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September 21, 2013 

Three more local stars make NCHSAA’s ‘Top 100’ list

Former Chapel Hill High School wrestling coach Mike Kendall and Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader Albert Long are among the 100 Male Athletes to Remember recently announced by the N.C. High School Athletics Association.

The list of the state’s all-time great high school male athletes and coaches was the fourth and final list released by the NCHSAA as part of its centennial celebration.

The Top 100 Female Athletes’ list was released in August, including Chapel Hill basketball star Pam Leake.

“Coming up with a list of ‘100 To Remember’ was a tremendous challenge,” said Davis Whitfield, commissioner of the NCHSAA. “So many individuals have participated, coached or been involved with the rich history and tradition of the first 100 years of the NCHSAA. This group of distinguished individuals not only served their schools, school systems and communities in an exceptional fashion, but our Association as well.”

During the 2013 year in which the 100th anniversary is celebrated by the NCHSAA, four “100 To Remember” lists have been released. The first involved administrators, including athletic directors, principals, superintendents or others involved with the administration of athletics at a local or statewide level. The second list was coaches, followed by female athletes.

Leake starred on Chapel Hill’s 1982 NCHSAA 4A championship team who finished 24-4, before she went on to the University of North Carolina. She helped the Tar Heels win an ACC regular-season and tournament title in 1984. Leake earned ACC Player of the Year honors in 1985 and ’86, and was also a Kodak All-America selection in 1986 as well. She scored 2,001 points during her Carolina career and played in 124 games.

Kendall was a four-time NCHSAA state wrestling champion, 1988-91, and posted a perfect 153-0 record during his career at Albemarle High School. He was named the NCHSAA Male Athlete of year for 1990-91 before wrestling at the University of North Carolina, 1994-98, where he was an ACC champion.

Kendall is credited along with Tripp Price as being the coach who revived wrestling as a championship program at Chapel Hill High School, where he coached for 10 years before moving over to East Wake.

Long was a great multi-sport star at Durham High before becoming the only four-sport letterman in ACC history while attending UNC. He lettered in baseball (three times), football, basketball and track. Long won the Patterson Medal as the university’s top athlete before graduation in 1955 and eventually becoming a dentist.

Long is still a familiar face in Chapel Hill, leading a weekly Bible study at Amity Methodist Church along with former UNC basketball player Danny Lotz. Long is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hall of Champions.

Jaguars field hockey downs East Chapel Hill in OT

Carrboro holds first place in the N.C. Field Hockey Associations East Conference after a 2-1 thriller in sudden-death overtime Wednesday against defending state champion East Chapel Hill.

The Wildcats (6-2, 1-1 conference) led 1-0 after a first-half goal by Marissa Creatore, but Carrboro (8-4, 4-1) got a goal off a penalty stroke by Katie Wilson with 25 minutes left in regulation to tie the game at 1-1.

In OT, both teams had scoring chances in the first seven minutes but were stopped by Carrboro goalkeeper Brianna Merrigan and East’s Grace Haley. Wilson started the game-winning play with a long ball forward to Alex Grant, who found Maddie Smith at the top of the circle. Smith took the ball to her left around the East goaltender and nailed the winning shot.

The loss made East Chapel Hill 1-1 for the week. The Wildcats won 7-0 at home Wednesday against Riverside. Addie Agatucci led the scoring with two goals and two assists from, while Creatore had two goals and one assist. Liz Jensen scored two goals and Farrell Guest one.

Gibbons, Cedar Ridge both win in Big-8 volleyball

Undefeated Cardinal Gibbons, which has been Chapel Hill’s main rival over the years for their conference’s title in volleyball, downed the Tigers 25-23, 25-15, 25-21 Thursday night in the rivals’ first meeting as Big-8 teams.

The loss dropped Chapel Hill to 10-5 overall, 5-2 in Big-8 matches, while Cardinal Gibbons improved to 12-0, 7-0.

In other matches, Cedar Ridge took over sole possession of second place in the Big-8 with a 3-1 win against archrival Orange – 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 25-9. The Red Wolves, who won 3-1 at home earlier this season against CHHS, improved to 13-4, 6-1. Orange stayed in fourth place at 7-5, 4-3.

Chapel Hill wins two conference soccer matches

Chapel Hill improved to 4-0 in Big-8 soccer last week with Wednesday’s 9-0 shutout of Orange.

Connor Albrecht recorded a hat trick for CHHS with three goals, while Ben Fisher continued his streak of assists with two to go with his one goal. Nate Hebert had one goal and one assist, and Ben Fisher, Chris Greaney, Stefan Steiner and Kyle Cocowitch all scored one goal for Chapel Hill (10-1-1 overall). Orange also yielded up an own goal.

Chapel Hill outshot Orange 20-3. Chapel Hill keepers Justus Heizer (two saves) and Brandon Walker (one save) split time in the goal.

Chapel Hill was coming off a 6-0 win Monday at Cedar Ridge, where Fisher scored one goal and assisted on the game’s opening score by Hebert. Albrecht, Chris Greaney, Daniel Ferreira and Brandon Walker all notched one goal. Alex Walker and Luke Ciocca each had one assist.

Tigers down Northwood

Chapel Hill High’s tennis team swept the singles matches last Wednesday on its way to an 8-1 win over Northwood. Gabe Chew, Emily Easthom, Sam Lane, Morgan Alderman, Ria Das and Thais Therrian all won in straight sets, while Lauren Su-Louisa Fine and Joy Stouffer-Leslie Shannon won doubles matches for the Tigers.

Hannah Holloway and Elise Crawford notched Northwood’s lone win, 8-3 over Elora Dash and Sam Golden at No. 1 doubles.

Orange making plans for parks and recreation

Orange County residents are invited to participate in any of three public input sessions to assist with the updating of the Orange County Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The draft master plan is expected to be presented to the Board of Orange County Commissioners later this fall.

The meetings are planned for:

• Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Schley Grange Hall, 3416 Schley Road in Hillsborough;

• Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Efland Community Center, located at 117 Richmond Road in Efland; and

• Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. at Union Grove United Methodist Church, located at 6407 Union Grove Church Road in Hillsborough.

For more information about the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, please visit and click on the link entitled, “Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update” located in the breaking news section, or contact Beth Young at 919-245-2518.

W.E. Warnock: 919-932-8743

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