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Gaffney makes AP all-state, opens recruitment again

Staff WriterMarch 25, 2011 

Kristen Gaffney of Green Hope, who recently announced she was no longer committed to Virginia Tech, was the only area player chosen to The Associated Press' all-state boys and girls all-star basketball teams.

Gaffney, a junior, led the area in scoring with 31 points per game during the 2010-11 season. As a sophomore, she and had six triple- doubles and set a state scoring record for sophomores with 831 points.

She had committed to Virginia Tech but decided to consider other schools when former Hokies coach Beth Dunkenberger resigned.

Cierra Burdick of Matthews Butler, a Tennessee recruit who led Butler to the state 4-A girls title in 2009-10, was the only unanimous selection on either the boys or girls squad.

South Central Pitt was the only team with two or more selections, landing Danielle Butts and JaNesha Ebron off this year's state 3-A girls title team.

Cherryville senior Terry Whisnant, who is committed to Florida State, and Forsyth Country Day junior Tyler Lewis, who is committed to N.C. State, were the top vote-getters on the boys team.

For complete teams, go to blogs.newsobserver.com/preps now .

Rebound record: Jackson Simmons of Sylva Smoky Mountain High, an AP boys all-state selection, set the N.C. High School Athletic Association record for rebounds in a career.

The 6-foot-8 athlete, who is expected to walk on to the University of North Carolina basketball team next season, had 1,544 rebounds in his career, easily toppling the previous mark of 1,420 by former West Charlotte player Jason Parker.

Perfect game: West Johnston softball pitcher Lexi Betancourt tossed a perfect game in a 6-0 victory over East Wake on Tuesday.

Betancourt struck out 17, leaving only four outs for her teammates to record.

Betancourt leads the area with 113 strikeouts in nine game.

Farmer leads: Northern Durham's Kailey Farmer leads the area softball in doubles (seven) and runs batted in (18).

She also has three home runs.

For area statistics for baseball, softball, girls soccer and boys and girls lacrosse go to www.newsobserver.com/sports/high_school. Click on "Expand Scores and Stats."

Carolina Challenge: Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge on Saturday at Ravenscroft will showcase most of the top high school boys underclass basketball players in the state.

Play begins at 9:30 a.m., and continues throughout the day.

There is no admission fee.

Wachovia Cup: Green Hope is dominating the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A Wachovia Cup competition.

The Wachovia Cup is an all-sports competition in which schools are awarded points for advancing through the NCHSAA playoffs.

Green Hope, which won the Cup in 2009-10, has piled up 322.5 points to lead second-place Charlotte Myers Park (230).

Wakefield (192.5 points) is No. 5.

East Chapel Hill and West Johnston are tied with New Bern for 10th with 172.5 points.

Cardinal Gibbons leads the 3-A classification with 437.5 points. Charlotte Catholic is second (420) and Chapel Hill is third (327.5).

For top 15 in each classification, go to blogs.newsobserver. com/ prepsnow .

J. Mike Blake and D. Clay Best contributed to this story.

tim.stevens@newsobserver.com or 919-829-8910

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