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Wake Forest-Rolesville’s Bryce Love shines at national combine

tstevens@newsobserver.comJanuary 9, 2013 

Wake Forest-Rolesville sophomore running back Bryce Love should reap a lot of national attention after his recent performance in the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio, Texas.

The Jan. 6 workouts at the Alamodome were held in conjunction with the U.S. All-America Game and brought in many of the top junior high school football players in the country and a few of the top sophomores too.

Love, who is 5 feet 9 inches tall and 175 pounds, posted the fastest 40-yard dash time at the event, putting up an electronically timed 4.4 seconds.

“I was really pleased,” Love said. “There were players from all over the country and it was fun to work out with the other players.”

Love said the combine results might generate a few more letters from college coaches, but that his primary focus is Rolesville’s 2013 season. He led last season’s 9-3 team with 1,043 rushing yards.

“I want to become more of a leader,” Love said. “I want to help lead by example. I want to do whatever I can to help us be a great team.”

Rolesville coach Reggie Lucas said Love was a coach’s dream. Love is a straight-A student with a 4.5 grade point average and has a tremendous work ethic.

“If you saw him in the weight room you’d have an idea of why he is such an outstanding player,” Lucas said. “He is a tremendous worker. He’s also one of the most humble kids I know. He is all about the team.”

Rolesville uses a Wing-T formation and shared its rushing attempts last year among three primary ball carriers.

“For Bryce to lead us in rushing as a sophomore is impressive because we had some pretty good backs,” Lucas said.

Rose DE shines: Greenville Rose defensive end Kentavious Street also had a huge workout at the U.S. Army combine and was named as the event’s overall MVP.

Rivals.com said the 6-foot-3, 256-pound Street was dominating.

“Despite a strong group of offensive linemen, Street toyed with the opposition and used an explosive first step, quick hands and an array of rush moves to win every repetition he took,” according to the Rivals.com report. “The term everyone who watched the linemen in one-on-ones used to describe Street’s performance was ‘violent.’ “

“I thought I did good, but there is always room for improvement,” Street told rivals.com. “I definitely want to work on my hands because I know I wasn’t as violent as I could be.”

Lipscomb leads scorers: Cresset Christian’s Shawn Lipscomb is more of a scorer than a shooter.

The 6-foot-1 junior boys basketball standout is averaging 36.4 points per game. He has scored more than 40 points in six games, including season highs of 54 and 52.

“He is really good at getting to the basket,” Cresset coach Mark Clayton said. “He really finishes well and he is becoming a better perimeter shooting.”

Lipscomb is making about 46 percent of his shots from the field and has scored 20 or more points in 12 of 13 games. He had 14 points in a 91-47 loss to Fayetteville Trinity Christian.

Lipscomb averaged 31.6 points per game in 2011-12.

Cresset is at home Friday night against Lee Christian.

Coger’s stock rising: Basketball recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons said Word of God basketball center Tyrek Coger should get more recruiting attention.

“He is one of the top unsigned big men in the country,” Gibbons said. “Most of the top big men already have made their decisions. If you are looking for a big guy, Coger has to be a consideration.”

The 6-foot-8, 245 pounds Coger played at Upper Room Christian for two years and transferred to Quality Education in Winston-Salem last fall. He transferred to Word of God in December in time to play with the Rams during the Holiday Invitational and earn MVP honors.

Coger had committed to Missouri, but changed his mind.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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