To say that twins Allegra and Max Hogan have left their mark on Lee County High School athletics would be an understatement. After completing their final spring seasons as seniors this year, the duo has combined to earn 28 athletic letters during their four years of high school — 15 by Allegra and 13 by Max.
To earn an athletic letter, an athlete must compete in a certain amount of varsity competition depending upon the sport. The Hogan twins accomplished this by participating on more than one sports team during a particular season, which included cross country, track, indoor track, swim team and soccer. On more than one occasion, long distance races were Hogan sweeps with Max winning the male event and Allegra taking top honors in the female event.
Both have had good role models, as they are the youngest of six siblings of Dr. Gael and Mike Hogan, all of whom have been active in athletics. The last four Hogan siblings have won a total of 12 MVP awards for long distance running at Lee Senior, with Allegra receiving half of those honors. Not only does the duo excel on the field, they are also stellar students, having earned Tri-9 Academic All-Conference accolades for every athletic season that they have been in high school.
In their down time, the twins have played keyboard in the band all four years, run local road races to raise money for charities, are active in LCHS drama department productions, participate in the City of Sanford / Lee County Youth Council of which Allegra is the current chairman, volunteer at the “Free to Be Me” Stephens Center Summer Camp, have gone on several domestic mission trips with their church youth group and work at Lowe’s Foods.
In reflection of their high school accomplishments, Max said, “Going to LCHS has been a blessing because it has given us the opportunity to accomplish a lot. Coaches, teachers and staff worked together to enable us to pursue multiple interests.”
In the fall, the masters of multi-tasking will take their talents to Boone as both will attend Appalachian State with Max majoring in Criminal Justice and Allegra majoring in Political Science/Pre-Law.
Bkaye Smith (SLHS) and the sixth-seeded Virginia Tech Hokies (38-21-1) saw their 2013 season come to an end Sunday, falling to 17th-ranked Kentucky 1-0 in the final game of the NCAA Lexington Regional at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Ky. This was the third time that Tech had faced the Wildcats that weekend. The Lady Hokies compiled a 3-2 record in the regionals, opening with a 4-3 win over Notre Dame. On Saturday, they fell to Kentucky 6-2 in the days first game and then came back to defeat Marshall 3-2 in 16 innings in the nightcap. This set up a showdown with Kentucky in which Virginia Tech would need to sweep the Wildcats both games of Sunday’s doubleheader. Tech accomplished the first half of the feat, defeating the Wildcats 2-0 in the opening game, but then lost the final game 1-0. Smith started the entire tournament at shortstop for Tech and finished 3-14 from the plate with three RBIs. In the field, she accounted for 12 outs and eight assists.
Dillon Frye (LCHS) and fifth-ranked N.C. State (42-13, 19-10) finished last week 3-1, losing to Florida State, 8-4, before sweeping Duke, 5-2, 7-6 and 9-1 to end the regular season. With the win, State ties a school record for most conference wins in a season with 19. The 42-win regular season ties a school record for second most wins in a season, falling short by one game of tying the 1988 mark of 43 wins. The fourth-seeded Wolfpack will open the 2013 ACC baseball Tournament tomorrow at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park where they will play Clemson on Wednesday, Miami on Friday and North Carolina on Saturday. The winner of pool A will then advance to the next round.
Nick Durazo (1-4) (LCHS) and East Carolina (30-24, 14-10) wrapped up their regular season by going 2-1 against Central Florida, dropping the first game 2-0, but then battling back to win the remaining two games of the series, 10-8 and 6-5. The Pirates have now earned a third seed in this week’s five-day Conference USA Baseball Championships to be held at Reckling Park in Houston, Texas. ECU will open against Houston on Thursday, face Tulane on Friday and go against Southern Miss on Saturday. The winner of pod play will then advance to the next round. The Pirates are 18-18 all-time in Conference USA postseason play.
Russell Clark (LCHS) and 28th-ranked Campbell University (46-9, 19-5) are riding a nine-game winning streak, sweeping New Orleans in their final series of the regular season, 14-0, 6-0 and 9-6. Campbell’s ninth victory in a row ties a season best and their 31-5 home record sets a new school record for home wins. The Big South Tournament will open today in Lynchburg, Va., with Campbell securing the number one spot.
Stanton McDuffie (LCHS) will represent the N.C. State Bass Pack this week at the Boat U.S. Collegiate Bass Fishing National Championships at Lake Pickwick in Florence, Ala. Practice sessions will be held Monday through Wednesday, with the two- day championships slated for Thursday and Friday.