Southern Lee's earned its shot at first place in the Cape Fear Valley Conference football race in the next-to-last week of the regular season.
Southern Lee's soccer season, despite a 16-match winning streak during it and a 12-0-0 run to the Cape Fear Valley season title, was less than nine minutes from being over in the first round of the state tournament Wednesday night.
NCHSAA State Tournament first round
Lee County junior Siranon Shoomee won her second consecutive individual state championship, coming from behind entering round two for the second straight year as well, with a 5-under-par 67 final round in the NCHSAA 3A State Championship at Longleaf Golf and Country Club Tuesday.
Jarrod Spears (Harnett Central) led Lenoir-Rhyne on the ground with a career-best day, rushing for 195 yards, as the Bears remained undefeated rolling over Mars Hill 45-17.
Southern Lee drew a No. 4 seed and Lee County is a No. 13 seed, leading to a potential second round clash between the county rivals in the NCHSAA 3A State Tournament, as the four state tournament brackets were released by the N.C. High School Athletic Association Monday.
NCHSAA 3A Mid East Regional Championships
Akeem Richmond had worked out for multiple NBA teams since graduating from and finishing his record-setting basketball career with East Carolina in the spring.
Southern Lee sophomore Ishios Times threw a career-high five touchdown passes, three going to senior wide out Donte Jennings, and the Cavaliers (6-3, 3-1) routed Westover 39-13 Friday night on the road.
Terry Sanford 14, Lee County 12
Southern Lee 39, Westover 13
Lee County junior Siranon Shoomee will be trying to defend her state golf championship Monday and Tuesday in the NCHSAA 3A State Championship being played at Longleaf Golf and Country Club. She'll have more to play for this time around thanks to her Yellow Jacket teammates.
Southern Lee head football coach Don Simon made no bones about last week's home date against Union Pines being key to the Cavaliers' (5-3, 2-1) postseason goals.
Lee County was 0-4 against the two soccer squads ahead of it, Gray's Creek and Southern Lee, in the Cape Fear Valley Conference regular season.
Southern Lee 5, Union Pines 0
Cape Fear Valley Conference Tournament semifinals
NCHSAA 3A East Regional Championship
Ben Grossfuss (Lee County) has been named the Lynchburg College “Athlete of the Week” as the sophomore forward scored the Hornets game winner in their 1-0 victory over Virginia Wesleyan.
Southern Lee's football team had two weeks to get ready for homecoming guest Union Pines heading into Friday night. The Cavalier defense made it look like plenty of its previous contests so far this season.
Union Pines 7, C.B. Aycock 0
Cape Fear Valley Conference Cross Country Championships
at Kiwanis Family Park, Sanford
The most common things football fans, and even the coaches and players, think about when they hear “bye week” is likely rest.
Lee County senior Dalton Cox and Union Pines senior Abby Verchick won the individual Cape Fear Valley Conference cross country titles and the conference’s cross country Athlete of the Year awards Thursday afternoon at Kiwanis Family Park.
Southern Lee 1, Lee County 0 - OT
Southern Lee 3, Terry Sanford 2 - OT
After a rocky non-conference start, Campbell (3-3, 3-0) has hit its stride as the Fighting Camels remained undefeated in the Pioneer Football League, picking up their third straight victory downing Butler 28-9 Saturday in Buies Creek.