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Prep Notebook: four locals receive national honors

Green Hope’s Alexis Shaffer and Alexis Degler and Cardinal Gibbons’ Christina Gibbons took three of the 11 spots on the Elite Soccer Report’s Spring All-America Girls Soccer first team.

Shaffer, a Virginia recruit, and Degler, an Ohio State recruit, led Green Hope to a 28-0 season and the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A championship. The team lost only one game in its last two seasons and was ranked No. 1 in the country last spring by the Elite Soccer Report.

Degler, 38 goals and 28 assists, was named state player of the year by the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association, and Shaffer, 39 goals and 25 assists, was named North Carolina player of the year by Parade and by ESR.

Gibbons was the North Carolina MVP in the Clash of the Carolinas all-star girls’ game against South Carolina and was MVP of the NCHSAA 3A championship game. She has signed with Duke.

Morgan Reid of Cardinal Gibbons was a second-team selection.

Baseball recruits: Andrew Wantz of Holly Springs has committed to UNC-Greensboro to play baseball.

Graham Edwards, a recent Middle Creek graduate, recently signed with Elon to play baseball. He missed much of his senior season with a hamstring injury, but has been playing with the Garner American Legion team this summer.

New coach: Holly Springs has hired Emily Rice as its volleyball coach.

All-Conference: Although its season is long since complete, all-conference awards for the Eastern Plains Independent 2A Conference and Triangle Independent Schools Athletic 3A Conference were recently published.

In baseball, Grace Christian’s Steve Getz, Cary Christian’s Brett Andrews, Cary Academy’s Zack Layne, Cameron Marshall, Raymond Reynolds and Casey Miles and Wake Christian’s Austin Wood, Beau Barger and Zack Moore made their respective all-conference teams.

Greylyn Padula of Grace Christian, Cary Academy’s Renee Reynolds, Ryan Woodard, Caitlyn Conrad and Nupur Khadilkar and Wake Christian’s Jordan Willingham, Avery Mann and Janie Robinson were softball all-conference selections.

Cary Christian’s Kyle Lynch was the EPIC player of the year in boys’ tennis. He was joined on the all-conference team by teammate Blake Ledlew and Grace Christian player Nick Hillman.

Cary Academy placed five players on the TISAC all-conference tennis team: Calvin Ma, Alex Yang, Patrick Mulqueen, Grant Goettel and Kevin Wu.

The Chargers also had two players on the boys’ lacrosse all-TISAC team – Austin Neaville and Joseph Parrish.

In girls soccer, Cary Academy’s trio of Rebecca Keeney, Emily Aaron and Sarah McCroskey joined Hayley Sauls of Wake Christian on the all-TISAC team.

Staff Writer Caryn Grant contributed to this report.