Orange senior Mia Davidson wrapped up her high school career with a state championship and on Monday she was recognized as the N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year for the second straight season.
"It feels great because it is a really big honor," Davidson said. "If it wasn't for my team, I wouldn't be where I am at. They've helped me out so much. It tops off the season because we made history at the school being the first female team to win a state championship here. It's unreal."
Davidson, who led Orange to a 2-0 sweep over Monroe Piedmont with victories on Friday and Saturday to capture the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A championship, finished her career as the state's career home run leader with 53 round trippers. Her final home run was a two-run blast in Game 1 against Piedmont that rallied the Panthers to a 3-2 victory.
She also had 152 RBIs in her career while hitting .627. She hit .526 this year and won last year’s Gatorade award while hitting .762. FloSoftball ranks Davidson as the No. 4 player in the country.
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Orange finished 26-3 en route to its first softball title.
Davidson will be joining her sister Montana at Mississippi State in the fall to continue her softball career with the Bulldogs.
Hillside seeking funds for championship rings
Hillside's girls' track and field squad won the NCHSAA 4A championship and now they're going for the rings.
A championship fund has been established at the school and a gofundme campaign was started to help defray the cost of providing the team members championship rings. The goal is $11,000 and they are almost a third of the way there. So far, the funding page as received 37 donations totalling $3,200.
A similar effort was undertaken last year following the boys' state championship.
The gofundme page is at hornets-championship-fund.
Boys' lacrosse all-state
Cedar Ridge and Carrboro and dominated the 1A/2A/3A All-State teams as voted on by the North Carolina High School Lacrosse Coaches Association, while Chapel Hill, Orange and Northwood each had players selected for the first team, too.
Cedar Ridge had Sean Tobin, Cole Bullard and Kelsy Acome on the first team. Carrboro's Jake Melville and Hunter Bolesky also made the first team. Sean Voelkel of Chapel Hill, Tyson Wolter of Orange and Wesley Roberson of Northwood also were picked for the first team.
On the second team from Chapel Hill were Jack Grubbs and Ben Gleiter while Carrboro's Chad Osborne, Cedar Ridge's Jack Widman and Northwood;s Dylan Hamer also were selected.
Area players on the third team from Cedar Ridge were Carter Danku, Chapel Hill's Duncan Tart, Northwood's Tanner Altholff and Jordan Silveria and Carrboro's Max Cline
Jordan senior Tyler Thompson was named to the 4A All-State First Team.
Thompson started all 19 games for Jordan this season and scored 16 goals and had three assists. He picked up a team-high 250 ground balls and was the Falcons' primary face-off specialist. In the face-off circle he posted a .778 percentage (279 of 359).
Teammate Jared Halverson was an honorable mention selection on the 4A East Region squad.
East-West basketball rosters announced
There will be one more high school game for some area basketball players who were chosen to play in this summer's East-West All-Star games in Greensboro.
Hillside's Elisia Grissett and Jordan's Talia Barnes were picked to play in the girls' game while Orange's Connor Crabtree was selected to play in the boys' game.
The games will be played at Greensboro Coliseum on July 17.