Mountain Island athletes draw attention from marquee football programs

MOUNT HOLLY – A pair of dynamic athletes who patrol the secondary for the Mountain Island Charter Raptors have received scholarship offers from the Florida Gators days after visiting with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Gabe Stephens, a 6-foot-3 sophomore who is ranked as a top-five Class of 2021 cornerback in North Carolina by 247Sports, also has offers from South Carolina and Louisville, as well as Charlotte, Appalachian State and East Carolina. Stephens is a big, physical defensive back, who makes plays in the secondary and the offensive backfield, finishing with 118 tackles and 5 sacks in 2018.

His running mate in the Mountain Island secondary, freshman Omari Philyaw, is in the infancy stages of his recruitment, with an early offer from Charlotte to go with his newfound interest from Florida. Philyaw impressed in his debut season with the Raptors, recording 61 tackles and forcing three fumbles in 11 games.

Mountain Island softball streak reaches 10 games

MOUNT HOLLY – The Mountain Island Charter Lady Raptors have rattled off 10 consecutive wins since falling to Cuthbertson by one run in the first game of the season Feb. 27.

Of those 10 wins, seven have come against PAC 7 1A opponents, as the Lady Raptors sit alone atop the league standings with a 7-0 record. Mountain Island has been dominant in league play, scoring 109 runs while allowing just six, including shutouts in all but two of its conference games.

The Lady Raptors have been led offensively by a slew of underclassmen, none more so than sophomore Chloe Hatzopoulos, who leads the team with a .611 batting average, seven home runs and 23 RBIs. Freshman Kaylan Brown has turned heads in her debut season, batting .516 with two home runs and 12 RBIs.

Mountain Island will play a pivotal series against Pine Lake Prep with a home game April 2 and a return trip to Pine Lake in Mount Mourne April 5. Mountain Island and Pine Lake were the lone remaining undefeated teams in the PAC 7 entering game March 29.

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