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High school notebook: Apex, Gibbons play lacrosse for Wounded Warriors Project

tstevens@newsobserver.comApril 7, 2014 

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    Associated Press All-State Basketball, 2014


    Gabe DeVoe, Shelby, G, Sr. (25)*

    Gary Clark, Clayton, F, Sr. (24)

    Brandon Ingram, Kinston, F, Jr. (24)

    Kedrick Flomo, North Forsyth, PG, Sr. (22)

    Edrice Adebayo, Pinetown Northside, C, So. (21)

    Theo Pinson, High Point Wesleyan Christian, G, Sr. (21)

    Lamont Robinson, Eastern Alamance, PG, Sr. (16)

    Kishawn Pritchett, Lake Norman, G/F, Jr. (15)

    Dennis Smith Jr., Fayetteville Trinity Christian, G, So. (15)

    Keyshawn Woods, Charlotte Northside Christian, G, Sr. (15)

    Raekwon Miller, McDowell County, PG, Sr. (13)

    Aaron Carver, Elizabeth City Northeastern, F, Sr. (11)


    Jamie Cherry, West Craven, PG, Sr. (25)*

    Paris Kea, Greensboro Page, G, Sr. (22)

    Rydeiah Rogers, Charlotte Myers Park, F, Jr. (22)

    Azura Stevens, Cary, C, Sr. (21)

    Jatarie White, Charlotte Providence Day, F/C, Sr. (20)

    Madi Story, Catawba Bandys, G, Sr. (18)

    Rachel Camp, East Rutherford, G, Sr. (13)

    Akela Branch, Albemarle, F, Sr. (10)

    Brittany Drumgoole, Kinston, PG, Sr. (10)

    Jazmine Jones, West Forsyth, F, Sr. (10)

    Lexi Mercer, Goldsboro Rosewood, G/F, So. (9)

    Danasia Witherspoon, Hickory, G/F, Jr. (8)

    *-denotes unanimous selection

The Cardinal Gibbons boys defeated Charlotte Catholic and the Apex boys lost to Charlotte Latin in the N.C. Champion Challenge lacrosse event Saturday at Charlotte Kell High. Four games were played to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project.

Gibbons, 12-0 and the top team in the laxpower.com North Carolina rankings and The N&O area rankings, handled Catholic 13-6. Apex, the 2013 N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A champion, lost to the 2013 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association champion, 11-10.

The event featured special camouflage uniforms.

The Durham Academy girls also played in the event and lost to Charlotte Catholic 15-10.

All-state vote: It is hard to believe that someone – actually four someones – didn’t vote for Cary’s Azura Stevens on The Associated Press All-State girls’ basketball team. A 6-foot-5 Duke recruit, she averaged 30 points and 18 rebounds.

Four of 25 voters didn’t list her among the top 10 girls players in the state. Baffling.

And I thought Apex’s T.J. Evans should have made the boys’ team. The senior helped the Cougars to the NCHSAA 4A boys’ championship. He averaged 19.3 points and is one of the top shooters in the state.

Evans, Millbrook’s Chris Clemons and Northern Durham’s Ricky Council were on my ballot.

Linker tried the links: Lindsey Linker, one of the most successful high school tennis coaches in the country, tried to play golf in her native Charlotte when she was growing up.

“I think I was too hyper,” she said Saturday night as she was inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame. “I was running after every shot in my golf shoes. I found tennis and I knew that was the sport for me.”

She later was a tennis standout at Myers Park High and played at the University of North Carolina.

Clark wrestles on: Cary High junior Will Clark wrestled well, but he did not place last weekend in the Flo Nationals in Pittsburgh. The week before, Clark won the national junior title in the NHSCA Nationals in Virginia.

Clark is 10-2 against some of the top high school wrestlers in the country during the past two weeks. He was eliminated in Pittsburgh by three-time New York champion Will Koll, the son of Cornell coach Rob Koll.

Johnston County hall: North Johnston’s Thomas R. Jackson III; Princeton’s Dr. Donnie R. Jones; Smithfield-Selma’s Mike Vinson and South Johnston’s Tol Avery will be inducted into the Johnston County Athletic Hall of Fame at 6:30 p.m April 26 at Corinth Holders High.

Avery was a football, basketball, baseball and track all-star at South Johnston High before becoming the starting quarterback at N.C. State for three years. He set a Wolfpack record for rushing yards by a quarterback during 1980 with 456 yards. He set the school record for career completions with 294 and later played with the Toronto Argonauts and the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League.

Avery served in the U.S. Army in Germany, Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield, Bosnia and Macedonia and later was a Military Science Instructor at the University of Houston. He is an assistant principal at South Johnston High.

Jackson was a three-sport standout at North Johnston and a four-year starter on the offensive line at Western Carolina. He was an all-Southern Conference selection in 1992 and 1993.

Vinson taught and coached in Johnston County for 34 years. He worked with 18 principals at four schools and eight head coaches. He was athletics director at Smithfield-Selma Senior, Smithfield-Selma Middle, Selma Middle and Harrison Junior High. He was a wrestling coach at Smithfield-Selma Senior.

Jones was a physician in Princeton from 1946 through 1992 and was the team physician for Princeton athletes for 34 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was on the Johnston Community College Board of Trustees and the Johnston County School Board.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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