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Top-ranked Apex faces Green Hope in Southwest Wake 4A soccer

September 24, 2013 

Sanderson junior Juan Cortez (7) and Apex senior Sean Bowman (15), right, go for a header during Apex’s 2-1 victory in the Wake County Cup Soccer Finals at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday, September 14.

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Apex, the new No. 1 team in The News & Observer high school boys’ soccer rankings, was an impressive 3-0 winner against Panther Creek on Monday night, but it will face a bigger challenge Wednesdayagainst Green Hope in a Southwest Wake 4A matchup.

Athens Drive beat Green Hope 1-0 last week to knock the Falcons from the top spot in the N&O rankings.

Apex (10-0) has three shutouts and has allowed more than one goal only once. Athens Drive lost to Apex 4-2.

Athens Drive defeated Green Hope during the 2012 regular season, but Green Hope went on to win its third consecutive N.C. High School Athletic Association championship.

100 to remember: The NCHSAA’s list of 100 male athletes to remember didn’t create much of a stir last week. A special committee selected the former North Carolina high school players in celebration of the NCHSAA’s Centennial. The committee had picked 100 female athletes, 100 coaches and 100 athletic administrators.

Athletes are the hardest to select because it is difficult to divorce post-high school accomplishments from the process.

Michael Jordan of Wilmington Laney, for example, seems to be an automatic pick to be among the top 100 of high school athletes in North Carolina, but if Jordan had not played in college or the NBA, it is unlikely he’d be considered for the list.

If the selection is based just on high school athletics, three-time NCHSAA golf champion Brendon Todd of Green Hope is an automatic pick.

Picking all-star teams is a thankless task.

Broughton Hall: Broughton will induct five members into it athletics hall of fame Oct. 25.

The class will include former athletics director Jack Spain; former principal Roy Teel; former and current team physicians Tom Dameron, Don Reibel, Jason McDaniels and Wally Andrews as a group; former soccer standout David Allred; and the 2006 and 2007 boys’ soccer teams.

The 2006 and 2007 teams won state titles and the 2007 team was ranked No.1 in the country. The squads included the University of North Carolina’s Scott Goodwin, who was the 2012 NCAA Academic Scholar Athlete of the Year in men’s soccer, and Jeremy Shelley, who was a kicker for the national champion Alabama football team.

Caps win fast race: The top 19 boys broke 16 minutes in the adidas Cross Country Challenge last weekend at Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary.

Will Roberson (15 minutes, 19 seconds) was fourth and helped the Broughton boys to the team title. The Caps’ John Dalton Rohr (15:42.5) and Asher Smith-Rose (15:47.4) were Nos.10 and 13. Mihret Coulter of Apex (15:30.6) and Ryan Brady of East Chapel Hill (15:31.6) were Nos.6 and 7.

Cardinal Gibbons, led by Nos.3 and 4 Mary Grace Doggett (17:54.8) and Sophie Ebihara (17:58.9), were second behind Blacksburg, Va., 69-114, in the girls’ race. Eliza Dekker of Durham Academy (17:53.7) was second to Caroline Alcorta of West Springfield, Va. (17:18.7).

Millbrook takes second: The Millbrook boys and girls were second in the Hare and Hounds Invitational cross country meet last week in Charlotte. The boys finished behind St. Pius X of Georgia and the girls were behind Castle View. Emily Pettis was third in the girls’ race.

Raleigh Grace, which has won two consecutive NCISAA 2A titles, finished 10th.

Gowarty wins: Savannah Gowarty of Sanderson won the individual title in the Carolinas Girls High School Challenge last week at Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek. Gowarty topped Leigha Holt of Holly Springs on the second playoff hole after they had each shot a 2-over-par 74.

Amanda Yannoni of Green Hope and Kendra Dalson of Heritage were selected to the all-tournament first team.

Charlotte Ardrey Kell won the team title, 249-250, over second-place Holly Springs.

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