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Wins, pressure keep mounting for Terry Sanford girls soccer team

14Corrine ShovlainTerry Sanford’s girls soccer team is having the same kind of season so far that it’s enjoyed the last two years under head coach Karl Molnar. 

That means two things for the Bulldogs: more wins and more pressure. 

In the past two years, the Bulldogs topped the 20-win mark both times, while suffering only one defeat, that coming both times in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state playoffs. Two years ago, they got all the way to the 3-A Eastern finals. Last year they lost in the third round. 

Through March 20, this year’s team is 5-0. 

“Obviously, the pressure just builds,’’ Molnar said. “The target seems to get bigger. Other teams continue to grow their programs, and other teams are shooting for you.’’ 

But while the pressure is real, Molnar said it’s also a positive. “We often talk about (how) pressure is a privilege,’’ he said. “You’re doing things right (if ) the games matter that much.’’ 

Terry Sanford’s quick start this year is an impressive accomplishment considering the graduation losses the Bulldogs suffered. 

“We lost some very talented young ladies last year,’’ Molnar said. He mentioned standouts like Talia Parrous, Christina Rice and Ally Gustafson. 

“Those were some big shoes to fill, but we’ve had some people step up,’’ he said. 

One of the biggest has been junior forward and midfielder Corrine Shovlain, who leads the team in goals through March 20 with 14. 

Kate Perko came to the Bulldog program from nearby Fayetteville Academy and has provided tough play in the middle of the field. Maiya Parrous, recently recovered from illness, is also beginning to shine. 

Goalkeeper play is solid for Terry Sanford with senior Lindsay Bell in the net. Through March 20, Bell has only allowed one goal in 14 shots on goal. 

But as well as the Bulldogs are playing, Molnar said they’re not in state playoff form yet. 

“It’s still early in the season,’’ he said. 

Also, some games Molnar was banking on to help the Bulldogs hone their performance to a finer edge won’t be played. 

The Patriot Athletic Conference that Terry Sanford plays in has some traditionally weak programs that don’t provide Terry Sanford the strongest possible test. 

Molnar hoped to bolster the Bulldog schedule with nonconference games against good teams from Jack Britt and Union Pines. 

But the rash of bad weather has forced multiple rescheduled games for the Bulldogs. Since conference games are a priority, Molnar had to wipe the contests with Jack Britt and Union Pines from the slate, and now it’s unlikely those games will be played this season. 

“We develop and push and try to get them on the same sheet of music as much as you can during the season, so you are peaking at the end of the season,’’ Molnar said. 

That’s not easy when the teams you face in the state playoffs are seasoned, with numerous players who take part in club soccer programs year-round. 

“Those teams that beat us in the state tournament are solid at every position,’’ Molnar said. “There’s not a weak spot on the field, and they’ve got two or three girls rotating in that aren’t weak spots.’’ 

But that is no deterrent to the confidence of Terry Sanford players like Shovlain, who said the Bulldogs have high expectations again this season and are trying to get stronger every game, regardless of the level of competition. 

“What we do is take every practice seriously,’’ she said. “We have to push ourselves to our best abilities. Even though we play weaker teams, we all try to push each other during those games. We all communicate and pass. We work on different plays that will help us in the playoffs.’’ 

Shovlain feels the Bulldogs have a strong offensive attack and that the defense led by Maiya Parrous and Kara Walker is getting stronger. 

“Working as a team is a big thing,’’ Shovlain said. “At the end of the day, if we all try our best, I think we’ll come out with a W.’’ 

Photo: Corrine Shovlain 

Scholar Athletes of the Week

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South View • Volleyball • Junior

Mall has a 4.29 grade point average. She is a member of National Honor Society, International Baccalaureate and Hispanic National Honor Society.

 

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William Pryor

South View • Basketball/Tennis • Junior

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Patriot Athletic All-Conference girls basketball team

Screen Shot 2019 03 19 at 122101 PMHere is the Patriot Athletic All-Conference girls basketball team as chosen by the league’s head coaches.

Coach of the Year: Dee Hardy, E.E. Smith

Player of the Year:  Alexandria Scruggs, E.E. Smith

First team:

Pine Forest — Kendal Moore

Terry Sanford — Imani Elliott, Lindsay Bell

E.E. Smith — Daireanna McIntyre, Kendall Macauley

Second team:

South View — Lillian Flantos, Mia Ayers

Terry Sanford — Kate Perko

Pine Forest — Claresha Pruitt

Overhills — J’Kyah Kelley

Westover — Salome Campbell

Honorable mention:

Douglas Byrd — Diana Robinson

Pine Forest — Ciara Moore

E.E. Smith — Keonna Bryant

Overhills — Kiana Jones

Terry Sanford — Nyla Cooper

NCISAA probe cites Village Christian for violations

14 Village ChristianThe North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association handed down penalties to Fayetteville’s Village Christian Academy last week following an investigation of alleged infractions in the school’s football program.

The story was initially broken by Nick Stevens of High School OT, a web content subset of WRAL-TV that covers high school athletics. 

Homar Ramirez, executive director of the NCISAA, released a statement regarding the case at Village Christian.

In the statement, Ramirez said the NCISAA determined Village had recruited players to play football. It was determined the players were offered impermissible benefits by school personnel.

The NCISAA placed Village on probation for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years. In addition, Village had to forfeit all wins in football for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. That included a state runner-up finish in 2017 and a state championship in 2018.

The school was fined an undisclosed amount.

The statement also said the NCISAA was satisfied with the actions the senior administration at Village had taken to resolve the matter and the measures it had implemented to prevent future incidents.

High School OT reported that Village superintendent Tom Rider sent an email to school families that stated the school’s administration accepted the ruling of the NCISAA.

In other news

• Two Fayetteville high school basketball stars will be competing in this year’s Carolinas All-Star Classic basketball game on Saturday, March 23, at John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington.

Alexandria Scruggs of E.E. Smith and Kendal Moore of Pine Forest were both selected to play for the North Carolina girls team, which will meet a team of South Carolina all-stars. A boys game between North and South Carolina teams will follow the girls game.

Moore has committed to North Carolina State University while Scruggs is committed to Wake Forest University.

The action is scheduled to begin with the girls game at 6 p.m. and the boys game immediately following.

Patty Evers, athletic director and girls basketball coach at East Bladen High School, will head the North Carolina girls team. 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students.

• South View High School will host a combine for the 2019 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas on Saturday, March 23.

Registration for all positions will be from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Meeting with coaches is at 11 a.m., and testing begins at 11:30 a.m. There is a $20 registration fee payable on-site.

The Shrine Bowl, the oldest high school allstar game in the country, annually pits the top seniors from North and South Carolina in a football game that benefits the Shriners hospitals for crippled children.

Photo: Kendal Moore

Funds sought for sign to honor veteran football coach Daskal

13 Funds soughtA fundraiser is in the works to help erect a permanent sign in honor of John Daskal at the Reid Ross High School football stadium that bears his name.

Daskal founded the football program at Reid Ross before finishing his highly successful football coaching career at Terry Sanford High School.

Daskal’s daughters, Kristina Daskal Magyar and Kim Daskal Lee, organized the fundraiser, with assistance from former Cumberland County Schools student activities director Fred McDaniel.

There are currently two signs at Reid Ross recognizing Daskal, one on the back of the press box and another on the scoreboard.

Magyar said they want something more permanent, made out of brick, and resembling a sign that honors former Pine Forest High School principal Harold K. Warren located at that school’s football stadium, which is named for him.

“If I’m correct, it’s going to be around $12,000,’’ Magyar said of the projected cost of the sign honoring Daskal. She said tentative plans are for the dimensions to be about 6 feet tall and from 15 to 20 feet wide. Magyar said if it can be included in the cost, she hopes to have a picture of her father on the sign, along with a brief biography.

It would be located on what is now the main entrance to the stadium, a road entering from the end zone near the scoreboard. The sign would be placed outside the exterior stadium fence, she said.

While the primary fundraiser will be a golf tournament, Magyar said people are invited to submit any donations to the effort. “We are just reaching out to alumni or any friends, people who are interested in making a donation or who want to play in the golf tournament,’’ she said.

Magyar said the family wants to erect the sign not just to recognize Daskal’s success on the field but to honor him for the role he played in the lives of the countless young men he coached over the years.

“A lot of boys have looked at my dad like he was their father,’’ she said. “He was the go-to guy to ask a lot of questions because they did not have that male figure in their life.’’

Magyar said she’s heard countless stories over the years about how her father inspired young people, stories of them calling him back thanking him for the help he provided them.

“It goes to your heart because you’re hearing from all of those kids and they just loved my dad,’’ she said, “not just my dad but all these coaches who have been a part of their lives like that.

“When (someone is) an inspiration to somebody, people want to help because they love them that much for what they’ve done in their lives.’’

The golf tournament is scheduled for Sunday, April 14, at Gates Four Golf and Country Club at 6775 Irongate Dr.

The cost is $65 per player. Individuals or companies who don’t want to play in the tournament can purchase a sign for $100. Golfers can also purchase mulligans for $5.

The first-place team will get $300 and the second- place team $150.

Registration and lunch are at 11:30 a.m., and the tournament begins at 1 p.m.

The deadline for entry is April 9.

For more information about the tournament, contact the following people: Fred McDaniel, 910-709-9281; Dewayne Lee, 910-273-6773; Kristina Daskal Magyar, 910-591-0098; or Kim Daskal Lee, 910-261-9311.

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