High schools

Bo and Susanne Boyden join short list of family champions

tstevens@newsobserver.comMay 12, 2014 

Wakefield’s Bo Boyden joined sister Susanne on Friday as a N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A tennis singles champion. Boyden, a junior, raced past Millbrook’s Logan Weber to win the boys’ title. Susanne, a sophomore, won the girls’ title last fall.

The sibling sweep of the titles was the first time the championships stayed in one family since 2003-04 when Brevard’s Britney Cloer won the first of her four 2A singles titles and older brother Chris won the boys’ championship in the spring.

The third sister-brother championship duo was Broughton’s Henriette Williams, who won the 4A singles title in the fall of 1997, and brother Judson who was the boys’ champion that spring.

Boyden said after his 6-1, 6-1 title win that he and Susanne don’t play mixed doubles often.

“We’re both really competitive,” he said.

Both practice at North Hills Country Club and Bo Boyden credits much of his improvement to working with coach Shane Wells.

“He’s helped me a lot,” Boyden said. “I still need to get a lot better at every aspect of my game, but he has really helped me.”

Hepp steps down: L.J. Hepp, the Panther Creek boys’ basketball coach and athletics director, is stepping down as coach, but retaining his AD duties.

Hepp coached the Catamounts for their first three seasons, left for two years to coach on the college and professional level before returning in 2011. He was named AD in 2012.

Principal Rodney Nelson said in a release that Hepp is stepping down to spend more time with his wife and two children.

“Panther Creek has a special place in my heart,” Hepp said in the release. “Starting the men’s basketall program is the highlight of my career. The thing I’ll miss the most is the coach-player relationships that develop from coaching a team.”

Sanderson surges: The Spartans dropped three of their first four Cap Eight 4A baseball games, but didn’t lose another league game to win the conference crown and the league’s No. 1 seed in the playoffs, which begin this week.

“We just didn’t hit the ball early,” coach Todd Laughlin said. “We lost a couple of games in the 10th (inning) and another in the seventh. Our pitching wasn’t getting much support.”

Senior right-hander Daniel Dulaney did not allow an earned run in seven league starts and junior left-hander Ray Roby had a 0.76 ERA.

“They were very consistent,” Laughlin said. “We thought we were going to get a strong start every game.”

Right fielder Connor Baldy hit .537 in conference games and catcher Ryan Jeffers .489.

“After those first few games, we really put some runs across,” Laughlin said. “The team really came around.”

NCISAA playoffs: The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association sports season wraps up with state championships this week.

Cary Academy is the top seed in boys’ 3A tennis. The finals are Saturday at Cary Academy.

The Ravenscroft boys (12-2) and girls (15-2) are the No. 2 seeds in their lacrosse brackets.

The undefeated St. David’s girls’ soccer team (16-0-1) is seeded behind Caldwell Academy (15-3-1) in 2A. The finals will be at Forsyth Country Day

Ravenscroft wil host the 3A track and field championships on Saturday.

Better than average: Cardinal Gibbons junior Stephen Scott, who had committed to Vanderbilt, had one of the most outstanding seasons in school history. He hit .608 with 32 RBIs and eight home runs. His slugging percentage was 1.1196 and his on-base percentage was .727.

Gibbons did not qualify for the playoffs despite hitting .358 and averaging 9.2 runs per game.

Army All-America game: Princeton’s Johnny Frasier, Wake Forest’s Bryce Love and Garner’s Nyheim Hines, all running backs, have been nominated for 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The all-star game will be played on Jan. 3, 2015.

Over 400 players have been nominated and 90 will be selected.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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