High schools

Cape Fear hitter goes 21-for-21 to set NCHSAA record

tstevens@newsobserver.comApril 2, 2014 

Fayetteville Cape Fear’s Haley Cashwell went 5-for-5 Tuesday night in a 9-2 softball victory over Hope Mills South View to smash the N.C. High School Athletic Association record for consecutive hits.

Cashwell tied the record of 16 straight hits with a 3-for-3 game on Friday in an 11-1 win over Fayetteville Britt. The freshman second baseman now has 21 consecutive hits over a six game period. She is hitting .824 (28 of 34) for the 10-0 Colts.

“We knew she was pretty good, but 21-of-21, really?” said Cape Fear assistant coach Kristen Johnson.

Cashwell is an adept bunter and has great speed. She has one extra-base hit, a double that she scored on when the ball was misplayed.

“She slaps and bunts and really runs,” Johnson said.

The record will have to be verified by the NCHSAA before becoming official.

The National Federation of State High School Associations does not keep a record for consecutive hits in softball. The Federation record for batting average in a season is .784 by Lisa Estill of Simi Valley (Calif.) Brethern in 1988.

Area 4A tennis teams lead: East Chapel Hill, Wakefield and Green Hope are Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in the N.C. Tennis Coaches Association high school rankings.

Millbrook is No. 6; Enloe is No. 8 and Middle Creek is No. 10.

Gulledge returns: Wells Gulledge, who built a statewide reputation as a basketball coach at Kinston High, has been named boys’ basketball coach at Kinston Arendell Parrott, a N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association school.

Gulledge was the Kinston coach from 2001-12. His Vikings won NCHSAA titles in 2008 (3A), 2010 (2A) and 2012 (2A).

His 5-year-old daughter, Brinkley, will enter kindergarten at the school in the fall.

“I hope I can see her smiling face every morning when we drive to school,” Gulledge said. “I plan to be here for her as long as she is in school. And my son Baker, who is 3, is right behind her.

“It is sort of funny that the same thing that drove me to leave high school coaching is bringing me back,” Gulledge said. “I’m looking forward to spending this time with my family”

Flemmings named player of year: Barton College sophomore Chris Flemmings, who played at Green Hope High, was named the Conference Carolinas men’s basketball player of the year.

“This is just crazy. I had no idea I would get this,” Flemmings said in a release from Barton. “This came from my teammates helping me get better, pushing me to improve.”

Flemmings was fourth in the conference in scoring (20.0 ppg) and seventh in rebounding (6.8). He also ranked seventh in the league in field-goal percentage (47.9) and in 3-pointers made (66).

The 6-5 guard averaged 27.4 points per game in the last five regular-season games as Barton won the Conference Carolinas regular-season title.

Chargers test Gibbons: Cary Academy tested Cardinal Gibbons in a nonconference tennis match on Tuesday before falling 5-4.

Gibbons won at Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 6 singles with Robert Kelly, Matthew Galush, Jim Mantyh and Kyle Fitzgerald and clinched the win with a No. 1 doubles win by Kelly and Galush.

Cary Academy won at Nos. 4 and 5 singles, Patrick Mulqueen and Kevin Wu. Alex Yang and Wu won at No. 2 doubles and Grant Goettel and Zack Saklad won at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles.

Gibbons is No. 1 in the N.C. Tennis Coaches Association 3A poll. Chapel Hill is No. 2.

Raye speaking: Jimmy Raye of Fayetteville E.E. Smith was one of the top college football prospects in North Carolina in 1964 but could not attend the then-segregated colleges in North Carolina.

He was the starting quarterback at Michigan State in 1966 and 1967. Michigan State and Notre Dame both finished undefeated in 1966. They tied each other 10-10 in a regular-season game.

Raye has coached at the college and NFL level for almost 40 years.

He will be the speaker at the Greater Raleigh Sports Council’s quarterly meeting on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the North Hills Club. The luncheon is $25. Call 919-664-7070

Raye will also sign copies of his new book, “Raye of Light,” which was co-authored by Tom Shanahan, who is a high school sports correspondent.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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