Kinston boys hope depth delivers title

Staff WriterMarch 8, 2007 

Kinston boys basketball coach Wells Gulledge is banking on his team's depth against Concord in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A state championship at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in N.C. State's Reynolds Coliseum.

The Vikings (29-2) will rotate 15 players into the game each half.

"You keep them fresh and keep a lot of chemistry," Gulledge said, noting that he can give the Spiders (26-4), known for their speed, quite a few different looks. "We're pretty athletic, too. We can be a mirror image, or we can go bigger if we have to."

DUTCH IN S.I.: Johnny Dutch, a senior at Clayton High, is featured among Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" this week.

Dutch won the 55-meter hurdles in a state-record time of 7.11 seconds at the NCHSAA 4-A indoor championships.

In January, Dutch set a national high school 55-meter hurdles record of 7.07.

Dutch is expected to run in the Nike Invitational this weekend near Washington, D.C.

ELEVEN IS NOT ENOUGH: Wake Forest-Rolesville scored 11 runs in the second inning Wednesday, but that was not enough as the Cougars lost to Knightdale 16-15 in a nonconference baseball game. Knightdale had 16 hits but committed seven errors.

WESCOE OUT, GARNER WINS: Kaitlin Wescoe, who had contributed to every Garner goal this season, left Wednesday's 4-0 girls soccer victory over Smithfield-Selma with an ankle injury. Paige Dugal scored three goals and had an assist.

ENLOE FALLS: Enloe, which upended Broughton on Monday night in a girls soccer game, came out on the short end in a 4-1 loss to Wakefield on Wednesday as Casey Layton, who transferred to Wakefield from Enloe, scored three goals.

NEW APEX COACH: Nikki Stemler O'Connell has been appointed girls volleyball coach at Apex, succeeding Beverly Lineberger. O'Connell has been an assistant at Apex for three seasons. She was a four-year varsity player at N.C. State.

GRAHAM IN FRONT: T.J. Graham of Wakefield leads the state's high school boys sprinters with a 10.74 timing in 100 meters and 22.04 in 200 meters, according to the North Carolina Honor Roll.

Athens Drive's Christy Johnson leads the girls in the 200 (25.64) and 400 (58.24).

NORTHWOOD TRACK: Pittsboro Northwood had 12 athletes meet N.C. High School Athletic Association regional qualifying times in a meet with Raleigh Charter and Burlington Cummings.

LIGON CHAMPS HONORED: Raleigh Ligon athletes from 1967 will be honored at 10 a.m. Saturday during a meeting of the N.C. High School Athletic Conference alumni and supporters meeting at the Raleigh Lions Park.

Ligon won boys basketball, boys tennis, boys track and field and girls tennis NCHSAC state titles in 1967.

High schools editor Tim Stevens can be reached at (919) 829-8910 or tstevens@newsobserver.com.

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