Broughton High graduate Jesse Williams will be presented the Jesse Owens Award Saturday night in St. Louis as the top U.S. male track and field athlete.
Williams, who lives and trains in Eugene, Ore., became the first American to win a world high jump championship since 1991 when he won in September in Daegu, South Korea.
He is the first high jumper to win the Owens Award, which is USA Track & Field's highest prize. It is named in honor of Jesse Owens, who won gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany.
New sponsor for holiday hoops: Capitol Broadcasting Company is the new title sponsor for the 40th annual high school holiday tournament that had been sponsored in recent years by GlaxoSmithKline. The HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament will be played at Broughton High and at Cary Academy Dec. 26 through 30.
Twenty boys teams will play in two eight-team brackets and a four-team bracket. Twelve girls teams will play in an eight-team bracket and a four-team bracket.
The first-round pairings are:
American Airlines boys: Bronx (N.Y.) St. Raymonds vs. Middle Creek; Raleigh Word of God vs. Millbrook; Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler vs. Kinston; Garner vs. Houston (Tex.) Strait.
Summitt Hospitality boys: Raleigh Upper Room vs. Raleigh Body of Christ; High Point Wesleyan vs. Charlottesville (Va.) Miller School; Southborough (Mass.) St. Marks vs. Charlotte United Faith; Ravenscroft vs. Wilson Greenfield.
Randolph boys: Broughton vs. Rocky Mount; Chapel Hill vs. Clayton.
Mix 101.5 girls: Millbrook vs. Bunn; Durham Riverside vs. Panther Creek; Durham Hillside vs. Charlotte Myers Park; Cary Christian vs. Green Hope.
Four-team girls: Cary Academy vs. Cary; Holly Springs vs. Rocky Mount.
Among the top senior players scheduled to play are Upper Room's Rodney Purvis (N.C. State); Wilson Greenfield's Aaron Roundtree (Wake Forest); Rasheed Sulaimon of Strait (Duke); Braxton Ogbueze of United Faith (Florida) and Andrew White of Miller (uncommitted).
Clash questions: Millbrook boys basketball coach Scott McInnes said he is waiting to learn if his club will be allowed to play at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium Dec. 17 as part of the Clash at Cameron.
The NCAA recently ruled that a similar event could not be played at the Rupp Arena in Lexington.
Double duty: Garner boys basketball coach and assistant football coach Eddie Gray is pulling double duty with the overlap of the sports' seasons. After a cold, windy football practice Tuesday, he went inside to direct a 103-72 basketball victory over Wilson Fike.
Jordan soccer: Don Jones, the girls soccer coach at Durham Jordan since 2002, has resigned. He had a 108-72-16 overall record. He will continue to assist with the boys soccer program.