Green Hope, Apex and Fuquay-Varina ended the season in the final News & Observer top 15 boys’ soccer ranking and with at least one player on the All-Metro squad.
Green Hope, the 4A East runner-up, was the highest-ranked team at No. 2 in the greater Triangle area. Falcons defender Sam Rauf and forward Zack Compton, who ended the year with 25 goals, were named to the All-Metro team.
Apex, which only lost twice on the field (three games were forfeited), was fifth. The Cougars placed defender Sean Bowman, a Charlotte recruit, and midfielder Robert Smith, the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference player of the year, on the All-Metro team.
No. 7 Fuquay-Varina landed Charlotte recruit Dean Rutherford on the All-Metro team after his 22 goals and 11 points.
Cardinal Gibbons was 12th.
Green Hope soccer coach: Green Hope announced that boys’ soccer coach Michael Hoy will coach the girls’ team this spring. Hoy went 22-3 in his first year with the Falcons, and Green Hope advanced to the 4A East final.
That will make two defending championship teams Hoy will be taking over in one year.
The Green Hope girls went 28-0 en route to a state title and No. 1 national ranking by EliteSoccerReport.com and are 53-1 over the past two seasons.
All-state soccer: N.C. Soccer Coaches Association released its all-state team last week, and the area was well-represented.
Cardinal Gibbons’ Cam Steele and Chase Rhode made the 3A list. Green Hope’s Zack Compton and Sam Rauf, Apex’s Robert Smith and Fuquay-Varina’s Dean Rutherford made the 4A list.
Cary Academy junior defender Collin Dworsky made the private school list and is the only nonsenior from the area to make an all-state soccer team.
New lacrosse coach: Panther Creek has named Steve Haine as its new boys’ lacrosse coach. Haine has been a junior varsity coach at Jordan High in Durham for the last six years.
Athens Drive wrestling: The Jaguars finished second in the fourth annual “Feud in the Forest” tournament at Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville.
Mahmoud Ghuweir (195 pounds) was the team’s only tournament champion. Trey Cornish (126) and Grant Finkbeiner (132) each finished second, and Ahmad Husein (182) was third.
New lacrosse title: The N.C. High School Athletic Association plans to add a boys’ lacrosse state championship for 3A/2A/1A teams. That will allow Cardinal Gibbons to play in a different postseason than longtime nemesis Apex.
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