High School Notebook

Cardinal Gibbons gets Panther Creek wrestling coach

mblake@newsobserver.comJuly 1, 2013 

Panther Creek wrestling coach Jon Armfield is leaving to teach and coach at Cardinal Gibbons, reuniting with athletics director Todd Schuler.

Armfield will replace Stan Chambers, who will stay on as an assistant.

Armfield has been Panther Creek’s head coach since its second season, 2007-08, and is a two-time conference coach of the year.

Panther Creek has made the dual-team playoffs four times in the past five seasons under Armfield, who is 132-32 in his six years as PC’s head coach.

Armfield’s tenure with the Catamounts is highlighted by stopping multiple Cary High regular-season, conference and home win streaks with a historic head-to-head win in 2010. A year later, the Catamounts went 28-2, losing to Cary in the playoffs and in the 4A East regional final.

The Crusaders haven’t enjoyed as much dual-team success as individual – Gibbons had two state champs in 2011. Part of Armfield’s fix will be to drum up interest within the school and encourage more students to try out.

Chambers is CEO of Dynamic Sports Group and will begin to focus more on those duties. He and Armfield have coached club wrestling together.

Armfield will teach technology education at Gibbons, heading up a new academic initiative there.

Cardinal Gibbons has had a busy offseason hiring coaches. Mike Buckley was hired to replace longtime boys’ lacrosse coach Mike Curatolo and Veronica Wootson-Ross was named the new softball coach last week.

Wootson-Ross played professional softball for the Akron Racers in 2007 and was most recently an assistant at William Peace University. She was also a graduate assistant at Florida State University.

Wootson-Ross replaces Marianne White, who retired after coaching 10 seasons and finished runner-up in the 2005 NCISAA 3A state championship.

District softball: The N.C. Softball Coaches Association announced its all-district teams. The association awards each of the four classifications and picks a different number of players to the district teams based on how many schools exist in that district and classification.

Green Hope’s Lexi Ross was named the 4A District 3 player of the year. Ross, now graduated, will play at Western Carolina next year.

Also making the 4A District 3 team were: Apex’s Lindsay Hodge, Cassie Healy, Alexis Overdiep and Mckenzie Brown, Athens Drive’s Tanya Van Dyk and Olivia Baratta, Cary’s Emily Libero and Priscilla Sanchez, Fuquay-Varina’s Ashlyn Long, Heather Ratcliff, Megan Tarpey and Kelsey Ward, Green Hope’s Ali Then, Lauren Clifford and Ross, Middle Creek’s Kiley Majette, Megan Walker, Allie Burghardt, Lauren Panella and Panther Creek’s Madison Thompson.

Making the 3A District 3 team were three Cardinal Gibbons freshmen – Joelle Devita, Kassidy Wood and Elizabeth Pederson.

All-star games: The N.C. Coaches Association East-West all-star games are July 22-24 in Greensboro and High Point.

Green Hope’s David Robertson is in the boys’ basketball game, which is at the Greensboro Coliseum at 8:30 p.m. July 22.

Cary’s Anna Witte, Green Hope’s Alexis Degler and Alexis Shaffer, Cardinal Gibbons’ Christina Gibbons and Panther Creek’s Hanna Socha will play in the girls’ soccer game, which will be at UNC-Greensboro at 6:30 p.m. July 23.

The all-star boys’ soccer game will follow at 8:30 p.m. and feature Cardinal Gibbons’ Kyle Rhode and Green Hope’s Tyler Hawley and Josh Kennedy

The all-star football game, held at A.J. Simeon Stadium in High Point at 8 p.m. July 24, features Athens Drive’s Tommy Evanoff.

School awards: A number of area schools gave out end-of-year athletic awards. Most schools had male and female athlete awards.

The winners were: Apex – Gavin Locklear and Brianna Heilsnis; Athens Drive – Daniel Riddle and Sarah Bae; Cary – Bakri Abushouk and Sara Hoyek; Cary Academy – Elizabeth Carlton and Andy Neiswender; Grace Christian – Michael Taylor and Mikaela Bailey; Fuquay-Varina – Camille Baker and Garrett Suggs; Panther Creek – Hannah Socha and Josh Vermette.

Green Hope has a male and female athlete award for one-sport success (winners were Daniel Weygandt and Alexis Shaffer) and one male and female athlete for multiple-sport success (winners were Chad Mason and Maura McDonnell).

Middle Creek and Cary Christian did not have awards.

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