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Stevens: Northern Durham’s Ricky Council emerging as a leader

tstevens@newsobserver.comFebruary 3, 2014 

— Scoring comes easily to Northern High’s Ricky Council, but he is working on developing the skills to help make his teammates play better.

His 24.4 points per game and the Knights’ 16-2 record are testaments to his ability to do both.

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound senior forward said the team’s success this season is a result of the players learning to work cohesively.

“We play really well together,” he said. “We work a lot on our defense and our defensive concepts. On offense, I want to get everyone involved. I know I have to be a leader. I think my strengths are shooting and getting people involved. You have to do both.”

Council has scored 13 or more points in every game and 20 or more in 15 games.

He has scholarship offers from UNC-Wilmington, Appalachian State, UNC-Asheville, North Carolina Central and Western Carolina. Wake Forest and Cincinnati are also expressing possible interest.

Dreibelbis wins national honor: Mark Dreibelbis, an assistant commissioner of the N.C. High School Athletic Association, is the 2014 national coach educator of the year.

Dreibelbis led an effort resulting in the NCHSAA requiring all new coaches and all non-faculty or volunteer coaches to complete the NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching course. Dreibelbis has presented more than 50 sessions of the classroom version of the course. North Carolina coaches have completed more than 11,000 of the courses.

Among his other coach education initiatives, Dreibelbis is working toward requiring all North Carolina coaches to earn the NFHS Accredited Interscholastic Coach (AIC) certification. He also was responsible for requiring coaches who are ejected from a game to take the NFHS “Teaching and Modeling Behavior” course before they can return to coaching, as well as spearheading the effort for coaches and officials to take the NFHS “Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know” course.

Capobianco takes diving: Holly Springs freshman Andrew Capobianco won the NCHSAA 4A East Regional diving championship Monday at Raleigh’s Pullen Aquatics Center.

Capobianco topped runner-up Connor Callahan of Panther Creek, the only diver to beat Capobianco in a meet this season.

Capobianco has been diving for close to three years. A club team diving coach spotted him at a community pool in Wantagh, N.Y., and introduced him to the sport before he moved to North Carolina last summer.

“I was clowning around the pool and she saw me and got me started. I had been a gymnast,” Capobianco said. “Diving is really fun.”

Capobianco doesn’t know much about the competition he will face in the NCHSAA championships on Thursday at Pullen.

“I’ve done well, but there are some really good divers on our team,” he said. “And there are a lot of good divers in the state. Hopefully, I will do well.”

Stankavage to Vandy: Cardinal Gibbons quarterback Shaw Stankavage is expected to sign with Vanderbilt on Wednesday. Stankavage rushed for 1,088 yards and passed for 3,556 yards and 31 touchdowns while leading the Crusaders to a 9-4 season.

Greater Neuse wrestling: West Johnston dominated the Greater Neuse 4A championships on Saturday with six individual winners. The Wildcats topped second-place Knightdale, 185.5 to 153.

West’s winners were Tony Jimenz (106 pounds), Raheem Simmons (126), Bryan Crutchfield (138), Leo Barber (145), George Nathaniel (152) and Sam Campbell (220).

Champs remembered: Wakefield will honor its 2004 4A state championship boys basketball team on Friday during a home game against Broughton. The Wolverines stunned Winston-Salem Reynolds 48-46 to win the title.

Reynolds had averaged 80 points per game and was a heavy favorite, but Wakefield’s defense was extraordinary.

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