Midtown: Sports

Cardinal Gibbons’ Prevost to play in all-star event

Cardinal Gibbons High boys lacrosse standout Connor Prevost has been selected to play in the 2012 USL Champion All-American Showcase on July 25-27 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The complete rosters have not been announced yet.

Prevost, who is expected to play football and lacrosse at the U.S. Naval Academy, was joined on the U.S. Lacrosse High School All-America team by teammates Luke Enzweiler and Matt Skowron. Also on the team were Holly Springs defender Evan Allen, Broughton midfielder Dane Angell and Durham Jordan attacker Sam Lindsay.

All-state coach: Robert Peterson of Green Hope High was selected as the 4A girls’ soccer coach of the year by the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association. Green Hope finished 25-1 and was ranked No. 1 in the country before losing to Cornelius Hough 2-1 in the NCHSAA 4A title game.

The NCSCA all-state girls’ soccer team included Catherine Blair of Saint Mary’s, Sydney Branson of Cary Academy, Cameron Castleberry and Caroline Lindquist of Ravenscroft, Shannon Cleaver of Durham Academy, Madison Boice of Durham Science & Math, Rachel Hammond and Rachel Schwab of Raleigh Charter, Samantha Burch and Kylie Tawney of Carrboro, Caitlyn Donovan, Morgan Reid and Christina Gibbons of Cardinal Gibbons, and Francis Reuland of Chapel Hill.

Area 4A players chosen were Dominique Babbitt of Holly Springs, Cailyn Boch and Colleen Markey of Millbrook, Alexis Degler and Alexis Shaffer of Green Hope, Hannah Gardner of East Chapel Hill, Courtney Johnson and Caroline Gentry of Leesville Road, Paige Reckert of Apex, Madison Shaw of Wakefield, and Clay Weaver of Broughton.

New Balance Nationals: The New Balance Outdoor Nationals, the unofficial national high school track and field championships, are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro.

The area has some of the top high school athletes in the country, including 400-meter runner Ariah Graham of Wakefield; distance runners Samantha George of Millbrook, Thomas Graham of Cary Academy (the current national 5,000-meter leader) and Wesley Frazier of Ravenscroft (2011 mile national champion); plus sprinters Tevin Hester and Briana Heath of Granville Central and Alexis Murphy of Apex.

Renfrow wins sportsmanship award: Tricia Renfrow of North Johnston High is among 20 NCHSAA athletes who have been recognized for outstanding sportsmanship and citizenship with the “Heart of a Champion” award. She will be honored at a luncheon on Saturday at the Radisson Governors’ Inn in the Research Triangle Park.

Renfrow’s mother was diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2010 and passed away last December.

“There were so many things going on in her life, but she continued to think of other people,” said Nicole Davis, the North Johnston athletic director and volleyball coach. “She remained our vocal leader. She was never late, did not complain and always was encouraging.”

Renfrow also was one of the top academic performers in the school, finishing second in her class.

“She was remarkable,” Davis said.

All-sports awards: Clayton, East Chapel Hill, Green Hope and Millbrook each won their league Wells Fargo Conference Cup for overall sports excellence. Points are awarded within each NCHSAA conference for regular-season finishes.

Carrboro, Rosewood, Corinth Holders and Chapel Hill also won league titles. Chapel Hill nipped Cardinal Gibbons by two points for the Carolina 3A honor.

Charger to Amherst: Cary Academy’s Keenan Szulik is expected to play baseball at Amherst College in Massachusetts. He had a 19-3 record during the career and was 10-0 last season with an earned run average less than 1.00 during the 2012 regular season.

Szulik, an A student, was recruited by more than 20 schools, but chose Amherst for its combination of academics and athletics.

Gardener to Wake Forest: Cameron Gardner, a 6-foot-7-inch, 280-pound football offensive lineman at Southern Nash High has committed to Wake Forest.

Gardner, a junior, is the Deacons’ first football commitment in the class of 2013.

Shaffer wins N.C. soccer award: Alexis Shaffer of Cary’s Green Hope High is the North Carolina Gatorade girls’ soccer player of the year.

Shaffer helped lead Green Hope to a 25-1 record and to the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 4A championship. She had scored 30 goals and handed out 20 assists.

She also is a member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team. She was a 2011 Youth All-American selection for club play by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

The junior is committed to the University of Virginia.

Heels get quarterback: The University of North Carolina gained a commitment this week from Mentor, Ohio, quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who was getting recruiting attention from Ohio State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Tennessee and others.

“He just fell in love with North Carolina and with coach (Larry) Fedora,” said Mentor coach Steve Privisonno. “He knows the offense that Carolina is going to run.”

Privisonno said Trubisky had been involved in the Mentor program since he was 8 years old and was a water boy. “He is a student of the game,” Privisonno said. “He is a great athlete, a great person and a great student.”

Trubisky passed for 3,845 yards and 41 touchdowns and ran for 611 yards and 12 touchdowns on an 11-2 team last season.

Northwood girls commit: Pittsboro Northwood’s basketball players Brianna Greene and Kerri Snipes have made their college decisions. Greene will play at Averett and Snipes is headed to St. Andrews. The Chargers were 26-4 last season.