Sports Briefs

January 13, 2014 

Ben Griffin

Griffin, Kim named to all-state golf team

State high school champion Ben Griffin and Twin States winner Gina Kim, both of Chapel Hill, have been named to the 2013 All-State Golf Team, selected by the Tarheel Youth Golf Association and the Carolinas Golf Association. Griffin’s resume for 2013 included a first place in the Rolex Tournament of Champions and a second title in the U.S. Kids Teen World Championships. Kim, age 13, won the 47th Twin States Junior Girls Golf Championship last July and had seven other top-10 finishes in junior events last year.

Griffin was joined on the males’ first team by Junior Player of the Year Will Blalock of Gastonia, Eric Bae of Cary, Thomas Eldridge of Raleigh, William Gordon of Davidson, David Kocher of Charlotte, Tanner Owen of High Point, Doc Redman of Raleigh, William Register of Burlington and Ben Schlottman of Advance.

Emilia Migliaccio of Cary, a 14 year old high school freshman at Athens Drive High School, was named the female 2013 N.C. Junior Player of the Year. Also named to the first team were Victoria Allred of Pfafftown, Jennifer Chang of Cary, Alexis Kershaw of Winston-Salem, Madison Moosa of Charlotte, Cecily Overbey of High Point, Anna Redding of Concord, and sisters Jessica and Sarah Spicer of Bahama.

Panthers place second behind Parkland

Led by wins in the championship finals by Collin Smith (138 pounds) and Byron Stephenson (285), Orange placed second Saturday in the highly competitive Corporal Pruitt Rainey Memorial wrestling tournament at Knightdale High School.

Orange finished with 156 points to end up behind NCHSAA juggernaut Winston-Salem Parkland, undefeated winner of seven straight state championships, which hasn’t lost a dual meet since 2009, (with 349 consecutive wins,) and has this year’s record up to 33-0.

Notably in Saturday’s invitational, Smith scored a 7-3 decision over Parkand’s Sean Foster in the 138 final. Stephenson decisioned DaQuan Brown of Hillside, 3-1.

Other top finishers for Orange (17-2) at the Rainey Memorial included Joe Scott (second at 120). Jared Flynn (132) and Argie Burnette (195) earned third places, and Gonzalo Garcia (126) placed fourth.

W.E. Warnock, CHN Sports Editor

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