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KENLY— Among a talented group of teammates he says were just as deserving, Ty Narron contributed in too many ways not to be recognized.
After a successful senior season, the midfielder was recently chosen as the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference Player of the Year, a reflection of his value to the conference-winning Panthers.
“Honestly, it’s a huge honor,” Narron said in a phone interview on Thursday. “I was very happy to receive it. There were a few people on our team who could have gotten it, but I was honored.”
Like other senior teammates, the veteran midfielder played a big role in the Panthers’ successful run in 2019 that included a 10-0 run in conference play. Narron’s adaptability and the way he contributed was what set him apart in the end, even compared to players who may have scored more often.
“We had kids that scored more goals, but given he was significantly high in all columns showed his impact on the team,” head coach Winston Pennington said. “He’s a good kid, did a lot of the small things.”
Along the way, Narron scored 11 goals and assisted on 12 others — third-most on the team in both categories.
Narron, who also plays baseball for the Panthers, wrapped up his time on the high school soccer field the best way he knew how.
“I was pretty proud of myself,” he said. “I think this year was definitely my best year.”
Narron is still weighing his options and would like to continue playing soccer in college. If he doesn’t, he plans to attend East Carolina or UNC Wilmington.
Regardless of those kinds of decisions about his future, Narron is interested in pursuing a career as a soccer coach, something he shares with teammate Graham Walston. The pair have joked about one day returning to the school as a tandem patrolling the sidelines.
“I’d love to come back and coach here, or coach somewhere,” Narron said.
In his final season, now one he’ll never forget, Narron had just one regret — that the Panthers did not win a state championship in his final season.
The postseason honor for the senior, though, ensures it wasn’t a season he’ll soon forget.
“It was great because this was definitely the biggest and best reward I’ve received,” Narron said. “It’s just amazing.”
Six Beddingfield players were named to the All-EPC unit. Senior defender/midfielder Bashir Almaqualeh, senior fullback Edwards Garcia, senior goalkeeper Rio Montes, junior midfielder Rogelio Ortiz-Flores, sophomore forward/midfielder Apolinar Fuentes and sophmore forward/midfielder Ezequias Martinez.
The Bruins, 11-6-2 overall, went 7-3 and finished second in Eastern Plains play. Beddingfield lost in the first round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A playoffs.
Narron was joined by seven teammates on the all-conference team — Cavin Davis, Maksimo Navarro, Dylan Pitts, Scott Sellers, Andrew Stancil, Thiago Uhalde and Graham Walston — who make up a group of both young and experienced players and the most selections of anyone in the conference.
After a 5-5-2 start to the season, North Johnston won 12 games in a row into the second round of the state 2-A playoffs.
Following along with his players and their success, Pennington was named Coach of the Year.
Nash Central’s Noah Shelton, Noah Tharrington and Matthew Walston were also honored, along with SouthWest Edgecombe’s Hunter Hopkins.
Farmville Central’s Julian Argmaniz and Jordan Harvey rounded out the all-conference team. North Pitt did not nominate any players.