Green Hope claimed three N.C. High School Athletic Association state championships on the same day. To go with its volleyball championship, it avenged last year’s title match loss in girls’ tennis and won the crown in boys’ cross country.
The Falcons were joined by several fellow Triangle state champions in those two sports: Chapel Hill, Cardinal Gibbons and Franklin Academy in girls’ cross country and Raleigh Charter in girls’ tennis.
East Chapel Hill’s girls tennis team was runner-up.
4A boys: Green Hope’s boys (43 points) crushed the field, placing five runners in the top 20. Finn McBride (15:46.39) was runner-up with teammates Peyton Barish sixth, Ryan Kemper seventh and Daniel Vo 11th. Cary (119 points) was the state runner-up, Broughton was third and Apex Friendship finished fourth.
Apex Friendship’s Wesley Provost was third, Millbrook’s Nickolas Scudder fifth, Pinecrest’s Colin Alexander eighth, Panther Creek’s Joey Beam ninth and Cardinal Gibbons Sam Thornton 10th.
4A girls: Cardinal Gibbons’ girls edged Green Hope 62-89 for their eighth straight championship. Marissa Bishop was sixth overall and Sloan Walter seventh. Apex’s Calli Parker was the state runner-up (18:08.71). Green Hope’s Kelsey Vogel was fifth and Pinecrest’s Carmen Alder eighth.
3A boys: The Chapel Hill boys were third. Harnett Central’s Laderique McNeill was third and Union Pines’ Ben Verchick was sixth.
3A girls: Chapel Hill’s girls now have three straight championships, winning 62-71 over Weddington. The Tigers were led by state runner-up Katherine Dokholyan (18:13.04). Lilly Crook was 11th, Madi Marvin 14th and Maggie Springer 22nd.
2A boys: Trevor Pharr of N.C. School of Science and Math was ninth overall.
2A girls: Durham School of the Arts was third, followed by Carrboro in fourth. DSA’s Emma Humphrey was seventh overall.
1A boys: Chatham Central senior Caleb Johnson was 10th. Franklin Academy was third in the team standings.
1A girls: Led by state champion Caitlyn Burkett, Franklin Academy repeated the girls’ championship, breezing by Lincoln Charter 36-74. Burkett (19:16.94) was backed up by teammates Sam Burr (fourth) and Taylor Roberts (seventh). Research Triangle’s Caroline Foley was fifth, and Granville Central’s Kathleen Burroughs was sixth.
4A: Green Hope won the school’s first girls’ tennis state championship with a 5-3 victory over Myers Park (24-1) in a rematch of last year’s title match. The Falcons (17-0) led 4-2 after singles thanks to No. 2 Anna Rico, No. 3 Sophia Gray, No. 5 Rindha Sudhnni and No. 6 Reilly Major. The match was clinched after the No. 1 doubles duo of Rico and Katie Andreini won.
3A: East Chapel Hill fell 5-2 to Charlotte Catholic in its first state final appearance since 2008. The Wildcats (21-3) trailed 4-2 after singles, getting wins from No. 2 Stela Joksemovic and No. 5 Elfie Kim.
1A: Raleigh Charter repeated its championship with a 5-2 defeat of East Surry (18-4). The Phoenix (15-0) were led by title MVP Camryn McClure, who won at No. 1 singles and, with Claire White, at No. 2 doubles. Raleigh Charter led 4-2 after singles, with No. 4 Vedika Birla and No. 6 Addison Furr also winning.
Green Hope, Cleveland, Heritage, Lee County, Granville Central, Apex, Enloe, Cardinal Gibbons and Chapel Hill were among the second-round winners on Saturday. The third round is scheduled for Wednesday.