Seaforth freshman Cali O'Neill competes at USWNT camp; Northwood seniors rising up recruiting boards

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A Seaforth freshman was one of 60 soccer players nationwide to participate in the Under-15 Women’s Youth National Team Talent ID Camp in Chula Vista, Calif from Sept. 7-13.

Cali O’Neill, who began her first year at Seaforth this fall, plays at the club level for the NC Courage Academy, which is affiliated with the NC Courage of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). O’Neill was one of three Courage Academy players to earn invites to the camp, along with Raleigh’s Eva Forster and Holly Springs’ Riley Kennedy. The three played for the East Team, which is coached by U.S. Soccer Talent ID Manager Diane Drake and U.S. U-15 assistant Kelly Sims.

O’Neill plays as a defender for her club team, but she will not suit up for Seaforth this spring because of conflicts with her club team’s training schedule. According to its website, the Academy is a 10-month program that begins in August and wraps up in July, after the high school season.

Parrish, Frazier rising up boards

Two Northwood senior basketball players — Kenan Parrish and Max Frazier — were recently ranked among the top 50 senior prospects in the state of North Carolina, according to Phenom Hoop Report.

Parrish and Frazier rank No. 42 and No. 45, respectively. Both players played a big role on Northwood’s 2021-22 team that went 24-4 overall, won a conference championship and made it to the fourth round of the 3A state playoffs. The pair combined to average 17.0 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game as the starting frontcourt tandem for the Chargers.

Both Frazier (6-foot-8) and Parrish (6-foot-11) are big bodies down low who excel at finishing around the basket and protecting the rim on the defensive end. Last season, the two combined to shoot 203-of-339 (59.9%) from the field.

Frazier and Parrish play for the Durham Hurricanes AAU team.

Anstrom places 3rd at Friday Night Lights

Seaforth sophomore Jack Anstrom continued his strong start to the cross country season Friday at the Friday Night Lights XC Festival in Kernersville.

Anstrom, who competed in the boys 5,000-meter Invitational race, placed third overall with a time of 16:28.6. The time was 10 seconds faster than the 16:38.6 he ran at last year’s Friday Night Lights and just a few seconds off his personal best of 16:23.9, which he ran at the NCHSAA 2A Mideast Regionals last October.

The top girls finisher from Chatham County on Friday was Seaforth sophomore Katherine Leonard, who finished in 27th in the girls Invitational with a time of 21:21.6. Leonard’s time was a personal best.

As a team, Seaforth finished second and third, respectively, as last year’s 2A Mideast Regional. Anstrom placed second in the boys race and freshman Claire Morgan placed 12th in the girls race.

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