Triangle high school athletes honored

Staff WriterDecember 20, 2011 

Connor Roach of Carrboro and Nick Alan Williams of Sanderson have been selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Boys High School Scholar All-America team.

Thirty-three players were chosen based on their athletic and academic performances.

Teammates Stephen Cone and Matt Tysinger of Wilmington Laney and Samuel McBride of High Point Wesleyan Christian also were selected to the team.

McElreath wins: Blane McElreath of Sanderson was the only area individual winner in the 40th annual WRAL wrestling tournament last weekend at Athens Drive.

McElreath defeated Matt Bogard of Havelock 9-1 to win the 138-pound bracket.

Baffour Atakora of Middle Creek (113 pounds), Alex Battaglia of Middle Creek (126), Luke Ludke of Clayton (132), Kaleb Walker of Wakefield (195) and Devan Caldwell of Wakefield (285) also reached the finals.

Jefferson, Ga., topped Winston-Salem Parkland, 256-215.5, for the team title. Cameron Union Pines was sixth (101 points), and Sanderson (92 points) was seventh.

Shaffer in training: Alexis Shaffer of Cary Green Hope's girls' soccer team was among 26 players who attended the U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team training camp in Sunrise, Fla., last week. Shaffer had 16 goals and eight assists for 18-2 Green Hope last spring.

The players in camp are expected to be the compete for a berth on the U.S. team in the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Canada and some of the players possibly could be on the U.S. club for the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Uzbekistan.

Ravens record: Ravenscroft junior basketball center Marcus Bryan set a school record for rebounds last week in a 96-65 win at South Granville. Bryan tallied 23 rebounds in the victory.

The school's previous single-game record was 19, set by Ricky Bennett during the 2002-03 season against McLean (Va.) Langley High.

Lavery returns: Former Saint Mary's School girls soccer coach Jim Lavery is returning to the school to coach next spring. Lavery coached at Saint Mary's for six seasons (2004-2009) and led the club to four N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state tournament appearances, including two state semifinals.

Lavery's teams won two Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference championships.

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