The Millbrook Wildcats have the Cap Eight Conference’s all-sports bragging rights after winning the N.C. High School Athletic Association Wells Fargo Conference Cup.
The Wells Fargo Conference Cup recognizes schools with the best overall interscholastic athletic performances within individual conferences. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points.
Millbrook’s 135.5 points were just ahead of Broughton’s 127. Leesville Road’s 109.5 points were third.
In the final year of the Carolina 12 1A/2A Conference, Raleigh Charter was sixth with 100 points while Franklin Academy was ninth with 74. In other conferences with area teams, Cardinal Gibbons (89.5) was runner-up to Chapel Hill (93.5) in the Carolina-6 3A Conference, Southeast Raleigh was fifth in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference, and Athens Drive was seventh in the Tri-9 4A Conference.
New conferences will be formed next fall, as it is a realignment year. Those conferences will be set for the next four years.
The Cap Eight won’t change, but Rolesville High will join Southeast Raleigh in the Greater Neuse River Conference in its first year.
Cardinal Gibbons’ 3A league is expanding and will be called the Big Eight Conference, while Athens Drive’s league loses a team and will be rebranded as the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference.
Raleigh Charter and Franklin Academy will form a new 1A league called the North Central Athletic Conference, which will be all charter schools.
N&O Awards: Several Raleigh-area athletes were honored by The News & Observer with its end-of-season awards last Sunday. Any athlete in the greater Triangle area, which extends to 10 counties, is eligible for the awards.
Ravenscroft’s Wesley Frazier was one of the two Athletes of the Year along with Green Hope’s Maura McDonnell.
It was the first year both athletes of the year did not include one boy and one girl.
Other awards included:
• Athens Drive’s Sarah Bae was the girls’ golfer of the year.
• Wake Forest-Rolesville’s Brittaney Dahle was the softball player of the year.
• Millbrook’s Ryan Flowers was the girls’ basketball player of the year.
• Broughton’s Maggie Kane was girls’ tennis player of the year.
• Leesville Road’s Sasha Karelov was the volleyball player of the year.
• Wakefield’s Tyra Lea was the indoor girls’ track and field athlete of the year.
• Wakefield’s Connor Mitch was the football player of the year.
• Southeast Raleigh’s Phillip Shuler was the wrestler of the year.
• Broughton’s Megan Sullivan was the girls’ cross country runner of the year.
• Cardinal Gibbons’ Ade Taiwo was the boys’ soccer player of the year.
N&O all-metro spring teams: Several local players made one of the nine News & Observer All-Metro teams in spring sports.
The selections were made by the sports staff with some consultation with area high school coaches.
In baseball, Sanderson senior Daniel Dulaney, Millbrook senior Brian Nobles and Cardinal Gibbons sophomore Stephen Scott made the 10-man team.
Wake Forest-Rolesville senior Brittaney Dahle and sophomore Katy Holt made the cut for the 11-player softball team.
Leesville Road, Cardinal Gibbons and Millbrook each had two players on the 11-player girls’ soccer team. Leesville placed juniors Mary Kate Bowers and Sydney Frizelle, Gibbons placed junior Morgan Reid and senior Christina Gibbons, while Millbrook had senior Rachel Hallman and junior Anna Shelden.
In lacrosse, 13 boys and 12 girls were named to the All-Metro teams.
Cardinal Gibbons (Colin McKendry, Gannon Morrison and Austin Nellie) had three players on the boys’ team, joining Ravenscroft’s Jamie Herakovich and Broughton’s Davis Weaver.
On the girls’ side, Athens Drive’s Madeline Bromley and Ravenscroft’s Olivia Aschman joined Cardinal Gibbons’ Lane Huger and Shelby Scanlin on the team.
On a seven-player All-Metro boys’ tennis team, Cardinal Gibbons had three players (Noah Constantine, Matt Galush, Robert Kelly), joining Wakefield’s Bo Boyden and Millbrook’s John Karlawish and Chris Mahan.
Broughton’s Stephen Saleeby, Leesville Road’s Carter Jenkins and Wake Forest-Rolesville’s Neville Burton made the boys’ golf team, which had just five players.
The boys’ and girls’ All-Metro track teams were made using the best time or distance from the six NCHSAA and NCISAA state championships.
Wake Forest-Rolesville’s Bryce Love (200) and Broughton’s Will Roberson (3200) made the boys’ team.
Ravenscroft’s Wesley Frazier (1600, 3200) joined teammate Margaret Edwards (high jump) and Broughton’s Megan Sullivan (800) on the girls’ team.
Wakefield’s trio of Tyra Lea (200), Tiana Patillo (400) and Kristen Lee (pole vault) and Southeast Raleigh’s Tametrius Morrison (300 hurdles), Shakinah Brooks (long jump) and Alex Williamson (triple jump) were also on the team.