Athletes to watch
* An all-state midfielder.
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Durham Academy, senior
* All-state Duke recruit had 16 goals and six assists.
Southeast Raleigh, senior
* All-state forward had 25 goals and six assists.
Leesville Road, junior
* All-state keeper's team allowed 11 goals in 2006.
* Duke recruit had 13 assists and 13 goals in 2006.
Wilson Fike, senior
* All-state forward has 102 career goals, 52 assists.
Wake Forest-Rolesville, junior
* The midfielder won all-state honors as a sophomore.
St. Mary's, junior
* An all-state selection as a sophomore.
Teams to watch
* Apex (19-3-1 in 2006) is among the top teams in the state. Jennifer Partenheimer is a UNC-Greensboro recruit. Alyson Santilli and Jordan Saylor are headed to N.C. State. Five other starters are back.
* Katie Evans and Mary Laurence McMillian are three-year starters for the defending state 4-A champions, who were 26-0-1 in 2006.
* The Crusaders hope experience helps because they return nine starters from a 7-17 club.
* The Cavaliers lost in the NCISAA 3-A final but return 10 starters from a 17-2-2 club.
EAST CHAPEL HILL
* The Wildcats are coming off a 25-2-1 season.
* Ten starters return from an 18-4-3 team, including Katie Jordan (UNC-Greensboro), Andrea Dunshie (Catawba) and Brittany Greaves (UNC-Pembroke).
* The Demons finished 26-1 in 2006 and return nine starters.