The inaugural Bull City All-Star Game, also called the Cullen Classic for Cancer, will be held at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium on Saturday. It is the first high school lacrosse all-star game in the Triangle of its kind.
The girls’ game is 1 p.m. and the boys’ game is 5 p.m.
In between, at 3 p.m., there will be an intrasquad “Gray Devils” adult club team game involving a number of Duke alumni.
All event proceeds go to the NCHSAA Tony Cullen Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Duke Cancer Institute.
Carrboro’s Ron Mitchell will coach the White team in the boys’ game. Cardinal Gibbons’ coaching staff will lead the Blue team in the girls’ game
Full rosters are online at bullcityallstarlax.com.
Area girls - Blue team: Cassie New (Cardinal Gibbons); Sarah Boney (Cardinal Gibbons); Catherine Strong (Carrboro); Briana Petrusa (Holly Springs); Madi Dunk (Durham Academy); Lydia Carbuccia (Durham Academy); Katie Fesperman (Carrboro); Rachel Argabright (Green Hope); Lindsey Bateman (Leesville Road); Taylor Gosk (Carrboro); Jordan Metzbower (East Chapel Hill); Caroline Paquin (Cardinal Gibbons).
Area girls - White team: Sarah Seagroves (Carrboro); Abby Seagroves (Carrboro); Flora Devonport (Carrboro); Emily Ives (N.C. School of Science and Math); Issy Chung (Carrboro); Hannah Pope (Durham Academy); Emine Arcasoy (Carrboro); Tyler Mae Stempien (Leesville Road).
Area boys - Blue team: Tommy Farlow (Holly Springs); Sean Voelkel (Chapel Hill); Alex Stock (Cardinal Gibbons); Nolan Brunick (Leesville Road); Will Cordes (Carrboro); Jack Walton (Leesville Road); Charles Van Dyke (Cardinal Gibbons); Bobby Padden (Athens Drive); Wesley Roberson (Northwood); Conor Ryan (Green Hope); Cole Bullard (Cedar Ridge); Alec Lademann (Middle Creek); Nick Honkomp (Rolesville); Aidan Clark (East Chapel Hill); Scotty Crouthamel (Ravenscroft).
Area boys - White team: Shane Calderwood (Ravenscroft); Keith Phillips (Middle Creek); Tyler Thompson (Jordan); Lane Tourtellot (Broughton); Justin Freeman (Apex); Anthony DeLucia (Heritage); Patrick Sasser (Apex); Sean Nelson (Cardinal Gibbons); Jarod Goss (Wakefield); Kelsey Acome (Cedar Ridge); Jack Widman (Cedar Ridge); Nolan Irey (Ravenscroft); Charlie Caulfield (Leesville Road); Sam Weeks (Millbrook); Houston Holland (Durham Academy); Jackson Ellis (Sanderson).
U.S. Army All-American
Orange rising senior Payton Wilson was selected to the U.S. Army All-American high school football game next summer.
Wilson, a North Carolina recruit, is a versatile linebacker. He had 39 tackles for loss (127 total) and 13 sacks last season while also playing offense and returning five punts for touchdown.
Raleigh native’s team wins title
A Raleigh native played in a national high school lacrosse tournament.
Marcus Berger attends Christ School, an all-male boarding school near Asheville (most known in recent years for producing all of Duke’s Plumlee brothers). Christ School coach Jeff Miles said that Berger’s defensive performance was critical in an overwhelming 18-2 win in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association title game last month, after which the Greenies got an invite to play GEICO Lacrosse Nationals.
The Greenies lost in the first round 26-9 to top-seeded IMG Academy (Fla.) 26-9.
For Orange and South Granville, Game 2 of the N.C. High School Athletic Association softball championship series starts at 2 p.m. Saturday against teams from Union County, which is southeast of Charlotte along the South Carolina border.
If Orange and Piedmont – playing for the 3A title at N.C. State – need a Game 3, it will be at either 5 p.m. (if the 1A series at the same site does not need a Game 3) or 8 p.m.
If South Granville and Parkwood – playing for the 2A title at UNC-Greensboro – need a Game 3, it too will be either at 5 p.m. (if the corresponding 4A series at the same site does not need a Game 3) or 8 p.m.
Game 1 results were too late for print. Find Game 1 stories at nando.com/preps.
N&O teams were wiped out of the East final series, and one can see why.
Rosewood faced Whiteville and star pitcher Mackenzie Gore, who is projected as a top-five pick and was recently named the first National Gatorade Player of the Year from N.C. (shockingly, neither No. 1 overall picks Josh Hamilton or Brien Taylor won the award, which has been around since 1986).
“He’s a special player and not only does he throw hard, he has good off-speed and he can throw for strikes,” Rosewood coach Jason King said.
South Granville faced a team of destiny in Edenton Holmes. The Aces were looking for revenge for last year’s 2A East series loss to the Vikings.
“They were a young team last year, and they came back this year,” senior Justin Bullock said. “The balls fell our way last year. This year, the ball fell their way. We played a good first game. It was 1-1 to the eighth, and we gave up a big hit and that was it. (In Game 2) they played better than us.”
Holly Springs ran into one of the top pitching staffs to reach the state championship game in years, falling 2-0 and 1-0 to New Hanover. The Wildcats have allowed one run in six postseason games.
Holly Springs coach Rod Whitesell had a poignant message for his team after the game.
“Our basic message is ‘Life’s tough and this hurts. It hurts because you care and you put a lot into it,’ ” Whitesell said. “The biggest message to our seniors is, as a coaching staff, we’re always there for them. We want to be a part of their lives in the future in everything they’re going to accomplish. High school baseball is great, but it shouldn’t be a highlight of their life. We want them to continue to work hard and take the lessons they learned here and further them in their futures.”
In the softball playoffs, Louisburg ended its farthest postseason run since 1998, also falling into the 1A East final to Whiteville.
“I’m extremely proud of what we accomplished this year,” Louisburg head coach J Stamey said. “We worked very hard to get (to the state semifinals). It took our entire team to get there.”
A number of area players made the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association’s all-state team, and some coaches won awards too.
Franklin Academy’s Marc Kassay (1A) and Heritage’s Scott Weiland (4A) were named assistant coaches of the year in their respective classifications.
Carrboro’s Jared Drexler (2A) and Corinth Holders’ Alison Vetterl (3A) won coach of the year awards.
Area all-state NCISAA players: Remi Swartz (Cary Academy); Jessica McCoppin (Cary Academy); Jaya Perentis (Durham Academy); Kendall Bushick (Durham Academy); Molly Hunter (Ravenscroft).
Area all-state 1A players: Marlayna Frutiger (Franklin Academy); Anna Krussow (Franklin Academy); Bailey Stec (Granville Central); Isabel Pearce (Woods Charter).
Area all-state 2A players: Laura Sparling (Carrboro); Natasha Turner (Carrboro); Miah Araba (Carrboro); Alexa Wojnovich (Carrboro); Nona Borden (Durham School of the Arts).
Area all-state 3A players: Taylin Jean (Cedar Ridge); Elise Ederle (Chapel Hill); Alex Kerr (Chapel Hill); Anu Kane (Corinth Holders); Bryson Lee (Hunt); Natalie Chandler (Orange); Sarah Bland (Rocky Mount).
Area all-state 4A players: Reni Taiwo (Cardinal Gibbons); Haley Garrett (Cardinal Gibbons); Maggie Pierce (Cardinal Gibbons); Bailey Petersen (Green Hope); Taylor Cammarata (Green Hope); Grace Wager (Green Hope); Shelby Jones (J.H. Rose); Alexis Strickland (Millbrook); Brianna Morris (Millbrook); Meredith Hamby (Panther Creek); Keeley Copper (Pinecrest); Madison McNally (Wake Forest); Tori Hansen (Wakefield); Rachel Golden (Leesville Road).
The NCISAA hands out all-state awards for each classification at the end of the postseason.
In addition to these honors, Cary Academy’s Sarah Bodmer was named NCISAA 3A girls track and field athlete of the year by the coaches’ association. She won the 1,600 and 3,200.
Area baseball selections: 1A – Mitch Turnage (Wayne Country Day); Jabe Montgomery (Kerr-Vance); Colby Wilkerson (Kerr-Vance); Ted Suggs (Wayne Christian); John Strickland (Wayne Country Day); Holden Foster (Wayne Christian); Cedric Kirby (Greenfield); Austin Goins (Oakwood School); Heath Yow (Lee Christian); 2A – Trey Holland (Trinity School of Durham-Chapel Hill); Landen Roupp (Faith Christian Rocky Mounty); Reid Johnston (Rocky Mount Academy); Ben Lewis (Faith Christian Rocky Mounty); Braxton Varnell (Faith Christian Rocky Mount); 3A – Dawson Dupree (Wake Christian).
Area softball selections: 1A – Kaitlyn Kostrzebski (Oakwood School); Jenny Painter (Oakwood School); Sloane Correra (Oakwood School); 2A – Katherine Jones (Rocky Mount Academy); 3A – Marissa Green (Wake Christian); Savannah Craft (Wake Christian); Cassidy Young (North Raleigh Christian); Haley Haislip (Wake Christian).
Area girls soccer selections: 1A – Langley Barnes (Wayne Country Day); Morgan Lane (Community Christian); Hayden Nielsen (Wayne Country Day); Jazmine Urrutia (Grace Christian Sanford); Nicole Dunkley (Kerr-Vance); Cate Duncan (Oakwood School); Riley Short (Kerr-Vance); Madison Bolen (Grace Christian Sanford); Izabela Leite (Neuse Christian); Madison Goode (Neuse Christian); 2A – Alexis Lang (Grace Christian Raleigh); MaKenna Lagaly (Cary Christian); Sarah Reynolds (St. David’s); Nyle Nwainokpor (Grace Christian Raleigh); Rachel Wiggins (Cary Christian); Micah King (Grace Christian Raleigh); 3A – Remi Swartz (Cary Academy); Jaya Parentis (Durham Academy); Kendall Bushick (Durham Academy); Jessica McCoppin (Cary Academy); Molly Hunter (Ravenscroft).
Area boys lacrosse selections: Tyler Carpenter (Durham Academy); Shaffer Woody (Durham Academy); Jake Schneider (Ravenscroft); Owen Williams (St. David’s).
Area girls lacrosse selections: Madi Dunk (Durham Academy); Anna West (Durham Academy); Ruth Anne Winston (Ravenscroft); Hannah Pope (Durham Academy); Charlotte Easley (Durham Academy); Makayla Crawford (Ravenscroft); Brooke Baker (Ravenscroft).
Area boys golf selections: 1A – Brandon Jones (Lee Christian); Tommy Alicardi (Kerr-Vance); Mitch Deboskey (Wayne Country Day); D.J. Thaxton (Neuse Christian); 2A – Jackson Van Paris (O’Neal School); Luke Edwards (Cary Christian); Will Lewis (St. David’s); Luke Evans (Cary Christian); Josh Bryan (Trinity School of Durham-Chapel Hill); Wells Armes (St. David’s); Fulton Smith (O’Neal School); Will Hanna (St. David’s); 3A – Ryan Gerard (Ravenscroft); Quinn Riley (Ravenscroft); Kenan Poole II (Ravenscroft); Allen Smith III (Durham Academy).
Area boys tennis selections: 1A – Sam Dively (Wayne Country Day); Jeevan Tewari (Oakwood School); Alec Fritzinger (Wayne Country Day); Brandon Sears (Oakwood School); Harrison Martin (Oakwood School); 2A – Sam Henry (O’Neal School); John Lyons (Cary Christian); Trey Smelcer (Rocky Mount Academy); 3A – James Shaheen (Durham Academy); Priyan DeSilva (Durham Academy); Luke Johnson (Cary Academy).
There were a number of U.S. Lacrosse All-Americans selected from the Triangle.
Eight girls players made the roster: Sarah Boney (Cardinal Gibbons); Ellie Bromley (Apex); Madi Dunk (Durham Academy); Lundy Fine (Chapel Hill); Jordan Lappin (Cardinal Gibbons); Tess Meurling (Apex); Grace Nelson (Cardinal Gibbons); Hannah Pope (Durham Academy).
So did nine boys: Owen Caputo (Middle Creek); Jack Biestek (Cardinal Gibbons); Van Parker (Broughton); Sean Nelson (Cardinal Gibbons); Chris Wozencroft (Cardinal Gibbons); Cole Bullard (Cedar Ridge); Jack Widman (Cedar Ridge); Jake Melville (Carrboro); Tyler Carpenter (Durham Academy).
Clash of the Carolinas
The Clash of the Carolinas soccer game roster has been announced. The best seniors from North and South Carolina will play on July 8 at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Amy Green of Durham School of the Arts is coaching the N.C. girls.
Area boys players: Colin Bronack (Raleigh Charter); Griffin Brookshire (Green Hope); Cooper Dean (Hunt); Gene Garrett-Peter (Jordan); Brendan Holly (Chapel Hill); Sam Linker (Chapel Hill); Ian Walston (North Johnston).
Area girls players: Madison McNally (Wake Forest); Taylor Cammarata (Green Hope); Haley Garrett (Cardinal Gibbons); Rachel Golden (Leesville Road); Lauren Griffiths (Millbrook); Meredith Hamby (Panther Creek); Brianna Morris (Millbrook); Isabel Pearce (Woods Charter); Bailey Petersen (Green Hope); Laura Sparling (Carrboro); Reni Taiwo (Cardinal Gibbons); Natasha Turner (Carrboro).
Rosters have been set for all five N.C. Coaches Athletic Association East-West All-Star Game contests this summer. The games run July 17-19 and coincide with the NCCA annual meetings in Greensboro. The basketball games are July 17 at the Greensboro Coliseum, followed by soccer at UNC Greensboro on July 18 and football at Grimsley High School on July 19.
Heritage’s Scott Sloan is coaching the East girls soccer team and Northern Nash’s Joe McCarthy is coaching the East boys’ team. South Central’s Chris Cherry is assisting the boys basketball team.
Rocky Mount’s Jason Battle, Wake Forest’s Reggie Lucas and West Johnston assistant Samuel Hales are assisting the East football team.
Area boys basketball players: Connor Crabtree (Orange); Eric Fox (Apex); Alex Hunter (Leesville Road); Devonte Pettaway (North Pitt); Alex Reed (Garner); Samson Strickland (Fike).
Area girls basketball players: Talia Barnes (Jordan); Kai Crutchfield (Millbrook); Elisia Grissett (Hillside); Dazia Powell (Millbrook); Jaylin Powell (Rolesville); Nyona Shields (Union Pines); Kristian Eanes (Northwood).
Area boys soccer players: Jose Anguiano (Hunt); Zach Curtis (Green Hope); Wesley Dunn (Leesville Road); Brendan Holly (Chapel Hill); Sam Linker (Chapel Hill); Connor Munz (Green Hope); Dillon Parker (Corinth Holders); Ian Walston (North Johnston).
Area girls soccer players: Taylor Cammarata (Green Hope); Lilly Dunn (Green Hope); Haley Garrett (Cardinal Gibbons); Rachel Golden (Leesville Road); Madison McNally (Wake Forest); Brianna Morris (Millbrook); Robin Pollard (West Johnston); Katie Quinn (Heritage); Laura Sparling (Carrboro); Remi Taiwo (Cardinal Gibbons); Natasha Turner (Carrboro).
Area football players: Thomas Battle (Rocky Mount); Aaron Cox (Ayden-Grifton); Andrew Eisenson (Northern Durham); Jerome Ferguson (Lee County); Amir Floyd (Nash Central); Patrick Foushee Jr. (Lee County); Will Jones (Wake Forest); Artavious Richardson (Rocky Mount); Noel Ruiz (Fike); Jacob Scott (Cleveland); Keshawn Thompson (Orange); Modica Whitehurst (Ayden-Grifton); Buck Williams (West Johnston); Ja’Quan Witherspoon (North Pitt).
The Major League Baseball Draft will start on June 12, and a few local high school players could be selected.
BaseballAmerica ranks Cary’s Greg Jones Jr. (84th), Cardinal Gibbons’ Noah Campbell (111th), Northern Durham’s Spencer Smith (157th) and South Granville’s Justin Bullock (193rd) among its top 500 prospects.
However, there’s no guarantee any of them will be drafted around those spots, or at all. Teams are staying away from talented high school prospects if there’s a hint the player may be hard to sign.
This was never more pronounced last year when D.H. Conley’s Bryant Packard and Bunn’s Spencer Brickhouse (both now at East Carolina) and Orange’s Brad Debo (now at N.C. State) were passed over completely despite being ranked among the top 100 high school players in the nation.
Jones has signed with UNC-Wilmington, Campbell with South Carolina, Smith with East Carolina and Bullock with N.C. State.
Football coaching changes
Some of the last area football coaching vacancies were filled within the last few weeks.
Leesville Road hired a familiar face in Chad Smothers. Smothers was previously the football coach before leaving to become the athletic director at Knightdale in 2014. He replaces Brad Wilson, who stepped down last month.
West Johnston hired former Knightdale coach Robert Senseney to replace Jimmy Williams after the latter left to become the athletic director at Clayton. Senseney won Knightdale’s only conference title in 2013 before leaving for Burns High in Cleveland County. He was most recently an assistant at South Johnston.
Granville Central promoted offensive coordinator Larry Dale to replace John Hammett, who had left for Northern Durham last month.
Western Harnett made its second coaching change of the offseason as offensive line coach Blake Culbertson was promoted to head coach to replace Russell Taylor. Taylor, the athletic director, was going to assume the football coaching reins after Jason Furrie was let go, but no more. Furrie is now an assistant at Green Hope.
That leaves only Goldsboro with an area football coaching vacancy.