Freedom male ath of year

Freedom senior Fletcher Abee (5) was named all-county, all-conference, all-district and all-state in basketball en route to FHS male athlete of the year honors.

Fletcher Abee broke his share of all-time individual shooting and scoring records for the Freedom boys basketball team.

But he always made it clear that winning was more important than anything else, with the Patriots having gone 100-12 and reaching the NCHSAA 3A West Regionals three times in his four seasons.

Abee caps his historic FHS career by earning the 2018-19 Freedom male athlete of the year award.

“Fletcher has been a great representative for our program both on and off the floor over the past four years,” said Freedom basketball coach and athletic director Casey Rogers. “His work ethic and selfless attitude are two leadership qualities that have become infectious in our program.”

Abee posted 89 career games in which he scored in double digits, leading the team in scoring 34 times.

His career-high came as a junior, scoring 40 points vs. Alexander Central as he also tied the school record with nine 3-pointers made that night.

Abee’s other career FHS records include career points (1,865), career 3s (359), 3s in a season (99, 2017-18) and 3-point percentage (49 percent, 2018-19).

“I am extremely grateful to have been able to put on the Freedom jersey for four years and play with the best teammates and play for the best coaches this area has to offer,” said Abee.

“Growing up around and becoming a part of the Freedom basketball family was all the influence I ever needed to try and work as hard as I could and be the best player I can be for this team.”

The accolades have poured in, with Abee receiving county and conference player of the year twice along with Freedom Christmas Invitational MVP honors. Abee was named to the all-conference, all-county and all-district lists three times apiece along with the Christmas and conference tournament teams.

“Fletcher was a great teammate and a great person,” said Freedom junior Jayden Birchfield. “He’s one of the most intelligent, humble people I’ve ever been around.”

Along with being named to the Charlotte Observer all-region team twice and AP all-state team this year, Abee has already played in the NC-SC Carolinas Classic All-Star game and was selected for the NC Coaches Association East-West All-Star game in July.

“Fletcher is a really tough and smart kid,” said Rogers. “Both of those attributes are a big reason why he’s been so successful at FHS. His most underrated skill is to defend at a high level both on and away from the ball.”

Abee was also on the baseball team this spring as a courtesy runner, scoring one run vs. McDowell and two vs. Patton.

He will continue on with his basketball career on the NCAA Division I level at The Citadel while studying biology but will always cherish the memories made on and off the Patriots hardwood.

“I have a lot of great memories from my four years at Freedom: winning the conference twice, winning three Christmas tournament championships and making deep playoff runs,” he said. “But the memories that are by far my favorite are all the times spent with my teammates before and after practices and games when we are in the locker room just hanging out and laughing.”

 

Jason Baker can be reached at sports@morganton.com.

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