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Notebook: Oxford Webb's Isaiah Hicks honors young fan

tstevens@newsobserver.comJanuary 15, 2013 

The Oxford Webb boys basketball team added an unofficial team member last Friday when the Warriors played Cardinal Gibbons.

When Isaiah Hicks, the Warriors’ 6-foot-9-inch All-America senior forward, was introduced before the game, he took the court hand-in-hand with young Megan Bunn, who is battling cancer.

“It was Isaiah’s idea,” said Webb athletic director Rick Givens. “This is something that he wanted to do.”

Hicks had visited Megan when she was hospitalized. She is an N.C. State fan but an even bigger fan of Hicks, who is committed to the University of North Carolina.

“We have honored people before at our games, but never by making someone a part of the team like that,” Givens said. “She’s 11 or 12, and she’s been through a lot. She is his biggest fan.

“Everybody knows her story. We’re a small community, and we stick together pretty well.”

Hicks scored 23 points in the 77-50 victory over Gibbons.

West notches triple-double: Former Garner High basketball standout David West had his first career NBA triple- double last week with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the Indiana Pacers’ 96-88 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Wakefield vaulter: Kristen Lee of Wakefield cleared 12 feet, 9 inches in the pole vault last weekend during the Suffolk Stars Invitational at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, Va. The jump is No. 2 on the all-time girls pole vaulting list in North Carolina and No. 5 this season in the United States.

Lee cleared 12-6 the week before during the N.C. High School Opener at UNC-Chapel Hill. The highest jump ever by a North Carolina girl is 12-10.25 by Sydney White of East Forsyth in 2011.

Ravens rebounder: Ravenscroft senior Marcus Bryan recently scored his 1,000th career point and became the school’s all-time leading rebounder.

Bryan has 1,058 rebounds, easily topping former school record-holder Ryan Kelly, who had 950.

Bryan is the first player in school history to top 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. He is averaging 16.9 points, 15.2 rebounds, and 4.1 blocks per game this season.

The Ravens are 8-8.

Scoring error: The Apex girls swimming team moved from second place to first this week when a scoring mistake from Saturday’s Tri-Nine 4A Conference swimming champion was discovered.

Apex initially had trailed Green Hope by three points after the swimming portion of the championships, but after the scoring mistake was corrected zoomed to a 524.5-472.5 lead.

Green Hope leads Apex, 588-447, in the boys competition.

The championship wraps up this week with the diving portion of the competition.

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