Chapel Hill High’s Gina Kim played her first round of high school golf last week and the results were as advertised.
Kim, 14, a freshman who is ranked among the top junior players in the country, shot a 3-under-par 32 on the front nine at Wildwood Green in Creedmoor.
“By far, the most talented and driven player I’ve had the pleasure to coach during eight years at CHHS,” said coach Jim Williams.
Kim finished three strokes ahead of runners-up Sarah Towne of East Chapel Hill and Hailey Freedman of Cardinal Gibbons, both at even-par 35.
Kim is the No. 1-ranked female among North Carolina junior golfers. She’s ranked No. 84 among all juniors nationally and No. 4 in the U.S. class of 2018.
“I like the competition,” Kim told the Chapel Hill News after her first high school match. “The pressure to do well motivates me to work harder.”
Mount Zion resurging : Durham Mount Zion looks to be back on its way to national prominence in basketball. Stephen Baines is the coach and he has added Brian Clifton, a well-known club coach, as the associate head coach.
The Warriors were 24-7 last year, but are expected to field a new starting five, all juniors.
The program has 7-foot Raekwon Long and 6-10, 300-pound Iran Bennett (both from Charlotte), 6-7 Thaddeus Middleton (Charleston, S.C.), 6-3 point Treante Mason (Jacksonville, Fla.) and 6-4 Aaron Simon (Louisburg). New York native 6-foot D.J. Armstrong is the only senior and only letter winner.
Northern Durham soccer : Northern Durham pushed its boys’ soccer record to 4-0 last week when Luis Rodriguez scored with 15 minutes remaining to upset Green Hope 1-0. Garrett Brock had set up Rodriguez for a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box.
Northern Durham coach Michael Tetreault said Knights keeper Francisco Guerrero made two tremendous saves to preserve the shutout.
300 wins : Harnett Central coach Johnny Pilkington recorded his 300th boys’ high school soccer victory last week when the Trojans topped Erwin Triton 6-0. Pilkington coached 10 years at Western Harnett and has been at Harnett Central for 13 seasons.
His overall boys’ record is 300-143-20.
“This hasn’t been about me. We’ve had some good boys work hard,” he said.
Pilkington said coaching in Harnett County has changed during his 20-plus years.
“We used to have some players who were new to soccer or who were not really involved in club soccer,” he said. “I remember creating my own club team and carrying it to Raleigh to play just to give the kids some experience playing.”
He said the skill level has greatly improved.
Top 25: The Green Hope girls’ cross country team is No. 22 in the MileSplit.com preseason national rankings. The Falcons return their lineup from a club that won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A championship in 2013.
Broughton volleyball : Broughton followed up its big nonconference volleyball win over Apex on Tuesday last week with a 25-14, 25-19, 25-18 victory over reigning state champ Wakefield.