BIG EIGHT'S BEST
The best girls’ soccer player this past season in the 3-A Big Eight Conference was Morgan Reid, from Raleigh’s Cardinal Gibbons High School, according to the league’s coaches.
But Chapel Hill had the most players on the all-conference squad, which says something about how those Tigers ultimately emerged as the supreme team in North Carolina, winning the state championship on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Waxhaw’s Weddington High School at N.C. State’s Dail Soccer Field.
Chapel Hill senior Alex Kimball was the most valuable player of the 3-A championship, and she landed an all-conference spot in the Big Eight. Kimball is joined by teammates Megan Dell, Laura Sullivan, Frances Reuland, Sofie Nielsen and Mia Spencer. Carly Narotsky was honorably mentioned among the best in the Big Eight.
Here’s a more complete listing of honors for spring sports in both the Big Eight and 1-A North Central Athletic conferences:
3-A BIG EIGHT CONFERENCE
Player of the year — Morgan Reid, Cardinal Gibbons. Goalkeeper of the year — Haley Glaser, Cardinal Gibbons. Coach of the year — Michele Miller, Cardinal Gibbons. Sportsmanship — Orange. All-conference fielders — Orange, Megan Joyner, Rachel Shinnick, Jr., Midfield; Webb, Elizabeth Grisham; Cardinal Gibbons, Reid, Megan Goudy, Calleigh West, Zoe Crabtree; Chapel Hill, Alex Kimball, Megan Dell, Laura Sullivan, Frances Reuland, Sofie Nielsen, Mia Spencer; Northern Vance, Hannah Burges; Southern, Maria Campos; Northwood, Jamie Palermo, Hailey Pister, Paige Marro, Dana Walker; Cedar Ridge, Alexis Zielke, Colette Cambey, Calli Rountree. All-conference goalkeepers — Glaser; Webb, Carla Pike; Southern, Keir Witherspoon. Athletics director award — Melissa Knight, Orange County Schools. Regional coach of the year — Michele Miller. Assistant coach of the year: Davis Boyle.
Player of the year — Charles Swoboda, Cardinal Gibbons. Coach of the year — Robert Guzzo. Sportsmanship — Cedar Ridge. All-conferece fielders — Cardinal Gibbons, Swoboda, Nicholas Rucinski, Cole Curis, Andrew Sebastiani, Cameron Delahunty; Cedar Ridge, Ben Braxton; Chapel Hill, David Cho; Northern Vance, Tommy Alacardi, Johnny Byrom. Northwood, C. Denny, D. Wells, S. Clarke.
Conference champion — Cardinal Gibbons. Coach of the year — Andrew Tuttle. Player of the year — Robert Kelly. Sportsmanship — Orange. All-conference players — Cardinal Gibbons, Kelly, Matt Galush, Noah Constantine, Jim Mantyh, Brody Chapman; Chapel Hill, Chris Chang, Bryan Zhang, Ryan Bradley, Jared Weber. Cedar Ridge, Zac Marion, Isaac Lutz. Orange, Jaden Vines, Jabari Hargrove. Northwood, Zafer Estill.
GIRLS’ TRACK & FIELD
Fielder of the year — Kacia Vines, Cedar Ridge. Runner of the year — Rainesha Taylor, Webb. Coach of the year — Nicholas Mangum, Cardinal Gibbons. Sportsmanship —Webb. All-conference — Northwood, Alex Council, Tessa Sheets; Webb, Mia Terry, Jalisa Morton, Taylor, Ajani Johnson ,Glandra Jolly, Precious Battle, Lora Puryear; Cedar Ridge, Vines, Christine Hill. Chapel Hill, Anna Passannante, Quinece Fish, Paige Timothy; Cardinal Gibbons,
Sofia San Miguel , Sophie Ebihara, Mary Grace Doggett, Meghan Vaughn , Elissa Sutherland, Zachyre Lane, Mallory Barrett, Kayla Gandy, Annie Pierce, Abby Doyle, Kayla Bassett, Kat Baker; Orange, Morgan Efland; Southern, Diamond Nowell
BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD
Fielder of the year — Alex Ives, Cedar Ridge. Runner of the year — Collin Vilen, Chapel Hill. Coach of the year — Issac Marsh, Chapel Hill.
Sportsmanship — Cedar Ridge. All-conference — Southern, William Cameron, Kendall Hinton, Darryl Smith; Northern Vance, Tyrrick Bullock; Northwood, Jack Maynard, Imoh Udoh, Tristan Cochran; Darius Cole
Webb, Tevin Evans, Kahlil Brown. Chapel Hill, Harrison Young, Max Blackburn, James Barnett, Vilen, Drew Roeber, Albert Nyamayaro, Dillon Kopec, Jecori Owens-Shuler. Cedar Ridge, Noah Hanley, Jonathan Hall, Jared Buddington, Nate Merrill, Patrick Fallon, Harvon Allison, Ives. Cardinal Gibbons, J.T. Klimek. Northern Vance, Jeffrey Jones, Devin Anderson, Tamaj Bullock, Tyrrick Bullock, Michael Spinner, Quavon Harris
Offensive player of the year — Gannon Morrison. Defensive player of the year —Chris Lappin, Cardinal Gibbons. Coach of the year —Kevin McDaniel, Northwood. Sportsmanship — Orange. All-conference — Cardinal Gibbons, Cardinal Gibbons, Steven Albright, Kevin McHendry, Lappin, Matt Bowen, Jack Prevost, Robert Lavelle, Daniel Geiger, Chad Snyder, Gannon Morrison, Mark Schachte, Hunter Van Horn. Chapel Hill, Brett Buchman, Grant Deselm, Anders Haaland, Peter Norwood, Noah Layden, Paul Miller. Orange, Dylan McKinnon, Daniel Allred, James Harward, Bowen Collins, Northwood, Jack Dalton, Rob Hamlet, Tyler Romel, Wesley Meyer. Cedar Ridge, Jeffrey Williams, Graham Tobin, Cole Churchill.
Player of the year — Logan Barefoot, Cedar Ridge. Pitcher of the year — Anna Jasper, Northwood. Coach of the year, Butch Edenfield, Northwood. Sportsmanship — Webb. All-conference — Webb, Brooke Wheeler, Bre Lewis, Hailee Cutts; Cedar Ridge, Barefoot, Holli Butler, Lou Allen, Tyler Frazee, Ashley Durham. Northwood, Jasper, Ally McKee, Alexa Bernard McKenzie Allgood, Samantha Droese, Courtney Wilson, Payton Springle. Cardinal Gibbons, Joelle DeVita, Mia Brosius, Kassidy Wood, Elizabeth Pedersen. Orange, Montana Davidson, Mia Davidson, Rachel Peel, Kaneisha Pettiford, Kyrbee Cheek.
Player of the year – Brad Debo, Orange. Pitcher of the year — Andrew Miller, Chapel Hill. Coach of the year — Benji Nelson, Northern Vance. Sportsmanship — Webb. All-conference — Orange, Debo, Bryse Wilson, Jordan Toney, Joe Piscitelli, Collin Pope. Cedar Ridge, Michael Burroughs, Chris Smith-Burks. Cardinal Gibbons, Stephen Scott, Brandon Loy, Daniel Pedersen. Southern, Joshua Bumgardner. Northwood, Garrett Scott, Jacob Sipe, Trevor Hackney. Northern Vance, Nate Arrington, Kevonte Hanks. Chapel Hill, Ian Templeton, Miller, Nick Herbert, Sam Sisk. Webb, Taylor Williams.
Player of the year — Jarren Winstead, Roxboro Community. Coach of the year — Pete Shankle, Voyager. All-conference — Voyager, Chad SykesJohn Sanders, Hunter Coates, Jake Olimpo, Nick Batten, KiKi Kornegay, Caleb Trueheart, Bryson Willis; Roxboro Community, Winstead, Tucker Hord, Samuel Whitt, Parker Brann, Collin Winstead, Drew Long; Franklin Academy, Andrew Weiss, Jordan Maye, Jacob Faulkner, D.J. Hansen. River Mill, Travis Carroll, Zachary Marrs. East Wake, Rex Johnson, Alex Lape.
Player of the year — Brooke Sanderson, East Wake. Pitcher of the year — Charity Gentry, Roxboro Community. Sportsmanship— River Mill Academy . All-conference — Franklin Academy, Gianna Buccellato, Claire Batten, Ally Pearsall, Kaylee Miller. Roxboro Community, Alyssa Morris, Courtney Fox, Brooke Throckmorton, Rachel Jones, August Fox; Voyager, Kalista Kornegay, Leah Parrish, Mackenzie Allison, Brittney Pullar; River Mill, Hannah Nolan, Brittany Wilkins, Abigail Bradley; East Wake, Rachel Thompson, Sanderson, Lexi Hargesheimer.
Player of the year — Isabel Pearce, Woods Charter. Goalkeeper of the year — Amelia Huffman, Franklin Academy. Coach of the year — Steven Grosso, Raleigh Charter. All-conference — Raleigh Charter, Alexa Dreyer, Sarah Hammond, Abby Rhodes, Kylee Parsons, Karly Dreyer, Hannah Schauss, Liz Nichols; Franklin Academy, Huffman, Kiera Stephan, Anna Krussow, Paige Roberson; Woods Charter, Isabel Pearce, Martha Farrell, Mackenzie Abbott, Kat Pike, Renee Brozowski, Jade Ogilvie; East Wake, Isabella Hertzig, Emily Stacy; Roxboro Community, Maranda Oliver; Kestrel Heights, Christy Johnson, Ciara Edmonds, Dina Avila; Voyager, Hope Garcia.
Player of the year — Harrison Stone, Voyager. Coach of the year — Steve Efird, Raleigh Charter. Sportsmanship —Franklin Academy. All-conference singles — Voyager, Stone, Luke Bennett; Franklin Academy, Jonathan Venable, Patrick Duffy; Raleigh Chater, Abichiran Baskaran, Revant Birla; River Mill, Seth Clapp, Shannon Mebane. All-conference doubles: Stone / Christian Quick, Voyager; Baskaran / Revant Birla, Raleigh Charter; Franklin Academy, Venable/Duffy.
Player of the year — McKenzie Barringer, Voyager. Coach of the year — Mike Armstrong, Frankline Academy. Sportsmanship — Raleigh Charter. All-conference — Voyager, Barringer, Sam Paynter; Franklin Academy, Grant Lewis, Jacob Rosentreter, Ryan Lamm, Jonas Hillyard, Cody McDaniel; Raleigh Charter, Susannah Ireland, Elish Mahajan; River Mill, Gunner Franklin.