Millbrook boys soccer coach Matt Edwards came up with an idea to showcase some of the best in Triangle soccer by setting up a three-game, one-day event with teams from the Cap-8 and Southwest Wake Athletic 4A conferences.
When conference realignment was finalized last spring, the event is now somewhat of a swan song that sends the current conference alignments out in style. On Saturday, the first – and perhaps last – Cap-8/SWAC boys soccer challenge will be hosted by Millbrook.
Defending Cap-8 champ Leesville Road and Holly Springs square off at 3 p.m., followed by Broughton and Middle Creek at 5, with defending SWAC champ Apex and Millbrook wrapping things up at 7. Tickets are $6 and covers all three games.
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Broughton senior Kalee Vanderhorst, a 5-foot-11 senior committed to East Tennessee State, had 19 kills and junior Claire Sawyer contributed 32 assists in a 3-0 volleyball sweep of Wakefield.
Wakefield’s Duke-bound junior Ade Owokoniran, a 6-2 middle and outside hitter, led the Wolverines (3-3, 0-1) with 12 kills.
Millbrook got a big 3-1 volleyball victory against Heritage (3-3, 0-1) to set the course toward a potential playoff push this season. The Wildcats (2-3, 1-0) are led by junior Taylor Rebne and freshman Skyler Rogerson,
“My hitters are also able to play back row,” Millbrook coach Julee Dickens said. “That’s unusual for good hitters to play in the back row, as well.”
Greater Neuse River 4A
West Johnston appeared to have Clayton in just the position it wanted in Wednesday afternoon’s girls tennis match: in a tight match heading toward doubles play. But then the Comets did what they’ve been doing for nearly six years running now: win almost every match that they possibly could.
Clayton (7-0, 4-0) stayed unbeaten on the season with a 8-1 win over the Wildcats.
“Our match was closer than the final score of 8-1 indicated as the 3-6 singles matches were all very close, but we happened to win three of the four,” veteran Clayton coach Ken Stivason said. “We need to continue to work on improving our doubles play, but against West Johnston today our three doubles teams played their best matches of the season so far winning 8-1, 8-0 and 8-1.”
The victory pushed Clayton’s consecutive GNRC dual match win streak to 96.
Clayton could hit the century mark for the streak on Sept. 19 at Harnett Central. Between now and then, the Comets have a big test on Sept. 7 against Rolesville, one of the teams Stivason expects to be in the conference championship race along with the Comets and Wildcats.
D. Clay Best
Southeast Raleigh’s boys soccer team matched its scoring total on the season with a 2-0 upset victory against Enloe last Tuesday. The Eagles have scored 24 goals in five wins but the Bulldogs got the shutout.
Northern Durham’s 3-2 victory against Riverside in volleyball on Thursday may have been the Knights’ first win against the Pirates in at least a decade.
Southwest Wake Athletic 4A
Apex will travel to Green Hope on Tuesday in a battle between two first-place volleyball teams. Apex defeated Fuquay-Varina on Thursday, while the Falcons topped Panther Creek to eliminate two teams from a four-way tie for first.
One of Green Hope’s biggest weaknesses last year was serve receive, but it’s turning into a team strength this season. Erin McIndoe had 34 digs with just four errors, and Sydney Dowler had 38 assists.
J. Mike Blake
Apex’s boys soccer team needed an overtime goal from Nicholas Brothers to get by Cary 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday. The win over Cary made it the second one-goal game and second overtime game of a young season. Apex coach Kevin Todd said facing those kinds of tests will help develop a positive mindset.
“You had to stay focused and stay resilient and keep the offensive mentality,” Todd said.
J. Mike Blake
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.
Big East 3A
Hunt’s Cooper Dean had a late goalazo to push the Warriors by Corinth Holders 2-1 in nonconference action last Tuesday. He had both Hunt goals – both lasers from about 40 yards out.
“We came out (after the break) thinking we might could get something early,” the left-footed Dean said. “I think we caught (the Pirates) off-guard for a second. I love shooting from long range like that. It’s something I’ve been practicing for years. I love to see what I can do. After years of practice, you can aim where you want (to shoot).”
The Rocky Mount boys soccer team has a misleading 1-5-1 overall record. The Gryphons have only played undefeated and one-loss teams and have given North Pitt its only loss.
Big 8 3A
Chapel Hill’s girls cross country team, the reigning state champion, claimed the Jungle Run at South View High in Hope Mills on Saturday. The Tigers’ boys team was runner-up to defending 1A champ Walkertown. The Jungle Run is unique to North Carolina because it’s held after dark.
Eastern Plains Independent 2A
Grace Christian Raleigh scored the last three goals of the game in a 3-2 overtime victory against Trinity Academy of Raleigh on Tuesday.
Grace Christian features a dozen seniors on its roster, so head coach Roman Pibl feels good about his team’s experience and maturity. One reason he expects a potent offense to develop is the Eagles are strong on defense.
“My defense is solid with Zach Bosco, Tyler Haugly and Jack Harrison,” Pibl said. “I’ve gone to three defenders because we’re so good.”
Veteran Trinity coach Steve Woodward likes his talent, but he says the sophomore-dominated Tigers need time to develop.
“I warned the guys very early on that we’re young, but we’re going to grow up during the season,” he said. “That’s what we saw today. You could see they wanted it. We surprised them early. I like our chances the rest of the season.”