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Two baseball Horns bag All-Conference honors

By:  Tim Chambers

Tomahawk Sports Editor

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It was a season filled with highs and lows for Johnson County. The Longhorns finished fifth in the conference and were given two spots on the Three Rivers All Conference Baseball Team. Seniors Peyton Fenner and Samuel Icenhour were selected to the squad. Nick Whitener and Logan Sargent were tabbed for honorable mention honors. Fenner led the Longhorns with a .522 batting average. He also led the team in hits (48), runs batted in (37) and doubles (12). Icenhour was second on the team with a .474 batting average. He led the team in runs scored (37) and stolen bases (24). He was also the top defensive player on the squad and is considered by many coaches to be one of the top outfielders in Northeast Tennessee. Sargent hit .398 and had the team’s lone home run. He totaled 24 RBIs. A good case could be made for Whitener. The junior standout was 5’-3” on the mound with a 2.98 ERA. He amassed 52 strikeouts versus only 14 walks. He also batted .375 and drove in 20 runs. “I thought that Peyton had a phenomenal year both catching behind the plate and hitting,” said JCHS head coach Pete Pavusek. “Sam is one of the best defensive outfielders that you’ll ever find.  I honestly believe that both of them have the abilities to play at the next level. We’re going to miss them both next season.” Johnson County finished the year at 15-13, which included two wins over Happy Valley and a huge one over Unicoi County.