Locals named to all-district hoops teams
Millbrook’s Kai Crutchfield was named District 5 girls’ player of the year by the N.C. Basketball Coaches Association. She was joined on the first team by teammate Dazia Powell, East Wake’s Angel Rizor, Knightdale’s Mikaya Wilson and Apex’s Elle Hepburn. Millbrook’s Chris East was the coach of the year.
The second team was Southeast Raleigh’s Jada McMillan, East Wake’s Tamira Knuckles, Rolesville’s Jaylin Powell, South Johnston’s Anna Webster and Leesville Road’s Kelly Funderburk. The third team had Holly Springs’ Brianna Tate, Southeast Raleigh’s Kia Abrams, Cardinal Gibbons’ Olivia Smith, Apex’s Samantha Michel and West Johnston’s Christian Sanders.
Southern Durham’s Marissa Mackins was on the District 6 first team with Chapel Hill’s Alliyah Chapman. Riverside’s Zaria Rogers, Chapel Hill’s Autumn West, East Chapel Hill’s Ali Cyr-Scully and Roxboro Community’s Elana Ingram made the second team, with Bunn’s Precious Walker, N.C. School of Science and Math’s Rachel Ruderman, Southern Durham’s J-Naya Ephraim and Roxboro Community’s Mya Johnson on the third team.
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EWA softball off to dominant start
East Wake Academy’s bats have been red hot as the unbeaten Eagles have opened the season with five wins.
The team on Friday posted a 15-1 victory on the road against Oxford Preparatory School to cap a week in which it also eased past St. Mary’s School, 21-6.
The Eagles seem to not mind playing on the road. Their first three wins all came in away games where they outscored Durham School of the Arts, Falls Lake Academy and Durham Academy by a combined score of 54-2.
Through Friday’s game, eight EWA players were batting at or better than .400.
Among the top hitters, senior Brooke Sanderson (.688) was quite productive in the first five games. In 16 at-bats she recorded 14 RBI on 11 hits, and she crossed home plate 11 times. Among her hits were a team-high five doubles and two home runs.
Eagles regroup with soccer shutouts
East Wake Academy’s girls soccer team bounced back from a 2-1 loss to North Central Athletic 1A Conference rival Research Triangle High School last Monday, finishing off the week with a pair of shutout wins.
The Eagles on Wednesday defeated Voyager Academy 4-0 in another NCAC match, and then on Thursday posted their second 9-0 win of the season over Oxford Preparatory School.
With the wins, East Wake Academy improved to 5-2-1 on the season.
Davis tosses perfect games
Bunn’s Erica Davis threw two perfect games, on March 7 in the Wildcats’ 13-0 win over Southern Nash and on March 11 in a 17-0 triumph over Southern Vance.
She faced a combined 30 batters in 10 innings in those games, giving up no hits while striking out 23 batters.
In the game against Southern Vance, she faced 15 batters and posted 15 strikeouts.
Soccer tryout dates set
United Soccer Club has several tryouts upcoming for its challenge-level teams. Tryouts for players born 2001-03 will be held May 9; tryout for players born 2004-06 will be held May 10; and tryouts for players born 2007-09 will be held May 12. All tryout times are 6:30-8 p.m. at the field at 65 Liles Dean Road, Wendell. For more information, visit unitedsoccerclubnc.com.
Knightdale Hustle basketball sessions
Knightdale Hustle basketball hosts open gym skills sessions for youth grades 2-8 on Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. at Knightdale Baptist Church, 15 Main St., Knightdale. The cost is $10 to participate and players should bring their own ball. For more information, contact Kelly Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org.