EB Rooks Graduate Signs With State App For Track And Field | University

East Burke 2021 graduate Noah Rooks recently signed on to track and field at Appalachian State. Flanking Rooks in the front row (left to right) are his grandmother Penny Winkler, father Keith Rooks, mother Krista Van Horn and girlfriend Chloe Cook. Standing, EBHS coaches Heather Ramsey and AJ Schwankert and manager Katie Moore.


PAUL SCHENKEL Sports editor

ICARD – 2021 East Burke High graduate Noah Rooks’ trajectory was still up the last time he competed in throwing events in the sport of track and field.

He now hopes to reach new heights – or rather distances – in the sport at Appalachian State University after recently signing a full scholarship offer from the Mountaineers.

Rooks finished his time as a Cavalier student-athlete on the highest score possible, winning the gold medal in discus at the NCHSAA 2A State Championships in Greensboro in late June at a new personal and school best at an even 163 feet. , overtaking the nearest competitor in the event by more than 22 feet.

This came a week after he initially broke the EBHS record in the event, formerly held by Tyler Shatley, with a winning 2A West Regional pitch of 159ft, 3in.

Rooks also placed fifth at state level in the shot put (46 feet, 10½ inches) as a senior. He’s been an all-conference on-track selection twice – his junior season was canceled due to COVID-19 – and also excelled as a lineman for the Cavaliers football team, winning two honors of all conferences and three honors from all counties, including the first team as a senior during the abridged spring season, as EB has only had its second winning season since 2009.

Rooks said he has two scholarship offers, including one from West Carolina, for the summer. He was almost a Catamount rather than a Mountaineer, but he thinks that waiting to make a decision like he did has paid off.

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