Softball standout Kendra Yearick was one of 12 William Peace University players to be named as part of the top 50 softball players in USA South Conference history.
Yearick graduated from Ashe County High School in 2009 and finished up her college degree in 2013.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the USA South Conference, the conference is releasing the top 50 players for each of its 13 sports over the history of the conference.
According to the USA South Conference website, the official softball list will be released on Feb. 26.
Other softball players from WPU were Lauren Pleasant Bridges, Summer Greer Smith, Niki Dobbins, Sarah Heenan, Holly Braswell, Joanie Blevins Macemore, Ashley Stansbury, Lindsey Moore, Tatum Townsend, Morgan Weathington Bullard and Amanda Rothwell.
Yearick finished her collegiate career as the third winningest pitcher in WPU history with 34 wins on the mound.
Yearick also ranked third in strikeouts (350), third in innings pitched and third in lowest career earned run average (2.94).
Being named to this distinguished list is just another in the long line of accolades for the former Husky hurler. Yearick was a USA South All-Conference Honorable Mention player in 2010, named the top defensive player on the team in two of her four seasons and was also elected as a captain in both her junior and senior campaigns.
Most of all, Yearick was a star in the classroom as well, finishing as an academic all-conference selection in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and an Academic All-American in 2012 and 2013. Yearick was named the 2013 Most Outstanding Graduate at WPU. She was one of 10 graduates nominated for that award.
Currently, Yearick is a teacher at Fuquay-Varina High School in Wake County.
*Nathan Ham can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @NathanHam87