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Notebook: Apex, Green Hope cross county win Seahawk Invitational

The Apex boys and Green Hope girls cross country teams each won the Adidas Seahawk Invitational, hosted by UNC-Wilmington on Saturday.

On the boys’ side, Cary was fourth and Green Hope was seventh.

The boys’ field included two-time N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A state champ Broughton, but the Capitals didn’t have most of their top runners and finished second.

Apex had 79 points led by a second-place finish from Mihret Coulter, an eighth-place finish from Carl Geiger and a 11th-place finish from Jordan Kokoska.

Wyatt Miller (21st) and Jonathan Seith (37th) rounded out the Cougars’ scoring. Broughton had 103 points.

Cary’s top performer was Dean Abushouk, who was fifth. Robel Tecle was 15th and Josh Barrett was 18th.

Green Hope’s Tom Nobles was ninth and was the only Falcons runner to finish in the top 45. Fuquay-Varina’s Parker Lee was 10th.

The Green Hope girls had 72 points thanks to Elly Henes (9th), Katie Tomasi (13th), Kelly Fitzgerald (14th), Theresa Enright (15th) and Savannah Lips (21st). Charlotte Providence, Green Hope’s top challenger in its quest for five straight 4A state championships, finished second with 105 points.

Cary was seventh and its top finisher was Cayla Rodney (20th). Apex was 10th and its top finisher was Allison Rosen (42nd).

NCSCA kickoff: Athens Drive (4-2-1) went 1-1 at the inaugural N.C. Soccer Coaches Association kick-off at WakeMed Soccer Park. The Jaguars defeated Cornelius Hough 1-0 but lost to High Point’s Wesleyan Christian Academy 2-0.

Cary (1-4-1) lost 2-0 to Waxhaw Cuthbertson. Cardinal Gibbons (2-3) lost to Hough on Saturday 2-0. Wake Christian (5-2-1) lost to Newport Croatan by a 2-0 score.

Chargers volleyball: Cary Academy finished runner-up in the Volley with the Knights tournament hosted by North Raleigh Christian Academy over the weekend. Ravenscroft, a Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference opponent of Cary Academy’s, won the tournament.

Cary Academy, which battled its way to the championship match by forcing and winning a tie-break against Wesleyan Christian Academy, was unable to make a surge against the Ravens, led by all-tournament selections senior setter Morgan McCreedy (20 assists) and junior hitter Erin Kelly (six kills).

The Chargers came into the second day of the tournament seeded No. 6 after pool play on Friday. Cary Academy coach Melanie Bryant said every team has a shot at winning once bracket play starts.

“We had some good moments and some not-so-good moments,” Bryant said of the championship match. “We definitely got outplayed’ I say we got out-toughed because everyone here is physically tired. They just pushed through it better than we did.”

During the Chargers’ climb to the finals match, Bryant finally saw her team click, something she had been waiting to see this season.

“I think we finally got to that point, so they showed what they’re capable of, so expectations are a lot higher,” she said. “Expectations are that they play at the level for the rest of the season.”

Cary Academy was led by setter Hannah Robinson (11 assists, five kills) and Moriah Smith (11 kills, five assists), but fell 25-18 in both sets.

The teams split their conference meetings last year, but Cary Academy has won seven of the last eight TISAC matches between the teams.

Both teams began league play Tuesday.

Fuquay coach: Fuquay-Varina will be entering its first season of NCHSAA boys’ lacrosse play this year, and now the Bengals have a coach.

Jack Bogwicz, who was the Conference 2 coach of the year at Green Hope last season, will lead Fuquay-Varina.

The new conferences for lacrosse are expected to be released some time this month. In boys’ lacrosse, Fuquay-Varina is expected to join fellow SWAC schools in Conference 2 along with Cardinal Gibbons.

N&O rankings: Cardinal Gibbons is No. 1 in this week’s News & Observer rankings for volleyball. Following behind are Apex (third), Fuquay-Varina (fifth) and Athens Drive (12th).

Green Hope is still tops in the boys’ soccer rankings. Apex (second), Athens Drive (seventh), Holly Springs (eighth), Fuquay-Varina (ninth), Gibbons (13th) and Panther Creek (14th) are also ranked.

Staff Writer Caryn Grant contributed to this report.