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Notebook: Sanderson wrestlers get a promotion

tstevens@newsobserver.comJanuary 7, 2014 

Sanderson head coach Jeremy Barefoot shouts encouragement to one of his wrestlers in their match against Wake Forest-Rolesville Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Sanderson won the match, 36-30.


Sanderson High wrestling coach Jeremy Barefoot turned over the organization and the promotion of this year’s Sanderson Duals to the students in a Sports and Entertainment Marketing II class taught by Georgina Consolo at the school.

The 15 students made posters, maintained the brackets, worked with event sponsors and assisted in running the eight-team event.

“We wanted to take what we learned in the classroom and apply it,” Consolo said.

Much of the class’ work before the event last Saturday was promoting the duals in the school.

The students also lined the halls with signs welcoming the visiting teams, prepared a tournament program, assisted match officials with timing and made a poster for each of the top-ranked wrestlers in the tournament.

“The wrestlers loved that,” Consolo said.

Consolo said the course helps students understand sports and entertainment promotion.

“Sports and entertainment promotion is around us every day,” she said. “The course really gives the students a better understanding of promotions. The students learn aspects of promotion, sponsorship, event management and brand imaging.”

Barefoot said the students did a great job.

“This was their final exam, and they did an outstanding job,” Barefoot said.

The Spartans defeated West Johnston in the final of the eight-team tournament 44-21. Sanderson had beaten Wilson Beddington 84-0; Fuquay-Varina 72-9; and Cleveland 42-24 en route to the finals.

Davis stars with Aztecs: Former Athens Drive High basketball standout Josh Davis is having an outstanding season at San Diego State. The 6-foot-8 Davis started his college career at N.C. State, where he played in all 31 games in 2009 before transferring to Tulane.

Davis sat out the 2010-11 season but was an all-Conference USA selection in 2011-12 and 2012-13 at Tulane. He had 19 double doubles last season.

Davis graduated from Tulane and was eligible to play immediately at San Diego State. He is averaging 9.3 points and 11.3 rebounds and leads the Aztecs in minutes played.

Davis was named the player of the game on Sunday when he had 10 points and 14 rebounds as San Diego State (12-1) beat Kansas 61-57.

Migliacco wins honor: Emilia Migliacco of Athens Drive is the girls winner of the 2013 N.C. Junior Player of the Year by the Tarheel Youth Golf Association and the Carolinas Golf Association. The award recognizes one girl and one boy who have had the most successful year in amateur and junior golf events at the local, state, regional and national levels.

Migliacco, a 14-year-old freshman, won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A girls golf championship. She had five victories and four second-place finishes during high school competition.

She was a top 10 finisher in 16 of 18 junior tournaments during 2013. Migliacco won the N.C. Trusted Choice Big I girls’ championship and advanced to the Trusted Choice Big I national junior championship where she finished second.

Will Blalock of Gastonia Forestview won the boys award.

Jenks is new South coach: Hunter Jenks was named as the head football coach at South Johnston High on Monday, succeeding Shane Dular, who resigned in December.

Jenks was the Trojans’ defensive coordinator last season and is a 2002 graduate of Wake Forest-Roleville High (now Wake Forest). His first job in coaching was at South Johnston in 2007.

“Being a head football coach is a career goal I’ve had for along time,” Jenks said. “For it to happen at South Johnston means a lot more to me because it’s where I had my first job in teaching and the people here are some of the best I’ve been around.”

Jenks played offensive line at Elon University and previously coached at Wakefield and Corinth Holders before returning to South Johnston in 2011.

Meserve resigns at North: North Johnston, another Johnston County school, is looking for a new head football coach after the resignation of Scott Meserve.

Meserve cited a desire to work more with the community youth programs and in teaching and plans to serve as an assistant coach for the Panthers next season. North was 0-11 in 2013, its first season in the Eastern Plains 2A Conference.

D. Clay Best, J. Mike Blake and Tom Shanahan contributed to this story.

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