There are two Wake County Cup boys soccer games set for this week, but the championship has been finalized.
Green Hope claimed Group A with a thrilling 2-1 win against Cardinal Gibbons on Wednesday, while Broughton did the same Thursday by defeating Apex 3-2. The two will meet at 7 p.m. on Sept. 24 at Cardinal Gibbons for the title.
Green Hope’s win came with two penalty kick stops by goalkeeper Jacob Kendall, including one with 46.3 seconds left.
“My team had been putting their butts on the line the entire game for me, so I figured it was my moment to show them that if they have my back, I have their backs,” Kendall said.
Carrboro’s big win: Carrboro’s volleyball team notched the biggest win in school history on Thursday when it defeated seven-time defending N.C. High School Athletic Association state champion Cardinal Gibbons. After Carrboro dropped the first game, it rallied to win 3-2 (18-25, 25-22, 25-19, 27-29, 15-11).
The Jaguars are the first Triangle team to defeat Gibbons since Chapel Hill did in the 2012 season.
“This is so exciting,” said Destiny Cox, a Carrboro junior outside hitter. “They’re a really good team, but we played so well together. I’m so proud of how we played and the support we had from C-Town (the student section).”
Cox and senior Christine Alcox had 20 and 21 kills, respectively. Destinee Dorsey had 35 digs in the win.
“They have a tremendous offense,” Gibbons coach Logan Barber said. “It was close all the way through. I thought we had control in the first and the second games and then we faded. But we came back to win the fourth game.”
Carrboro, a 2A school, has already beaten reigning 4A champ Cardinal Gibbons, 4A runner-up Northwest Guilford and four other 3A and 4A teams.
Early Bird XC Invitational: Cleveland’s Wyatt Dershem topped the defending champion – his identical twin Gable – for the Early Bird Invitational cross country title on Saturday at Wendell Park.
Wyatt, who defeated his brother only once in 2015, now has two victories in a row this fall over Gable, who has been trying to recover from a calf injury. Corinth Holders’ Austin Carroll was second at 16:43.27, followed by Gable Dershem (16:55.15), St. David’s Sam Markoff (17:03.31) and Princeton’s Austin Sullivan (17:07.02).
“It definitely means something for me to be able to beat (Gable),” Wyatt Dershem said. “But it is not that big of an accomplishment yet because he has been slowed for a while because of his calf. He is almost there. I’m looking forward to when he is in full shape, and we can race.”
North Duplin’s Haley Thurston won the girls crown, and the Corinth Holders boys and Heritage girls claimed team titles. Thurston outdistanced Christa Dutton from North Raleigh Christian Academy by more than nine seconds. Cleveland’s Jessica Cullen was third at 21:39.58, followed by Corinth Holders’ Kayla Alznauer (21:53.45) and Heritage’s Danielle Lugo (21:55.54).
Eastern Carolina 3A/4A
The J.H. Rose volleyball team bounced back to avenge its only loss of the season with a 3-0 win against Panther Creek on Friday.
Cape Fear Valley 3A
Lee County is dealing with heightened expectations after last year’s run to the 3A boys soccer championship game, the first appearance the Yellow Jackets have ever made.
“Getting (the title game) was really great, but we know we have to put in a lot more work this season in order to get there again,” Lee County coach Brad Wicker said. “I think we’ll be ready come November.”
Wicker has grown the program almost by himself, coaching JV and varsity the last two years. Lee County players are limited to one area year-round club team without traveling north to Wake County.
“You start winning games and more kids want to come out, and that breeds success,” Wicker said.
Northern Carolina 2A
South Granville athletic director Don Colgan is still looking for a boys soccer coach.
In the meantime, the Vikings’ head football coach from a year ago is leading the futbol squad.
His final choice turned down the Vikings just weeks before Wednesday’s season opener.
“I’m going to do it,” Colgan said, noting the job opening was still posted. “If I find the right person in midseason, then I’d step aside. But I’ve accepted it, and I’m going to do my best for our players.”
The South Granville volleyball team won its conference opener 3-1 at Franklinton on Thursday. The defending 2A state champions are finding their way after graduating 1,000-plus-assist setter Annie Preddy.
Junior Rebecca Brown and sophomore Emily Wright are stepping up as replacements. The Vikings have now won 27 straight conference matches.
“Annie was the best setter in the state,” South Granville head coach Christy Fitzgerald said. “And we’ve got two young setters trying to replace her, and right now it’s trial and error. They are both capable of great things, it’s just a matter of figuring out our hitters – and they are all killers who hit in very different ways.”