Athens Drive senior Grace Hunter was named the District 5 player of the year by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association. Hunter averaged 30.8 points per game this year and is the Jaguars’ all-time leading scorer.
Green Hope sophomore Kelly Fitzgerald and Cardinal Gibbons junior Olivia Smith made the second team and Holly Springs junior Brianna Tate landed on the third team.
In the boys’ District 5 team, Apex junior Ian Boyd made the first team.
Cary junior Cory Gensler and Panther Creek junior Juan Munoz were on the second team.
Cardinal Gibbons senior Justin Reid and Cary sophomore Donte Tatum made the third team.
Cary Academy no-hitter
Cary Academy starter Casey Miles tossed a complete game no-hitter with eight strikeouts en route to a 13-0 victory over East Wake Academy on Saturday.
Tyler Marshall and Jack Werner each had two hits for the Chargers, Werner also added two RBI. All told, the Chargers drew 10 walks from Eagle pitchers, helping them to their 13 run total.
The Chargers won twice on the day as part of the Cary Academy Baseball Tournament.
Sydnei Murphy of Apex turned in a collegiate-like performance during the Dennis Craddock Carolina Relays a the Irwin Belk Track at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill last weekend. They competed in the high school division, but would have won the college competition with their performances.
Murphy posted a 12.22 in the 100 meters.
Gibbons downs CA tennis
Cardinal Gibbons High, which won the N.C. High School Athletic Association boys 3A dual-team tennis title in 2014, and Cary Academy, which won the 2014 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A title, locked up in a tight match last Tuesday.
Gibbons, which didn’t lose an individual match in last year’s playoffs, nipped Cary Academy 5-4. Three of the singles matches went to tie-breakers with Gibbons winning two.
Matt Galush of Gibbons beat Alex Yang 6-2, 4-6 (10-7) at No. 1. Kevin Wu of Cary Academy topped Jim Mantyh 5-6, 6-3 (10-6) at No. 3, and Kyle Fitzgerald of Gibbons beat John Peterson 3-6, 6-3 (12-10) at No. 6.
The Chargers’ Calvin Ma won by retirement, and Brody Chapman of Gibbons took a 6-4, 6-4 win over Zack Saklad.
The only match that wasn’t close was Cary Academy’s Patrick Mulqueen’s 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Kyler Zadell at No. 5.
“It was just as tight as we thought it would be,” said Gibbons coach Andrew Tuttle. “We beat them 5-4 last year, and they have most of their starters back, and so do we.”
The match was tied 3-3 with the three tie-breakers being played. Fitzgerald won for a 4-3 lead, and minutes later Galush clinched the victory with his win.
“Tight matches like that bring out the best aspects of team play,” Tuttle said. “All the guys were running from one court to the next. You don’t always get that if you are way ahead.”
Gibbons, 9-0, will play in the DecoTurf High School Championship in Chattanooga, Tenn., on March 27 and 28. The 16-team field includes teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.
Ress wins spot
Cary High’s Justin Ress, swimming with the Marlins of Raleigh club team, qualified for the U.S. Junior National team during competition this week at the National Club Swimming Association Junior Nationals in Orlando, Fla.
Ress finished second in the 200 backstroke to earn a berth on the U.S. team that will swim in the Irish Nationals.
His 2:00.53 time qualifies him for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. He earlier had finished fourth in the 1,000-yard freestyle.
Ress won the 4A 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle this spring and anchored Cary’s winning 400-yard relay in the NCHSAA 4A championships.
Cardinal Gibbons all-conference
The Big 8 Conference, of which Cardinal Gibbons is a part of, released its winter sports all-conference teams last week.
The Crusaders swept player of the year (Justin Reid) and coach of the year (James Ryan) honors in boys basketball. Logan Bugg joined Reid on the all-conference team.
Gibbons’ Olivia Smith was the girls basketball player of the year and made the all-conference team with Erica Skowron.
Noah Cairns was the boys swimmer of the year and Jonah Turner was coach of the year. Christopher Raymond, Shane Humphrey, J.D. Humphrey, Cothalee Watko and John Cairns joined Noah Cairns on the all-conference team.
In girls swimming, Emily Dykstra, Haley Allen, Sammy Stone and Adelaide Cairns were on the all-conference team.
The Crusaders had no all-conference wrestlers.
Research Triangle all-conference
The North Central Athletic Conference released its all-conference teams last week. Only one player from Research Triangle, a charter school located in RTP that includes several Cary and Morrisville residents, was honored.
In boys basketball, the Raptors’ J’Quan Deal made the all-conference team.