BY MICHAEL HELD
CARY—Last Friday night at the Clash of the Carolinas Banquet, each of the 18 players selected from both North Carolina and South Carolina as the best graduating high school boys soccer players in the two states had biographies read aloud highlighting their accomplishments over their high school careers.
In a room full of some accomplished players, one of the bios that created a stir was that of Ian Walston, the recent graduate of North Johnston who was a standout for the boys soccer program for four years.
Coach Michael Graybar from Wallace-Rose Hill High School was taken aback by Walston’s 17 varsity letters earned in five years as a Panther, almost in disbelief.
Walston, who will be attending N.C. State University this fall looking to pursue a career in engineering, also played for the football, tennis, track and wrestling teams during his time at North Johnston.
However, Walston’s first love has never been in doubt.
“Soccer has always been his first love,” said Ian’s father Brent Walston. “That’s the sport that his mom could get him to when she was the one getting him to everything.
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