The Next Level: Carter, Goode, Ayers

RYAN CARTER, Baseball
Thomas Dale High School
Senior at Hampden Sydney College
Throughout college, Carter battled shoulder injuries for the Tigers. In fact, over his career at Hampden Sydney Carter was able to get just 30 at-bats. In five games of action this season, the senior hit at a .375 clip. Though facing challenges on the field, the classroom was a placed where Carter excelled as he was selected as a 2012 Truman Scholar as a junior. He was one of 54 U.S. college juniors selected for the award and one of two Virginia scholars to earn the honor.

SHANICE GOODE, Track
Meadowbrook High School
Freshman at Indiana Tech
Goode spent her freshman indoor season trying to find her niche for the Indiana Tech Warriors, competing in ten different events as a freshman. The MBK alum’s bests in those events: 60 meters- .43 seconds, 800 meters- 2:42.37 seconds, 55 meter hurdles- 8.61 seconds, 60 meter hurdles- 9.40 seconds, 100 meter hurdles- 16.70 seconds, 400 meter hurdles- 1:07.64, high jump- 1.42 meters, long jump- 5.37 meters, and the shot put- 7.65 meters. Goode’s outdoor season was cut short due to injury but the former Monarch is looking to bounce back with a strong sophomore season.

JOSH AYERS, Baseball
Matoaca High School
Junior at Methodist University
Ayers, a three-year bullpen veteran for Methodist, has made strides over his college career. As a freshman over 23 appearances he pitched to a 3.34 earned run average while picking up a win over North Carolina Wesleyan. As a sophomore, he picked up two wins and two saves. As a junior, the former Warrior pitched to a 4-2 record over 19 appearances.  On March 2, the fire. man pitched three scoreless innings against top opponent Christopher Newport, striking out four batters. Ayers lists his favorite MLB team as the Houston Astros.

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