Two JCS Graduates Receive Sam Narron Baseball Award

Rooster Narron (center) presents the 2015 Sam Narron Baseball Award to West Johnston’s Sterling Atkinson (left-center) and North Johnston’s Michael Stott (right-center). Also taking part in the June 10 ceremony were West Johnston baseball coach Joseph Worley (left) and North Johnston baseball coach Brian Ford (right).

North Johnston High School’s Michael Stott and West Johnston’s Sterling Atkinson have been named the 2015 recipients of the Sam Narron Baseball Award.

The Sam Narron Baseball Award recognizes a Johnston County High School senior baseball player who demonstrates love for the game through determination, dedication and sacrifice. Members of the Johnston County native’s family present the award annually, and this is the second time the award has gone to two individuals.

The award’s namesake played and coached professional baseball for the Saint Louis Cardinals and Pittsburg Pirates.  He was part of two World Series Championship teams in a career that span from 1936 to 1964.

Presenting the award to Stott and Atkinson was Narron’s son, Rooster Narron, who praised both student for their accomplishments this past season.

In addition to the award the standouts each received a $250 scholarship, which is given by the Narron family.

Atkinson, the son of Will and Annette Atkinson, hit over 400 for the second straight year for the Wildcats and played 53 varsity games at first base during his career.

Stott, the son of Ray and DeDe Stott, led the Panthers to the Eastern Plains 2A Conference title and the third round of the playoffs, going 9-2 with an earned-run average of less than one. He was also named the Eastern Plains 2A Conference Player of the Year.