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Former Panther Creek coach Jonathan Armfield takes on Cardinal Gibbons wrestling

From staff reportsJuly 2, 2013 

Cardinal Gibbons named former Panther Creek coach Jonathan Armfield as its new varsity wrestling coach last week.

Armfield replaces Stan Chambers, who will focus more of his attention to his responsibilities as CEO of Dynamic Sports Group, an area wrestling club.

Chambers will serve as an assistant in the Cardinal Gibbons wrestling program.

At Panther Creek, Armfield helped the Catamounts earn a Tri-Nine Conference championship in 2011 and a berth in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A East Regional finals.

He was named conference coach of the year in 2009 and 2011, and Cary Chamber of Commerce Coach of the Year in 2012.

“This is an exciting time for our wrestling program,” Cardinal Gibbons athletic director Todd Schuler said. “I had the opportunity to work alongside Jon Armfield for six years. I witnessed firsthand the program and wrestling culture that he was able to cultivate at Panther Creek. Jon is a quality teacher, coach and mentor for young men and women. ... I’m confident that Jon is going to be able to build on the foundation that Stan Chambers established and develop something truly special here at Gibbons.”

Clash of the Carolinas: The seventh annual Clash of the Carolinas all-star boys and girls soccer games are scheduled for Saturday near Charleston,. S.C. The girls kick off at 1 p.m. and the boys at 3 p.m.

The games pair all-star teams from North Carolina and South Carolina. North Carolina holds a 5-1 lead in the series in boys play and a 2-1-3 edge in girls play.

The boys’ team includes Sanderson’s Connor Francis and Freddie Woodward and Cardinal Gibbons’ Kyle Rhode.

Among the girls are Broughton’s Caroline Brown and Cardinal Gibbons’ Christina Gibbons.

Baseball all-state: The N.C. Baseball Coaches Association announced its 2013 all-state team. Sanderson teammates Tyler Hardee and Daniel Dulaney were selected to the 4A team along with Millbrook’s Brian Nobles. Cardinal Gibbons’ Robbie Thorburn and Franklin Academy’s Trent Watkins were selected to the 3A and 1A teams, respectively.

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