High Schools

Clayton girls have won 64 straight league tennis matches

tstevens@newsobserver.comOctober 15, 2013 

The Clayton girls’ tennis team won its sixth consecutive conference championship and extended its conference winning streak to 64 matches last week.

Seniors Logan Boykin, Kohana Hackett, Spencer Rich and Elezcia Singletary have never played in a conference loss.

Boykin and Singletary are four-year starters and have won more than 50 matches as a doubles team, as well as more than 50 singles matches each.

The league winning streak includes three 5-4 victories – two against Garner and one against former league foe Smithfield-Selma.

Rutgers recruit: Broughton junior basketball player Austin Burnette has committed to Rutgers.

Burnette, 6-foot-6, transferred to Broughton this year after playing at Cardinal Gibbons in 2012-13.

Winning streak: Grace Christian of the Sanford boys’ soccer team has won 19 straight games and allowed five goals in that span. The Crusaders have wins against Charlotte Latin and have split head-to-head meetings with N&O No.12 North Raleigh Christian.

Grace (23-2-1) leads the area in goals per game (5.3) and has 17 shutouts. It dominates the area scoring leaders with No.3 Salvador Leonidez (58 points), No.4 Jose Leonidez (55 points) and Evan Kannar and Ricardo Castaneda, who are tied for sixth with 53 points.

Franklinton senior Ivan Rebollar leads area scorers with 30 goals and 67 points and Andrew Peterson of Raleigh Friendship (66 points) is second.

Area 4A conference scoring leaders include Dean Rutherford of Fuquay Varina (45 in Southwest Wake), Marco Perez of Garner (37 in Greater Neuse) and Austin Maune of Millbrook (34 in Cap Eight).

Forfeits: The Apex boys’ soccer team had to forfeit three games it won or tied: a 5-4 win against Northern Durham, a 3-0 win against Holly Springs and a 2-2 tie with Middle Creek.

The forfeits move the Cougars from to 14-1-1 overall and 8-1-1 in the Southwest Wake to 12-4, 7-3.

One of the player’s physicals expired during the season and the Cougars played four games before he received a new one. The school notified the N.C. High School Athletic Association and the opposing schools.

Apex’s 3-1 loss to Green Hope also came after the physical had expired.

Winning them close: Green Hope (15-1, 10-1 Southwest Wake) has won eight soccer matches by one goal, including four of its past five. The Falcons broke a four-game one-goal win streak with a 2-0 victory against Athens Drive on Monday.

Volleyball playoffs: The NCHSAA volleyball playoffs will begin Saturday. Conferences have until Thursday to report their representatives.

Undefeated Cardinal Gibbons (21-0) leads The N&O rankings, followed by Apex (16-2), Durham Riverside (21-1), Wakefield (17-2), Broughton (19-2-1) and Garner (20-2).

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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