Apex’s lacrosse teams each had a Conference 2 player of the year, as voted by the league’s coaches.
Sophomore Mia Castagnero was the girls’ player of the year, while senior Derek Sweet was the player of the year in boys’ lacrosse.
Conference 2 includes the seven Tri-9 Conference programs that play the sport, plus Cardinal Gibbons in boys’ lacrosse.
Castagnero had 53 goals and 30 assists for the Cougars, who were runners-up in the league, while Sweet had 47 goals and 61 assists.
Making the boys’ all-conference list for the third straight season were Apex’s Luke Sieber (53 goals, 17 assists), Holly Springs’ Evan Allen and Ethan Brantley, and Middle Creek’s Ben Doetzer.
Athens Drive goalie Dane Peddicord returned to the all-conference team, where he was also selected in 2011.
On the girls’ side, there were three four-time all-conference performers: Cary’s Sarah Hoyek, Panther Creek’s Rachel Ungaro (27 goals, 7 assists) and Green Hope’s Maggie Auslander (47 goals, 37 assists), the 2012 conference player of the year.
Green Hope junior McKenzie Koeller and senior Julie Hagan are each three-time all-conference selections. Katherine Smith of Green Hope led the league in scoring (72 goals).
The coaches of the year were Jennifer Brunsting of Athens Drive girls’ lacrosse and Jack Bogowicz of Green Hope boys’ lacrosse.