Much like the sport he covers, Andy Petree stays on the go.
The former NASCAR crew chief and owner is now a rules analyst for FOX Sports. He has to leave his Henderson County home on a weekly basis to follow the circuit around the country.
But in between, Petree has seen his daughter, Jonnie, play more high school softball than ever before this spring at North Henderson.
Another personal delight was being there Friday as the record-setting shortstop signed to play collegiately for Presbyterian.
“I just reflect back on everything that has happened since she first started playing as a little girl,” Petree said with a proud smile.
“It’s been such a blessing for our family.”
North Henderson’s record book might as well have two editions – one before and after Jonnie Petree’s career.
She held the Knights’ all-time records for assists (185), base hits (141), runs scored (133), stolen bases (38) and triples (11) as of Friday.
Her season stats for North Henderson (11-5, 4-5) and prior to Friday’s road game at Tuscola were a .550 batting average with 21 RBIs, nine doubles, four home runs and two triples with 40 runs scored. She bats out of the leadoff position for the Knights and has a stellar fielding percentage of .949.
Jonnie Petree signed with the Blue Hose on Friday in North Henderson’s media center with family, coaches and teammates showing their support.
“I’ve been playing this game since I was 4 years old, and this is a day I’ve looked forward to for a long time,” Jonnie Petree said.
“It’s a little overwhelming. It really hasn’t hit me that in a matter of weeks my (high school career) is going to be over and it’ll be time to get ready for college.”
Jonnie Petree has also been an All-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference basketball and volleyball player for the Knights but will give up those two sports after graduation.