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.
To nominate players, emailby noon Sunday. Please list the name, school, sport and accomplishment for that week.
BEST OF THE BEST
▪ Congrats to Woods Charter senior Isabel Pearce, who became the N.C. High School Athletic Association all-time leading girls soccer scorer with 226 goals over her four-year career and set the new single-season mark with 80 as a senior.
▪ Northwood junior Cameron Council was named the NCHSAA 3A MVP of the boys track and field state championships after winning the 200- and 400-meter runs and taking second in the 100.
▪ Corinth Holders became the first Johnston County girls soccer team to reach an East final with a 1-0 fourth-round upset at Northern Guilford last Friday.
▪ Cardinal Gibbons senior Connor Lane was named the NCHSAA 4A MVP of the boys track and field state championships after winning the 1,600 and 3,200, setting a new state record in the latter.
Tucker Chapin, Rosewood: His three-run triple gave the Eagles the runs they needed to beat Voyager Academy 7-6 in the fourth round.
Alex Crosby, Justin Powell, Jacob Pridgen and Sam Mills, Faith Christian Rocky Mount: Crosby and Powell won Game 1 on the mound for the Patriots, 2-0, while Pridgen and Mills combined to complete the 5-4 sweep in Game 2 for the NCISAA 2A championship.
Greg Hardison, J.H. Rose: Drove in all three runs, including hitting a home run, in a 3-2 third-round win against Heritage.
Matthew Lane, Fuquay-Varina: Had the game-winning sac fly in the top of the seventh to defeat Pinecrest 7-6 in the third round.
Holden Laws, South Granville: Pitched eight innings and drove in the game-winner to defeat Randleman 2-1 in the fourth round.
Ethan Miles, Camden Munise and Brenden Wright, Holly Springs: Each homered and had three RBIs in a 15-2 fourth-round rout of J.H. Rose. Munise also threw a complete-game shutout of Cardinal Gibbons in the second round.
Jabe Montgomery, Banks Conde and R.J. Johnson, Kerr-Vance: Each had at least one RBI in game three of the NCISAA 1A baseball championship series to help the Spartans win 5-1 and bring home the title.
Beth Braswell, Princeton: Homered to bring in both runs in a third-round 2-0 victory at East Carteret.
Cameron Davis, South Central: Had the walk-off single in a third-round, 5-4 victory over Holly Springs.
Ally Goss and Megan White, South Granville: Both homered in a fourth-round win against North Johnston. Goss had the walk-off single in a 5-4 third-round win over South Columbus.
Emily Kirby and Makenna Matthijs, D.H. Conley: Kirby homered and doubled in a fourth-round loss at Southern Alamance for two RBIs, while Matthijs had three hits.
Whitney Sanford, Lee County: Struck out 12 batters in a 1-0 extra-innings loss to West Brunswick in the fourth round.
Jada Santiago and Hannah Wall, North Johnston: Santiago homered in a fourth-round loss to South Granville and third-round win over Bunn. Wall had the walk-off RBI single to defeat Bunn 6-5.
Gracie Athus and Megan Hagan, Cary Christian: Athus scored twice and Hagan once as the Knights won the NCISAA 2A championship 3-0 over Asheville Christian.
Taylor Cammarata, Green Hope: Scored a 35-yard wondergoal for the Falcons’ only score in a 2-1 loss (4-3 on PKs) in the fourth round to Hoggard.
Lexie Chase, Corinth Holders: Scored the game-winner with 30 minutes left in a 1-0 win at Northern Guilford in the fourth round.
Nicole Dunkley, Kerr-Vance: Had the only goal to help the Spartans win the NCISAA 1A title, 1-0 over Halifax Academy.
Haley Garrett, Cardinal Gibbons: Scored the game-winner with 15 minutes left in a 2-1 win over Middle Creek in the fourth round.
Kylie McElroy, Middle Creek: Scored a hat trick in a 3-1 win over Heritage in the third round.
Jared Medwar, Tanner Patrick and Owen Caputo, Middle Creek: Medwar scored five goals, and Patrick and Caputo had four each in a 17-8 win in the NCHSAA 4A state championship.
Jacob Miles, Sean Tobin and Cole Bullard, Cedar Ridge: Tobin scored three times, Bullard twice and Miles once in a 21-6 loss to Weddington in the NCHSAA 1A/2A/3A boys lacrosse championhip.
Graham Schwartz, Middle Creek: MVP of the 4A championship after winning 19 of 25 faceoffs.
Cassie and Grace New, Cardinal Gibbons: Each scored four goals apiece in a 19-12 win over Myers Park for the NCHSAA championship.
Elizabeth Wilson, Cardinal Gibbons: Named MVP of the NCHSAA state championship after scoring five goals.
Tommy Alicardi, Kerr-Vance: Shot a 159 to finish tied for third in the NCISAA 1A championship.
Josh Bryan, Trinity School Durham-Chapel Hill: Shot a 146 to finished tied for third in the NCISAA 2A championship.
Ryan Gerard and Quinn Riley, Ravenscroft: Gerard (136) was second and Riley (139) third in the NCISAA 3A state championship.
Luke Edwards, Cary Christian: Shot a 145 to finished second in the NCISAA 2A championship.
Will Lewis, St. David’s: Shot a 146 to finished tied for third in the NCISAA 2A championship.
Brandon Jones, Lee Christian: Shot a 159 to finish tied for third in the NCISAA 1A championship.
Jackson Van Paris, O’Neal School: Won NCISAA 1A/2A state championship, shooting a 137.
Chinna Baskaran, Raleigh Charter: MVP of the NCHSAA 1A dual-team tennis championship.
Jeevan Tewari and Branden Sears, Oakwood School: The No. 1 and No. 2 singles players won their singles matches first to clinch a 5-0 win and NCISAA 1A dual-team championship.
Depei Yu, N.C. School of Science and Math: MVP of the NCHSAA 2A dual-team tennis championship.
TRACK AND FIELD
Wilson Barr, St. David’s: NCISAA 1A/2A boys pole vault state champion.
Luke Bennett, Voyager Academy: NCHSAA 1A boys 1,600 and 3,200 state champion.
Sarah Bodmer, Cary Academy: NCISAA 3A girls 1,600 and 3,200 state champion.
Andrew Brooks, Broughton: NCHSAA 4A boys 800 state champion.
Caitlyn Burkett, Franklin Academy: NCHSAA 1A girls 1,600 state champion.
Enoch Cheung, Raleigh Charter: NCHSAA 1A boys 110 and 300 hurdles state champion.
Mya Daye, Northern Vance: NCHSAA 3A girls 100 and 200 state champion.
Sherrod Greene, Rocky Mount: NCHSAA 3A boys discus state champion.
Olivia Goodwin, Cary: NCHSAA 4A girls pole vault state champion.
Miles Hill, Northern Durham: NCHSAA 4A champ in the wheelchair 100, 200, shot put and discus.
Desmond Jackson, Hillside: NCHSAA 4A champ in boys ambulatory 100 and 200.
Cara King, Apex: NCHSAA 4A champ in the wheelchair 100, 200, shot put and discus.
Tyrese King, Pinecrest: NCHSAA 4A long jump and triple jump state champion.
Phillip Kostelecky, Rosewood: NCHSAA 1A boys wheelchair shot put and discus state champion.
Emily Lane, Cary Academy: NCISAA 3A girls 800 state champion.
Alyssa Lynch, Neuse Charter: NCHSAA 1A girls wheelchair shot put state champion.
Dexter McDuffie, South Central: NCHSAA 4A 300 hurdles state champion.
Michaela Nelms, Nash Central: NCHSAA 3A girls 400 state champion.
Dylan Pinder, North Johnston: NCHSAA 2A boys wheelchair champ in the 100, 200, shot put and discus.
Will Pruden, Rocky Mount Academy: NCISAA 1A/2A boys discus state champion.
Brandon Ray, Athens Drive: NCHSAA 4A boys 100 state champion.
Tessa Sheets, Northwood: NCHSAA 3A girls pole vault state champion.
Morgan Smalls, Panther Creek: NCHSAA 4A girls high jump state champion.
Christian Sodano, Cary Academy: NCISAA 3A boys pole vault state champion.
Jessica Wright and Kayla Beasley, Hillside: NCHSAA 4A girls state team champions had two individual champs: Wright in the 300 hurdles and Beasley in the shot put.
Matthew Young, Trinity Academy Raleigh: NCISAA 1A/2A boys long jump state champion.