Soccer players visit India for leadership summit
A group of young soccer players recently returned from celebrating the new year at a leadership conference in India.
The 18 top-level female players traveled over their winter break along with U.S. Women’s National and Olympic teammates Cindy Parlow-Cone and Danielle Slaton.
Ranging in age from 15 to 17 years old, the girls, took part in the Girls Leadership Summit sponsored by Goals for Girls.
The group left for Nagpur, India on Sunday Dec. 27 and returned on Saturday, Jan. 9, from Delhi.
While in India, the players spent a week in Nagpur with athletes from Slum Soccer learning what it is like to be a girl from the poorer areas of India.
The second week, they headed to Delhi for the four-day summit, joining over 150 Indian girls in attendance, as well as around 40 coaches from all over the subcontinent.
The Goals for Girls Leadership Summit sought to foster the belief that sports can improve the quality of life for girls all over the world, especially those from vulnerable backgrounds.
Players attending from around the Triangle included: Creel Cashin (Durham Academy), Elizabeth Cato (Carrboro), Natalie Chandler (Orange HS), Kiara Hallows (Carrboro), Maggie Hunt (DSA), Kayla Kern (East Chapel Hill), Katie Knotek (Carrboro), Eliza Krans (Eastern Alamance), Briana Kropinack (Swansboro), Abby Masten (Jordan), Ellen McAdams (Riverside), Maddie Mizelle (Cary Academy), Isabelle Pearce (Woods Charter), Kate Sparling (Carrboro), Laura Sparling (Carrboro), Rachel Stoner (Northwood), Meg Testen (Chapel Hill) and Natasha Turner (Carrboro).
Tigers split 3-2 against 4A wrestling powers
Chapel Hill, ranked No. 4 among area high school wrestling teams by the News & Observer, faced some top 4A competition last weekend in the Holly Springs Duals. The 3A Tigers went 3-2 in the events, losing 53-24 to the top-ranked hosts from Holly Springs and 41-39 to No. 6-ranked Leesville Road, but then bouncing back to top Rolesville 45-34, Athens Drive 49-30 and Northern Durham 42-36.
Chapel Hill doesn’t wrestle again until a home quad-match Friday at 5 p.m. against Middle Creek, Green Hope and Voyager Academy.
Orange earn 11 top-four finishes in Greensboro
Orange High’s wrestlers participated last weekend in the 2016 Quentin Crosby Invitational at Greensboro’s Dudley High School, and 11 of the 14 Panthers placed in the top four of their weight classes.
Orange returns to Big 8 dual-meet action with tonight’s 6 p.m. match at Southern Durham.
Three Panthers won their respective brackets in last weekend’s JV Tournament at Winston-Salem Glenn: Levi Anderson (120 pounds), Mitchell Lopeman (132), Braden Homsey (160 ‘A’).