College Signing

Josh Stikeleather to play at the College of Albemarle

July 15, 2014 

Josh Stikeleather signs with the College of Albemarle with his parents (seated) Lee and Vickie Stikeleather, (standing, from left) South Johnston baseball coach and athletic director Keith Durham and principal Eddie Price.

D. CLAY BEST — cbest@newsobserver.com

Parents: Lee and Vickie Stikeleather

High School: South Johnston

Height, Weight: 6-foot-2, 165 pounds

Also Considered: Louisburg College, Lenoir Community College

Why Albemarle? “It’s just a great place and a good opportunity to play.”

Major: Physical Education

Notable: Josh helped lead South Johnston into the eastern regional 3A championship series this past spring, anchoring the infield at the shortstop position. He projects to play shortstop or third base in college. … The playoff run and the Trojans’ win in the 2013 Johnston County Easter Invitational are his two most memorable accomplishments at South Johnston. … Josh was the 2014 winner of the Sam Narron Baseball Award, which annually goes to a graduating Johnston County baseball player who best typifies the ideals of the game. … He wants to improve his speed and strength as he gets ready for college ball. … Josh hit nearly .400 in his senior season and his on-base percentage was .590.

South Johnston baseball coach Keith Durham: “Josh has got a huge upside. He’s got a frame that he can add a lot of muscle. I think he’s a great pick up for Albemarle.”

Compiled by D. Clay Best

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