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Porter, Semones shine as all-stars

By Tommy Keeler Jr. - tkeeler@nvdaily.com

Tre Porter and Sean Semones each made an impact in last week's Virginia High School Coaches Association all-star games in Hampton.

Sherando's Porter was named the baseball all-star Most Valuable Player for his performance in leading the East over the West, 13-6, on Wednesday at War Memorial Stadium. Central's Semones had the game-tying catch to help give the East a 31-24 win over the West in the football all-star game at Darling Stadium.

"It was a really good night," Central coach Mike Yew said. "I was real proud of him. It was a great effort."

In the football game, the West built a 21-0 lead, but the East rallied to cut the lead to 21-12. Then the West went back up 24-12, before the East scored the final 19 points of the contest.

Semones scored on an 8-yard touchdown reception in the corner of the end zone. He finished with two receptions for 13 yards.

In the baseball game, Porter reached base in all six plate appearances. He went 3-for-3 with five RBIs in the win. The West took an early 2-0 lead, Porter helped rally the East in the third inning.

He got a leadoff single and later scored on a bases-loaded walk, as the West tied the game at 2-2.

In the fourth, Porter hit a two-run triple to help give the East a 6-2 lead. The West tied the game in the fifth with four runs.

In the seventh, the West retook the lead for good. Porter came up to the plate twice in the inning. He had a two-run single and was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

The all-star games feature athletes from Group A, AA and AAA. All the players are seniors and are selected by the VHSCA.

It was a great way to cap off a strong season for Porter. He led Sherando to the Northwestern District regular season and tournament titles. Sherando went 19-3 and advanced to the Region II quarterfinals. Porter hit .479 with five homers, seven doubles, six triples, 39 runs scored, 10 stolen bases and 23 RBIs.

Porter will play football next year at Hargrave Military Academy.

Semones, a wide receiver and defensive back for the Falcons, had an outstanding senior season. He had 52 receptions for 879 yards and 11 TD's for Central. Semones broke several career receiving records at the school and had his jersey retired. Semones helped lead the Falcons to the first-ever playoff win in school history.

Semones will play baseball next year at Chowan University.

Yew said it was great to see Semones playing in the all-star football game.

"It was good times," Yew said. "It was good for the county and good for the community."

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