Notebook: Bentick readies for double duty

mblake@newsobserver.comJune 27, 2014 

It will be a busy fall for Uriah Bentick.

Bentick, 27, was hired as Athens Drive’s boys soccer coach. He is currently a defender for the Carolina RailHawks.

Bentick’s games are on weekends and his practices are in the morning, which should not conflict with Athens’ after-school practices and weekday games. But it will make for long days.

Longtime Jaguars coach Travis Seese is still at the school but will only coach the girls in the spring.

New Falcons coach: Green Hope has hired John D’Agostin as its varsity girls basketball coach. D’Agostin has been an assistant for Cary High’s boys team the last two years and was an assistant with Green Hope’s boys team the prior year. From 1998-2009 he was the head girls basketball coach of two different high schools in California.

Murphy honored: Apex’s Sydnei Murphy was named N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year in girls track and field.

Murphy won N.C. High School Athletic Association outdoor 4A titles in the triple jump (39-7.5) and long jump (19-5.25) and was second in the 100 meters. She was also sixth in the 200. In the indoor season, she won the long jump (19-4).

At New Balance Nationals, she was second in the triple jump (41-7.25), third in the long jump (19-8) and 18th in the 100 (11.91).

In a press release, Apex coach Roy Cooper said, “Sydnei is one of the hardest working athletes that we have had in our program in the past 30 years.”

The press release also adds that Murphy has a weighted 4.37 GPA in the classroom and is a “devoted member of her church community and a math tutor in her school, she has volunteered locally on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and youth sports programs.”

All-district softball: Middle Creek’s Devin Wallace and Apex’s Lindsay Hodge took home the top honors from the N.C. Softball Coaches Association’s all-district team. Wallace was District 3’s pitcher of the year, while Hodge was the district player of the year.

Most agree that too many players make the N.C. Softball Coaches Association’s all-district and all-state teams.

Each district has a 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A team, so about 400 players statewide were named all-district. Very few players from all-district will be left off the all-state team when it is announced on Monday.

One one hand, it’s an out-of-control problem – some players who made all-district were not on their all-conference second team. But at least the coaches are taking the time to put together such teams.

Go online to newsobserver.com/prepsnow to see all of the locals who made the all-district list.

New conference: Cary Christian and Grace Christian Raleigh will still be part of the Eastern Plains Independent 2A Conference next year, but with different teams that won’t make the Knights and Eagles travel to places like Rocky Mount, Kinston and Henderson as they had been doing.

Grace Christian Sanford (yes, that’s two Grace Christian Schools in the same league) and Southern Pines’ O’Neal School will be the two new teams in the five-team conference, while St. David’s remains a holdover from the last four years.

Adult tennis league: A Cary women’s 2.5 U.S. Tennis Association league team won its division at the USTA North Carolina Adult League 18 & Over State Championships on June 15 in Winston-Salem. It was the team’s first time playing in a state championship, and it did not win a single match during the regular season two seasons ago.

Nearly 1,500 players competed at various sites in the city. Winning teams will now advance to the 18 & Over Southern Sectional Championships in July, which will be held in Lexington, S.C., and Auburn, Ala. Stacie Fernstrum is the team’s captain.

Former Grace players: Anna Green, the all-time leading scorer at Grace Christian Raleigh (class of 2012) started 16 of 26 games last season and averaged 5.2 points per game at Emory & Henry (Va.). Keerthi Boru (2012) played for Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) and appeared in two games.

Former swimmers: Former Cary High swimmers Zack Sowers (2012) and Sawyer Dove (2012) both helped UNC-Wilmington to the Colonial Athletic Association conference title this past season. Sowers was on the 200 and 400 medley relay teams that were second in the conference, while placing fourth in the 100 butterfly.

Dove was on the team’s 800 freestyle relay team, which got second. He was also 13th in the 200 freestyle.

Also at the CAA swimming championships, Claire Nobles (Green Hope 2012) swam on four winning relays for Duquesnse University.

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

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