FCD's Lewis attracts attention

April 28, 2010 

Dave Telep, the national director of basketball recruiting for, said after the Carolina Challenge, a showcase of North Carolina's finest high school underclass basketball players, that it would be interesting to see which college programs would offer a scholarship to Forsyth Country Day's Tyler Lewis after his performance in the event.

N.C. State and Miami joined the expanding group on Friday when they offered the 5-foot-11, 160 pound sophomore.

The ball-handling whiz now also has offers from Virginia Tech, Charlotte, East Carolina, Appalachian State, Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth, High Point and Baylor. Former Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio had offered, as well.

Lewis averaged 20 points, 8.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals last season at Forsyth Country Day in Lewisville. He made 57 percent of his shots from the field.

But his play this spring has helped him garner more national attention.

FCD coach Craig Dawson believes Lewis' play at the Carolina Challenge and with the Team Loaded club team has impressed college coaches.

Lewis recently scored 31 points in the club team's victory over the highly ranked CP3 All-Stars.

"He has a lot of options," Dawson said. "It is good to have a plethora of offers."

Bengals pull stunner: The Fuquay-Varina girls soccer team took a 1-0 soccer victory over nationally ranked Green Hope on Monday.

Sarah Yoder took a crossing pass from Sarah Burns and scored the only goal with about eight minutes left.

"It was a tremendous effort by our girls," Bengals coach James Mountford said. "We put an extra defender back and tried to double team Reilly Brown. We tried to keep her from getting the ball, but she is such a good player that she still had some chances."

Mountford said his club had only two or three opportunities to score while Green Hope peppered Bengals keeper Abby Goins, who played extremely well.

"Green Hope beat us 6-1 the first time, but we had been playing better defensively," Mountford said. "We really concentrated on the defensive end. The longer it stayed 0-0 the greater our confidence grew.

"We had some luck. Green Hope had shots go off the cross bar and the post. Green Hope is just as good as everybody says, and it deserves its rankings. If we play 10 times, they might beat us 10 times. But this time, it didn't."

Fuquay is now 6-8-2, while Green Hope is 13-2. Despite the loss, the Falcons moved from No. 36 to No. 30 in the ESPN Rise Fab 50 national poll. The Falcons' only previous loss was to East Chapel Hill, which is now ranked No. 27.

East Chapel Hill is at home Thursday night against Leesville Road, which is No. 2 in the national poll.

Wrestling hall: Orange wrestling coach Bob Shriner and former Athens Drive coach Ron Williams are among five men who will be inducted into the N.C. Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on May 16 at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.

Other Lifetime of Service to Wrestling Award winners are Iredell County athletics director David Rothwell, Fayetteville official John Walker and retired coach and principal Jennings Withers of Thomasville.

Tickets are available at

Rocky Mount gives: The Rocky Mount athletic program donated $476 to the American Cancer Society. The Gryphons gave $1 for each paid admission at athletic events last week.

"Cancer has affected virtually everyone's lives, and we want to contribute as much as we can to help with cancer research," Rocky Mount athletic director Michael Gainey said.

Baseball clinic: The seventh annual Blayne Brown Memorial Baseball Clinic will be held on Saturday at Broughton.

The free clinic is for players ages 7-12 years old. Registration is from 8:00-8:30a.m. and the clinic 8:30-12 noon. or 919-829-8910

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