Area athletes make N&O All-Metro teams

From staff reportsNovember 11, 2013 

The News & Observer released its All-Metro teams for volleyball, cross country, girls’ tennis and girls’ golf on Sunday. The southwestern Wake area filled many spots on the list.

Volleyball: Four area players made the All-Metro volleyball squad.

Fuquay-Varina senior setter Alex Barnett and Apex junior setter Ally Beckman earned spots, as did Cardinal Gibbons’ Cheyenne Wood, the MVP of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A championship.

Cary Academy’s Moriah Smith, a senior and all-state N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association all-state pick, also made the team.

In total, 11 players from the greater Triangle area made the team.

Cross country: Green Hope’s Elly Henes led the nine-runner girls’ cross country All-Metro team, while Apex’s Mihret Coulter was second-fastest on the boys’ team.

Cardinal Gibbons girls’ runners Mary Grace Doggett and Sophie Ebihara also made the team, as did Green Hope runner Theresa Enright.

Coulter was the only area boy to make the list.

Girls’ tennis: Panther Creek, Cary and Cardinal Gibbons accounted for almost the entire nine-player All-Metro girls’ tennis team.

Panther Creek landed its top three players – Megan Smith, Sammi Smith and Jordan Strickland – while Cary (Jamie Rogers, Hannah Jabusch) and Cardinal Gibbons (Lizzie Galush, Devin Knors) each had two players on the team.

Sammi Smith and Strickland defeated Rogers and Jabusch for the 4A doubles title, while Galush and Knors won the 3A doubles title.

Girls’ golf: NCHSAA 4A champ Emilia Migliaccio of Athens Drive, runner-up Meghan Symonds of Green Hope and fourth-place finisher Leigha Holt of Holly Springs all made the All-Metro team after a year of battling one another in the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference.

Also making the squad was Lee County’s Muk Shoomee, who competed against southwestern Wake schools last season in the old Tri-9 Conference. Shoomee won the 3A state title.

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