The Next Level: Piner, Bierlein, Moore, Lauretano, Drake, Ayers

Lauryn Piner, Soccer
Thomas Dale High School
Freshman at Wingate University
Piner’s first year at the college level was a great success as the defender appeared in 15 games, starting one for the Bulldogs. As the season wore on, she played significant minutes, playing a season-high 87 minutes against Queens (NC). At Thomas Dale, Piner earned All-District honors her final three seasons and was named team MVP as a junior. In 2012, she was named second team All-Central Region. The former Knight helped Dale to three district titles in her career and in 2010, Thomas Dale was the Central Region runner-up.

Bryan Bierlein, Baseball
Matoaca High School
Senior at Christopher Newport
After earning first team All-Central District, All-Central Region, All-Metro and team MVP honors in 2010, the six-foot righty ascended to the next level with the Captains, where he excelled. Bierlein finishes his career at CNU with a 21-10 record and a 2.15 ERA striking out 208 batters in 255 innings and firing two shut outs and six complete games. The past two seasons, Bierlein has posted microscopic ERAs of 1.40 and 1.99. The Captains finished the 2014 season 23-17 and 11-5 in the CAC.

Andre Moore, Baseball
Matoaca High School
Sophomore at Norfolk State
The multi-sport talent at Matoaca has transitioned well to baseball at the college level. After earning four letters in baseball and track, and three in football, Moore chose baseball as his sport at the next level. In 2014, Moore hit .306 with five doubles, six triples, 18 stolen bases and 15 runs batted in as the MEAC runner-ups starting center fielder. At Matoaca, he was a two-time qualifier in track and was also a stand-out pitcher on the diamond. His father, Andre , played football and ran track at Norfolk State.

Dan Lauretano, Soccer
Thomas Dale High School
Sophomore at Virginia Tech
Lauretano, one of the best soccer players in Thomas Dale history completed his second season at the college level as a Hokie. The forward continued his aggressive play despite his size (5-7, 144) scoring two goals and tallying four total points. He fired six shots against Fordham and four shots against High Point in 2013. Lauretano had an outstanding senior season for the Knights, helping to continue their dominance of the Central District scoring 26 goals and passing out 18 assists.

Derek Drake, Baseball
Matoaca High School
Junior at Messiah College
Drake will head into his senior season at Messiah College with the confidence of three solid seasons behind him- he hit .319 as a freshman, .305 as a sophomore and .315 as a junior. The Falcon has also been consistent production wise, driving in 19 runs in his freshman and sophomore seasons and 18 this past year. The physical therapy major was a standout for Matoaca as he was voted team MVP and First-Team All-Central District, All-Central Region and All-Metro for his play in the outfield. Drake (6-5) also played basketball for Matoaca.

Josh Ayers, Baseball
Matoaca High School
Senior at Methodist University
Ayers will finish his career at Methodist as the record holder for the most appearances made in a career with 81. The reliever progressed steadily over his career, earning the closer role this season pitching to a 2-0 record with a 3.10 ERA saving eight games for the 22-16 Monarchs. At Matoaca, the reliever was a part of the 2010 Matoaca team that advanced to the state quarterfinals, finishing the year ranked 7th in the state.

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