Leesville Road’s Caroline Gentry was named as the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association girls player of the year in ceremonies in Greensboro on Sunday.
Gentry, a N.C. State recruit, was a four-year starter and helped the Pride to a 96-4-6 record and two NCHSAA championships during her career. She was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America all-America pick as a junior.
She has an overall grade point average of 4.0 and scored 100 goals and had 55 assists during her career, including 30 goals and 15 assists this spring.
“She was double and triple teamed this spring, but was able to score consistently,” Leesville Road coach Paul Dinkenor said. “She opened up everything for her teammates.
“She is a great soccer player and a better person, an excellent role model for younger players. She possesses a fanatical work ethic. I have never ever known her to be anything but positive, motivated and full of energy.”
Among the girls soccer all-stars are Apex’s Katie Thomas, Broughton’s Kristen Cherry and Clay Weaver, Carrboro’s Samantha Burch and Kylie Tawney, Cardinal Gibbons’ Caitlin Donovan and Hannah Holub and East Chapel Hill’s Hanna Gardner.
The East-West basketball games are Monday, July 16 at Greensboro Coliseum at 6:30 and 8:30 with the football game on Wednesday, July 18 at 8 p.m. at Greensboro Grimsley High’s Bob Jamieson Stadium.
“It was one game,” Shankle said later. “We wanted to focus on playing as well as we could and not trying to replay the first game. I told the guys to go make some magic.”
Voyager, with no juniors or seniors, scrapped in the second game, but lost 6-1. The Vikings dropped one fly ball and could have played some other balls to the outfield better.
“There were a few we should have caught,” Shankle said. “Many times you can overcome errors in the infield, but it just seems any time you make a mistake in the outfield you can’t overcome it. I wish we had played better, but I’m proud of what we accomplished. The guys are proud and the school and community are proud. But we want to win the state title, not just play for it.”
Middle Creek won the 4A title with 2-0 and 10-4 wins over Cornelius Hough.