High School Roundup

Cardinal Gibbons climbs to 23-0 in boys tennis

tstevens@newsobserver.comMay 8, 2013 

Cardinal Gibbons, which won the past two state 3A boys’ tennis championships, remained undefeated this season as it breezed past Northern Guilford 6-0 in the second round of the dual-team tournament Tuesday.

Gibbons won each of the singles matches in straight sets and dropped only seven games in the six singles matches.

“We played really well,” said Cardinal Gibbons coach Andrew Tuttle. “We had a little rain interruption, but the guys came back and finished strong.”

The Crusaders (23-0) are led by junior Robert Kelly and sophomore Matt Goulash, who both are unbeaten in singles this year.

Kelly won the regional last weekend and will play singles in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A championship this weekend. Matt Galush also is unbeaten in singles and teamed with Noah Constantine to win the regional doubles title.

Cardinal Gibbons won the 2011 and 2012 NCHSAA 3A titles and has won six state championships in the past seven years. The Crusaders will play Monday at Cameron Union Pines (17-0), a 9-0 winner Tuesday against Washington.

4A tennis: The Cap 8 flexed its boys’ tennis muscles by advancing three teams to the 4A quarterfinals. Millbrook beat Wilmington Hoggard 8-1. Broughton blanked Durham Jordan 6-0 to set up rematch against Wakefield, a 6-0 winner against Panther Creek. Green Hope defeated East Chapel Hill 5-1.

Other tennis: Durham Science & Math (14-2) defeated Rosewood 7-2 in 1A, and Carrboro (18-1) ran past Greene Central (16-6) in 2A.

Girls’ soccer: Cap Eight 4A powers Millbrook (20-1-1) and Leesville Road (16-4-1) rolled through the first round of the NCHSAA playoffs. Millbrook topped Apex 3-0, and Leesville pounded Hoke 9-0.

Millbrook’s Jackie Stroud scored a pair of goals, and Leesville Road’s Madison Hoffman had a pair of goals against Hoke. Mary Kate Bowers had a goal and two assists in the win.

Clayton was eliminated by New Hanover 4-0 in 4A, and Havelock downed Cleveland 6-2 in 3A.

Carolinas 3A baseball: Orange won the Carolinas 3A top seed into the state baseball playoffs with a 7-3 victory over Cardinal Gibbons. The two teams tied for the regular-season title and played the game at Duke’s Jack Combs field to determine the No. 1 seed from the league.

Orange first-baseman Andrew Toney blasted a two-homer in the bottom of a four-run first inning to spark Orange (23-2) to its sixth straight win.

“Win, lose or draw, we wanted to play this game,” said Cardinal Gibbons coach Joe Liebler, whose team initially won a coin toss for its conference’s No. 1 seed but then agreed to play after a neutral site was secured. “No one wanted to settle this on a coin toss. And most coaches would rather play than have five or six days off before a post-season game.”

Eastern Carolina tournament: South Johnston defeated Pikeville Aycock 8-5 in the Eastern Carolina 3A softball final by scoring six runs in the sixth inning. Aycock beat Erwin Triton 6-2 for the baseball tournament title.

Cap Eight baseball: Sanderson clinched the No. 1 berth from the Cap Eight 4A with an 8-1 home victory over Broughton. The Caps could have tied for the regular-season title with a win, but the Spartans grabbed an early lead and Tyler Hardee pitched five strong innings.

Sanderson started all of its seniors and they responded by building a 5-0 lead in the first two innings.

“They gave us a big boost,” said Sanderson coach Todd Laughlin. “It is a lot easier to play when you have a nice lead.”

Sanderson was a dominant team during the last half of the season.

“Our pitching has been pretty good all year and the defense locked in around mid-season,” Laughlin said. “Then our bats came alive. I feel pretty good with the momentum going into the playoffs.”

The NCHSAA baseball playoffs begin on Friday. Sanderson will be at home against Apex in the first round.

TISAC soccer: Saint Mary’s Catherine Blair scored two goals and has two assists in a 5-3 win against Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference rival Ravenscroft.

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