The News & Observer All-Metro teams and final fall sports rankings were kind to the southwestern Wake area.
At least one athlete from the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference made each team, not counting those Cary Academy, Cardinal Gibbons and Wake Christian players who also were on each team.
Gibbons finished No. 1 in two of the three top 15 area rankings.
Boys soccer: Holly Springs’ SWAC player of the year Aaron Latigue was joined on the 13-player team by TISAC player of the year Collin Dworsky of Cary Academy as well as Cardinal Gibbons’ Drew Rabil and Cooper Duplantis.
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Gibbons was No. 1 in the final top 15 area rankings while Green Hope (fifth), Apex (sixth), Holly Springs (eighth), Middle Creek (ninth) and Cary Academy (13th) also joined. It was the first time Cary Academy and Holly Springs ended the year ranked in the area.
Cross country: Green Hope’s Elly Henes, Panther Creek’s Rebekah Greengrass, Cardinal Gibbons’ Sophie Ebihara and Cary Academy’s Sarah Bodmer made the seven-person All-Metro girls cross country team. It was the second time Henes, the 4A champ, had made the team and third time for Ebihara.
On the boys’ team, Cardinal Gibbons’ David Edwards, Cary’s Dean Abushouk and Cary Academy’s Josh Mitchell all made the team.
Football: The All-Metro football team included Panther Creek linebacker Ryan Callahan.
Girls golf: The southwestern Wake area nearly took over the seven-player girls golf team.
Fuquay-Varina’s Catherine Ashworth, 4A runnerup, was joined by 4A champ Jennifer Chang of Athens Drive, 4A fourth-place Meghan Symonds of Green Hope and 3A third-place Riley Smyth. It was Symonds’ third time making the All-Metro team.
Girls tennis: Sammi Smith and Jordan Strickland of Panther Creek made their third straight All-Metro team after winning their third straight 4A doubles title. Cardinal Gibbons’ 3A champs Devin and Jenna Knors also made the team as did Cary Academy’s Jessie Liu and Cary’s Supriya Narisetti.
Volleyball: SWAC player of the year Ally Beckman of Apex was joined on the team by Cardinal Gibbons’ Briley Brind’Amour and Tori Dozier.
Gibbons was No. 1 in the final rankings for the second straight year while Green Hope (10th), Apex (12th) and Middle Creek (15th) were also ranked. It was the first time Middle Creek ended the year in the N&O area rankings for volleyball.