Ledford’s Shelton captures state 3A pole vault title
TRACK AND FIELD
NCHSAA 3A CHAMPIONSHIPS
GREENSBORO — Ledford’s Brooke Shelton soared to the state pole vault championship on Saturday.
T.J. Logan, meanwhile, won a pair of individual events and anchored a victorious relay team to pace Northern Guilford to the team title in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3A boys track and field championships at the Irwin Belk Track at North Carolina A&T State University.
Shelton cleared 11 feet, six inches to easily top runnerup Hannah Frederick of Marvin Ridge (10 feet) for the crown. Sierra Cefali of the Panthers placed third at 10 feet as there was a tiebreaker for those spots.
Logan, who is headed to the University of North Carolina on a football scholarship, last week had been named the winner of the Pat Best Memorial Award as the 2013 NCHSAA Male Athlete of the Year, and he certainly lived up to his billing. He captured the 100 in a winning time of 10.65 seconds, won the 200 in 21.61, and then anchored the winning four by 100 relay team which broke the tape in 41.99 seconds. He was named the Most Valuable Performer of the men’s championships.
Northern Guilford tallied 57 points to 45.50 for county rival Northeast Guilford in second. East Henderson followed in third with 43 points, with Waxhaw Marvin Ridge (34.50) in fourth and Hickory (31) in fifth. There were 53 boys teams tallying points in the meet. Southern Guilford’s boys tied for 31st with seven points. Ledford’s boys shared 49th with one point.
In the girls meet, Charlotte’s Berry Academy used its strength in the relays to run to the team championship. Berry won both the four by 100 and four by 200 events while placing third in the four by 400, finishing the day with 51 points to 46 for runnerup West Carteret. Ledford’s girls notched 14th with 19 points, while Southern Guilford shared 15th with 15 points.
Fayetteville Westover placed third in the standings with 43 points, followed by Jacksonville (41) and Western Alamance (38.5). A total of 51 schools scored points in the girls meet.
For Southern’s girls, Kylie McMillan took third in the 100 hurdles in 15 flat. Teammate Daijah Walden placed seventh in the 300 hurdles in 48.18. Southern’s McMillan, Ashley Newsome, Chantell Cooper and Chelseigh Holmes notched fourth in the 400 relay in 49.88. The Storm’s Walden, Raven Hamilton, Cooper and Holmes bagged seventh in the 800 relay in 1:46.33.
Also for Ledford’s girls, Sam Miller placed sixth in the shot put at 35-5.
For Southern’s boys, Reggie Gallaspy, Malik Moseley, Taylor Johnson and Dia’vonte Brown secured third in the 400 relay in 42.66. Moseley placed eighth in the 110 hurdles in 15.97.
TAC 2A CHAMPIONSHIPS
GREENSBORO — Westchester Country Day School’s girls captured their first-ever TAC 2A title, while the Wildcat boys repeated as champs in this week’s league meet at American Hebrew Academy.
The Wildcat girls prevailed with 132 points, followed by Caldwell Academy at 113, Salem at 101, Trinity School of Durham at 80, American Hebrew at 65 and Burlington Christian at 29.
For the boys, WCDS won with 152 points, followed by TSD at 73.5, Caldwell at 52.5, AHA at 51 and BCA at 40.
Winners for Westchester’s girls were Terra Johns in the 400 in 1:02.07; Abbi Kahan in the 800 in 2:38.04; Olivia Greeson, Montana Heinbach, Johns and Leigh Tyson in the 800 relay in 1:50.49; Avery Goho, Tyson, Johns and Kahan in the 1,600 relay in 4:25.94; Haleigh Breece, Kahan, Eliza Fisher and Goho in the 3,200 relay in 11:25.05; and Greeson in the long jump at 15-4.
For the Wildcat boys, Jan Leuhr was a double winner, taking the long jump in 19 feet, 4.5 inches and the triple jump in 41-5. Tyler Fairly won the 200 in 24.12, while Jeff Green took the 400 in 51.52. Ryeong Choi captured the 1,600 in 4:54.96, while Patrick Williford won the 3,200 in 11:37.46. Sam Argo won the 300 hurdles in 43.56.
In relay action, Fairly, Green, Luca Lagemann and Leuhr won the 1,600 in 3:44.68, while Williford, Cameron White, Walker Rose and Choi took the 3,200 in 9:47.54.
NCHSAA 1A CHAMPIONSHIPS
CARY — The Bishop McGuinness duo of Kevin Weckworth and Sam McLaughtry wound up one set short of a state title.
Weckworth-McLaughtry fell to the Elkin team of Tyler Macy and Ryan Schell 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the NCHSAA 1A final at the Cary Tennis Center on Saturday.
Macy, the singles winner a year ago and runner-up in both 2010 and ‘11, teamed this time with Schell of Elkin in doubles and the Buckin’ Elks duo won the championship in a tough three-setter.
Weckworth had been a part of the last two doubles championship teams at 1A, teaming with a different partner each year to earn the title for Bishop.
Jacob Fuqua of Hendersonville rolled to a straight set victory on Saturday morning to win the singles championship. Fuqua defeated Dylan Cuddington of Rosewood 6-2, 6-1 in the title match after losing only four games in four sets in his two Friday victories.
NCHSAA 4A CHAMPIONSHIPS
RALEIGH — Freshman Nick Stachowiak of Apex Middle Creek won an all-Wake County singles final on Saturday morning in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4A boys tennis championships at the Millbrook Exchange Park.
Stachowiak defeated Bo Boyden of Raleigh Wakefield 6-1, 6-2, to win the title. The Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds team of Jack Riazzi and Paul Yamane earned the doubles crown, beating the Raleigh Millbrook pair of Chris Mahan and John Karlawish by 7-5, 6-3.
NCHSAA 3A CHAMPIONSHIPS
BURLINGTON — Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons players won both the singles and the doubles championships on Saturday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3A boys tennis championships at the Burlington Parks and Recreation Tennis Center.
Robert Kelly of Gibbons scored a straight-set triumph over Charlotte Catholic’s Riley Brosnan in the finals 6-1, 6-2, after ousting Lenoir Hibriten’s Paul Hogan in the semifinal round.In doubles, the team of Matt Galush and Noah Constantine of Cardinal Gibbons won the championship by 6-2, 6-1 over Concord’s B.J. Beecher and Ryan Harvey.
NCHSAA 2A CHAMPIONSHIPS
CARY — After three long rounds on Friday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2A boys tennis championships at the Cary Tennis Center, the finals Saturday morning were over pretty quickly.
Both the singles and doubles titles were decided in less than an hour.
In singles, Shelby’s Marshall Parker sprinted past freshman Brian Freiburghouse of Carrboro 6-0, 6-0 to win the championship, the first singles crown for a Shelby player since 2003.
A Newton-Conover team won the 2A doubles championship for the fourth year in a row. John Tate and Tyler Barrymore of the Red Devils defeated Bobby Decker and Eli Hile of Black Mountain Charles D. Owen 6-3, 6-0.
Trinity’s Chase Pruitt and Hunter Dean fell in the first round of doubles to a duo from Black Mountain Owen. East Davidson’s Hunter Mitchell and Victor Finlay netted a first-round doubles win over a team from Hampstead Topsail before losing to a team from Newton-Conover in round two.
FORBUSH 2, WHEATMORE 1
EAST BEND — Undefeated Forbush edged Wheatmore 2-1 in the second round of the NCHSAA 2A girls soccer playoffs on Saturday night.
The Falcons, champions of the Mountain Valley Conference, improved to 23-0. The Warriors, champions of the PAC-6, finished 17-4-2.
CUTHBERTSON DEF. EAST DAVIDSON 0
WAXHAW — Cuthbertson downed East Davidson in the second round of the NCHSAA 2A girls soccer playoffs on Saturday. The match ended just as The High Point Enterprise was going to press.
Cuthbertson, champion of the Rocky River Conference, improved to 17-2-4. The Golden Eagles, seeded second from the Central Carolina, finished 11-7-1.
TRINITY 9, FORBUSH 3
EAST BEND — Trinity turned back Forbush 9-3 in the first round of the NCHSAA 2A playoffs late Friday night.
The Bulldogs, seeded second from the PAC-6 conference, improved to 16-10 and advanced to Tuesday’s second-round game at West Stokes. Forbush, seeded second from the Mountain Valley, finished 14-9.