Chapel Hill, which swept the boys’ and girls’ championships in Carolina-8 track and field this spring, took the lion’s share of honors in that sport when post-season all-conference teams were announced last week.
Chapel Hill’s Quaniece Fish, who won the long jump and triple jump at the conference championship meet, was named the Carolina-8’s top female field athlete, while CHHS hurdler Kiara Dean was named the runner of the year after winning both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles during the Carolina-8 championships.
Not surprisingly, Issac Marsh was voted by his coaching colleagues as the Carolina-8 coach of the year for both boys and girls track.
Monte Mitchell of Orange, who won both the boys’ 110- and 300-meter hurdles, was the male runner of the year. Cedar Ridge’s Chris McKoy was voted field athlete of the year after winning the long jump and anchoring the winning 4x200 relay team.
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Cardinal Gibbons, which won Carolina-8 championships in baseball, soccer and tennis, dominated the all-conference honors, but several Chapel hill athletes won recognition.
The league’s baseball championship was split between Cardinal Gibbons and Orange, and five Panthers made the all-conference team, led by pitcher of the year Bryse Wilson. He was joined on the squad by teammates Garrett Cloer, James Cunningham, Brad Debo and Eli Lockwood.
Chapel Hill senior left-hander Andrew Miller, junior pitcher Connor Stough and junior infielder/outfielder Nick Hebert each made the all-conference first team. Sam Sisk, Chapel Hill’s winningest pitcher at 5-3, earned honorable mention along with teammate Blake Rasnake (.344). Orange’s Bredan Weber and Cameron Mehl also earned honorable mention.
Miller led the CHHS starters at the plate with a .467 average and 23 runs batted in. Hebert hit for a .423 average. Stough went 2-0 in four mound appearances while batting .351.
Despite a fourth-place finish in girls soccer, Chapel Hill still placed three players on the all-conference team: Morgan Brandewie, Mia Spencer and Meg Testen. Sarah Jones and Lianna Malawski both earned honorable mention.
Orange’s Palmer Brown was named girls soccer coach of the year after guiding the Panthers to a second-place finish.
Chapel Hill placed four players on the all-conference tennis team — Bryan Zhang, David Mirzoyan, Jared Weber and Tom Kennedy — after they helped CHHS finish 12-4 and go two rounds deep into the NCHSAA dual-team playoffs.
A total of 16 Tigers — eight females and eight males — won all-conference honors in track and field for a first- or second-place finish in the Carolina-8 championship meet April 23 at Cardinal Gibbons.
Chapel Hill’s Anna Passannante earned all-conference honors in the 800 meters and for running in the winning 4x400 relay along with teammates Erica Johnson, Jessi Szymzcak and Madi Marvin. Passannante went on to have the best individual showing of any Tiger running in the NCHSAA state 3A championship meet with her runner-up finish in the 800 meters.
Tyaasha Holloman of CHHS won all-conference honors by winning the conference’s high jump event.
Chapel Hill’s Clare McNamara, second in the 800 and 1600 meters, got all-conference honors alongside CHHS teammates Julia Perkins (pole vault) and Molly Nicholson (discus), who also finished second in their events.
Chapel Hill junior Harrison Young earned all-conference honors by winning the 400 meters and anchoring the winning 4x400 relay, which included Max Blackburn, Jonathan Timothy and Daniel Kleissler.
Carolina-8 champions who automatically got all-conference honors included Albert Nyamayaro (high jump), Daniel Margolis (pole vault) and Jecori Owens-Shuler (pole vault).
Kleissler also won also conference honors for a runner-up finish in the 800 meters, as did Simon Lee in the pole vault.
David Cho, who recently qualified to play in the CGA’s North carolina amateur Championship, was the lone Tiger to make the Carolina-8 all-conference golf team.
Chapel Hill’s junior catcher Anna Castellano earned a spot on the Carolina-8 all-conference softball team after leading the Tigers in hitting (.359).
Lacrosse has its own NCHSAA conferences separate from most sports teams. Here are the all-conference honorees from the NCHSAA's Conference 5 and 6, which comprise the members of the PAC-6, Carolina-8 and Mid-State 2A.
Conference 5 Coach of the Year: Dominic Koplar (East Chapel Hill)
Conference 5 Sportsmanship Award: Carrboro
Carrboro: Will Cordes(Att), Andrew Montross (Mid), Callum Cordell (Def). 2nd team—Evan Sullivan (GK), Hunter Bolesky(LSM), Greyson Magee (Mid). HM—Chase Bolesky (faceoffs).
Chapel Hill: Kylke Hornik (GK). HM—Jake Johnson (faceoffs).
East Chapel Hill: Vance Perkins (GK), Ellis Llewellyn (LSM), Chris Cox (Mid). 2nd team-Steele Lloyd (Mid), Rourke Therrien(Def). HM—Grant Booterbaugh (Def), Simon Perkins(Def).
Conference 5 Goalie of the Year: Morgan Clawson, Carrboro
Conference 5 Coach of the Year: Mason Cox, Carrboro
Carrboro: Morgan Clawson, Mackenzie Cox, Logan Melville, Lyn Nelson. HM — Lauren Bartek, Flo Davenport, Chloe Hultman.
Chapel Hill: Paige Childers, Louisa Fine, Lundy Fine, Paige Haskins, Jane McMurry, Shannon Wulff.
East Chapel Hill: Marrissa Creatore, Cassidy Fortney, Lena Johnson, Sarah Towne. HM — Davida Halev, Elizabeth Jensen, Reilly Reed.