Grace Christian d. O'Neal 25-18, 16-25, 23-25, 28-26, 15-4
Grace Christian's reached, but fallen, the NCISAA 1A state final match each of the last two boys' soccer seasons. This season's Crusader roster has 10 seniors, by far the most experienced group head coach Chris Pratt has led in his time at Grace Christian.
Friday, Aug. 9
Chatham Charter at Voyager Academy Jamboree - 9 a.m. (scrimmage)
Minor league baseball
Charlotte at Durham - 7:05 p.m.
Grace Christian student Joel Benitez has had a busy summer break between doing mission work in Guatemala and preparing for his senior soccer season as a Crusader.
In one afternoon, with nine signatures within just a few minutes, Central Carolina Community College's volleyball program was renewed with a brand-new, all-freshman roster on Tuesday.
Grace Christian, in its second school year within the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association, finished sixth in the 2012-13 Wells Fargo Cup standings in NCISAA 1A.
If summer league baseball is about learning ahead of the next high school season, Southern Lee's batting order aced Thursday night's quiz.
The largest Coach Murr’s Basketball Academy week, with more than 80 kids, about twice of last year’s turnout, hooping it up at Grace Christian, came to a close Friday.
Lee County’s first baseball season in the 3A Cape Fear Valley Conference is eight months away. The Yellow Jackets were working toward next February on their home field, under the name and jerseys of the Sanford Spinners, as the Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League baseball season opened for the Spinners and Grace Christian.
Win or lose, and score wasn't being kept between Lee County and Grace Christian on the basketball court Tuesday evening, nothing but positives came from the first night of the first season of the Sanford Area Summer League as the girls basketball league debuted at Lee County's two gyms.
Thursday was already a big day for Montgomery Kirby and Mark Riches, two Grace Christian student-athletes on their final day as Crusader seniors.
Grace Christian graduate Ashley Matthews, now a long-distance runner at Lee University, earned NAIA All-American honors for finishing seventh in the marathon at the 2013 NAIA Track and Field Championships last Saturday.
Grace Christian senior Fernando Depaz signed a scholarship offer to attend and play soccer at Columbia International University in Columbia, S.C. on Thursday afternoon at Grace Christian School.
Marcus Velazquez transferred to Grace Christian with a few goals in mind.
“I came to Grace to build my relationship with the Lord, to excel academically and to try to earn a spot playing at the next level,” Velazquez said.
Grace Christian's Madison Bolen is an unlikely two-time all-state soccer standout. First of all, she's a two-time NCISAA All-State player as an eighth-grader.
For the second straight soccer season, Epiphany ended Grace Christian’s season with a 2-1 overtime win in the NCISAA 1A State Tournament, as the host Lady Falcons edged the Lady Crusaders in a quarterfinal match Tuesday afternoon.
4A State Championships
Pinecrest defeated Myers Park by one stroke, 19-20, on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the NCHSAA 4A state championship at Pinehurst No. 8 on Tuesday.
NCHSAA 1A second round
- South Stanly 10, North Moore 3
NCHSAA 2A second round
- Northwood 8, Corinth Holders 6
Friday afternoon’s state tournament soccer match at Grace Christian was going to be a first one way or the other.
NCHSAA 1A first round
- North Moore 15, Union Academy 7
- South Stokes 3, Chatham Central 2
NCHSAA State Tournament first round
Grace Christian’s girls soccer team won its first-ever conference tournament championship on Saturday in an All-Sanford clash for the Carolina Christian Conference tournament title, beating Lee Christian 6-3 in the final hosted by Wayne Christian School.
Grace Christian won the Carolina Christian Conference Tournament championship Friday night with a 7-1 win over top-seeded Cape Fear Christian. The Crusaders won the title avenging regular-season losses to CCC rivals on back-to-back nights and did so with convincing victories.
Lee Christian and Grace Christian prevailed in the semifinals of the Carolina Christian Conference girls soccer tournament Thursday at Wayne Christian School to make Friday night’s CCC championship game a neighborhood rivalry.