Midtown: Sports

Notebook: Cardinal Gibbons star wins A-A honors

Cardinal Gibbons junior Ade Taiwo has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America high school all-America team.

Taiwo was earlier selected as state player of the year by the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association and in 2011 was most valuable player of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A boys’ championship game.

Taiwo had 11 goals and 11 assists during the 2012 season despite facing double- and triple-team defenses.

“He was always the marked man and surrounded all the time by the other team’s best defender,” Gibbons coach Tim Healy said. “He really shines in the big games. He scored or got an assist in every playoff game this year and last year.”

Alston dies: Long-time high school sports reporter Charles Alston, 54, of Rocky Mount died on Monday. Alston was one of the best-known high school sports writers in the state and was very active on the ihigh.com website.

All-state football: Media representatives throughout North Carolina voted last week for The Associated Press all-state football team. Twenty-seven players will be selected by position. The team will be announced Monday.

Raleigh Grace scorer: Raleigh Grace’s 6-5 senior guard Michael Taylor scored 20 points last week in a 75-60 loss to Kerr-Vance Academy to notch 1,000 points in his career. He is averaging 20.6 points and could become the school’s all-time leading scorer.

Cheerleading: Leesville Road won the small varsity division at the 10th annual NCHSAA invitational championships last weekend with an overall score of 103.96 points.

Middle Creek won the Carolina Cup, which is presented to the team with the highest overall score, by winning the large varsity division with 128.6 points. Other division winners were Ledford in super large (115.4); Cornelius Hough in medium (125.1); Canton Pisgah in large non-tumble (113.1); North Buncombe in small non-tumble (114.5); East Forsyth in small varsity co-ed division (110.9); Davie in large varsity co-ed (116.85) and Northern Vance in non-mount category (75.55).

Semper Fi All-American Bowl: Millbrook senior Corey Cooper has been selected to participate in the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

The wide receiver, formerly committed to Louisville, is among more than 100 players selected nationwide for the annual game. The bowl is scheduled for Jan. 4 in Carson, Calif.

Cooper hauled in more then 450 receiving yards for the 3-8 Wildcats this season.

The Semper Fi Bowl selection process takes into account character, academic performance and leadership, when fielding the nation’s top-rated football players.

The game allows players, coaches and U.S. Marines “to meet, practice and work together to teach skills important on and off the field, such as leadership, self-confidence and teamwork,” according to the event’s website.