Notebook: North Johnston softball is ranked No. 9 in the country

May 8, 2013 

North Johnston recorded its 15th consecutive softball shutout this week and moved into the MaxPreps web site’s national top 10.

The 21-0 Panthers are No. 9 in the rankings after beating Corinth Holders 10-0. North Johnston has out-scored its competition 251-6 this season and has not allowed a run since beating Louisburg 20-1 on March 15.

North Johnston is No. 1 in the N&O rankings.

Fountain gets bid: Former Broughton High golfer Richard Fountain received an at-large bid to play in the NCAA Golf Regional in Tallahassee, Fla., May 16-18 at Golden Eagle Golf & Country Club.

The Davidson junior became the school’s first player in the 38 years to play in the tournament in 2011 after winning an automatic berth as the Southern Conference champion. He finished 35th.

The low five teams and the low individual not included on those teams in the regional qualify for the May 28 through June 2 tournament in Atlanta.

Georgia Tech, Florida State, Wake Forest and N.C. State are among the 13 teams in the regional.

Halls of Fame: Garner High inducted former football and baseball standout Stacy Betts; former football and track standout Carl Franks, also a former Duke University football coach; current NBA star David West and former baseball coach Paul Faulk into its Sports Hall of Fame last week.

Cardinal Gibbons will induct the late Colonel Arthur Ball, a former coach; former girls basketball player and current coach Jessica Greiner Lowe; and former national distance running record holder Mary Shea into its hall on Thursday, May 16.

Signing: Michael Taylor, a 6-5 guard at Raleigh Grace Christian, has committed to Randolph Macon. Taylor averaged 18.5 points on a 17-12 club. He was the Eastern Plains Independent Conference player of the year and was a three-year starter.

Wake Home School second: The Wake County Home School finished second out of 25 in the Home School World Series Association (HWSA) tournament last week in Auburndale, Fla.

The Warriors (27-3) defeated teams from Montgomery, Ala.; Houston; Memphis; Nashville and Atlanta en route to a 9-8 loss to the Dallas (Texas) Angels in the championship game.

Will Cunningham, Luke Harvey, Jamey Meeker and Jon Rosoff were named to the all-America team.

Rainy days: Fuquay-Varina softball team’s original schedule had seven non-conference games, but every one has been rained out at least once. Apex beat the Bengals 4-2 on Tuesday in a game that was scheduled on three different days this spring.

Fuquay (12-4) plays East Chapel Hill (7-8) and Apex (18-1) plays Northern Durham (8-9) in the first round of the playoffs this week.

Tri-Nine tennis history. The Tri-Nine 4A boys tennis singles champion has been in the NCHSAA 4A state singles championship match in four of the last five years although only Apex’s Wesley Barrett (2010) has won the title. Green Hope’s Jake Bowling (2009), Athens Drive’s Roman Cacha (2011) and Apex’s Graham Duncan (2012) were runners-up.

Nick Stachowiak of Middle Creek is the Tri-Nine’s singles champion and won the Mid-East regional.

Lineman challenge: The Apex Lineman challenge has attracted 17 teams this spring, including Eastern 4AA champion Fayetteville Britt.

The May 18 event is for high school football linemen and includes competitions such as tug of war and various drills and tests.

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