Invasion ends season
For the first time in its five seasons of existence, the Cary Invasion will not be playing for a league championship.
The Invasion were knocked out of the Tobacco Road Basketball League playoffs on Sunday with a 99-86 loss to rival Bull City Legacy. It is Bull City’s first-ever win against Cary. Cary ends the year 12-3 overall.
Bull City will now play the Raleigh Revolt for the right to represent the TRBL East in the championship game.
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Green Hope wins NCHSAA honor
Green Hope High is the N.C. High School Athletic Association winner of the Exemplary School Award. In addition to a trophy and a banner for display at the school, it receives $1,000 also.
The Exemplary School Award recognizes the top overall school in the state in terms of the “total program,” including but not limited to athletic success, scope of athletic opportunities offered, facilities, community interest and involvement, academics and the like.
Since opening in 1999, Green Hope has excelled in the classroom and in athletic competition. In 2014, Green Hope was recognized as the top public high school in North Carolina by US News & World Report. Green Hope also recently received the highest School Performance Grade (SPG) among all high schools in Wake County as determined by NCDPI.
In the 15 years the school has been open, the school has won six Wells Fargo Conference Cups and five Wells Fargo State Cups for overall sports excellence. Approximately 1,000 student-athletes participate in sports at Green Hope every year, and this includes one of the largest and most successful cross-country programs in America.
In recent years, the athletic department has completed a variety of facility upgrades and has improved its relationship with local businesses and leaders in the community. Recent upgrades include a new sponsor wall and enhanced signage in the stadium and gymnasium, updated trophy cases, a new sound system in the gym, new conference championships banners, and improved safety equipment.
Meyers earns NCHSAA scholarship
Joseph Meyers of Holly Springs is one of two winners of the sixth-annual Charles Adams Endowed Scholarships awarded by the N.C. High School Athletic Association. Meyers will be recognized at the NCHSAA’s Annual Meeting on May 7 at the Dean E. Smith Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The scholarships are made possible through the generosity of donors to the fund in honor of the long-time NCHSAA executive director, who retired in 2010 after 42 years with the organization. He was inducted into the NCHSAA Hall of Fame in 2009, is a member of the National High School Sports Hall of Fame, and is also the only North Carolinian ever to serve as president of the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Meyers is an outstanding wrestler who has lettered three years in the sport at Holly Springs and was captain of this year’s squad. He took first place in the Eagle Invitational in the 126-pound class.
The Holly Springs student-athlete qualified for the “A” Honor Roll for four years, is a member of the National Honor Society and was a junior marshal. He is the founder and president of the “History of Gaming” club at his school and served as a student ambassador for a trip to China in 2012. Joseph is also a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and a member of Colla Voce, the school’s advanced choral ensemble.
He plans to attend N.C. State and major in engineering.
One scholarship award annually recognizes a male wrestler in memory of Charlie and Sue’s son Scott, who was the first individual wrestler from Chapel Hill High School to compete in the state wrestling championships. One goes to a female cross-country runner in honor of Charlie’s daughter Michelle Adams Szwajkun, who participated in cross country at Chapel Hill and ran on the 1984 state championship team. Each recipient receives a $1,500 scholarship to further his or her education at the college level.
Fuquay-Varina’s first win
Fuquay-Varina boys lacrosse closed out this year with a “1” in the win column. On April 23, the Bengals got their first varsity win in two seasons of existence with a 6-3 nonconference victory against Garner.