High Schools

Sanderson battles to boys soccer title game against Wakefield

tstevens@newsobserver.comOctober 24, 2012 

Cap Eight 4A regular season boys soccer champion Sanderson had to battle past Leesville Road on Tuesday night to earn a berth in the league tournament championship against Wakefield Thursday at Wake Forest-Rolesville High.

Sanderson defeated Leesville Road, the No. 4 seed, 4-2 in overtime to advance to the 6:30 p.m. matchup against Wakefield, the No. 6 seed. Sanderson’s Troy Willard had a goal and an assist for the 20-1-2 Spartans, who are No. 1 in the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 4A rankings.

Wakefield (8-13-1) upended Enloe 3-0 and Heritage 3-2 on back-to-back nights to land its championship spot.

Martin’s knee: Cleveland’s Isaac Martin, the area’s leading rusher in football, does not have an anterior cruciate ligament injury and is expected to be available to play later in the season.

The Rams have a non-conference game against Southern Lee on Friday. The game will not have an impact on the club’s seeding in the 3A playoffs and Martin will not be rushed back. Martin, a 195-pound junior, averages 184.7 rushing yards per game. He was injured during last week’s 47-21 victory over South Johnston.

Softball all-star: Leesville Road softball pitcher Meredith Bissette has been selected to play in the TC Rising Stars All-American game in Fort Lauderdale on Friday. The game is scheduled to be telecast at 3:30 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network.

Bissette plays club ball on the North Carolina Stingerz and Wagners Sports 55 in Florida. She will be representing the Florida team in the all-star game.

Forty-six players from 13 states were chosen to play in the game.

Donovan scores: Former Cardinal Gibbons boys soccer player Conor Donovan scored the game-winning goal for the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team in a 3-1 win over Uruguay on Sunday in a match in Buenos Aires.

Donovan, who is in the Class of 2014, participates in the U.S. U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Fla. He has made a verbal commitment to N.C. State.

Wake Med cross country: The cross country course at the Wake Med Soccer Complex is the host site for Friday’s N.C. Independent School Athletic Association’s six state championship races and the N.C. High School Athletic Association Mideast 4A and Mideast 1A regionals on Saturday.

The NCISAA finals begin at 10 a.m. with the boys 1A finals. That race will be followed by the 1A girls, 2A girls and 2A boys. Following a break for awards, the 3A girls run at 2 o’clock and the 3A boys at 2:45.

On Saturday, the 4A races are at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. with the 1A runs at 10:30 and 11:30.

Volleyball showdowns: The best volleyball teams from the Cap Eight 4A will travel to play the best from the Tri-Nine 4A tonight in the third round of the NCHSAA tournament.

Leesville, the top seed from the Cap Eight, plays at Apex, which is the top seed from the Tri-Nine. Wakefield, the Cap Eight’s No. 2 seed, plays at Green Hope, the Tri-Nine’s No. 2.

This year the Tri-Nine has a home court priority over the Cap Eight if equal seeds meet.

McDonald’s in Chicago: The McDonald’s All American Games will stay in Chicago through 2015. The boys and girls high school all-star games used to play in different sites each year, but played in the Chicago United Center in 2011 and 2012.

The 2013 McDonald’s All American Games will be played on April 3.

TSTEVENS: 919-829-8910

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