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Beyond the Scoreboard: Finalists for Apollo Flame Division II Female Athlete of the Year

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Asheville School junior Rachel Kuehn has won two state titles in golf.( Photo courtesy of Kuehn)

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 Apollo Flame Division II Female Athlete of the Year Award.

The finalists include Jessica Beckner, Murphy basketball and volleyball; Kate Condra, Asheville Christian Academy volleyball; Rachel Kuehn, Asheville School golf and tennis; Emma Pindur, Swain County track and field.

** Jessica Beckner of Murphy was the Smoky Mountain Conference Player of the Year in basketball and volleyball.

She made the Citizen-Times All-Western teams in both sports.

Her basketball teams were 114-10 with four conference tournament titles and three regular-season league titles.

Beckner is a member of the National Honor Society with a 4.6 grade-point average.

** Kate Condra led her Asheville Christian Academy team to an undefeated season and a state title.

She is a two-time all-state selection and has twice been selected all-conference and league Player of the Year.

She also competes in track and swimming for the Lions.

She has been a Junior Marshal and a member of the National Honor Society and plans to attend Harvard.

** Rachel Kuehn is a two-sport star at Asheville School.

She won her second straight NCISAA state title in golf this season, shooting 5-under par to win by seven shots.

She is ranked 24th in the country by the AJGA for players in their junior season of high school.

She posted a 20-1 record in singles and doubles and is a two-time conference player of the year.

Kuehn has committed to play golf at Wake Forest and is ranked third in her class with a 4.38 grade-point average.

** Emma Pindur is a track standout who has won seven state titles at Swain County.

She has two state championships at 800 meters and has been part of three 4X800 relay teams and two 4X400 relay teams that won state titles.

She is a vice-president of the National Honor Society with a 4.75 grade-point average.

Pindur has narrowed her college choices to Darmouth, Duke, Stanford and Yale.

The 57th WNC Sports Awards is set for May 6 at Omni Grove Park Inn.

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