Each week, we’ll honor the top performances as nominated in baseball, softball, girls soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, boys golf, boys tennis and track and field with a “PrepsNow: Best of the Week” column.
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BEST OF THE BEST
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Cardinal Gibbons senior Connor Lane won the prestigious Penn Relays title in the 3,000 meter run on Saturday in Philadelphia. His time was 8 minutes, 24 seconds. The Penn Relays is arguably the biggest event in high school track and field.
Sam Crawford, St. David’s: Struck out 20 batters in 10 innings of work.
Tyler Hammer, Neuse Charter: Had a complete game on the mound in a 3-2 win last Tuesday against Hobbton. It was the Cougars’ second conference win in school history.
Trey Holland, Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill: Pitched a perfect game with seven strikeouts in a five-inning 12-0 victory at O’Neal School, while adding a double and two RBIs.
Jason Taylor, Trent Harris and J.D. Burrows, Heritage: Harris and Burrows combined for a nine-inning shutout of Millbrook on Friday while Taylor had a walk-off single for a 1-0 win.
Jordan Blake, Pinecrest: Homered twice and picked up the 4-3 win on the mound against Hoke County.
Ashley Daniel, Triton: Went 4 of 5 in a 16-5 win at Western Harnett on Thursday with two doubles, two homers and eight RBIs.
Allison Fletcher, Falls Lake Academy: Struck out 10 batters against East Wake Academy.
Marissa Green, Wake Christian: Hit two home runs, had six RBIs and pitched six innings in a 10-1 win Friday against North Raleigh Christian.
Monty Cooling, Rennie Taiwo and Maggie Pierce, Cardinal Gibbons: Cooling and Taiwo led the defense to two shutout wins and Pierce had five assists and four goals in the two matches.
Van Parker, Broughton: Topped the 100-point mark on the season.
Jake Schneider, Ravenscroft: Had nine goals and four assists in Friday’s 21-7 win against Durham Academy.
Olivia Blake, Apex Friendship: Had six goals, seven assists, 30 groundballs and won 55 percent of her draws in helping play the Patriots into the playoffs for the first time.
Madi Dunk Durham Academy: Scored eight goals including the overtime winner in a 12-11 victory over Ravenscroft on Friday.
Lillian York, St. David’s: Scored 12 goals in a 14-13 overtime loss to Cary Academy. The junior has 50 on the year.
Seve Anfindsen, Green Hope: Tied for the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference tournament title.
Ethan Faulconer, Smithfield-Selma: Won the Two Rivers 3A Conference tournament.
Ben Ramos, Northwood: Won the Big 8 Conference tournament.
Zack Roberts, Holly Springs: Tied for the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference tournament title.
Mo Almontaser, Millbrook: Defeated defeated Enloe junior Michael Ogundele in the Cap-8 Conference singles championship, 6-1, 6-1
Khadeem Dublin and Jake Clement, East Wake: Defeated Clayton’s Jacob Granger and Christopher Riley 6-4, 6-4 to win the Greater Neuse River Conference singles title.
Banks Evans, Clayton: Defeated Southeast Raleigh’s LaQuon Gilchrist, 6-2, 6-2 to win the Greater Neuse River Conference singles title.
Nico Grewe and Blake Carter, Wakefield: Defeated Enloe’s Revanth Bobba and Ethan Saber 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in the Cap-8 Conference doubles championship.
Alex Kim and Rishi Kakkar, Panther Creek: Defeated Middle Creek’s Grant and Owen McGrew 1-6, 6-2 (10-4) in the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference doubles championship.
Thad Reickley and Thomas Dunn, Corinth Holders: Defeated Triton’s Riley Adkins and Theo Gregoire 6-1, 6-1 to win the Two Rivers 3A Conference doubles championship.
Daniel Snyder, Triton: Defeated Smithfield-Selma’s Nathan Hoyt 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 to win the Two Rivers 3A Conference singles title.
Ben Wayand, Green Hope: Defeated Panther Creek’s Trice Pickens in the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference singles championship.
TRACK AND FIELD
Lauren Ammons, Sanderson: Won the girls 800 and 1,600-meter runs at the Cap-8 Conference championships.
Kobe Barnes, Wakefield: Won the boys 100-, 200- and 400-meter dash at the Cap-8 Conference championships.
Jack Clemens, Carrboro: Won the boys 800- and 1,600-meter runs at the Mid-State 2A Conference championships.
Jade Demps, Broughton: Won the girls high jump, triple jump and long jump at the Cap-8 Conference championships.
Sierra Fletcher, Southeast Raleigh: Won the girls 100 and 300 hurdles at the Greater Neuse River Conference championships.
Veronica Fraley, Wakefield: Won the girls shot put and discus at the Cap-8 Conference championships.
Taylor Grier, Wakefield: Won the girls 100- and 400-meter dash at the Cap-8 Conference championships.
Diane Sanchez-Lopez, Rolesville: Won the girls 1,600- and 3,200-meter run at the Greater Neuse River Conference championships.
Taylor Scott, Wakefield: Won the girls 100 hurdles, 200-meter dash at the Cap-8 Conference championships.
Carina Taylor, Carrboro: Won the girls 800- and 1,600-meter runs at the Mid-State 2A Conference championships.
Rondell Terry, Garner: Won the boys 100- and 200-meter runs at the Greater Neuse River Conference championships.
Jason Ossai Uzukwu, Rolesville: Won the boys shot put and discus at the Greater Neuse River Conference championships.
Kylia Wright, Southeast Raleigh: Won the girls 100- and 200-meter dash at the Greater Neuse River Conference championships.
Candice Whitley, Southeast Raleigh: Won the girls discus and tied for first in the shot put at the Greater Neuse River Conference championships.