Meet this week’s nominees for the News & Observer’s high school athlete of the week. Readers can vote as often as they want until Saturday, around noon.
Collins Black, Cary Baseball: The Imps’ freshman struck out seven batters, going 5.1 innings, while earning the victory on the mound to lead Cary to a 5-1 win over Green Hope May 21.
Cary beat Green twice in one season for the first time since Green Hope became a school nearly 20 years ago.
Black also went 1-for-2 at the plate in a 3-1 loss at Green Level May 18.
Black is 3-1 on the mound with 22 strikeouts in 15.1 innings of work, while also hitting .167 with three RBI for Cary (6-2, through Sunday).
Caleb Bowers, Riverside Baseball: The Pirates’ senior tossed a complete-game, shutout with 10 strikeouts to lead Riverside to a 3-0 win at Jordan May 18. Bowers also had a RBI-double at the plate in the same game.
Bowers had an RBI in a 7-3 victory at Green Level May 17.
Bowers finished off his week by going 1-for-3 at the plate in a 10-7 loss at Athens Drive.
Bowers is 2-0 on the mound with 25 strikeouts in 14 innings of work on the mound, while hitting .227 with three doubles, a home run and seven RBI for Riverside (4-4, through Sunday).
Josh Campos, Chapel Hill Baseball: The Tigers’ junior went five innings with 10 strikeouts while allowing only three hits to earn the victory in a 6-0 win over Nash Central May 21. He was also 3-for-3 at the plate with a two-run home run in the same game.
Campos went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBI in a 11-4 win over East Chapel Hill May 18.
Campos is batting .476 with a home run, four doubles and five RBI, while going 1-0 on the mound with 24 strikeouts in 13.1 innings of work for Chapel Hill (5-3, through Sunday).
Levi Gingerich, Green Level Baseball: The Gators’ sophomore tossed a complete game (78 pitches), allowing one run, while striking out five batters to lead Green Level to a 3-1 win over Cary May 18.
Gingerich was also 1-for-3 at the plate in the same game.
He went 0-for-3 at the plate with a run in a 11-6 win over Hillside, May 21.
Gingerich was also 0-for-1 at the plate in a 7-3 loss to Riverside, May 17.
Gingerich is 3-0 on the mound with 26 strikeouts in 20.2 innings, while batting .278 with five RBI for Green Level (6-2, through Sunday).
Conner Hibberd, Middle Creek Wrestling: The Mustangs’ freshman pinned his Apex Friendship opponent at 106-pounds to propel Middle Creek to a 40-21 win over the Patriots, May 20.
Hibberd also won his match in a 40-25 win over Fuquay Varina, May 18.
Hibberd is a perfect 12-0 individually this season for a Middle Creek team that is 11-1 overall, through Sunday.
Aaron Hollis, Enloe Wrestling: The Eagles’ freshman had two pins this week at 220 pounds to improve his record to 7-1 on the season.
Hollis pinned Jordan’s Pablo Araujo Cruz in the first period of a tri-meet with Cary and Jordan, May 17. He also beat Cary’s Kevin Ortiz, 4-2, the same day.
Hollis also pinned Apex Friendship’s John Marcinaccio in the first period in a tri-meet with Apex Friendship and Southeast Raleigh, May 19.
Hollis also excels in the classroom where he boasts a 3.75 grade-point average.
The Enloe wrestling team is 3-7, through Sunday.
Shawnti Jackson, Cardinal Gibbons Track: The Crusaders’ sophomore ran a personal and school-record 11.55 to win the CAP 7 conference title on her home track May 22.
Jackson also led the Cardinal Gibbons’ 4 X 100-meter relay to a conference title in a school record, 47.96, with teammates, Ellie Bowman, Sophia Deluca and Taylor McKinnon.
The Cardinal Gibbons’ girls’ track team won the CAP 7 conference title by 91 points.
Edward Kunas, Holly Springs Baseball: The Golden Hawks’ senior third baseman went 5-for-7 with a home run and seven RBI in wins over Apex and Middle Creek.
Kunas was 1-for-2 with two RBI in a 5-4 win over Middle Creek May 17.
He exploded going 4-for-5 with a double, a home run and five RBI in a 21-10 victory at Apex May 20.
Kunas is batting .435 with a home run, three doubles, 10 runs scored and 14 RBI for a Holly Springs’ team (6-2) that has won five straight games.
Drew Lanphere, East Wake Academy Baseball: The Eagles’ junior went for 4-for-7 at the plate with three singles and a grand slam, home run, while also pitching 5.2 innings with 12 strikeouts in wins over Franklin Academy and Voyager Academy.
Lanphere was 3-for-4 with two singles, a grand slam home run and five RBI in an 8-7 win over Voyager Academy, May 18. He also earned the win on the mound with two strikeouts in an inning of work in the same game.
Lanphere went 1-for-3 at the plate, while pitching 4.2 innings, recording 10 strikeouts in 3-2 victory at Franklin Academy, May 20.
Lanphere is batting .579 with two home runs, three doubles and 11 RBI, while going 1-0 on the mound with 14 strikeouts in 9.1 innings of work for East Wake Academy (5-1, through Sunday).
Kaleb Lucas, Durham School of the Arts Track: The Bulldogs’ sophomore ran a personal and school-record 10.84 to win the 100-meter dash in a meet with Carrboro at Durham School of the Arts May 20.
Lucas’ broke the 100-meter dash, school-record that dated back to 2007.
Lucas also won 110-meter hurdles (15.75) at the same meet.
Sarah Mitchell, Apex Track: The Cougars’ junior ran a personal and school-record 2:16.39 to win the 800-meter run in a home meet with Chapel Hill, Green Level and Panther Creek, May 22.
Mitchell’s time was No. 5 all-time in state history and No. 3 in class, 4A.
Caleb Stephens, Millbrook Track: The Wildcats’ senior had four personal-best performances to claim two, CAP 7 conference titles and two runner-up finishes at Cardinal Gibbons, May 22.
Stephens won the CAP 7 title in both 100-meter dash in 11.12 and the triple jump (45-5).
He also finished as runner-up in the 200-meter dash (22.60) and long jump (22-0) at the same meet.
** Information published today includes statistics through May 22.
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