Local reaches equestrian finals; Cape Fear Rowing racks up awards

Topsail High School standout Rachel Kapiko was one of 32 student-athletes from North Carolina High School Athletic Association member schools to receive a "Heart of a Champion" award on Saturday, which recognizes outstanding sportsmanship.

Kapiko, who plays volleyball and basketball, earned the Courage Award at last year's inaugural Best of StarNewsVarsity banquet after being seriously hurt in an auto accident on the way to volleyball practice. She was able to recover in time to play basketball for the 2016-17 season.

EQUESTRIAN

Caroline Hawthorne, daughter of Henry and Jane Hawthorne of Wilmington, will be representing Chatham Hall at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals in Syracuse, NY.

Hawthorne competes in the varsity intermediate division. Chatham Hall was ranked second in 2015 and fourth in 2016 at the national competition out of 1,500 teams across the country.

Founded in 1894 in Chatham, Va., Chatham Hall is a college preparatory boarding school for girls in grades 9-12. For regular updates on the IEA team at Chatham Hall and to follow Hawthorne’s results from National Finals follow @RideChathamHall on Twitter.

ROWING 

The Cape Fear River Rowing Club won medals in every event entered at the Clemson Sprints Regatta.

CFRRC team members brought home a total of four golds, one silver and three bronze medals. Gold medals were won in the men's quad, men's single, mixed 4 and mixed double. Silver was won in the mixed 8. Bronze was won in the men's 4, women's 4 and women's quad. This is the highest medal count of any regatta for CFRRC in the six years that the crew has been entering in regattas.

The Cape Fear River Rowing Club was founded in 1989 by a group of rowers who were looking to bring recreational rowing to the region. The organization continues to promote and share the sport of rowing on the Cape Fear River.

For more information about the club, visit www.capefearriverrowingclub.com.

GOLF

Isley, Wierse compete in boys invite

Two area golfers were among the 86 competing in the annual Jimmy Anderson Boys Invitational, held Saturday and Sunday at the Jacksonville Country Club.

Oak Island's Walker Isley finished in a tie for 14th with seven others, posting a two-day 147. Harrison Wierse, who shot an 81 on Saturday, improved in the second round with a 78 to finish tied for 68th.

Wilmington golfer second in tourney

Jake Bauer finished second in the Men's B division of the Carolinas Golf Association's One-Day Tournament at Bermuda Run Country Club (West Course) in Bermuda Run on Sunday.

The Wilmington native finished 14-over, three strokes behind division winner Jim Williams of Kernersville.

Brunswick Ladybird tournament

The first tournament for the Brunswick Ladybird 2018 season was held on April 4 at the Oak Island Golf Course, which featured 102 players from 11 clubs.

The 11 clubs represented include Brick Landing (BL), Carolina National (CN), Carolina Shores (CS), Crow Creek (CC), Magnolia Greens (MG), Meadowlands (ML), Oak Island (OI), Rivers Edge (RE), Sea Trail (ST), St. James (SJ) and The Lakes (TL).

In the first flight, results for low gross: Terri Crowley (CC) first; second a tie with Andrea Calibeo (TL) and Lisa Dowling (ST). Low Net: first, Maggie Sorenson (ST); second, Deborah Shaw (SJ). Low putts: Katrina Carter (ML).

For the second flight low gross: first, Shirley Arnold (RE); second, Bev Ibbott (CC). Low Net: first, Joan Plotz (ST); second, Janet Capuanao (CC). Low putts: Kitty Hefferman (BL).

Third flight low gross: first, Sue Keck (CS); second, Mary Alice Jerome (ST). Low net: first, Barbara Mullins (TL); second, Marilyn Tricarico (SJ). Low putts: Sandy Campbell (RE).

Fourth flight low gross: first, Karen Hertling (CS); second, Pat Goodman (OI). Low net: first, Mimi Benson (CN); second (tie) Helga Beacham (OI) and Dawn Giles (CS). Low putts: Ginny Ridinger (CC).

Fifth flight low gross: first, Phyllis Childers (CN); second, Colleen Brosh (CN). Low net: first, Sandy Becka (SJ); second (tie), Penny Sillery (CN) and Kathy Strunk (RE). Low putts: Beverly Farmarco (ML).

Sixth flight low gross: first, Irene Dowdy (BL); second, Kathie Stucy (SJ). Low net: first, Nancy Caprini (TL); second, Buzz Fuller (TL). Low putts: Roberta Mackey (ML).

Seventh flight low gross: first, Mary Shreffler (CN); second (tie), Carolyn Sherwin (SJ) and Sue Nordberg (CC). Low net: first, Carmen Humenik (CN); second (tie), Sandy Donovan (SJ) and Nancy Griffin (ML). Low putts: Peggy Acree (ML).

Eighth flight low gross: first, Nancy Heaslip (CN); second, Elsa Bonstein (BL). Low net: Chris Madden (BL); second, Judy Reid (OI). Low putts: Rosalie Stream (CN).

Ninth flight low gross: first (tie), Mary Lou Dunbar (ST) and Louise Sensenig (ST); second, Carol McAndrews (CN). Low net: first, Jeanne Hadaway (MG); second, Linda Lynes (RE). Low putts: Cindy Baker (CS).

Tenth flight low gross: first, Joyce Rommel (OI); second, Cori Booth (OI). Low net: Ceil Washo (CN); second (tie), Carolyn Kascher (OI) and Cindy Powell (OI). Low putts: Clari Travers (ML).

Eleventh flight low gross: first, Judy Giffel (CC); second, Carol Ellis (BL). Low net: first, Linda Bye (ML); second, Kathy Imbro (OI). Low putts: (tie) Nancy Bateman (BL) and Cindy Crognale (CC).