Six area girls lacrosse players were named all-American, and three are from N.C. High School Athletic Association champ Cardinal Gibbons.
Gibbons’ Sydney Anderson, Jordan Lappin and Erica Skowron represented North Carolina’s allotted spots on the team as did Durham Academy’s Madison Dunk and Apex’s Graci Fulkerson and Tess Meurling.
MLB Draft: In the last 30 rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday, six more players with ties to the Triangle and Eastern N.C. were selected.
Eastern Wayne catcher Zack Smith was selected by Cleveland in the 15th round (452nd overall) right out of high school and the rest were in college.
Former Wakefield star Vance Vizcaino was selected by Kansas City in the 11th round (343rd) after his redshirt senior season at Stetson. Vizcaino began his college career at Tennessee.
Clayton product Tyler Keele, now at Morehead State, was taken by Arizona in the 15th round (449th).
Pitcher Andrew Vernon became the first player from Knightdale or North Carolina Central picked when Milwaukee in the 28th round (831st).
Dalton Britt from Greenville’s J.H. Rose High, was taken by Detroit in the 31st round (925th). A few picks later, former Holly Springs catcher Joey Roach was taken by Tampa Bay in the 31st round (930th). Roach was Carlos Rodon’s high school catcher when the Golden Hawks won the 2011 state title.
In Friday’s rounds 3-10, Atlanta drafted Orange pitcher Bryse Wilson (4th round, 109th), Toronto drafted Fike outfielder D.J. Daniels (6th round, 192nd) and Oakland selected former Green Hope pitcher Will Gilbert (8th round, 232nd) after a strong senior season at N.C. State.
Not selected were Bunn’s Spencer Brickhouse, D.H. Conley’s Bryant Packard and Orange’s Brad Debo. All three were among the highest-ranked high school players in the country, but MLB teams only draft the high school players they are confident will sign a contract.
Brickhouse and Packard will matriculate to East Carolina, and Debo to South Carolina.
Wells Fargo Cup: Green Hope and Carrboro kept their Wells Fargo Cup trophies as the best athletic programs in the NCHSAA. State cup standings are compiled on a points system that awards 50 points for a state champ, 45 for second and points for places 3-8.
Green Hope increased its record for 4A Cup titles with seven. Locally, only Cardinal Gibbons (eight straight in 2A and 3A) has won more consecutive Cups.
Gibbons was a distant second place in its first year of 4A as Green Hope won 597.5-450. Broughton was sixth, Leesville Road was 10th, Hillside 11th, Millbrook 13th and Panther Creek 15th.
In 3A, Weddington clipped Marvin Ridge 672.5-670. Chapel Hill was third, Lee County ninth and Union Pines tied for 12th.
Carrboro has now won four straight 2A titles, compiling 595 points to defeat Lake Norman Charter’s 407.5. N.C. School of Science and Math was sixth, Durham School of the Arts was eighth and South Granville was 13th.
Community School of Davidson’s 542.5 points well out-distanced Mount Airy’s 442.5 in 1A. Rosewood was fourth, Raleigh Charter sixth, Princeton 13th, Voyager Academy and Franklin Academy tied for 14th.
Local prep products in MLB Draft
4th round, 109th: Atlanta – Bryse Wilson (Orange HS)
6th round, 192nd: Toronto – D.J. Daniels (Fike HS)
8th round, 232nd: Oakland – Will Gilbert (N.C. State/Green Hope HS)
11th round, 343rd: Kansas City – Vance Vizcaino (Stetson/Wakefield HS)
15th round: 449th: Arizona – Tyler Keele (Morehead State/Clayton HS)
15th round, 452nd: Cleveland – Zack Smith (Eastern Wayne HS)
28th round, 831st: Milwaukee – Andrew Vernon (N.C. Central/Knightdale HS)
31st round, 925th: Detroit – Dalton Britt (Liberty/J.H. Rose HS)
31st round, 930th: Tampa Bay – Joey Roach (Georgia State/Holly Springs HS)