March hoops in Pinehurst

The Village of Pinehurst Parks and Recreation Department recently hosted the Statewide Athletic Committee (SWAC) Girls 12U State Basketball Tournament at the Cannon Park Community Center.

The Village of Pinehurst team, coached by Mike Apke and Nicole Benbow, qualified through a sectional tournament in early March and continued their undefeated winning streak throughout the state tournament to secure the state championship on their home court.

“Many people might be surprised to learn that Pinehurst is developing state-champion level basketball players,” said Parks and Recreation Director Mark Wagner. “We are incredibly proud of our hometown team and look forward to seeing what’s next for these all-stars.”

The Village of Pinehurst 12U team is comprised of Joelle Cole, Shelby Fruth, Caroline Antil, Virginia Grey Sutton, Sarah Grantham, Sofie Itegie, Tessa Hage, Pearl Hage, Brooklyn Riggan, Kate Noble, Emily Tuttle, and Lily Rembetsy.

Teams from all over the state participated in sectional play, but only four teams were able to advance to the state championships: Pinehurst, Carteret County, Fuquay-Varina, and Wendell.

Courtesy photo/Contributed.

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