Lewis, Paisley make All-State team


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  Two local high school athletes received the honors of making the All-State team in baseball. Unaka's Chad Lewis qualified in the 1-A class, while Johnson County's Nathan Paisley shinned in the 1-AA class.
  In his last season at Unaka, Lewis continued to produce the numbers which gained him state recognition.
  "It's a great accomplishment, and I've worked real hard to achieve this goal, which really means a lot," Lewis said.
  His batting average was on a steady climb in the four years as a Ranger, which helped them make it to the state tounament for their second consecutive season.
  "It's been real fun getting to go to Memphis the past couple of years, and hopefully the team will make it back again next season," Lewis said.
  Lewis had a batting average of .440 to lead the Rangers this season, and he says a lot of his improvement goes to his hitting instructor Jeff Reed.
  "I've worked a lot hard on hitting, and from when I was a freshman my stats continued to rise each year out," Lewis said. "Jeff Reed has helped me out a lot with both form and taking the right approach."
  Now that Lewis's career is over at Unaka, the young star will be heading off to King College where he plans to resumme his talent.
  "I'll move onto King now, so I'd like to thank all the coaches and players for the times we had going to the state tournament," Lewis said. "I hope they'll continue to see the need to work hard in order to get themselves there again."
  Nathan Paisley is a sophmore from Johnson County who lit the ball up at the plate this past season.
  "I started off with hitting a home-run against Unaka this season, and I had never really hit one besides in practice," said Paisley. "I didn't think they would be many more, and after ny fourth one I kind of went into a slump."
  Paisley had an amazing .484 average at bat, so it wasn't that hard when voting on who deserved to be on the All-State team.