High Schools

Former Riverside football coach David Hackney now at Southern Durham

tstevens@newsobserver.comJanuary 20, 2014 

Former Durham Riverside High football coach David Hackney said he was told years ago by Lennie Wrenn, his mentor, to set his priorities.

“Lennie (a former Riverside football coach) told me about the things that he had missed with his family because of coaching and for me to learn from his mistakes,” Hackney said. “Being a head high school football coach was my dream, but it was time to make my family the top priority.”

Hackney resigned in December after completing his academic work to enter school administration. Hackney now is an assistant principal at Southern Durham High.

“Coaching has been a part of my life for 14 or 15 years and I know I’m going to miss it, but I’ve got a 5-year-old and a 1-year-old and I didn’t want to miss my time with them,” Hackney said.

Hackney was the Pirates football coach for three years, posting 2-7, 1-9 and 8-4 records.

“I wanted to restore the program and I think we did that,” he said. “Riverside football is relevant again.”

The Pirates advanced to the state playoffs last season, losing to Hope Mills South View 20-17 in the first round.

Word of God: Raleigh Word of God doesn’t have the marque players of past years, but coach Quentin Jackson’s club is 11-4 and is expected to make a run in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1A boys’ basketball tournament.

The Rams are best known for players like John Wall and C.J. Leslie.

This season’s club is led by Jaylen Fornes (19 points, 6 rebounds), Quentin Jackson Jr. (18 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds) and Demetrius Troy (16 points, 5 assists). James Dickey adds six points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.

Rebounder: Alexis Massengill, a 5-foot-7 senior forward, pulled a career-high 23 rebounds in South Johnston’s 52-39 girls’ basketball victory over Western Harnett on Friday. She averages 12.7 rebounds per game.

Cary wrestlers: Cary’s Parker Ragsdale (126 pounds), Kollin Wade (132) and Will Clark (138) won individual titles while leading the Imps to the team title in the fourth annual Jolly Roger Invitational wrestling tournament Saturday at Corinth Holders. Cary topped Wilmington Laney 213-197 to win the 27-team competition.

Tigers dominate: The Chapel Hill girls, No. 1 in the News & Observer rankings, lead the area in scoring offense, 72.5 points per game, and scoring defense, 30.3 points per game. The undefeated Tigers’ average game results in a winning margin of 42.2 points.

Chapel Hill beat West Forsyth 60-55. All of the other games have been decided by 17 or more points.

The Tigers will play Tuesday night at Big Eight 3A rival Cardinal Gibbons. The Crusaders are 13-3.

Mike Potter contributed to this story.

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