Pitman is WHC Male Athlete of the Year
LEDGER – Mitchell High School varsity quarterback Noah Pitman has added another accolade to his list after the rising senior became the second Mitchell player and first Mitchell junior to earn Western Highlands Conference Male Athlete of the Year since the league was formed in 1985. Quarterback Juggy Hughes is the other Mountaineer to receive the recognition, which was in 2012 after his senior season.
“It’s an honor,” Pitman said. “It really is.”
Pitman was also named the Mitchell High School Male Athlete of the Year and was the only Western Highlands Conference male athlete named all-conference in football, baseball and basketball. Pitman was also named All-Western North Carolina in football by the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Pitman stepped into the starting quarterback role this past season after Mitchell’s all-time passing leader Ben Young graduated. Pitman guided the Mountaineers to a 10-3 record in 2018, including a playoff win over Cherokee.
The conference’s athletic directors select the WHC Male Athlete of the Year. The commendation comes after a junior football season in which Pitman accounted for 3,128 yards of offense – 1,454 rushing and 1,678 passing – as well as recording 29 tackles and two interceptions on defense. Pitman scored 15 rushing touchdowns, passed for another 22 and returned one of his interceptions for a score.
Pitman averaged nearly seven points per game in basketball and batted .380 this past season for the Mitchell baseball team.
Even with the lofty statistics Pitman accumulated as a junior on the football field, he is aware football is a team game and credits everyone around him for their part in his success.
“The coaches I’ve had since second grade have made me the player I am today,” Pitman said. “I couldn’t do anything without the people around me; they make it easier for me to play at a high level. My teammates are like my family, and we treat each other that way.”
Noah Pitman’s 3-year stat totals
(1 returned for a touchdown)
Assisted tackles: 8
Total tackles: 30
Tackle for lost yards: 1
Interceptions: 6 (36 return yards)
Assisted tackles: 21
Total tackles: 47
Tackles for lost yardage: 2
Interceptions: 6 (38 return yards)
Kickoff returns: 6 for 101 yards