College Insider: Lakota West’s Kates showing strong arm at High Point

Lakota West pitcher Jacob Kates gets a visit to the mound during the first inning of their Division I state semifinal against Massillon Jackson at Huntington Park in Columbus on June 2, 2017. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

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Lakota West pitcher Jacob Kates gets a visit to the mound during the first inning of their Division I state semifinal against Massillon Jackson at Huntington Park in Columbus on June 2, 2017. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

Jacob Kates is making an early impact with the High Point University baseball team.

The freshman pitcher and Lakota West High School graduate has made four relief appearances for the Panthers this season and is 0-1 with a 1.12 earned run average.

In eight innings of work, Kates has allowed six hits and one earned run with eight strikeouts and two walks. He’s also got one hit in nine official at-bats at the plate.

High Point (8-7) will travel to Farmville, Va., for a three-game series against Longwood this weekend. The opener is set for 4 p.m. on Friday.

Men's swimming: Junior Keith Jessee (Lakota East) was named Appalachian Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Year after another stellar season at Asbury (Ky.).

The Eagles placed third last month at the AAC Championships in Kingsport, Tenn., as Jessee won three events: the 200-yard butterfly (1:54.73, an AAC meet record), the 200 individual medley (1:55.96) and the 400 IM (4:12.70).

He participated in five relays and was second in the 400 medley (3:31.92) and 800 freestyle (7:06.45), and third in the 200 medley (1:37.80), 200 free (1:28.59) and 400 free (3:15.00).

Jessee then swam at the NAIA Championships in Columbus, Ga., from Feb. 28 to March 3. The Asbury men took 12th place in the team standings.

A 10th-place showing in the 800 free relay (6:58.68) was the highest finish for Jessee. He was 12th in the 400 medley relay (3:31.82), 13th in the 400 free relay (3:11.59), and 14th in the 200 IM (1:56.24) and 200 free relay (1:27.34).

Men's basketball: Christian Brothers junior forward Adam Dieball (Lakota East) has been named to the Gulf South Conference first team.

Dieball paced the Bucs in scoring (17.8) and assists (6.2) while also averaging 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He shot 49.6 percent from the floor, 37 percent from 3-point range and 73 percent from the line.

CBU finished 21-9.

Men's lacrosse: Sophomore attacker Seth Poirier (Talawanda) is the second-leading scorer for Mount St. Joseph, which is off to an 0-5 start.

Poirier has four goals for the Lions, who will host Westminster (Pa.) on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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