Daily Roundup: May 21, 2022


NCISAA Division II State Championship

Coastal Christian cruised to the team title by scoring 179.5 points to defeat second-place Forsyth Country Day School by a remarkable 110 points.

It was the third title for the Centurions since 2018. They finished second behind the Furies a season ago.

Three athletes – McKoy Graham, Tyler Niloff and Cameron Sumners – had individual victories on the track.

Graham won the 400-meter run in 50.65, Niloff claimed the 1,600 in 4:34.80 and Sumners captured the 800 in 2:03.37.

Coastal Christian had three other runners in the top seven of the 1,600 – Jack Sterrett (fourth in 4:39.60), Sam Morgan (sixth in 4:42) and Thad O’Neill (seventh in 4:47.40).

Sterrett was the runner-up in the 3,200 with a time of 9:52.97. Morgan (9:59.42) and O’Neill (10:10.26) followed behind. 

Braxton Bagley was third in the 200 (22.92) and Graham was seventh.

Aiden Garrett finished third in the 400 (51.97), while Josh Keeter was seventh in the 100 (11.49).

In the 800, Niloff placed sixth in 2:06.82 and Caleb Cottle finished eighth in 2:08.46.

Three relays – 4×100 (Bagley, Keeter, Vince Bottiglier and Zane Finley), 4×200 (Bagley, Finley, Garrett and Keeter) and 4×400 (Finley, Garrett, Graham and Josue Lopez) – were victorious.

The 4×800 team of Cottle, Niloff, Sumners and Michael Cooke finished second.

Coastal Christian got a second-place finishes from Collin Kitts in discus (139-5.5) and Ethan Scott in high jump (6-0). Kitts was also fifth in shot put with a throw of 41-8.

Bagley was third in long jump (21-4) and Keeter was fourth (20-7.5), while Austin Durst was fourth in high jump (5-10) and eighth in triple jump (39-0.5).

Four competitors scored points in pole vault. Josh Cowell was the runner-up (12-0), Bottiglier was fourth (10-6), Carter Grace finished seventh (9-6) and Cole Hudson placed eighth (8-6).

Charles Graham finished eighth in shot put (35-0).

The Centurions fared well in hurdles with Grace finishing fifth in the 300 distance (44.27) and eighth in the 110 distance (18.78). Chase Pruitt (110 in 17.50) and Eli Bright (44.92 in 300) were both seventh. 

Cape Fear Academy had an outstanding day and finished fourth as a team with 55.5 points. 

Vytas Nausedas won the triple jump with a distance of 42-9.5 and shot put with a throw of 45-9.5. The junior was fifth in discus (123-2) and high jump (5-8).

Tanner Macpherson placed third in pole vault (11-0) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (43.23).

Markus Pastorcic-Straun was third in high jump (5-10) and sixth in triple jump (39-10.5), while Walker Morrow finished third in triple jump (40-5.25).

Morrow, Pastorcic-Staun, Cash Morgan and Ford Tate were seventh in the 4×100. 

NCHSAA 4A State Championship

Hoggard senior Evan Pena was the top area finisher, placing second in the 3,200-meter run with a new area-best time of 9:17.28.

Pena was joined by William Holmes, Andrew Wallace and Luke Ward on the third-place 4×800 relay, which finished in 7:55.42.

Ward was 12th in the 3,200 (9:48.41), Holmes placed 15th in the 800 (2:02.36) and Wallace was 16th in the 800 (2:04.22). 

The Vikings also got an 11th-place finish in pole vault from Ethan Panz (12-0) and a 12th-place finish in high jump from Jackson Travis (6-0).

The 4×400 relay team of Holmes, Colin Bruins, Jackson Bruins and Justin Rogers finished 11th with a time of 3:28.68. 

Nathan Lau of Topsail had a strong performance in both throwing events. He was third in shot put (51-0.25) and seventh in discus (161-8).

Teammate Tristin Reutter finished 12th in the 300 hurdles with a time of 41.66.

Laney three-sport standout Conner Powe had a pair of top-13 finishes in his final high school meet. Powe was fourth in long jump with a distance of 21-8.5. He was 13th in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.70.

New Hanover’s Rashawn Simon placed fifth in long jump (21-6), while the 4×100 team of Simon, Brethan Barnhill, Au’Wann Gary and Caden Morton was 15th (43.82).

NCHSAA 1A State Championship

Pender finished tied for 15th in the team standings with 13 points. 

The Patriots’ got fourth-place finishes from Mecca Carr-Bordeaux (148-5 in discus) and Chris Spencer (48-1 in shot put).

Carr-Bordeaux also placed seventh in shot put (44-11), while Spencer was 11th in discus (111-11). Ja’Vonte Brown was 13th in discus (99-9) and 15th in shot put (37-7.5).

Da’Shaun McKoy registered three top-13 finishes. He placed ninth in triple jump (39-1), 11th in high jump (5-10) and 13th in long jump (19-0).

Jadon Lee had the top performance on the track by finishing eighth in the 800-meter run with a time of 52.84.

Christian Hayes was 10th in the 200 (23.41) and 14th in the 100 (11.79). Other top-15 finishers were: Samuel Wheeler (10th in 800 in 2:13.53), Julius Yasir (13th in 400 in 54.30), William Berry (14th in 3,200 in 12:04.15) and Demonte Hill (16th in 100 in 12.43).

The 4×200 team of Hayes, Lee, Yasir and Ky’Rese Dye placed ninth with a time of 1:34.21.

Lee, Wheeler, Yasir and Demari Morgan were 10th in the 4×400 (3:47.48), while Wheeler, Aiden Murray, Judah Summers and Gerardo Trejo finished 12th in the 4×800 (9:24.52).


NCISAA Division II State Championship

Thanks in large part to a pair of victories from freshman Hannah Grace, Coastal Christian finished second with 101 points. It was the best performance in school history.

Asheville School claimed the title with 117.5 points.

Grace had no trouble winning pole vault by clearing 11-10. The second-place finisher cleared 10-0.

She also won triple jump with a distance of 34-5.5. Grace was third in both high jump (4-8) and long jump (17-3.25).

Cheyanne Grevin was second in the 300-meter hurdles (50.38) and eight in the 100 hurdles (18.52).

Kora Beth Witzenman placed third in pole vault (9-0) and sixth in the 200 (27.03), while Elsa Southerland finished fifth in both the discus (92-3) and shot put (29-10.75).

The Centurions got a pair of eighth-place finishes from Zoe Bos (400 in 1:03.83 and 800 in 2:32.36).

In addition to Grace and Witzenman, Coastal Christian had four other top-eight finishes in pole vault – Sage Creech (fourth with a clearance of 8-0), Maggie Dorosko sixth with a clearance of 7-6), Julia Butler (seventh with a clearance of 7-0) and Chloe Scarola (eighth with a clearance of 6-6).

Ella Reese was fifth in triple jump (31-7.75), Audrey Borges finished sixth in the 100 hurdles (18.42), Morgan Robinson was seventh in discus (78-8), Meagan Mintz placed seventh in high jump (4-4) and Kelly McConekey finished eighth in high jump (4-2).

The 4×100 (Butler, Witzenman, Hannah Bloodworth and Bree Hall), 4×200 (Bloodworth, Hall, Witzenman and Shea Phipps) and 4×400 (Bloodworth, Bos, Hall and Ava Basler) relay teams were all fourth.

Bos, Basler, Madeline Fischer and Kaitlyn Harrison finished fifth in the 4×800 relay.

Cape Fear Academy scored 10 points to finish in a tie for 10th.

Leading the way was Bella Santos, who finished second in the 100 (12.71), fourth in the 200 (26.76) and fifth in the long jump (15-9.5).

Santos ran the anchor leg on the seventh-place 4×200 relay. Joining her were: Priya Belle, Avery Block and Fraley Kelley.

Avery Bishop had a pair of top-eight finishes (sixth in 3,200 in 12:33.71 and eighth in 1,600 in 5:44.44).

The Hurricanes also got an eighth-place finish from Salem Morrow in triple jump (29-11.75).

NCHSAA 4A State Championship

Topsail junior Kaitlyn Obremski finished fourth in the 3,200-meter run by completing her eight laps in 10:52.70 to lead all area participants. 

Bailey Willard of Laney was 10th in shot put (34-8) and discus (105-3), while teammate Isabella Borelli placed 14th in the 800 (2:21.33).

Hoggard got 10th-place finishes from Molly Parker (1,600 in 5:12.38) and Ashlei Summers (3,200 in 11:40.82). 

Parker was joined by Shea Hoffacker, Luci Hosley and Savannah Moore on the 4×800 relay, which also placed 10th with a time of 9:49.59.

Mollie Brinker was 14th in pole vault by clearing 10-0.

NCHSAA 1A State Championship

Daisy Hearn captured her third state title in wheelchair discus (19-4.5) and wheelchair shot put (10-7) to help Pender finish 13th as a team with 16 points.

Mikayla Armstrong placed sixth in shot put (30-10.75) and 12th in discus (70-6). 

Olivia Gurganus had three top-15 finishes – triple jump (11th with a distance 31-3), long jump (12th with a distance of 14-4.75) and high jump (12th with a height of 4-8).

The Patriots got 13th-place finishes from Grace Bordeaux (400-meter run in 1:06.33) and Laney Bullard (300 hurdles in 1:00.51).

The 4×100 relay team of Jamiah Johnson, Shamiah Johnson, Ma’Kayla Morris and Leah Wells placed fifth with a time of 52.39.

Bordeaux, both Johnson twins and Morris were sixth in the 4×200 (1:51.92), while the 4×400 team of Bordeaux, both Johnson twins and Leah Wells finished seventh (4:32.68).

Brooke Fuller, Melia Fullwood, Amya Hansley and Mallory Psioda were 16th in the 4×800 with a time of 13:28.05.


No. 2 Cape Fear Academy 9, No. 1 Forsyth Country Day School 7

NCISAA Division II State Championship

Goalie Owen Johnson made 16 saves and Cole Donner won nine face-offs to lead the Hurricanes to their second state championship.

CFA (12-6) trailed 4-3 at halftime before building a 6-5 lead after three quarters. They opened the fourth quarter with three straight goals to build an insurmountable lead.

Nick Spinola led the way with a hat trick, while Cam Arne added two goals and one assist. 

Blake O’Keefe finished with one goal and two assists. Noah Law added one goal and one assist. The Hurricanes other goals were scored by Colin Moore and Jack Boggio.

CFA’s first state championship came in 2017.


No. 1 Forsyth Country Day School 5, No. 2 Cape Fear Academy 2

NCISAA Division II State Championship

Cape Fear Academy wasn’t able to repeat as state champions.

Jason Huang and Grant Kleppinger earned the first point by winning at No. 3 doubles. The Hurricanes’ (14-2) lone singled victory came from Nikita Ivanov at No. 5.

CFA was leading on courts No. 4 and 6 when the match was decided.


No. 2 Forsyth Country Day School 5, No. 1 Coastal Christian 0

NCISAA 3A State Championship

The Centurions’ first trip to the title game didn’t go as planned, as the host Furies grabbed a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute and continued to pull away.

Coastal Christian finished the season with a record of 16-5.




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