Notebook: Green Hope girls expected to contend for a fifth straight cross country title

tstevens@newsobserver.comJuly 24, 2013 

Green Hope has won the past four N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A girls cross country titles and should be among the favorites for at least the next three seasons.

Coach Mike Miragliuolo returns five of his top seven runners from 2012. Veterans Kristen Lospinoso, Elly Henes and Kayla Hall lead the veterans with personal bests under 19 minutes.

Sophomores Henes, Hall, Katie Tomasic and Julia Zwierzynski may be among the Falcons’ top five this year. Junior Theresa Enright and seniors Taylor Buscemi and Savannah Lips also have personal bests of under 19:04.

The Falcons also return six of their seven top boys runners.

Miragliuolo expects another huge squad, perhaps the largest varsity team in the country. Two-hundred-and-50 runners, including 146 boys, have signed up to run this year.

Migliaccio to Athens: Emilia Migliaccio, 14, one of the top girls golfers in the state, plans to enroll and play high school golf at Athens Drive this fall. She will be a freshman.

Migliaccio won the PKBGT UNC Classic and was runner-up in the N.C. Junior Girls Championship.

Shuler picks ASU: Phillip Shuler of Southeast Raleigh, the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A heavyweight wrestling champion, has signed with Appalachian State.

Shuler was 39-0 in 2013.

Brady shines in new sport: Eric Brady, a former baseball standout at Green Hope, switched to golf when he transferred from Duke University, where he played baseball, to East Carolina. He led the Pirates’ regulars this year with a 74.16 stroke average.

Brady had top 25 finishes in nine of ECU’s 11 tournaments.

Brady was runner-up last week in the 35th annual Cardinal Amateur at Sedgefield Country Club. Taylor Coalson, a rising sophomore at UNC-Greensboro, won by five strokes with a four-under-par 206. Brady shot a three-under 67 on the final day.

Former Leesville Road golfer Grayson Murray transferred from Wake Forest to East Carolina this spring and posted a team-best 73.67 stroke average, but played in only three events.

Rolesville coaches: Rolesville High, which will open this fall, has announced most of its coaches for its first year.

Jermaine Evans, a former assistant coach at Millbrook, is the football coach. His assistants will include Brandon Snarey, Anthony McCoy, Leo Barthelmess and Jevar Bransome.

Other fall coaches include Tosha Pullen in volleyball, Jeanne Pastorius in girls tennis, Chris Haugen in girls golf, Michael Grether in cross country and Beth Duckett in cheerleading.

Tommy Moore, the athletic director, will coach boys basketball, and Pullen will coach girls basketball. Grether is the wrestling coach and Lester Turner will coach swimming.

In the spring, Jeanne Pastorius is the boys tennis coach and Grether is the boys track coach. Brian Powell will coach baseball.

Brad Farrell is the athletic trainer.

Some positions, including boys and girls soccer coaches, have not been named.

Wood bat baseball: Stephen Scott, a rising junior at Cardinal Gibbons High, helped the Evoshield Canes 16U National Team to the Perfect Game 16U World Wood Bat baseball title last week in Marietta, Ga. The team went 12-0 in the 280-team tournament.

Scott hit .321 in the eight-day event and tied for the team lead in RBI with nine.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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