Four Orange Panthers and two Cedar Ridge Red Wolves have been named to the 2019 All-Conference 7 team.
Interestingly, all four of the Orange players who made the first-team will all return next season. The group is comprised of junior midfielder Dylan Boyer, junior Wyatt Jones, sophomore attacker Caleb Davis and longstick midfielder Duncan Grant.
Cedar Ridge was represented by senior midfielder Jackson Berry and junior goalkeeper Chase Finley.
Boyer, Orange’s leading scorer, notched four goals and two assists as the Panthers defeated Northside-Jacksonville 17-13 on May 2 in the opening round of the NCHSAA 3A/2A/1A state playoffs. It was Orange’s 2nd-ever win in the state playoffs.
Jones had a hat trick in the postseason win against the Monarchs. On April 18, Jones had another hat trick as the Panthers defeated Cedar Ridge 14-12 at Red Wolves Stadium, which helped Orange earn a wildcard birth for the state playoffs.
Jones, who played with Panthers Coach Chandler Zirkle on the Carolina Hilltoppers summer travel team, is Orange’s starting quarterback in football.
Davis scored five goals in the victory over Cedar Ridge, including the game-winner with 9:27 remaining in the fourth quarter. He also tallied three assists against the Red Wolves. Davis also had an unorthodox goal against Northside, when the Monarchs accidentally fired the ball into its own net, leading to a Panther goal that tied the game. Davis, since he was the player standing closest to the ball, received credit for a goal that led to Orange never trailing again.
Grant was credited with eight goals and an assist. He scored a goal against Northside and came up with several crucial ground balls in the 2nd half as the Monarchs mounted a rally after trailing 9-6 at halftime.
Cedar Ridge’s Berry scored 15 goals and four assists. He had two hat tricks this season, including one against Orange on March 26 at Auman Stadium. The following game, Berry scored another hat trick against Northwood in Pittsboro. He scored twice in the rematch against Orange.
Finley mounted a superb effort against Orange on April 18. He finished with 21 saves as he kept the Red Wolves in the lead for the vast majority of the game. Finley finished with wins against Burlington Williams, Northern Durham and Southern Durham. He also had 20 saves in the first matchup against Orange on March 26, and followed with another 20 save game against New Hanover on March 23.
Chapel Hill senior Ben Gletier was named the Conference 7 Player of the Year. East Chapel Hill’s Ryan Levy was honored the Offensive Player of the Year.
East Chapel Hill’s Hank Gerber was awarded Goalkeeper of the Year. Chapel Hill’s Jacob Manning was the Coach of the Year.
East won the Conference 6 regular season championship with a 6-0 league record. However, Chapel Hill upset East Chapel Hill last week to win the 3A/2A/1A Eastern Regional Championship 12-11 at Wildcats Stadium. Weddington came away with its 3rd straight 3A/2A/1A State Championship after blasting the Tigers 16-5 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.
Cedar Ridge juniors Jake Turner and Zach Holmes were named to the honorable mention team. Orange’s C.T. Lopeman and Davis Whitfield also made honorable mention.