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High School Notebook: David Howle returns as Bunn’s football coach

tstevens@newsobserver.comJuly 1, 2013 

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Bunn High School head football coach David Howle leads his team in practice on Nov. 28, 2005.

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David Howle, who built the Bunn High football program into a regional power, is returning as its head coach after four years away from the sidelines. He is coming back with the understanding he will miss some games.

Howle resigned as coach following the 2008 season with an 183-72 record. He resigned because his son, Ty, signed with Penn State and Howle wanted to watch the Nittany Lions’ games.

Ty Howle, a senior, is projected to be the starting center for Penn State this fall.

“I’m going to all of his games,” David Howle said. “He is my son and I’m going to be there, home and away.”

Howle continued to teach at Bunn and coach track after he gave up his football job.

“When I agreed to come back and coach, I made it clear that I would miss some Bunn games,” Howle said. “One of my jobs is to coach the coaches and have them and the team ready on Friday nights. They are going to have to get along without me at some games.”

Howle said it is an unusual situation.

“I’m going to work as hard as I can, but I am going to all of my son’s games,” he said.

Chris Miller succeeded Howle as coach and posted 9-4, 11-3, 9-4 and 10-3 records. The Wildcats used an ineligible player during the 2012 season and had to forfeit all of their wins.

All-state baseball: Several area players were selected to the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association all-state team.

The 4A selections include Millbrook’s Brian Nobles, Garner’s Brighton Hudson, Sanderson’s Tyler Hardee and Daniel Dulaney, West Johnston’s Justin Carroll, Durham Riverside’s Bub DeLuca, Durham Jordan’s Wood Myers, Holly Springs’ Brian Fortier, Green Hope’s Thomas Yoder, Northern Durham’s Zach Garrison and Fuquay-Varina’s Brett Daniels, Garrett Suggs and D.J. Burt.

The 3A picks include Orange’s Jon Evans and Nick Debo, plus Cardinal Gibbons’ Robbie Thorburn.

Pittsboro Northwood’s Justin King, Robert Straughn and Andrew Webster are on the 2A team, along with Siler City’s Jordan-Matthews Casey Golden.

The 1A team has Chatham Central’s Zach Burkes, Durham Voyager’s Chad Sykes, Loy Stone and Hunter Coates and Franklin Academy’s Trent Watkins.

Gibbons coach: Jon Armfield is leaving the Panther Creek wrestling program he built to teach and coach at Cardinal Gibbons. Armfield has been the Catamounts coach since its second season, 2007-08.

Panther Creek has made the dual-team playoffs four times during the past five seasons under Armfield, who was 132-32 in his six years.

Armfield’s tenure with the Catamounts is highlighted by stopping multiple Cary High regular-season, conference and home win streaks with a 2010 head-to-head victory. A year later, the Catamounts went 28-2, losing to Cary in the regular season and in the 4A East Regional final.

"It was really difficult (to leave) from an athletic standpoint," Armfield said. "It was very difficult for me to walk away from that program. As far as coaching, you spend so much time with those athletes and those families. You see those guys grow from their freshman year, in some cases, you meet them when they’re middle school, and it’s very hard to walk away from that."

Peace new AD: Reggie Peace, the Lee County High boys’ basketball coach for the past 14 years, is the school’s new athletics director. He follows Steve Womack, who had been at the school for 39 years.

"We’re looking forward to getting started in August," Peace told the Sanford Herald newspaper. "I’m excited about the opportunity and I think Lee County athletics is looking forward to a great season.”

Clash of the Carolinas: The seventh annual Clash of the Carolinas all-star boys’ and girls’ soccer games are scheduled for Saturday near Charleston,. S.C. The girls will kick off at 1 p.m. and the boys at 3.

The games will pair all-star teams from North Carolina and South Carolina. North Carolina holds a 5-1 lead in the series in boys and a 2-1-3 edge in girls.

The boys’ team will include Panther Creek keeper Max Swartz, Sanderson’s Connor Francis and Freddie Woodward, Lee County’s Ben Grossfus, Green Hope’s Tyler Hawley, Carrboro’s Mike McPeak and Thar Thwai, Cardinal Gibbons’ Kyle Rhode and Corinth Holders’ Melecio Rubio-Villgran,

Among the girls will be Broughton’s Caroline Brown, Cardinal Gibbons’ Christina Gibbons and Green Hope’s Alexis Shaffer, the N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year.

Tennis honors: Former Cary Academy tennis standout Haleigh Morgus was an all-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference selection in doubles as a freshman at Loyola (Md.). She also played No. 2 in singles.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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