Leesville Road football standout Braxton Berrios removed himself from the North Carolina roster for the Shrine Bowl Game of the Carolinas all-star game because he still is recovering from an early-season foot injury.
“Braxton decided that he would not be healthy enough to play,” said Leesville coach Chad Smothers. “It would be better for another deserving kid that is healthy to get a chance.”
The December all-star game matches a high school football all-star team from North Carolina against an all-star team from South Carolina.
Berrios, a senior who has committed to the University of Miami, played in the Pride’s first three games but was injured while playing quarterback and did not play the second half of a 34-21 loss to Panther Creek. He missed the next four games, but scored the only touchdown in Leesville’s 7-3 win against Millbrook two weeks ago.
Berrios passed for 196 yards in last week’s 34-31 loss to Wakefield. He also caught one pass for 17 yards.
The Pride plays at home against Millbrook on Friday night in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4AA playoffs.
Berrios, who is expected to play Friday, was replaced on the Shrine team by wide receiver Austin Proehl of Charlotte Providence. Proehl is the son of former Wake Forest University standout and former NFL player Ricky Proehl.
Wildcat field hockey: East Chapel Hill defeated Carrboro 2-1 in overtime in the finals of the North Carolina Field Hockey Association girls’ high school championships. The title was the sixth straight for the Wildcats.
Senior Maddie Futch scored the winner on a direct shot off of a penalty corner.
Field hockey is not an NCHSAA sport because a limited number of schools have teams.
East Chapel Hill defeated Asheville 3-0 in the first round of the 16-team tournament. Northwest Guilford fell 4-0 and the Wildcats nipped Charlotte Catholic 2-1 in sudden victory double strokes before the title match.
Catholic and East played through two overtimes and one round of penalty strokes before Marina Jones and Marisa Creatore scored on penalty strokes in the second stroke round. East Chapel Hill goalie Grace Haley had several saves during the period.
Carrboro advanced to the finals by defeating Chapel Hill 3-1 in its semifinal. The Chapel Hill area had three of the top four teams.
Susan Taylor has coached the team to six consecutive titles.
Plumlee honored: Maddie Plumlee, a 6-foot-1 volleyball outside hitter at Saint Mary’s School, was named to the Under Armour/AVCA All-American second team. Twenty-four players were selected to the first team and 24 others to the second team.
Plumlee set school records for single-match kills (36), single-season kills (514) and single-season hitting percentage (.410)
She is a Notre Dame recruit.
Wakefield’s 6-1 Darian Mack, a Kentucky recruit; Wakefield’s 6-0 Gabby Benda, a Marquette recruit; and Cornelius Hough’s 6-2 Julia Brown, an N.C. State recruit, were named as honorable mention selections.
Soccer finals: Sanderson will play Asheville Roberson in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A soccer championships at 8 p.m., on Saturday at N.C. State’s Dail Soccer Stadium at Derr Track on the N.C. State campus.
Sanderson (23-6-1) was the No. 7 seed in the 4A East bracket, but knocked off No. 2 seed Southern Pines Pinecrest 3-1 in the quarterfinals and and top-seeded Green Hope, 3-0, in the semifinals.
Roberson (25-0-2) was the No. 3 seed in the West. It beat No. 2-seeded Charlotte Providence 2-0 in the western semifinals and earned its finals berth with a 5-2 win against Cornelius Hough.
Jacksonville (20-4-1) will play Marvin Ridge (21-1-1) in the 3A finals at 5 p.m. Kill Devils Hill First Flight (23-0) plays Salisbury (26-1) in 2A at 2. The 1A finals at 11 a.m. match Wallace-Rose Hill (22-3) against North Moore (20-3-1).