RailHawks tie on road
An 85th minute goal kept the Carolina RailHawks undefeated on the road this season as it tied 1-1 at the Indy Eleven on Saturday.
Blake Wagner, moving to midfield after starting the first three games of the year at left back, tallied the Carolina goal.
The RailHawks were forced to make two first-half subs with defender Futty Danso leaving with injury in the 33rd minute and forward Simone Bracalello doing the same in the 27th. Carolina replaced Danso with Connor Tobin, who had started the season’s first three games, and Bracalello with Bradlee Baladez, who was signed just a day earlier to help fill the void by injured forward Nacho Novo.
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It was also the first time this year that defender Kupono Low started for the team and the first time midfielder Tiyi Shipalane was used as a sub.
The RailHawks host the Tampa Bay Rowdies this Saturday.
Apex Friendship girls basketball
Scott Campbell, who built an excellent girls basketball program during 23 years at Apex High, is returning to coaching at new Apex Friendship.
“I’m fired up and ready to get started,” Campbell said. “The first year I was out of coaching I walked around like a lost puppy, but probably didn’t miss coaching as much as I later did. I missed being on the court teaching. I missed being a part of the players’ lives. I missed having the chance to talk to the girls about the things that are most important.”
Campbell, who has 462 career wins, will be a non-faculty coach.
“I know that will be a challenge, but I feel good that I am not taking a position away from some teacher who is just starting their career,” he said.
Big 8 tennis championships
Cardinal Gibbons swept the Big 8 Conference’s boys tennis individual tournament last Wednesday. Louie Velasco defeated Orange’s Jabari Hargrove 6-1, 6-1 in singles while Kyler Zadell and Brody Chapman won the conference doubles title.
Big 8 track and field championships
The Crusaders finished second in the girls track and field championships on Thursday and third in the boys. Cardinal Gibbons’ boys scored 102 points, 23 behind champ Chapel Hill and five behind Cedar Ridge. The girls were 72 points behind Chapel Hill, 185-113.
Three Crusaders won boys individual runs: Connor Law at 3200 meters (9:35.9); David Edwards in the 1600 (4:29.4); and Connor Peeples in the 800 meters (1:55.1).
Cardinal Gibbons girls again dominated the middle and long distances: Zachyre Lane won the 400 meters (1:01.7), Crusader teammate Megan Vaughn won the 1600 meters (5:06.6); and Sophie Ebihara won the 3200 meters (11:18.8).
Apex coaches reach milestones
Apex softball coach Bonnie Hodge picked up her 200th win at the school on Tuesday in a 7-0 win against Athens Drive. The Cougars entered this week having won four straight. Hodge now has 202 wins to just 53 losses.
On Friday, Apex baseball coach Mike Valder reached the 100-win mark in a walk-off 4-3 win against Cary.
Milton Senter closing in on 600
Fuquay-Varina baseball coach Milton Senter entered this week with 598 career wins. His Bengals played Clayton on Monday and Cary on Tuesday. Fuquay will play at Athens Drive at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
Gibbons routs Carrboro
In a battle between the reigning 3A and 2A boys tennis champs, Cardinal Gibbons wiped Carrboro 8-1 on Thursday.