Best of Wilmington Christian Academy: Girls No. 6, 5 and 4

In an effort to determine the best 10 male and female athletes at each Wilmington school (Ashley, Cape Fear Academy, Coastal Christian, Hoggard, Laney, New Hanover and Wilmington Christian Academy), I selected a panel of qualified individuals to vote. The participants included: former and current coaches, administrators and ADs, media members and even fans. Each individual voted anonymously with their No. 1 athlete receiving 10 points, No. 2 athlete receiving 9 points and so on. 

The next school to have their 10 top athletes revealed is Wilmington Christian Academy. A total of 10 people voted and the results will be released throughout the week.

Monday, July 27: Boys and Girls 10, 9, 8 and 7 as well as honorable mention (anyone else who received votes)

Tuesday: July 28: Girls 6, 5 and 4

Wednesday, July 29: Boys 6, 5 and 4

Thursday, July 30: Girls 3, 2 and 1

Friday, July 31: Boys 3, 2 and 1

Girls Honorable Mention

  • Hope Babcock (13 points)
  • Raven Jordan (11 points)
  • Erin Barcal (10 points)
  • Caroline Fountain (6 points)
  • Leigh Roberts (4 points)
  • Heather Autry (3 points)
  • Lydia Bradshaw, Molly Maguth and Kayla Ball (1 point)

Girls No. 10

Caroline Leggett (19 points)

Class of 2019

Photo by Tim Hower

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Girls No. 9

Cassie Taylor (20 points)

Class of 2019

Photo courtesy of Lynn Taylor

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Girls No. 8

Georgia Davis (36 points and 1 first-place vote)

Class of 2018

Photo courtesy of Shelly Davis

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Girls No. 7

Ellie Kohl (45 points and 1 first-place vote)

Class of 2018

Photo courtesy of Wilmington Christian Academy

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Girls No. 6

Sarah Funderburg (49 points and 1 first-place vote)

Class of 2018

Photo courtesy of Wilmington Christian Academy

Funderburg was a member of the boys golf team and more than held her own, finishing inside the top five at the NCCSA State Championship three times. She was an All-State performer in 2015, 2016 and 2018. As a senior, Funderburg was the individual state champion after shooting a 74. She finished third in the state in 2016 and fourth in 2015 to help WCA claim back-to-back team titles. Funderburg has continued her career at Winthrop. She had the third best stroke average (78.9) on the team as a freshman and lowered that to 76.8 as a sophomore with a pair of top-15 finishes. 

“Sarah had one of the greatest high school careers of any female golfer in Wilmington history. Being able to claim the state title as a senior was just the icing on the cake!” – Anonymous voter

Girls No. 5

Abby Squires (56 points)

Class of 2017

Photo courtesy of Abby Squires

Squires competed in volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter and soccer in the spring during her terrific career at WCA. She was a member of three volleyball state championship teams, but where she really shined was on the basketball court. Squires averaged at least 13 points in all four seasons and finished her career with 1,854 points, 1,286 rebounds, 355 blocks, 286 steals and 140 assists. As a junior, she averaged 19.7 points, 14.3 rebounds, 4.3 blocks and 2.1 steals to help the Patriots finish 18-11 and earn a third-place finish at the NCCSA 2A State Championship. Squires averaged 16.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, 3 steals and 2.2 assists as a senior.

“Hard to find a tougher competitor than Abby!  She loved to compete, and you always felt like you had a chance when Abby was on your side.” – Anonymous voter

Girls No. 4

Courtney Mullinax (57 points)

Class of 2015

Photo courtesy of Courtney Mullinax

Mullinax was a talented libero who was instrumental in guiding the Patriots to back-to-back NCCSA volleyball state titles in 2013 and 2014. She was named All-State both seasons. As a senior, Mullinax recorded more than 600 digs. She finished with 34 in a four-set victory over Bethel Christian in the state title match. Mullinax’s volleyball jersey was retired by the school. She went on to play beach volleyball at UNCW, where she won 17 matches in three seasons.

“Courtney’s prevailing attitude was that of perseverance. She would never quit mentally or physically on the court. She inspired all athletes to press on.” – Anonymous voter