High School Sports

PrepsNow Best of the Week: May 8-13 edition

Lee County softball pitcher Whitney Sanford hurls a ball to the plate. The Lee County Yellow Jackets played the Pinecrest Patriots in a softball game that took place in Sanford, N.C. on Thursday, March 9 2017. Lee County won 4-3.
Lee County softball pitcher Whitney Sanford hurls a ball to the plate. The Lee County Yellow Jackets played the Pinecrest Patriots in a softball game that took place in Sanford, N.C. on Thursday, March 9 2017. Lee County won 4-3.

Each week, we honor the top performances as nominated in baseball, softball, girls soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, boys golf, boys tennis and track and field with a “PrepsNow: Best of the Week” column.

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BEST OF THE BEST

Lee County softball pitcher Whitney Sanford was nearly perfect in a 9-0 second-round 3A playoff win against West Carteret. The East Carolina recruit struck out 20 of the 23 batters she faced. She walked two. None got a hit.

BASEBALL

Tyshawn Barrett, J.H. Rose: Closed out Scotland County with a grand slam in a 13-3 win in the second round of the 4A playoffs.

Gray Betts, Cardinal Gibbons: Went 3-of-3 with three RBIs in a second-round win at Garner.

Robbie Frongello, Middle Creek: Threw a three-hit shutout against Clayton in the first round of the 4A playoffs.

Stacey Houser, Clayton and Charles Davis, C.B. Aycock: The two longtime coaches coached their last games last week. Houser is retiring from Clayton after 14 years. Davis is retiring from Aycock after 27 years and more than 500 wins, including the 2007 3A championship.

Quamon Person, Louisburg: Went 4-for-4 in a first-round loss to Spring Creek.

Patrick Szczypinski, Bryce Davis and Trey Romel, Northwood: All three homered in a second-round win against Rocky Mount.

Matt Willadsen, Holly Springs: Pitched a complete game second-round win over South Central in just 65 pitches.

SOFTBALL

Mia Davidson and Kristina Givens, Orange: Givens had the walk-off hit to defeat Topsail 3-2 in the eighth inning after Davidson – the state’s all-time home run leader – was walked (intentionally) to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth with no outs.

Anna Kate Gilchrist, Cleveland: Allowed just two runs in two 3A playoff wins, striking out 12 against Southwestern Randolph in the second round.

Ashley Gontram, Heritage: Homered twice in a second-round 4A playoff win against East Chapel Hill.

Marshall Phillips, Jordan-Matthews: Scored the winning run and struck out five to beat Beddingfield in the second round of the 2A playoffs.

Sam Weidner, Garner: Struck out five in a 1-0 second-round win over Panther Creek.

GIRLS SOCCER

Audree Catlin, Voyager Academy: Scored with six minutes left in overtime to defeat Princeton 2-1 in the first round.

Goldsboro: Won its first-ever playoff game, then won its second and is in the third round for the first time.

Hannah McClaugherty, Fuquay-Varina: Had three goals in a second-round win at Garner.

Mattie Murphy and Caroline Lauer, Middle Creek: Murphy had a goal and an assist in a 2-1 upset over previously undefeated Wakefield in the second round of the 4A playoffs. Lauer made a number of acrobatic saves.

Nash Central: Won its first playoff game, at Union Pines, before falling in the second round.

Maggie Pierce, Cardinal Gibbons: Pierce had a good week on the pitch – four goals and four assists across two games – and off it as well. Pierce will be joining the U.S. Women’s National Team U17 camp this week.

Sarah Reynolds, St. David’s: Scored both goals in an upset of Grace Christian Raleigh in the quarterfinals of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 2A playoffs. Grace had only allowed six goals all year – all to St. David’s.

BOYS LACROSSE

Justin Freeman and Colby Lalicker, Apex: Lalicker had eight goals combined in the third and fourth rounds of the 4A playoffs; Freeman netted the game-winner with 24.1 seconds left to down Broughton 10-9 in the third round.

Jared Medwar, Tanner Patrick and Owen Caputo, Middle Creek: Tallied four goals apiece in a fourth-round win against Hoggard.

Zach Niemi, Cardinal Gibbons: Led the Crusaders with four goals in a fourth-round 4A playoff win against Apex.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Jordan Lappin, Cardinal Gibbons: Had seven goals and two assists in a fourth-round win at Apex.

Carol Sieglar, Broughton: Had five goals in a fourth-round win against Hoggard.

BOYS GOLF

A.J. Beechler and Ben Crow, Pinecrest: Beechler led his team to the 4A title with the 4A individual championship, firing an 8-under two-day score. Crow tied for fourth.

Bryson Boyette, Fike: Won 3A championship.

Nic Brown, D.H. Conley: Tied for ninth in 4A championships.

Peter Fountain, Broughton: Tied for ninth in 4A championships.

Eston Lee, South Johnston: Tied for seventh in 3A championships.

Jack Massei and Mike Coe, Green Hope: Massei was third and Coe seventh in 4A championships.

Dalton Mauldin, Lee County: Tied for 3A runner-up.

St. David’s: Won its third Eastern Plains Independent Conference title in four years.

BOYS TENNIS

Sam DeAraujo and Xan Pate, Goldsboro: 2A doubles semifinalists.

Banks Evans, Clayton: 4A singles runner-up.

Nico Grewe and Blake Carter, Wakefield: 4A doubles champions.

Andre Javan and Jason Wykoff, Carrboro: 2A doubles runner-up.

Harrison Tseng, Joseph Fisher and Chinna Baskaran, Raleigh Charter: Tseng and Fisher were 1A doubles champs; Baskaran was runner-up in singles.

Ben Wayand, Rohit Gohtkar and Andre Staicu, Green Hope: Wayand was the 4A singles champion; Gohtkar and Staicu were 4A doubles semifinalists.

Depei Yu, N.C. School of Science and Math: 2A singles runner-up.

TRACK AND FIELD

Cary Academy and Durham Academy: The Cary Academy boys and Durham Academy girls won Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference titles.

St. David’s and Cary Christian: St. David’s won the Eastern Plains Independent Conference boys’ title behind individual conference titles by Sam Markoff, Harrison Benson, Houston Walker, Andrew Pipkin, Robert Batchelder and Matthew Haist. Cary Christian won the girls’ championship with two titles by Brooke Lindsay, Erin Ward and Zoe Vestal.

Quinton Adams, Carrboro: Won 2A Mideast boys 200 and 400.

Shamanda Bell, Princeton: Won 1A Mideast girls 100 and 200 dash and 100 hurdles.

Luke Bennett, Voyager Academy: Won 1A Mideast boys 1,600 and 3,200.

Caitlyn Burkett, Franklin Academy: Won 1A Mideast girls 1,600 and 3,200.

Enoch Cheung, Raleigh Charter: Won 1A Mideast boys 110 and 300 hurdles.

Jack Clemens, Carrboro: Won 2A Mideast boys 800 and 1,600.

Sierra Fletcher, Southeast Raleigh: Won 4A Mideast girls 100 and 300 hurdles.

Veronica Fraley, Wakefield: Won 4A Mideast girls shot put and discus.

J Johnson, Panther Creek: Won 4A Mideast boys 100, 200 and long jump.

Tyrese Kelly, Pinecrest: Won 4A East boys triple jump and high jump.

Elijah Knight, Cary: Won 4A Mideast boys 110 and 300 hurdles.

Connor Lane, Cardinal Gibbons: Won 4A Midwest boys 1,600 and 3,200.

Marcus McDonald, Southern Durham: Won 3A Mideast boys 110 and 300 hurdles.

Solomon McDonald, Union Pines: Won 3A Mideast boys shot put and discus.

Alessandra Rodriguez, Green Hope: Won 4A Mideast girls 1,600 and 3,200.

Jordan Sales, J.H. Rose: Won 4A East girls 100 and 200.

Destiny Stevons, Durham School of the Arts: Won 2A Mideast girls 800 and 1,600.

Naelee Stone, Cleveland: Won 3A East girls 100 and 200.

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