High Schools

Stevens: Daryl Robinson returns as Wake Forest High basketball coach

tstevens@newsobserver.comMay 27, 2013 

Daryl Robinson, who built the Leesville Road boys basketball program into a state power, will coach the Wake Forest High boys basketball team this season.

Robinson began his teaching career at the school before coaching for 14 years at Leesville Road. He later coached for four years at Durham Hillside. He has taught for two years at Wake Forest and is the interim athletics director.

“I coached the fathers of some of the kids here now,” Robinson said. “I feel a tie to them, and I want to see if I can help them. I don’t know if I can help them, but I want to try.”

Wolfpack offer: Garner sophomore Nyheim Hines recently picked up a football scholarship offer from N.C. State. The shifty running back/receiver also has offers from East Carolina, the University of North Carolina and Duke.

“The college coaches say they like my versatility,” said Hines, who was third in the NCHSAA 4A 300-meters hurdles final. “I think I can line up in the slot, cornerback, running back, wide receiver or help on returns.

“The big thing for me is to keep working and trying to improve.”

Hines said he was not going to give himself a deadline on making a college decision. He said he was just starting the process and not thinking about ending it.

“I don’t want to make a commitment and later regret the decision,” he said. “I don’t want to commit and then decommit.”

Hines rushed for 731 yards and caught 22 passes for 330 yards. He also was a kick-return threat.

Timely hitting: Fuquay-Varina got the most from its six hits in Saturday’s 12-0 victory over Richmond County. The game was stopped after the fifth inning because the Bengals led by 10 or more runs.

D.J. Burt, Brett Daniels and Joe Williams each had two hits and drove in six runs. Four of Fuquay’s six hits were doubles. Bengals’ Jordan Bissette allowed three hits.

Fuquay will play South Mecklenburg in a best-of-three title series. The four baseball championship series will be split between the Carolina Mudcats’ Five County Stadium, in Zebulon, and NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro.

Strikeouts: The University of North Carolina’s 18-inning 2-1 baseball victory over N.C. State had 43 strikeouts and brought to mind the 1966 high school game between Tarboro and Washington. Tarboro’s Mike Caldwell struck out a state-record 31 batters in his 18 innings. Washington’s Mike Edwards struck out 27.

The teams were tied when the game was stopped due to darkness.

Kistner to Pembroke: Jon Kistner of Wake Forest-Rolesville accepted a basketball scholarship to UNC Pembroke. The 6-foot-7 Kistner was a two-year starter for the Cougars.

Goetz picks Louisburg: Patrick Goetze, a four-year starter in the Wake County Homeschool baseball program, signed with Louisburg College.

Raven to Howard: Ravenscroft’s Will Jones signed to play tennis at Howard University. He has played No. 1 singles for the Ravens since his freshman year, is a four-time N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association All-State selection, a former Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference player of the year and a three-time team MVP.

International track: Knightdale’s Kimani Hoffman and Marquavious Johnson, Wakefield’s Ama-Selma Tchume and Cary’s Layla White were selected to compete in the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational on June 7-8 in Puerto Rico.

The competition is open to juniors and sophomores who competed in the 2013 New Balance National Indoors and plan to run in the June 14-15 New Balance Nationals Outdoors meet.

The meet is sponsored by the National Scholastic Sports Foundation and Puerto Rican Foundation for the Development of the Sport of Athletics.

Johnson is expected to run the 400 and Hoffman may spring and triple jump.

“Having the opportunity to represent someone other than myself is really special,” Hoffman said. “That’s something I’m really proud of, and I’ll be able to remember forever.”

Stevens: 919-828-8910

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