.

The junior infielder led the team in hits (22) and batting average (.314). The honorable mention was her first postseason award.

Madison Moyer earned Academic All-League as the senior on the team with the highest grade point average.



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