Middle Creek captured the program’s second State Championship by a score of 9-8 over Weddington. Middle Creek wrapped up the year 23-2 and won the Eastern Regional title for the second time in program history, returning to the State Championship for the first time since defeating Lake Norman in the 2017 4A Championship Game. Cameron Ward was named the NCHSAA Sportmanship award recipient. Read the 4A NCHSAA Championship Recap
WCPSS was well represented in the 4A Championships with eight other teams advancing to the states including Apex, Apex Friendship, Broughton, Fuquay-Varina, Green Level, Heritage, Holly Springs, and Leesville Road. Green Level advanced to the 4th round before meeting eventual champ, Middle Creek.
At the 4A NCHSAA Track & Field Championship, Wakefield’s Shawnti Jackson put on a show. She claimed the 4A all-time state meet record in the 400 Meters as she clipped the line in just 52.32 seconds. Jackson managed to win three events individually and earned a gold with her 4X400 Meter Relay team on her way to being selected as the 4A Women's Meet's Most Outstanding Performer. Jackson claimed the 100 Meter Dash in 11.45 seconds and grabbed gold in the 200 Meters in a time of 23.19 seconds. Finally she anchored the victorious Wolverine Relay in the 4X400 teaming up with Mihaly Harris, Daijion Lee, and Landon Spencer to post a winning time of 3:54.23.
In 4A Men's Track & Field championships Wake Forest senior Andrew Mallo wins gold in the 800M Run with a time of 1:51.88.
On the field, Panther Creek senior Jared Harrell claimed 1st place in the Triple Jump with a distance of 48-02.50. Harell also jumped to 2nd place in the Long Jump with teammate Chris Brightman winning 3rd place.
Senior Luke Holloway of Leesville placed third in the Pole Vault with a jump of 13-06.00
Green Level High School won it’s first Stunt championship in the first post-covid season. Green Level, representing the Southern conference, won a hard battle with Corinth Holders High School (Johnston County), representing the Northern conference. Both teams won their respective conferences before facing off with each other. Green Level defeated Apex High School, and Corinth Holders defeated Rolesville High School before the final match.
Stunt is an emerging women's sport which focuses on stunts, pyramids, tumbling and jumps. Wake County is a leader in the sport as one of the first school systems to offer this sport to female athletes. Green Level's victory concluded the sixth full season for Wake County which started offering the sport in Spring of 2015.
Green Hope Men's Tennis finishes 2nd in the state in 4A Dual Team competition with a 19-2 record. Naresh Bharathy takes all-state honors as well as an NCHSAA Sportsmanship award.
WCPSS was also represented in Dual Team championship play by Leesville Road, Panther Creek, and Fuquay-Varina.
In the 4A Men's Tennis Individual State Championships:
Doubles Draw, Brayden Hakerem & Alex Higgins of Leesville Road take top honors defeating Jesus Espinoza & Jackson Davis (Hough) 6-2, 6-0 in the championship after winning over Walt Reese & J.P. Damare (Cardinal Gibbons) 6-1, 6-1 in the semi-finals.
Other WCPSS athletes competing included Vivek Indiamuri & Brij Bhatt of Green Hope, Ved Chotalia & Prajwal Biradar of Panther Creek, and Ethan Garcia & Ryan Suciu of Apex.
NCHSAA Doubles Bracket Results
In 4A Singles Draw, Naresh Bharathy of Green Hope and Matthew Bautista of Enloe both advanced to the quarter finals. Two addtional WCPSS athletes competed in 4A State singles competition including Arush Gupta of Apex Friendship and Declan O'Brien of Millbrook.
NCHSAA Singles Bracket Results
Fuquay-Varina's Softball team took it all the way to the 4A Regional Round, winning games against Northern Durham, Wakefield, Purnell, and Panther Creek before squaring off with eventual champion DH Conley.
4A NCHSAA Recap
Eleven teams represented WCPSS in the 4A Softball Championship Playoffs including: Apex, Apex Friendship, Broughton, Fuquay-Varina, Heritage, Holly Springs, Middle Creek, Panther Creek, Rolesville, Wake Forest, & Wakefield.
Holly Springs and Panther Creeks both had impressive tournaments; Holly Springs advancing to the third round where they met eventual state champion DH Conley & Panther Creek falling to WCPSS opponent Fuquay-Varina in the 4th round.
Fuquay-Varina advanced through four rounds of the 4A Baseball Championship playoffs scoring 41 runs on opponents Clayton, Middle Creek, Chapel Hill, and Topsail in their first four games of post-season play before falling to championship contender, Pinecrest in the Regional Round.
Apex had an impressive tournament winning games over Garner and fellow WCPSS opponents Heritage and Holly Springs before falling to Pinecrest in the 4th round.
Twelve schools represented WCPSS in the 4A Baseball Championship Playoffs including Apex, Apex Friendship, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Green Level, Heritage, Holly Springs, Leesville Road, Middle Creek, Rolesville, Wake Forest and Wakefield.
Twenty-one WCPSS golfers qualified to play in the 4A State Championship. The 2-day tournament was held in Pinehurst, NC at Pinehurst CC (No. 8) on May 9-10, 2022.
Green Hope finished second in the team rankings. Leesville Road’s Simon Burgos finished third, at 5-over, 149 for the tournament, posting very respectable +2 and +3 rounds.
Will Mitchell from Green Hope was named the 4A Men’s Golf Championship Sportsmanship Award Winner.
|Simon Burgos||Leesville Road||149||3|
|Quin Polin||Green Hope||151||T4|
|Owen Kose||Holly Springs||153||9|
|James Rico||Green Hope||154||T10|
|Will Mitchell||Green Hope||158||T19|
|Luke Mueller||Leesville Road||158||T19|
|Keegan Jones||Holly Springs||159||T26|
|Jake Lewis||Green Hope||161||T31|
|Quin Covington||Green Level||163||T36|
|Ben Hayes||Green Level||167||T47|
|Drew Eggers||Green Level||169||55|
|Nick Kleu||Green Hope||171||T58|
|Sam Foxworth||Holly Springs||172||T64|
|Ryder Bessette||Holly Springs||174||T69|
|Braeden Gillen||Apex Friendship||174||T69|
|Caden Covington||Green Level||176||T75|
In 4A Women's Lacrosse, seven WCPSS teams qualified for post-season play: Apex Friendship, Broughton, Fuquay-Varina, Heritage, Holly Springs, Millbrook, and Wake Forest.
Fuquay-Varina and Wake Forest started out with first round byes advancing them to the second round. Broughton prevailed over Millbrook to send them forward. The journey would end for all three teams in the second round.
WCPSS remaining teams all advanced to the third round with Apex Friendship playing Topsail and a Heritage/Holly Springs matchup. The only team to advance to the regional round would be Holly Springs. There they met and scored 16 goals on the eventual 4A State Champions Cardinal Gibbons.
A whopping fourteen WCPSS teams qualified for post-season play in the 4A Womens Soccer State Playoffs including: Apex, Apex Friendship, Athens Drive, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Green Level, Heritage, Holly Springs, Leesville Road, Middle Creek, Millbrook, Rolesville, Wakefield, & Wake Forest.
Most notably, Holly Springs advanced through three rounds, outscoring opponents 13-2 in their post-season matches versus Purnell, East Chapel Hill and fellow WCPSS opponent Heritage. The Hawks finished their season with the most wins (19) in school history, 4th round appearance in the state playoffs, and SWAC Conference Champions.
Athens Drive's soccer team wins the inaugural Central Carolina Challenge Cup, a late-season girls soccer tournament made up of teams in the Triangle area.
WCPSS teams, Millbrook and Athens Drive played for the gold bracket championship, hosted at Athens Drive High School. Congrats Jaguars!!