Gail Siemer became the latest new coach at Fuquay-Varina High on Monday when she was named girls basketball coach.
Siemer is a native of Severna Park, Md., and played at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va. She later was an assistant coach at the school. Siemer had been teaching and coaching at Harnett Central High before moving to Fuquay-Varina High this spring.
“She is going to be an excellent role model for our students,” said James Mountford, the Fuquay athletic director. “She has played and coached in college and been involved with winning teams. She has been an assistant coach at Harnett Central and did a good job there.”
Siemer is part of a wave of excitement at the school. The Bengals have named Jeb Hall as their new football coach and Danny Strong as their new boys basketball coach within the last few months.
Fuquay also plans to field its first boys lacrosse team and its first girls gymnastics teams during the 2013-14 school year.
Mountford said he had been approached by parents about the possibility of adding the new sports. Neighboring Middle Creek High and Holly Springs field lacrosse and gymnastic teams, and Mountford believed it was time for the Bengals to make the additions.
Mountford is a Fuquay-Varina High graduate and played soccer at the school.
“If we hadn’t had a soccer team, I wouldn’t have had a chance to play,” he said. “Soccer was the new sport here at one time. I’m glad we added it, and it is exciting to be adding some more opportunities for our students.”
Girls lacrosse: Sydney Holman of East Chapel Hill has scored 63 goals in nine games this season to lead area scorers. She also has 21 assists for an area-high 84 points. Broughton junior Kelsey Dupere is second in scoring with 58 points (42 goals, 16 assists).
Apex, 9-2 overall, has four shutouts this season. No other area team has reported more than one. The Cougars lost 16-14 to Cardinal Gibbons earlier in the season and 15-13 to Green Hope last week in overtime.
Green Hope (9-1) is No. 1 in the laxpower.com rankings and plays at Apex on Wednesday.
Garner baseball: Garner, No. 1 in The N&O baseball rankings, has won 11 straight since starting 2-2. The 13-2 Trojans have gotten strong pitching from Brighton Hudson (4-0, 1.02 ERA), Skylar Strickland (2-0, 1.04 ERA) and Anthony Galavotti (3-0, 3.25 ERA) and from reliever Jake Ellington, who has appeared in 10 games.
“Offensively we have not killed the ball, just put it in play and try to move runners,” said coach Derik Goffena. “We have won a lot of close games, mainly due to our pitching.”
The attack has been led by seniors Carrington Austin, Vince Jefferies, Trever Lee, Levin Woodall and Taylor Stephens.
Heart of a champion: Erica Driver of Corinth Holders has been named one of 22 N.C. High School Athletic Association “Heart of a Champion” athletes. The students were selected for outstanding sportsmanship.
The students were honored at a luncheon on Saturday at the Radisson in the Research Triangle Park.
Orange County track: East Chapel Hill’s Jon Beyle, who is ranked among the top discus throwers in the country, won the shot put (52 feet, 11.5 inches) and discus (181 feet, 10 inches) in Saturday’s Orange County track and field championships.
He said he didn’t perform as well as he would have liked in the shot, but was pleased with his discus throws.
“It’s a confidence booster knowing that you can go out and not have a good day and win,” Beyle said.
Beyle also ran on East Chapel Hill’s winning 4x100m relay (43.5 seconds) and finished fourth in the 200 meter dash.
“He’s a great kid, even more so than his athletic ability, he’s our top leader as well, not just performance-wise but leadership-wise,” East Chapel Hill coach Stephen Marquis said. “Everyone kind of follows behind him.”
Chapel Hill senior Hannah Blackburn won the 100-meter hurdles (16.4 seconds), 300 hurdles (49.1) and the triple jump (36 feet).
Jonathan LaMantia contributed to this report.
Jonathan LaMantia contributed to this report
tstevens: 919-829-8910 TSTEVENS: 919-829-8910