Ravenscroft win makes history

Staff WriterJanuary 4, 2012 

Ravenscroft became the first boys' basketball program to win back-to-back championships in a national division of the Holiday Invitational last week when it stopped Wilson Greenfield, Charlotte United Faith and High Point Wesleyan Christian to claim the Summitt Hospitality title in the 40th annual event.

Cary won back-to-back titles in 1992 and 1993, but the '92 championship was in a four-team bracket. The Imps also won back-to-back championships in 1982 and 1983 before the tournament expanded to a national format. Seven of the eight teams in '82 and '83 were Wake County schools.

Ravenscroft took the Summitt bracket title with a 53-44 win against High Point Wesleyan at Broughton High.

Anton Gill, a junior guard who recently committed to Louisville, was named as an MVP in the event for the second straight year. He had 14 points and eight rebounds in the final and scored 12 points in the second half of the title win.

Gill is ranked as the No. 48 prospect in the junior class by ESPN.

"I really feel like Louisville is the perfect fit," Gill said. "I like the college, the facilities, the town, coach (Rick) Pitino, and Louisville's style of play. I really believe there is no place I would rather be and that's why I decided to commit now."

Ingram reaches 1,000: Chapel Hill's Denzel Ingram scored the 1,000th point of his career last week during the invitational.

The senior guard is averaging 25.4 points this season for the 13-0 Tigers.

Ingram scored 43 in a 75-71 win against Broughton and was named the Shavlik Randolph division MVP. His 43 points tied for the fifth-highest total in tournament history. He made 17 of 29 shots and impressed Broughton coach Jeff Ferrell.

"We ran into a really, really good individual performance tonight - one unlike I've ever had handed to me in 15 or 16 years," Ferrell said.

"We did everything we could to stop him. We tried different guys, different defenses, tried to take the ball out of his hands. He works so hard without the ball. His teammates work hard for him.

"A big-time player like that just comes up in big-time tournaments, and he did."

Coleman-Cox's jewel: Bayley Coleman-Cox scored 47 points and hit a long jumper at the buzzer in overtime to lead Durham Jordan to a 66-63 victory against Seneca, S.C., in last week's Peach State Holiday Invitational in Atlanta. Bailey, a junior guard, topped 1,000 career points in the game, which was in the second round of the tournament.

Tiger Classic wrestling: Southern Pines Pinecrest was second and Orange was third in the Tiger Holiday wrestling tournament at Chapel Hill High last week. Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill topped Pinecrest 281.5 to 178.

Pinecrest's Dustin Roemer (27-0 this season) won at 152 pounds and teammate Luke Fetla (27-2) won the 220-pound division. Jarel Orr of Clayton (18-4 at 145), Michael Brennan of Cameron Union Pines (26-0 at 182) and Jarrel Lea of Orange (23-3 at 220) also won individual championships.

Commitments: Tyson Fernandez, a two-way starter on the Fuquay-Varina football team, committed to Appalachian State. He played offensive guard and nose guard for the Bengals.

He is expected to be an offensive lineman at Appalachian State.

Apex softball second baseman Lizzy Margagliotti committed to Morehead State. She hit .400 during the 2011 season and was the team's MVP.

She has a 4.08 overall grade point average.

Baseball clinic: George Whitfield's 40th annual baseball clinic is scheduled for Jan. 14 in Goldsboro.

The clinic attracts some of the top baseball coaches in the country.

Among the instructors this year are the head coaches from Maryland, Louisburg, Ohio University, Campbell, Wingate, UNC Charlotte, Pitt Community College, Virginia Military, Liberty, Marshall, Old Dominion, UNC Wilmington, Methodist, Winthrop, N.C. Wesleyan, East Carolina and Lenoir Community College.

Whitfield is a former high school coach at Kinston and Richmond County. He is in the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

The clinic is open to all players from Little League through high school and to all coaches. Contact Whitfield at 919-778-6013.

Correspondent Alex Bass contributed to this story.

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