High School Notebook

Former Smithfield-Selma AD Mike Joyner takes Wake Forest job

tstevens@newsobserver.comMay 23, 2013 

Mike Joyner, the former Smithfield-Selma baseball coach and athletics director, will be the new athletics director at Wake Forest High.

He will succeed Deran Coe, who resigned as athletics director at Wake Forest-Rolesville to become the Wake County Schools senior administrator for athletics. Wake Forest-Rolesville will become Wake Forest High with the opening of Rolesville High this fall.

Joyner returns to being an athletics director after spending a year as baseball coach and assistant football coach at Hobbton. He led the SSS athletics department from 2004 through ’12 and was baseball coach there for 16 seasons. He will not coach at Wake Forest.

“I’m really excited about having the chance to lead an athletic program and not be coaching,” said Joyner, who will start June 10. “I can just concentrate on the needs of our athletic program as a whole.”

“I was happy at Hobbton, but the chance to go to a school like Wake Forest and to take on the challenges of leading a big 4A athletic department is something that I’m really excited about.”

Apex records: Apex High’s Derek Sweet and Luke Sieber wrapped up outstanding lacrosse careers Saturday in the N.C. High School Athletic Association championships. Sweet scored with one second left off an assist by Sieber to give Apex a 12-11 victory against Lake Norman.

Sieber is the Cougars’ all-time leader in goals with 166 and Sweet is second with 136. Sweet leads Sieber in assists 155 to 76 and Sweet leads in career points 291 to 242.

“They put these numbers up playing in easily the toughest conference in the state,” said Apex coach John Hayden. “They played in more playoff games (16) than any other player in North Carolina. They were 13-3 in those playoff games with two finals appearances and three final fours.

“To me, that is more impressive than the points. They are demonstrated winners and leaders.”

Shaffer adds Gatorade: Alexis Shaffer of undefeated Green Hope was named the N.C. Gatorade girls’ soccer player of the year.

She has 38 goals and 25 assists for the 28-0 Falcons, who are ranked No. 1 in the country. Shaffer also won the Gatorade honor in 2012.

Green Hope will play Cornelius Hough on Saturday at 5 p.m., at N.C. State’s Dail Soccer Stadium, which is located behind Reynolds Coliseum. Hough upended a previously undefeated Green Hope team in the state final in 2012.

In other girls’ soccer championships Saturday, Cardinal Gibbons will play Hickory St. Stephens in the 3A final at 11 a.m.; Swansboro will meet South Iredell in 2A at 2 p.m.; and Raleigh Charter will play Lake Norman Charter in 1A at 8 p.m.

Scott to Brevard: Camden Scott, a 6-foot-2 basketball shooting guard at Raleigh Word of God, signed with Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Fla.

“Cam is a Ray Allen-type shooter, one of the best in the nation, and will fit in perfectly in our system,” said Brevard coach Jerry Shulman.

Logan’s camp: Former East Carolina football coach Steve Logan and Ravenscroft School coach Ned Gonet are conducting a quarterbacks and receivers camp at Ravenscroft on July 23, 24 and 25. Call 919-847-0900 for details.

Eblen dies: Game official Joe Eblen, a member of the NCHSAA Hall of Fame, recently passed away. He was 87. He officiated high school football games for more than 50 years.

D. Clay Best contributed to this story.

D. Clay Best contributed to this story. Stevens: 919-829-8910

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