Smoky Mountain senior Cole Hooper has signed to play college baseball for N.C. State.
As a junior, Hooper (10-2) was named the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year after maintaining a 1.70 earned-run average with 110 strikeouts in 74 innings pitched. Hooper threw seven complete games. At the plate, he batted .315 with 21 RBIs and three home runs.
Hooper was named to the Citizen-Times All-WNC team.