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Mickey Bissette retires as Wake Forest boys basketball coach

tstevens@newsobserver.comApril 22, 2013 

Holly Springs at Green Hope 01-05-10

Green Hope Head Coach Mickey Bissette, watches his team play in a contest with Holly Springs on Tuesday night, January 5, 2010 at Green Hope High School in Cary. Green Hope defeated Holly Springs 59-55. ( Photo by C.F.Ward )


Mickey Bissette, the boys’ basketball coach at Wake Forest-Rolesville High, retired recently because he didn’t enjoy teaching as much as he once did.

“It just wasn’t as much fun in the classroom as it once was,” said Bissette, who taught introduction to high school math courses. “I am a teacher first, that is what I’m paid for, and I just didn’t enjoy teaching. I knew it was time for a change.”

Bissette, 51, said he loves coaching and hopes to stay in the field somewhere as an assistant or at a school that needs help.

“But right now, I’m just trying to relax a little bit,” he said. “I don’t have a grand plan.”

He retired in March with 30 years of service as a teacher at Southern Nash, Millbrook, Green Hope and Wake Forest-Rolesville.

He was an assistant basketball coach for current Wakefield athletic director Dexter Cooley at Millbrook and left the staff to start the Green Hope High program. He also was athletic director at Green Hope for five years and left coaching to work full time as the AD for one year. He went from Green Hope to Wake Forest-Rolesville to be the boys’ basketball coach two years ago.

Recruiting: Jordan Mayer, who played No. 1 for the Roxboro Person girls’ tennis team last fall, signed this week to play tennis at Lees-McRae College. She will join a rebuilding team under new coach Skylar Warren.

Heritage lacrosse: Heritage High won its first girls’ lacrosse game ever Thursday night when it defeated Leesville Road 9-5. The Huskies are in their first season of varsity girls’ lacrosse after playing a modified junior varsity schedule in 2012. Sydney Collins led Heritage with three points in the win.

Ravens lacrosse: The Ravenscroft boys’ lacrosse team defeated Arden Christ School 8-5 on Saturday in Greensboro. Christ School (10-1) was No. 1 in the laxpower.com rankings among N.C. Independent Athletic Association schools before the loss. The win pushed the 7-4 Ravens from No. 6 to No. 4 in the rankings and dropped Christ School to No. 3.

Northwest Guilford (10-0) is No. 1 among NCHSAA schools and Cardinal Gibbons (13-1) is No. 2. Gibbons is undefeated against North Carolina teams.

Home school tournament: The Wake County Home School Warriors baseball team will play in the Home School World Series in Auburndale, Fla., on April 29 through May 4. About 25 teams from throughout the nation are expected.

Playoffs: The NCHSAA playoffs begin next week in lacrosse, tennis and track and field.

Dual-team tennis opens the playoffs April 30. Boys’ and girls’ lacrosse and individual tennis follow May 3, with 1A and 3A track and field regionals May 4.

The N.C. Independent Schools Athletics Association will hold its state playoffs on the week of May 13.

Person’s Newton wins: Roxboro Person’s Joel Newton and Paige Robertson of Creswell have been awarded the eighth annual Clary Medal by the NCHSAA. Each will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

The winners must have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, demonstrate excellence in athletic participation, extra-curricular activities and community service, and participate on at least two varsity sports.

Newton was a linebacker in football and a catcher for the baseball team.

He is a four-year member of the Key Club, president of the newly formed Pep Club, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Newton is an Eagle Scout and has volunteered with a number of charities, including Samaritan’s Purse.

East Wake fishing: A couple of boys from East Wake High won the Student Angler Federation high school bass fishing state championship last week at Nutbush Park in Henderson.

Joe Edwards Jr. and Austin Boyette hauled in a five-bass catch of 10 pounds, 10 ounces to take the state title and qualify for the southeast regional on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga. Boyette and Edwards used a bubble gum-colored floating worm and fished close to the Nutbush ramp area. The pair reeled in nine keepers and caught 13 or 14 fish.

Wilson Beddingfield’s Tyler Dunn and Brandon Matthews were second with 9 pounds, 5 ounces of fish and South Johnston’s Allen Johnson and Ryan Underwood were third (9 pounds, 2 ounces).

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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