Last year for Tri-9 Conference Cup

mblake@newsobserver.comJune 15, 2013 

  • Tri-9 Wells Fargo Conference Cup

    1. Green Hope, 174

    2. Apex, 151.5

    3. Middle Creek, 128

    4. Holly Springs, 123

    5. Cary, 114

    6. Panther Creek, 110

    7. Athens Drive, 94

    8. Fuquay-Varina, 65.5

    9. Lee County, 61.5

The Green Hope Falcons have the final all-sports bragging rights of the Tri-9 Conference after winning the N.C. High School Athletic Association Wells Fargo Conference Cup.

The award recognizes schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within individual conferences. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points.

Green Hope’s 174.5 points were well ahead of Apex’s 151.5.

New conferences will be formed next fall, as it is a realignment year. Those conferences will be set for the next four years.

The Tri-9 will lose Lee County and be rebranded as the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference.

Cardinal Gibbons’ 3A league is expanding and will be called the Big Eight Conference. The Crusaders were runners-up in the Carolina-6 Conference Cup standings to Chapel Hill.

N&O Awards: Several southwestern Wake-area athletes were honored by The News & Observer with its end-of-season awards last Sunday. Any athlete in the greater Triangle area, which extends to 10 counties, is eligible for the awards.

Green Hope’s Maura McDonnell was one of the two athletes of the year, along with Ravenscroft’s Wesley Frazier . It was the first year both athletes of the year did not include one boy and one girl.

Cary Academy’s Colin Godwin, a cross country runner signed to run at MIT, was the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Other awards included:

•  Cary’s Bakri Abushouk was the boys’ cross country runner of the year.

•  Athens Drive’s Sarah Bae was the girls’ golfer of the year.

•  Green Hope’s Alexis Degler was the girls’ soccer player of the year.

•  Holly Springs’ Colin Ellington was the boys’ swimmer of the year.

•  Green Hope’s Hannah Moore was the girls’ swimmer of the year.

•  Middle Creek’s Nick Stachowiak was the boys’ tennis player of the year.

•  Fuquay-Varina’s Garrett Suggs was the baseball player of the year.

•  Apex’s Derek Sweet was the boys’ lacrosse player of the year.

•  Cardinal Gibbons’ Ade Taiwo was the boys’ soccer player of the year.

N&O all-metro spring teams: Several local players made one of the nine News & Observer All-Metro teams in spring sports. The selections were made by the sports staff with some consultation with area high school coaches.

In baseball, Holly Springs senior Brian Fortier, Cardinal Gibbons sophomore Stephen Scott, Green Hope junior Thomas Yoder and Fuquay-Varina’s Brett Daniels, a junior, and senior Garrett Suggs made the 10-man team.

Apex’s Lindsay Hodge was the area’s lone representative on the 11-player softball team.

Green Hope seniors Alexis Degler, Alexis Shaffer and Sydney Curtis made the 11-player soccer team, as did senior Christina Gibbons and junior Morgan Reid of Cardinal Gibbons.

In lacrosse, 13 boys and 12 girls were named to the All-Metro teams.

Apex (Luke Sieber, Derek Sweet and Tyler Nesbitt) and Cardinal Gibbons (Colin McKendry, Gannon Morrison and Austin Nellie) each had three players on the boys’ team, joining Holly Springs’ Ethan Brantley and Evan Allen.

On the girls’ side, Green Hope’s Maggie Auslander and Katherine Smith joined Athens Drive’s Madeline Bromley, Apex’s Rose Redfoot and Mia Castagnero and Cardinal Gibbons’ Lane Huger and Shelby Scanlin on the team.

On a seven-player All-Metro boys’ tennis team, Cardinal Gibbons had three players (Noah Constantine, Matt Galush, Robert Kelly), joining Middle Creek’s Nick Stachowiak.

The boys’ and girls’ All-Metro track teams were made using the best time or distance from the six different NCHSAA and NCISAA state championships.

Cary’s Bakri Abushouk (1,600) made the boys’ team.

Apex’s Briana Heilsnis (discus) made the girls’ team.

Blake: 919-460-2606 or

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