Chapel Hill High coach Sherry Norris top NCHSAA volleyball coaching record

October 16, 2012 

Chapel Hill volleyball coach Sherry Norris claimed a state-record 704th coaching victory last Monday when the Tigers defeated Southern Vance.

Norris already had surpassed West Henderson’s Jan Stanley (698-115) as the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s all-time leader in wins, but the NCHSAA verified Norris’ record this week.

Norris has coached at the school for 35 years and has a 704-246 overall record.

Norris has also coached girls’ basketball for 35 years and has a 471-373 record, including last year’s 27-3 mark.

The national record for high school girls volleyball coaching victories is 1,667 by Jack Magelssen of Michigan. Norris ranks No. 44 on the all-time list.

Biggest upset: Athens Drive’s 4-1 boys soccer victory last Friday over previously undefeated Green Hope was the biggest soccer upset in the state this season. Green Hope, then 14-0, was ranked No. 1 in the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 4A poll and Athens had a 7-7-3 record and had been out-scored 36-39 during the season.

Nevertheless, Athens Drive broke away from a scoreless halftime tie to score four second-half goals.

“We’ve had a hard time getting our entire team on the field this season,” said Athens Drive coach Travis Seese. “We’ve had some injuries and one thing after another and just always seemed to be missing one or two of starters.”

After a scoreless first half, Seese talked to his club about having a realistic chance of winning.

“I think they believed me,” he said. “They know we are a better team than we’ve shown.”

The Jaguars gave up an early goal, but secured the win with goals by Ben MacDougall, Andrew Van Genderen, Devin Thorpe and Mac Garrett.

Athens Drive followed the win over Green Hope with a 3-0 victory over Fuquay-Varina Monday. The Jaguars need to finish fast to qualify for the playoffs.

“If we play as hard as we did against Green Hope, I think the playoffs will take care of themselves,” Seese said.

All-America swimmer: Hannah Lincoln, a 2012 Leesville Road graduate, recently was named a National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association All-American.

Lincoln, who swam year-round with the Marlins of Raleigh, won NCHSAA state titles in the 100 butterfly with an NCHSAA record time of 54.68 seconds, and the 50 freestyle (23.36). She was an All-America selection in each event.

She now swims at North Carolina.

Conference volleyball: Wakefield plays at Leesville Road in the Cap Eight 4A tournament finals and West Johnston plays at Garner in the Greater Neuse River 4A tournament finals Wednesday night.

The NCHSAA tournament begins Saturday. The state championships are scheduled for Nov. 3 at N.C. State’s Reynolds Coliseum.

Conference cross country: The Tri-Nine 4A championship is scheduled for Wednesday at the Wake Med Soccer Complex in Cary. The Green Hope girls are ranked among the top teams in the state and Cary’s Bakri Abushouk is among the state 4A boys favorites.

The Eastern Carolina 3A championships at South Johnston High are also Wednesday.

Rose wins SEC honor: Wakefield football kicker Bryson Rose was the SEC co-special teams player of the week following his play in Mississippi’s 41-20 win over Auburn. Rose was 5 for 5 on extra points and made field goals of 39 and 28 yards. He also had three touchbacks on kickoffs.

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