High school notebook

Gibbons' Haleigh Nelson win volleyball honors

tstevens@newsobserver.comNovember 21, 2012 

Cardinal Gibbons senior Haleigh Nelson (21) serves during the first set. Chapel Hill High played at Cardinal Gibbons High in the fourth round of the NCHSAA 3A Volleyball tournament on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Cardinal Gibbons won the match, 3-0.

GREG MINTEL — newsobserver.com

Haleigh Nelson of Cardinal Gibbons was named to the first team of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour Girls High School All-America team.

The squad included 100 girls from 32 states, but only 25 were selected to the first team.

Nelson, a Wisconsin recruit, was most valuable player of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A finals after leading Gibbons to the state title. She had 336 kills during the year.

Eve Davis of Charlotte Latin also was a first-team selection.

Cross Country

Some of the area’s top runners will race against the Southeast’s finest Saturday at Wake Med Soccer Park.

Runners are expected from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The top two boys’ teams and the top two girls’ teams will qualify to run in the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore., on Dec. 1.

The Chapel Hill boys (2005 and 2006), the Broughton boys (2008) and the Green Hope girls (2010) have advanced to the national meet in the past.

The Broughton boys are ranked No. 3 in the Southeast Region. The Green Hope girls are No. 7 and the Cardinal Gibbons girls are No. 8.

The championship races are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 11:40 a.m.

 • NCHSAA 4A boys’ cross country champion Bakri Abushouk of Cary and N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A runner-up Colin Godwin are expected to compete in the Foot Locker South regional at McAlpine Park in Charlotte on Saturday.

Wesley Frazier, one of the top high school cross country runners in the country, did not run at Ravenscroft this year, but may compete at the Foot Locker.

The top 10 finishers qualify for the Foot Locker Nationals in San Diego on Dec. 8.


David Dewey, a 17-year boys’ basketball coach at South Johnston, has returned to his former duties this season after two years away.

Three-year starters D.J. Collins and Justin Jeffress have had a new coach each year.

 • Riverside boys’ basketball coach Brian Strickland said there is a new excitement around the program this season.

“We had a very dedicated offseason with a new love of defense and discipline,” he said.

Senior center Mike Tillotson has a 5.1 overall grade point average and is ranked No. 1 in the senior class.

 • Chapel Hill boys’ coach Tod Morgan has a brainy bunch this season. Eight of the varsity players have GPAs between 4.33 and Stephen Himmelberg’s 5.167.

The Tigers return four starters from a 26-2 club.

 • Broughton boys’ coach Jeff Ferrell has four starters back from a 20-8 club. Among the veterans are Division I recruits Devonte’ Graham and James Hemphill. Last season, junior Cameron Gottfried, the son of N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried, averaged 4.5 points per game.

 • Eddie Gray has coached the Garner High boys’ team for 23 seasons and said this is his youngest team ever. The Trojans return one starter, DeMarcus Sanford, from last year’s 25-3 club.

“It will be very important to identify our players that can play when the lights come on and to put them into a scheme that fits our talent,” Gray said. “Hopefully, our kids will buy in to our tradition in basketball at Garner and find a way to be competitive.

 • Southeast Raleigh girls’ coach Nicole Sampson Myers has four starters back from a 23-4 club. She believes junior Alexus Hicks, sophomore Amber Richardson, sophomore Jade Phillips and senior Amara Bell are Division I recruits.

 • Apex girls’ coach Jay Huffman returns five starters from last year’s 7-16 club and doesn’t have any seniors on the squad.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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