High School Sports

Blake’s Great 58: honoring school records, volleyball champs and state qualifiers

Cleveland's Jenna Myer (9) sets the ball up at the net as Smithfield-Selma's Mariah Godwin (22) looks on during the Clayton Comets High school Volleyball game with the Smithfield-Selma Spartans High School on September 20, 2016, in Clayton, N.C. Cleveland won 3-1.
Cleveland's Jenna Myer (9) sets the ball up at the net as Smithfield-Selma's Mariah Godwin (22) looks on during the Clayton Comets High school Volleyball game with the Smithfield-Selma Spartans High School on September 20, 2016, in Clayton, N.C. Cleveland won 3-1. newsobserver.com

The Great 58 exists to bring attention to the special accomplishments and noteworthy items in high school sports in the PrepsNow coverage area. Fifty-eight schools and/or athletes, listed in bold, are highlighted in each column. Nominations welcome.

Boys soccer (1)

Kerr-Vance freshman Christopher Steg set an impressive school record in the first round of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association playoffs on Tuesday. Steg scored his 58th goal, which breaks a record set by David Doyle in the early 1980s. Doyle was an exchange student from Ireland who went on to star at Campbell and become of the top indoor soccer goal-scorers in U.S. history.

Volleyball (8)

Wakefield (Northern 4A), Cleveland (Greater Neuse River 3A), Raleigh Charter (Central Tar Heel 1A), Franklinton (Big East 3A), D.H. Conley (Eastern Carolina 3A/4A), Carrboro (Mid-State 2A) and Chapel Hill (Big Eight 3A), won conference tournament titles to go with their regular season titles (or co-titles in the case of Raleigh Charter and Cleveland).

Cleveland’s Jenna Myer passed the 2,000-assist mark for her career, a school record. The N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs begin Saturday.

Girls Golf (23)

In the 3A East regional on Tuesday, C.B. Aycock was second and Triton was third, qualifying each for states next week. Aycock’s Abby Sauls (91), Leah Campbell (97) and Savannah Strickland (99) led the way for the Golden Falcons and Triton’s Kathryn Elliott (79), Mikaylee Flowers (110) and Lana Klein (111).

West Johnston’s Grace Olmstead (78) was the medalist and will play in the state championships as an individual. Smithfield-Selma’s Natalie Hill (89), Southern Nash’s Elisabeth Collie (91), Cleveland’s Darby Reeder (95), East Wake’s Margaret Ann Andrews (98), Northern Nash’s Brooke Taylor (99), Hunt’s Sarah Bunn (102), South Johnston’s Mackenzie Honeycutt (102), Fike’s Madeline Harrell (103) and Liza Horne (107), Western Harnett’s Reece Patterson (104) and D.H. Conley’s Ashley Hinson (107).

Ravenscroft won the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic 3A Conference title with a score of 120, topping Cary Academy (132), Durham Academy (145) and North Raleigh Christian (149) and Saint Mary’s (158).

Cary Academy sophomore Erin Singleton won the conference tournament, firing a 37. Ravenscroft’s Holly McCann and Carson Jenkins shot 39 each to tie for second, followed by teammates Deb Spair and Teagan Hackin in fourth and fifth. McCann was named player of the year.

Ravenscroft is ranked second, Cary Academy sixth and North Raleigh Christian eighth in the state entering the NCISAA championships.

The NCISAA and NCHSAA championships are Monday and Tuesday.

Girls Tennis (25)

Sanderson’s Sibel Tanik defeated Broughton’s Becket Waters for the Cap-7 4A Conference singles title, while Cardinal Gibbons’ Jenna Knors and Karen Galush defeated Anna Scott Holshouser and Juliana Craft of Sanderson.

Qualifying for the regional tournament in singles were: Briana Taranto (Millbrook), Trevlyn Roberts (Broughton), Melanie Schenberger (Sanderson) and Catherine Battle (Enloe) was replaced by Emma Kruger (Cardinal Gibbons).

Going to regionals in doubles are: Callah Preti and Karly Fitzgerald (Cardinal Gibbons), Kylie Rigsby and Helen Alvis (Leesville Road), Meg Hardesty and Becca Pharr (Broughton), Becca Bollinger and Meg Spickard (Sanderson).

North Johnston, which won its first-round match on Wednesday, is in the middle of itst best season in school history. Now 18-2, the Panthers are led by undefeated Nina Bohunska as well as Emily Benedict, Maira Teruel, Olivia Gachuz, Abby Morris and Lanie Headley.

Boys Basketball (1)

Word of God will be competing in the fifth-annual Bojangles’ Bash in Columbia, S.C. this December. The field features many of the top high school programs in North and South Carolina as well as other areas.

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