Cary News: Sports

Area sports briefs: RailHawks, Invasion, Mike Robinson

RailHawks salvage road point

The Carolina RailHawks entered their house of horrors on Sunday and came out alive.

Carolina tied at FC Edmonton 1-1, stopping a road losing streak at the Canadian club that dated back to 2012. Carolina, at 1-0-1, is tied with New York and Tampa Bay for first in the NASL after two weeks.

The RailHawks’ goal came in the 41st minute as Nacho Novo (two goals in as many games) volleyed in a cross from Leo Osaki. FC Edmonton answered in the 45th minute, however, scoring in first-half stoppage time on a counterattack.

Invasion game canceled

The Cary Invasion was unable to play Saturday’s Tobacco Road Basketball League game because the referees did not show.

Invasion owner Doc Thorne released a statement on the team’s Facebook page that apologized to the fans who were expecting to see the team play visiting Winston-Salem.

“Why they were not present is still to be determined – it has never happened before in the history of the League – however whatever the reason it is inadvertently my responsibility to accept. If anyone in attendance feels they were not treated fairly in receiving a refund for their price of admission please see me at next Saturday’s game and you will be given free passage,” Thorne said.

“Again, I sincerely apologize to our fans, sponsors and the Winston-Salem team – who were very understanding of the confusion – and I assure you it will NEVER, EVER happen again.”

The Invasion still hold a slim lead in the TRBL East division over Wilmington, the only team to defeat the Invasion this year. Cary will host the Florida Flight in a non-league game on Saturday at 7 p.m., which will be “Town Council Night.”

Robinson back at Green Hope

After one year away, Green Hope has hired Mike Robinson as its girls basketball varsity coach. John D’Agostin resigned after one season. He went 13-9 and led the team to the first round of the 4A playoffs.

Robinson went 137-33 in six seasons in his previous stint as girls basketball coach, leading the team to four conference titles and the 2010 state championship game. He has continued to coach the school’s girls and boys golf teams, where he led the Falcons to the 4A girls golf title this past fall.