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Beyond the Scoreboard: Finalists for Division I Male Athlete of the Year Award

Hendersonville High's Tykel Landrum is WNC's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yardage, receiving touchdowns and interceptions. (Photo credit: Tykel Landrum)

In advance of the 57th WNC Sports Awards Banquet sponsored by Ingles, WLOS.com will honor each of the 124 WNC high-school athletes and teams chosen as finalists.

Today’s honorees are finalists for the John & Darlene McNabb Division I Male Athlete of the Year Award.

The finalists include Garrett Blaylock, Roberson baseball; Phil Daub, Enka wrestling; Alex Flinn, Reynolds football; Tykel Landrum, Hendersonville football; Nathan St. Onge, Reynolds football; and Izaiah Vignali, Reynolds soccer.

Garrett Blaylock led the Roberson High baseball team to a state title last spring. An all-state selection, he was named the MVP of the state tournament.

He pitched in all eight state playoff games and finished the season with 74 strikeouts in 45 innings while also hitting .351 with nine home runs.

He was ranked in the top 25 percent of his class and is a freshman on the Vanderbilt baseball team, where he was hitting .300 through his first 11 games.

Phil Daub finished his career at Enka as WNC’s all-time leader in wrestling wins, posting a career mark of 245-9.

He won two state titles, including an undefeated senior season, and set school records for career wins and pins (145).

Daub has a 3.5 grade-point average and will attend Appalachian State.

As a junior, Reynolds quarterback Alex Flinn had one of the most productive seasons in WNC history.

He completed 300-of-447 passes (67 percent) for 3,972 yards and 40 touchdowns and also rushed for 451 yards and eight touchdowns while leading the Rockets to the state 3A title game.

On the baseball field, he was hitting .380 earlier this spring with a team-high 20 RBIs.

Hendersonville’s Tykel Landrum finished his career as WNC’s all-time leader in four football categories – receptions (253), receiving yards (4,558 yards), receiving touchdowns (46) and interceptions (27).

He was an All-American and all-state selection and was named defensive player of the year by the Citizen-Times and was selected the Hendersonville Times News’ player of the year.

Landrum is also a two-time all-conference basketball player who will play football at Wingate.

Nathan St. Onge is a versatile football player at Reynolds who is believed to be the first player in WNC history to have more than 1,000 rushing, passing and receiving yards in his career.

In his senior season, he caught 100 passes for 1,115 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a junior, he passed for 1,903 yards and 21 scores.

A good student with a 3.5 grade-point average, he finished his football career with 4,055 total yards and 66 touchdowns passing, rushing and receiving.

Reynolds soccer standout Izaiah Vignali was named the North Carolina high school player of the year last fall.

He was also the area and conference player of the year and is a two-time all-state, all-region and all-conference selection.

Vignali graduated early with honors and now attends UNC Asheville.

The 57th WNC Sports Awards Banquet is set for Sunday at Omni Grove Park Inn.

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