2013 High School Players of the Year

June 8, 2013 

Scholar-athlete

Pegah Kamrani

East Chapel Hill

GPA: 4.866

College: Columbia University

Sports: 4A 3,200 champ; cross country runner-up

Favorite book: “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel

Ideal guest list: Barack Obama, Charles Darwin, Robert Downey Jr.

Childhood toy: Cowie (a stuffed animal)

Biggest disappointment: Narrowly missing a trip to Nike Cross Nationals.

People think: I’m crazy

But I’m really: Dedicated

The Word: Runaholic

Volleyball

Sasha Karelov

Leesville Road

Accomplishments: Duke recruit led Pride to 27-1 record with 315 kills, 330 digs

GPA: 4.2

College: Duke

Add to Mt. Rushmore: Ronald Reagan

Slogan: A goal without a plan is just a wish

Fun is: Playing pick up games with coaches at Triangle Volleyball Club

Favorite books: Harry Potter series

Childhood toy: Bop it

Best sports moment: Qualifying for nationals with my club team

Girls basketball

Ryan Flowers

Millbrook

Accomplishments: Helped lead the Wildcats to back-to-back NCHSAA 4A titles and an undefeated season

GPA: 3.2

College: UNC-Wilmington

Favorite book: “Matilda” by Roald Dahl

Childhood toy: Barbie play house

Biggest thrill: Playing basketball in front of a big crowd

Inspiration: My mother

Fun is: Doing something that is stress free

The Words: Passionate and reliable

Girls Indoor Track

Tyra Lea

Wakefield

Accomplishments: Set NCHSAA record in the 300 meters and won triple jump title

GPA: 4.125

College: N.C. State

Add to Mt. Rushmore: Barack Obama

Best moment in sports: Running on national indoor champion 4x200 and 4x400 relays

Childhood toy: Hula hoop

Proud of: Success of my team

Biggest thrill: Winning.

Slogan: Everything happens for a reason

The Word: Life

Scholar-athlete

Colin Godwin

Cary Academy

GPA: A average

College: MIT

Accomplishments: NCISAA cross country runner-up; 2012 champ in 800, 1,600

Add to Mt. Rushmore: Lyndon Baines Johnson

Favorite book: “Subliminal” by Leonard Mlodinow

Proud of: Balancing rigorous academic and athletic endeavors with technical theater and Science Olympiad

Best place to run: Estes Park, Colo.

The Word: Petrichor

Softball

Brittaney Dahle

WF-Rolesville

Accomplishments: Pitched WF-Rolesville to NCHSAA 4A finals; 13-3 overall record; 168 strikeouts

GPA: 3.6

College: N.C. State

Favorite book: “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks

Fun is: Shopping, hunting, being with friends

Childhood toy: Blankie

Best moment in sports: Shutting out Apex, Middle Creek and West Johnston to win 4A Eastern regional

The Word: Wow

Boys cross country

Bakri Abushouk

Cary

Accomplishments: NCHSAA 4A champion

GPA: 3.1

College: N.C. State

Childhood toy: Marbles

Best place to run: Umstead Park

Inspiration: Prophet Mohammad and Muhammad Ali

Add to Mt. Rushmore: Malcolm X or Muhammad Ali

Best sports moment: Winning three state titles indoors

Slogan: Be proud of who you are

The Word: Dependable

Boys swimming

Colin Ellington

Holly Springs

Accomplishments: Set NCHSAA record in the 100-yard freestyle and won 200 free.

GPA: 3.6

Class: Junior

Electronic device: Cell phone

Proud of: My times and qualifications

Best sports moment: Qualifying for U.S. Olympic Trials

Success is: Best times

Favorite swimmer: Michael Phelps

Biggest thrill: Roller coasters

The Word: Dedication

Baseball

Garrett Suggs

Fuquay-Varina

Accomplishments: Led the Bengals to the state 4A championship series; hit .449

GPA: 4.28

College: N.C. State

Ideal guest list: Jackie Robinson, Abe Lincoln, Babe Ruth

Best moment in sports: Hitting a leadoff home run in the state finals

Childhood toys: Race cars

Add to Mt. Rushmore: John F. Kennedy

Slogan: Don’t look back because someone might be gaining on you.

The Word: Smooth

Girls soccer

Alexis Degler

Green Hope

Accomplishments: NCSCA player of the year; Scored 38 goals with 28 assists.

GPA: 4.53

College: Ohio State

Add to Mt. Rushmore: Erin Andrews

Favorite book: “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Childhood toy: Polly Pockets

Biggest thrill: Scoring winning goal in sudden death overtime to beat Millbrook

Best place to play: Green Hope High School

Proud of: My teammates

The Word: Determination

Football

Connor Mitch

Wakefield

Accomplishments: Completed 807 of 1,384 passes for 12,078 yards and 153 TD in career; set state record with 9 TD passes in a game; 4,661 yards as senior

GPA: 3.0

College: Enrolled at South Carolina

Favorite book: “Josh Hamilton: Beyond Belief”

Inspiration: Aaron Rogers

Add to Mt. Rushmore: Steve Spurrier

Biggest thrill: Beating WF-R twice in one year

The Word: Competitive

Girls cross country

Megan Sullivan

Broughton

Accomplishments: NCHSAA 4A champion

GPA: 3.5

Class: Junior

Favorite book: “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Childhood toy: Razor scooter

Fun is: Joking around with family and friends

Biggest thrill: Winning races.

Inspiration: God

Proud of: The Broughton team

Best moment in sports: Being the 4x800 relay state champions and the 4A cross country champ.

The Word: Dedicated

Girls swimming

Hannah Moore

Green Hope

Accomplishments: Set NCHSAA record in 100-yard backstroke and won 500 freestyle.

GPA: 4.96

Class: Junior

Favorite book: “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

Favorite stroke: Backstroke

Proud of: Time management

Best place to play: In a pool, obviously

Favorite course: AP environmental science

Best moment in sports: Competing in U.S. Olympic Trials

The Word: Dedicated or insane

Boys track

Marquavious Johnson

Knightdale

Accomplishments: NCHSAA 4A 400 champion

Class: Junior

Favorite book: “Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

Best moment in sports: Breaking 4x400 relay record

Childhood toy: Basketball

Success is: Reaching goals and making dreams come true

Fun is: Having great people around me

Best place to play: Grandmother’s when I was little

Slogan: God first!

The Word: Motivated

Girls tennis

Maggie Kane

Broughton

Accomplishments: NCHSAA 4A singles champion

Class: Junior

Best sports moment: Winning 4A doubles with my sister in 2011

Proud of: Representing Broughton

Biggest thrill: Riding The Intimidator at Carowinds

Favorite book: “The Other Boleyn Girls” by Philippa Gregory

Childhood toy: Beanie babies

Best place to play: San Diego

Slogan: Fortune favors the brave

Boys soccer

Ade Taiwo

Cardinal Gibbons

Accomplishments: N.C. Gatorade player of the year

GPA: 2.7

Class: Junior

Add to Mt. Rushmore: Pele

Childhood toy: Soccer ball

Fun is: Enjoying all that life has to offer

Biggest thrill: Joining U17 men’s national team

Slogan: When you want to succeed as much as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.

Best moment: Winning N.C. Gatorade Award

The Word: Moist

Girls golf

Sarah Bae

Athens Drive

Accomplishments: NCHSAA 4A state champion

GPA: 4.0

College: High Point University

Best moment in sports: Friends and family watching her play in state championships despite cold and rain

Proud of: Adapting to a new culture

Success is: Achieving something that you have worked hard for

Best place to play: Anywhere where I can play and be competitive

Wrestling

Phillip Shuler

Southeast Raleigh

Accomplishments: State 4A champion with a 39-0 record, 69-17 career

GPA: 3.6

College: ECU

Add to Mt. Rushmore: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Favorite book: “Star Girl” by Jerry Spinelli

Best moment in sports: Upsetting Wake Forest-Rolesville in football

Childhood toys: Buzz Lightyear

Success is: Living without worries

Biggest thrill: Pinning an opponent

The Word: Focused

Girls track

Grace Morken

Carrboro

Accomplishments: 3-time state 2A cross country champ, 3-time 800 and 1600 champion, led team to four country titles and three track state titles

GPA: 3.7

College: UNC

Favorite book: “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand

Ideal guest list: Zac Efron, Louis Zamperini, Bethany Hamilton

Proud of: The growth of the running program at Carrboro High School

The Word: Carolina

Boys lacrosse

Derek Sweet

Apex

Accomplishments: School career assist leader; scored winning goal in NCHSAA finals

GPA: 3.5

College: Robert Morris University

Favorite book: Facebook

Biggest thrill: Teaming with Luke Sieber on the winning goal

Inspiration: North Carolina becoming a hotbed for high school lacrosse

Fun: Winning

The Word: Sweet

Girls lacrosse

Sydney Holman

East Chapel Hill

Accomplishments: Set state scoring record while leading ECH to state championship

GPA: 4.8

College: UNC

Success is: Setting a goal and achieving it

Favorite books: The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

Biggest thrill: Being named to Under Armour All-America game

Childhood toy: Lacrosse stick

Hardest subject: AP statistics

Boys tennis

Nick Stachowiak

Middle Creek

Accomplishments: NCHSAA 4A singles champion

GPA: 4.6

Class: Freshman

Best moment in sports: Beating Basil Khuma, the #1 junior player from India at the Bollettieri Academy

Proud of: The support my family gives me

Childhood toy: Nemo

Favorite book: “The Midnight Palace” by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Word: Integrity

Boys basketball

Isaiah Hicks

Oxford Webb

Accomplishments: Led Webb to state 3A title with 34 points, 30 rebounds. McDonald’s All-America pick; N.C. Gatorade winner

College: UNC

GPA: 2.8

Childhood toy: Playing outside

Success: Achieving what you always believed you could do

Ideal guest list: Michael Jordan

Slogan: Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard

The Word: Humble

Boys Indoor track

Jon Beyle

East Chapel Hill

Accomplishments: State indoor shot record (61-feet, 10 inches)

College: UNC

GPA: 3.7

Add to Mt. Rushmore: Jesus Christ

Childhood toy: Buzz Lightyear

Proud of: ECH track team

Slogan: "Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips" - Proverbs 27:2

Favorite subject in school: American Civil War

Fun is: Being with teammates

The Word: Shvester

Boys golf

Ben Griffin

East Chapel Hill

Accomplishments: 4A state champion in 2011 and 2013

GPA: 4.3

College commitment: UNC

Class: Junior

Book: “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit” by Mark Seal

Slogan: Failure to prepare is to prepare for failure

Proud of: Success of my team

Biggest thrill: Winning U.S. Kids Teen World Championship with father caddying

Success is: Having hard work pay off

Inspiration: The feeling of winning

 

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