Heritage’s Logan Shytle has been named the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association player of the year. The senior forward scored 41 goals and had 13 assists for the 10-7-3 Huskies.
The NCSCA has different all-state teams for each division.
Durham Academy’s Abe Dunderdale, North Raleigh Christian’s Ryan Killen and Ravenscroft’s Connor Gridley and Johnny McNeill made the independent schools’ team.
Granville Central’s Edilson Perez, Franklin Academy’s Nicholas Hughes, Raleigh Charter’s Tyler Foland and Woods Charter’s Peter Baroff made the 1A team.
North Johnston’s Ian Walston and Bunn’s Bryan Reyes made the 2A team.
In 3A, Chapel Hill’s Blake Johnson and Oliver Reuland, Cedar Ridge’s Chris Walker and Corinth Holders’ Pedro Segundo and Derek Kaple made the squad.
In 4A, Shytle was joined by Leesville Road’s Matt Bissette, Cardinal Gibbons’ Zach Clements, Green Hope’s Zach Curtis, Broughton’s Ibrahim Mohamud and Elvis Wiredu, Holly Springs’ Eddie Zuniga, Sanderson’s Grantham Williams, Apex’s Will Tomlinson and Middle Creek’s Chris Wallace.
Cardinal Gibbons’ Tim Healy was named co-4A coach of the year and assistant Pano Paschaloudis was the 4A assistant coach of the year.
Regional coaches of the year included Franklin Academy’s John Crosland, Cedar Ridge’s Chris Walker, Leesville Road’s Paul Dinkenor, Granville Central’s Gregg George, Cleveland’s Nick Gruhn, Ravenscroft’s Alix Charles and N.C. School of Science and Math’s Joe Shields.
Two Cary greats pass
Two of Cary High’s greatest athletes have passed away in the past two months: Sherrill Jones, 81, and John Yarborough, 76.
Jones was Cary High’s first football player named to the All-East team, making it in 1953. He turned down a football scholarship to Wake Forest to enter the U.S. Air Force.
A celebration of Jones’ life will be held in the Cary High School Hall of Fame Room near the gymnasium on Dec. 13 at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the White Imp Club of the Fifties and sent to treasurer Floyd Morgan at 2729 Townedge Court in Raleigh.
Yarborough was a member of state championship teams in both football and basketball. He was inducted to the Cary High sports hall of fame in 2010, more than 50 years after he had graduated from the school.
The hall of fame honor, which came about after old Raleigh Times articles were presented highlighting his contributions on those championship teams, meant a great deal to Yarborough. He was laid to rest near Beaufort on Nov. 1.