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Bragg named Green Hope AD

Staff WriterDecember 8, 2011 

Wayne Bragg, head football coach at Panther Creek, was named athletics director at Green Hope Wednesday. Bragg officially starts Monday.

Bragg replaces Mickey Bissette, who resigned as AD at the school last spring to become the head boys basketball coach at Wake Forest-Rolesville.

Bragg was named Panther Creek's head football coach in 2007. He had come to the school from Northern Durham High to be an assistant football coach when Panther Creek opened in 2006. Panther Creek fielded a junior varsity team that season.

Bragg finished at Panther Creek with a 29-32 career record

Bragg is a 1989 graduate of Broughton. He played one season at Methodist before transferring and graduating from N.C. State.

"We are very happy to have him here," Green Hope principal Jim Hedrick said. "He is a person that I have known for several years. I have a great deal of respect for the work that he has done.

"He is going to be a fine addition to our school, he will serve the students, the athletes and the community very well."

Foot Locker Nationals: Millbrook's Samantha George and Cary Academy's Thomas Graham will pursue national cross country titles Saturday in San Diego during the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships.

George, an N.C. State recruit, won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A championship this year and qualified sixth in the Foot Locker South Regional with a 17:15.

Graham, who has not made his college decision, won four consecutive N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association cross country championships and was fifth in the regional with a 14:52.

Falcons extend streak: The Green Hope girls basketball team extended its Tri-Nine 4-A winning streak to 40 games Tuesday night with a 51-44 victory over Holly Springs.

The Falcons rebounded from Monday's 55-52 non-conference loss to Sanderson, Green Hope's first loss to a Wake County team since January 2009.

Vanderbilt recruit Kristen Gaffney scored her 2,000th career point to and led Green Hope in the win over Holly Springs. She finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds after being held to a career-low five points in the loss to Sanderson.

Ashley Williams scored 20 points. Holly Springs' Kiara Leslie had 16 points and 15 rebounds.

King wrestling: Orange won the Jim King Invitational wrestling tournament last weekend in Hillsborough. The Panthers' Jordan Baker and Wes Dawson won individual titles at 120 pounds and 220 pounds as the Panthers pulled away from runner-up Cary, 253 to 187.5.

Northern Durham's Josh Brown (106), Rodney Shepard (152) and Alex Reams (285) also won titles. Other area champions included Jordan's Robbie Tomasic (113) and Terrence Moore (132); Cedar Ridge's Eli Schultz (170) and Mike Mastrianni (182) and Cary's Bo Mulligan (160).

Quick change: Garner's Gavin Wilson made a quick adjustment from football to basketball on Monday.

Wilson, a linebacker, was Garner's most valuable player in the NCHSAA 4-AA championship loss to Greensboro Page, 35-21, on Saturday. On Monday, he scored 12 points in a 91-34 basketball victory over Cary.

The Trojans are off to a 4-0 start and are averaging 83.2 points per game. Garner opens its Greater Neuse River 4-A season on Friday at Clayton.

Stat sheet: The News & Observer tracks area basketball statistics. Leaders in points, rebounds, assists and steals can be found at .

Cary Christian senior Christopher Thomas leads area boys scorers with 26.3 points per game. Senior Martin Alston of Granville Central tops area rebounders with 13 per game.

Durham Jordan's Bayley Coleman-Cox has a narrow edge over Enloe's Dana Brown in girls scoring, 25.0 to 24.4. Kiara Leslie of Holly Springs and Courtney Ireland of Cleveland are each averaging 10 rebounds per game.

J. Mike Blake contributed to this story.

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