Seven Mustangs Named All-Conference
Seven North Moore athletes from the fall sports season were named to their respective Yadkin Valley Conference all-conference teams.
Five seniors from the boys’ soccer team — Jared McNeill, Noe Ramirez, Junior Lopez, Juan Carlos Garcia and Jose Peralta — were selected to the all-conference team. Sophomore Shannon Marley was named all-conference for tennis, while senior Jamie Garner was chosen for volleyball.
The 2010 boys’ soccer team finished the season at 9-8-1, beat Jordan-Matthews for the first time in program history and got its first win over Albemarle on the road ever. The team made the 1A state playoffs, falling to Bishop McGuiness in the first round.
“As you can imagine, I am very thrilled for my players to have five of them make all-conference,” head coach Michael Shamberger said. “This shows the quality of players they are and it shows the respect they have earned from the other league coaches who voted them onto the all-conference team.
“Each one of them worked very hard this season and is very deserving of the honor. Considering the very competitive nature of our league in soccer, this speaks volumes about the quality of program we strive to have here at North Moore in (boy’s) soccer.”
McNeill, a co-captain, played the season primarily as a left midfielder and Shamberger described him as the “overall team leader.” He tallied seven goals and 12 assists on the year. Ramirez, another co-captain, attacked from the midfield and scored 14 goals and had four assists.
Garcia and Lopez anchored the team’s defense. Garcia, co-captain, played sweeper. Shamberger said he was a great field leader. Lopez, co-captain, played stopper and marked some of the best attackers in the region.
Peralta had a brilliant year at goalkeeper, recording 83 saves on the season. He also took advantage of the time he played at forward, scoring six goals and providing four assists.
Marley played No. 1 singles for the girls’ tennis team all season, and also teamed with Camilla Cockman on the No. 1 doubles team. While she had a record of 5-11, she was charged with competing against every team’s best player.
She finished in the top four in the YVC tournament, knocking off Chatham Central’s best player who had twice beaten Marley during the regular season. She advanced to the Western Regionals in Mt. Airy, where she played the No. 5 seed in the tournament. While she lost in that round, coach Cheryl Brewer said she played hard and has a bright future in front of her.
“The competition there was outstanding,” she said. “Shannon is only a sophomore, and with her work ethic, should have two exciting years left to play.”
Garner was the volleyball team’s leader in kills and aces this season. She played a big role in the Lady Mustangs’ 10-7 regular season record (9-7 YVC).
The team defeated Chatham Central in the first round of the YVC tournament before falling to Albemarle. It made it to the state playoffs, too.
“I’m very proud of Jamie,” coach Melissa Cox said. “She worked extremely hard this season and has the best attitude. She’s very competitive and loves to win. She’s a great leader on and off the court. I’m really glad I had the opportunity to coach her.”
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