Cardinal Gibbons quarterback Shawn Stankavage switched jerseys for the playoffs in honor of teammate Stephen Scott. Stankavage, who usually wears No. 10, wore Scott’s No. 7 in Friday’s 44-28 victory against Erwin Triton.
Scott, a senior linebacker, tore his calf muscle earlier in the season and after surgery was forced to sit out the remainder of the season. His recovery is going well, and he is expected to accept a baseball scholarship in the spring.
“Shawn came to me a few weeks ago and asked if he could change jerseys for the playoffs in honor of Stephen,” Gibbons coach Steven Wright said. “Stephen was arguably our best defensive player and one of our leaders. Shawn knows what it is like to be sidelined. He was injured in the playoffs last year and watched our last game from the sidelines.
“When Shawn asked if he could do this to honor Stephen, I said, ‘Perfect.’”
A year ago, Stankavage tore an anterior cruciate ligament in the Crusaders’ 57-52 first-round playoff win against Gray’s Creek. Stankavage missed a season-ending 25-20 loss to Wilson Hunt and the Gibbons’ basketball season.
He has come back this season to lead the area in passing with 3,318 yards.
Gibbons visits Southern Durham on Friday in the second round of the playoffs. The Spartans, led by quarterback Kendal Hinton, beat Gibbons, 45-28, during the regular season, and Wright said he expects another high-scoring game.
“I think the scoreboard operator is going to be busy,” Wright said. “I think we’ve got two of the best quarterbacks in the state playing against each other. Southern has six of the best skilled players that I’ve seen. They have great speed and athletic ability.”
Harge gone : Damon Harge, whose basketball highlight videos have had more than 10 million views on YouTube, no longer is at North Raleigh Christian. Harge is ranked as the top eighth-grade basketball prospect in the country by some analysts.
He played at Creedmoor Faith Center as a sixth-grader and played some on the North Raleigh varsity last season. He has moved to Florida and has enrolled at four-time state champion Orlando (Fla.) Christian Prep this season.
Reportedly, he already has some Division I basketball scholarship offers.
All-state soccer: The N.C. Soccer Coaches Association named its all-star team this week and 23 area players were selected.
4A: Ryan Buckley (Broughton), Michael Clemmons (Sanderson), Zach Compton (Green Hope), Jake Dressman (Durham Jordan), Dean Rutherford (Fuquay-Varina), Robert Smith (Apex), Logan Shytle (Heritage), Ryan Turner (Sanderson) and Chris Zappia (Leesville Road).
3A: Ben Fisher (Chapel Hill), Nate Hebert (Chapel Hill), Harrison Howell (Smithfield-Selma), Chase Rhode (Cardinal Gibbons), Cam Steele (Cardinal Gibbons).
2A: Ivan Rebollar (Franklinton).
1A: Peter Barroff (Woods Charter), Joey Diserafino (Raleigh Charter), Chris Hughes (Franklin Academy), Zane Kerr (Raleigh Charter)
Private: Tre’ Bailey (Durham Academy), Corey Chandler (Ravenscroft), Collin Dworsky (Cary Academy), Ryan McCready (North Raleigh Christian).
Asheville Roberson’s Austin Stamey was selected as the state player of the year.
Coach of the year: Melissa Bell, the East Wake High softball coach, was named the Female High School Coach of the Year by the N.C. Association for Athletic Educators. Bell will receive the award Friday at the annual meeting of the N.C. Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Bell teaches at Wendell Middle School, where Kristin Hasbrouck is the athletics director. She was named as the NCAAE middle school athletics director of the year.
“Melissa is wonderful,” Bell said. “She is an incredible coach. She knows the game and knows how to convey information to the students.”