Erwin senior Joe Metts bore a slight resemblance to Clark Kent by wearing his glasses on Wednesday.
Maybe it’s because Metts has been hitting a baseball like Superman this spring.
Metts is Western North Carolina’s current home run leader (eight) with two more than his previous high for a season. He signed a national letter-of-intent to Erskine (S.C.) College on Wednesday morning.
“I’m glad that I was able to do it here in front of my friends, family and coaching staff,” Metts said.
“They have all been supportive of my decision and here the whole way. I’m been very comfortable this year knowing the decision is made and feeling energized with the new coaching staff. I’m glad I’ve been able to perform and help us win some games.”
Nearby at Erwin’s biggest rival, Enka senior Kacee Hutchinson put pen to paper to finalize his decision to wrestle for Appalachian State.
Hutchinson is a multiple winner of the Citizen-Times All-WNC Wrestler of the Year award as well as a two-time NCHSAA 3-A champion at 195 pounds. He enjoyed his first undefeated season (58-0) this winter and was consequently selected the most outstanding wrestler of the NCHSAA 3-A tournament in Greensboro.
“It feels good to finally solidify my decision,” Hutchinson said.
“It’s been a long process, but I picked the place where I really want to be. It’s a big relief, just like winning the state tournament or any other accomplishment. I was kind of the last athlete to sign at our school. Everyone was waiting for me and I just can’t stop smiling right now.”
Asheville High senior Alix Theodossiou will be traveling across the state to play her college tennis at UNC Wilmington.
The 2012 Citizen-Times All-WNC Player of the Year and Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year made things official Wednesday morning as well.
As a senior, Theodossiou was unbeaten against WNC competition and she won 78 career matches for the Cougars.
“It’s exciting because I’ve spent my whole life doing this and (UNCW) is where I really wanted to go,” Theodossiou said.
“It was just a good fit. The coaches are great and they’ve already told me what they want to work on with me.”
More than 140 WNC athletes had committed or signed to play college sports as of Wednesday. Log onto to CITIZEN-TIMES.com/hshuddle to view the complete list.
Erwin’s McDevitt commits
Erwin senior defensive end/linebacker/tight end Josh McDevitt has committed to play college football for Emory & Henry.
McDevitt was an All-Mountain Athletic Conference selection for the co-MAC 3-A champion Warriors (8-4) in 2012 after averaging 6.2 tackles per game.
McDevitt is the fourth Erwin senior to make a college football commitment, joining Austin Dolly (Maryville, Tenn.), Alfredo Maldonado (Limestone) and J.T. Moore (Maryville).
Burroughs will wrestle at Belmont-Abbey
Roberson senior Coburn Burroughs has committed to wrestle in college for Belmont-Abbey.
Burroughs plans to sign his national letter-of-intent today.
Burroughs (45-6) won a 4-A Western Regional championship for the second time this past season and went on to become the first wrestler in Rams history to place three times at a NCHSAA tournament (he came in fifth at this year’s 4-A state tourney). Burroughs won his weight class at the (West Henderson) Falcon Frenzy and (Science Hill, Tenn.) Fandetti Richardson tournaments. His career record was 142-38.
Burroughs initially committed to N.C. State, but that was back in September.