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 Hopes 174.5 points were well ahead of Apexs 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 Hopes Maura McDonnell was one of the two athletes of the year, along with Ravenscrofts Wesley Frazier . It was the first year both athletes of the year did not include one boy and one girl.
Cary Academys Colin Godwin, a cross country runner signed to run at MIT, was the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Other awards included:
• Carys Bakri Abushouk was the boys cross country runner of the year.
• Athens Drives Sarah Bae was the girls golfer of the year.
• Green Hopes Alexis Degler was the girls soccer player of the year.
• Holly Springs Colin Ellington was the boys swimmer of the year.
• Green Hopes Hannah Moore was the girls swimmer of the year.
• Middle Creeks Nick Stachowiak was the boys tennis player of the year.
• Fuquay-Varinas Garrett Suggs was the baseball player of the year.
• Apexs 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-Varinas Brett Daniels, a junior, and senior Garrett Suggs made the 10-man team.
Apexs Lindsay Hodge was the areas 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 Hopes Maggie Auslander and Katherine Smith joined Athens Drives Madeline Bromley, Apexs 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 Creeks 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.
Carys Bakri Abushouk (1,600) made the boys team.
Apexs Briana Heilsnis (discus) made the girls team.
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