No. 2 high school sports story of 2017-18 | Individuals reach states
By David Gough
Monday, July 16, 2018
Several area individual athletes in several sports put together a solid year whether it was tennis, swimming, cross country, track & field or golf.
Many of those athletes were able to extend their seasons and reach regional and state championships. Most of them, despite having good finishes, weren’t able to ultimately be the best in the state.
Broken down by sport, here’s who managed to reach states but didn’t quite come out on top in the postseason in 2017-18:
Currituck’s Sarah Dover was the 2017 Daily Advance Girls Tennis Player of the Year for good reason.
The senior became last fall’s Northeastern Coastal Conference tournament singles champion after going 15-1 in the regular season. Dover then reached the east regional championship before barely losing to Nina Bohunska of North Johnston in a three-set thriller.
Dover moved on to states and eventually was ousted in the state quarterfinals, ending her final high school season with a 22-3 record
In boys’ tennis, Northeastern had a successful return to the court as a team and nobody stood out more than the doubles team of L.P. Hornthal and Taylor Carter.
The duo came into the conference as the No. 1 seed and backed it up. They eventually became the runner-up at regionals.
John A. Holmes’ Amy Turner has been one of the best runners in the area for a couple years. Last November, the junior finished 25th in the state.
Before that she won the Albemarle Athletic Conference championships by nine seconds and was rightly named the AAC’s Girl Runner of the Year. She finished in the top five at the regional championship as well.
On the boys’ side, it was Camden’s Dominic Brooks who stood out in cross country. Like Turner in girls’ cross country, Brooks also finished top 25 at state championships.
The senior won regional championships with a time of 17 minutes and 42 seconds.
Track & Field
Destiny Ferebee had a stellar year in girls discus that culminated in a medal at state championships.
She placed fourth with a distance of 110-3. The 5-foot-5 junior won regionals with a throw of 112-2. She has also won three consecutive NCC championship.
Northeastern’s Breanna Proctor also won the regional title in girls shot put with a 34-11 allowing her to advance to states where she just missed out on a medal.
Nicholas Lapham ended his time at Currituck in a big way. The conference golfer of the year once again reached regionals and states.
He finished seventh with a score of 81 in regionals to reach the state championship tournament.
Three athletes shined in February’s indoor track and field meet.
Currituck’s Amberine Brown was able to medal in the girls’ 55-meter sprint with a 7.38-second run, while Northeastern’s Kiara Williams finished fourth in the 500-meter race with 1:23.73.
On the boys’ side, Northeastern’s Josiah Felton finished third in the state for high jump with a 6-foot jump.