Girls golf in the heat of the season; Anstrom sets PR in the adidas XC Challenge

The women’s golf season is already in full swing, and several Chatham County teams already have wins under their belt.

One such team is Chatham Central, who competed against North Moore and Seaforth on Monday at The Preserve in Jordan Lake. The Bears were third out of the three teams this time around because they didn’t have enough golfers to participate, but before that they finished first and second, respectively, in their two previous games.

Central returned its top three golfers — Reagan Mize, Jaylee Williams and Ashton Wilks — this fall after winning the Mid-Carolina Conference title in 2021.

The Bears were supposed to host the Chatham Central Invitational on Wednesday against Southern Alamance. The match will be played at Siler City Country Club, the home of the Bears.

Seaforth performs at the XC Invitational

On Saturday, several Seaforth athletes competed in the adidas XC Challenge at Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary.

The Hawks’ best finisher in any event was sophomore Jack Anstrom, who finished 20th in the men’s championship race with a time of 15:34.7, the fastest time of his career thus far. For comparison, Anstrom’s previous personal best was 16:23.3 on a 5,000-meter course, something he achieved at the Eastbay South Region Cross Country Championships in November.

In the men’s challenge race, Hawks sophomore Will Cuicchi finished 15th with a time of 17:37.6. That time was also a new personal best for Cuicchi, who previously completed a 5,000 meter race the fastest in 18:12.7.

On the women’s side, rookie Katherine Leonard finished 12th in the women’s challenge with a time of 21:33.6, while rookie Claire Morgan, rookie Juana Jiminez and rookie Caidence Bazemore finished 36th, 44th and 45th, respectively.

Powell going up

Northwood youngster and recent UNC men’s basketball commitment Drake Powell recently saw his recruiting rankings up a few points.

According to 247Sports composite ratings, which averages the ratings from several different recruiting sites, Powell is now the #48 player nationally and the #3 player in North Carolina in the class of 2024. Prior to the most recent update, Powell was ranked out of the top 50 players nationally.

Powell is one of two Chatham County players ranked in the top 50 juniors in the country. The other is Seaforth’s Jarin Stevenson, who has reported six First Division offers and is considered the #17 player of the 2024 class.

Powell and Stevenson played at Northwood as freshmen in 2020-21 before Stevenson left to join a new school and program in Seaforth.

Stevenson has scholarship offers from UNC, Virginia, NC State, Wake Forest, Georgetown and Missouri.

Sports editor Jeremy Vernon can be reached at or on Twitter at @jbo_vernon.

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