The Point After

Point After: Degler wins NCSCA player of the year

June 3, 2013 

Sports Editor J. Mike Blake

Green Hope’s Alexis Degler was named state player of the year by the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association.

Degler, a senior midfielder heading to Ohio State next fall, scored 39 goals and had 25 assists.

The Falcons have now won three of the last four girls’ soccer player of the year awards.

Teammate Alexis Shaffer has won the N.C. Gatorade player of the year award for the past two seasons.

Last year’s NCSCA player of the year was Leesville Road’s Caroline Gentry.

NCISAA Cup: Cary Christian didn’t have to win a single state title to claim its first N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association Wells Fargo Cup.

The Knights won the 2A classification Cup, which is based on best overall postseason finishes among all sports.

Cary Christian had 380 points; the runner-up was High Point Westchester Country Day with 322.5. It ends a three-year reign by conference rival St. David’s, which had three state championships this year.

Cary Academy was fourth in 3A with 427.5 points.

Prestige Cup: Cary Academy’s boys were second and the girls were third in the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference’s Prestige Cup.

The Prestige Cup is awarded to the top TISAC boys and girls programs that have accumulated the most points through team results.

The league divides the standings by gender because St. Mary’s is an all-girls boarding school.

Wake Christian was last in both standings in large part because it only became a full member beginning in the winter season

Cary Hall of Fame: Nominations for The Cary High School Sports Hall of Fame are being accepted now until June 30. Forms can be downloaded on the school’s website on the “Athletic Administration” link or picked up in the front office.

End of Year awards: The Cary News and Southwest Wake News will run the end-of-year awards issue on June 12.

The categories will be: coach, game, male athlete, female athlete, team, moment, story, photo and milestone.

Dukes’ freshman year: Cary Christian graduate Dakota Dukes had a fantastic first season with the Davidson women’s basketball team.

Dukes started 31 games for the Wildcats and averaged 5.4 points and four rebounds per game.

Shaffer family: Alexis Shaffer of Green Hope was MVP of the 4A girls’ soccer championship a few weeks ago. She joined her father, David Shaffer, as family members who have won a title-game MVP.

David was MVP in the NCHSAA 3A boys’ basketball title in 1981, leading Durham Jordan to the title.

Alexis’ grandfather, Lee Shaffer, was the No. 5 pick in the 1960 NBA draft. He had played at North Carolina under Al Maguire, and was a two-time all-American.

Blake: 919-460-2606; Twitter: @JMBpreps

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