Heritage finished second in the first Cap Eight 4A girls golf tournament of the season, but has won every one since and leads the league with two regular-season matches remaining.
Sophomore Rhea Bhatia and junior Kenbra Dalton are No. 1 and No. 2 in the league with 37.6 and 38.8 nine-hole scoring averages.
Bhatia was the medalist in matches at Heddingham and Lonnie Poole and was co-medalist at Heritage. Dalton was medalist in the match at Wildwood Green.
“They are tremendous competitors,” said Heritage coach Ronnie Reitz. “They are great teammates, but they really go after it when they are on the course.”
Both Bhatia and Dalton qualified for the N.C. High School Athletic Association championships last year. Reitz hopes the Huskies will be able to qualify for the finals as a team this year.
The team uses five players – including senior Kelly Dovel, junior Alex Karpuk and freshman Hannah Whitt – and scores the top three finishers.
“One of our keys is that everyone is contributing,” Reitz said. “Kelly and Hannah both shot one of their best rounds of the year on Tuesday. We’ve got some potential and every one of the girls is improving.”
Frazier visits: Wesley Frazier has been one of the top girls high school cross country runners in the country, but she doesn’t plan to run in this weekend’s Great American Cross Country Festival in Cary.
Frazier said she has been making college visits this fall and hopes to make her college decision.
“That’s pretty much what I’ve been busy with this fall so I want to get this over with before I decide what races I’ll be running,” she said. “I may just wait until post-season.”
Frazier does not compete with the Ravenscroft cross country team, but has entered meets as an individual. She is a national champion in outdoor track and is regarded as one of the best girls high school distance runners ever in North Carolina.
Hawks reverse: Holly Springs, which finished last in Tri-Nine 4A boys soccer in 2011, won its fifth straight league match Tuesday night, a 3-0 win over Cary. The Hawks are 6-3 in the conference, 8-5 overall, and in third place behind Green Hope and Apex.
"Really the goals have been spread out," said first-year coach Brian Miller. "Oscar Villalta has eight or nine goals, Justin Gonzalez has six or seven, Keenan McDiarmid has six or seven. The assists and goals are coming from everyone, a team effort to get that ball in the net.
"Our back four is tremendous, John McNulty at left back is playing out of his mind right now. Both center backs, Mike Friedrich and Josh Kaplan, are stepping up and Tyler Shade is the other outside back. Those four play almost every single minute of every single game. In the past week we’ve given up three goals in five games.”
Falcons ranked: Green Hope is No. 21 in the country in the elitesoccerreport.com boys soccer rankings. Sheldon Shealor, who does the rankings, said the Falcons are one of the nation’s most interesting stories. Despite heavy graduation losses from last year’s 4A state championship team and the retirement of Coach Andrew Chadwick, this year’s team is undefeated and leads the North Carolina coaches’ poll.
“I’m amazed really,” Shealor said. “I thought Green Hope would have a good team, but for it to be undefeated at this point in the season is totally unexpected.”
– Correspondent David Justice contributed to this story.