Kendra Yearick, who graduated from Ashe County High School in 2009, was named one of the top 50 players in the history of USA South Conference. Yearicks was also one of 12 William Peace University players named to that squad.


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.


Yearick, who is currently a teacher at Fuquay-Varina High School in Wake County, graduated from WPU last spring. She's ranked among the top players in school history.


Yearick finished her collegiate career as the third winningest pitcher in school history with 34 wins, she's ranked third in strikeouts (350), third in innings pitched and third in lowest career earned run average (2.94).


Yearick was also 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 years.


She earned academic all-conference honors from in 2011-13, and she was named an Academic All-American in 2012 and 2013. Yearick was named the 2013 Most Outstanding Graduate at WPU, making her one of 10 graduates nominated for that award.