High schools: Chapel Hill's Ben Fisher wins all-America soccer honor

tstevens@newsobserver.comDecember 12, 2013 

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Chapel Hill High School junior midfielder Ben Fisher has been named an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Fisher was one of six juniors and one of just two players from North Carolina on the 61-player list.

He helped lead Chapel Hill to a 24-2-1 record and the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A quarterfinals. He was a member of The News & Observer All-Metro team.

“I would have liked for us to win the state championship,” Fisher told Eliott Warnock of The Chapel Hill News. “Without that, I guess this is the high point of my year in soccer.”

Fisher, a 2015 UNC-Wilmington recruit, was the Big Eight Conference’s 2013 Player of the Year after scoring 16 goals and leading the area with 20 assists.

“Ben has the ability to keep the ball in a crowd and still find the perfect pass,” Chapel Hill coach Ron Benson said. “He puts the ball where the receiving player can best use it.

“He also has a high work rate plus hard bending shot.”

Fisher is the first All-American for the Chapel Hill boys’ soccer team since Tommy Drake was named an NSCAA All-American in 2006. Fisher also is the first Chapel Hill junior to make the NSCAA team since Derek Kepner in 1988, Benson said.

Asheville Roberson senior Austin Stamey joined Fisher on the 2013 list.

Triple double: Senior Rebekah Banks of Cary Academy had the first triple double of her career in the Chargers’ 54-36 basketball victory against Saint Mary’s on Tuesday night.

The UNC-Wilmington recruit scored 24 points, grabbed 24 rebounds and blocked 10 shots. She had 15 offensive rebounds. Banks averages 14.1 rebounds and 22.1 points per game.

“Rebekah has really raised her level of play this year,” Cary Academy coach Mike Zeillmann said. “Her scoring has doubled from 11 points last year to 22 points this year.”

Stevens leads: Azura Stevens of Cary, a Duke recruit, leads the area in girls basketball scoring (31.4 points) and rebounding (15.8).

PAC-12 honors: Former Cardinal Gibbons volleyball standout Madison Bugg was named the Pac-12 Conference setter of the year. Bugg led the conference with 11.88 assists per set.

Football Gatorade: Davidson Day football quarterback Will Grier is the 2013 Gatorade North Carolina high school football player of the year. He also won the award in 2012.

The University of Florida recruit led the Patriots to their third consecutive N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state championship.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior passed for 4,989 yards and 77 touchdowns on 314-of-446 passing (70.4 percent). He threw for 599 yards and seven touchdown passes in a 69-28 victory against Harrells Christian in the NCISAA Division II title game.

Grier also rushed for 1,252 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. He threw for 14,559 yards and 195 touchdowns and ran for 2,990 yards and 32 touchdowns during his career.

W.E. Warnock contributed to this report.

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