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High school notebook: Heritage makes basketball coaching changes

tstevens@newsobserver.comApril 8, 2014 

Pat Kennedy, the Heritage High athletics director, is stepping down as the school’s boys’ basketball coach to become the girls’ basketball coach. He will retain his AD position.

Tilden Brill, the current boys’ assistant, will become the boys’ head coach. Nicole Allen, the girls’ coach, is stepping down because she is expecting twins.

Brill played basketball at famed Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha under coaching icon Morgan Wootten. Brill attended College of Charleston and was a basketball intern at the school. He is a non-faculty coach and is a pharmacy manager in Durham.

Kennedy hired Brill as a varsity assistant coach when the school opened.

“I think it is going to be a seamless transition from coach Kennedy to me,” Brill said. “We have the same philosophy. There is a comfort level between us. I believe coach Kennedy wanted a chance to coach our girls and felt comfortable with me coaching the boys.”

The Heritage boys’ basketball team was 16-9 in 2013-14 and the girls were 2-20.

Completing staff: New Durham Riverside football coach Chris Howell plans to have his staff on board by the middle of next week. He has begun offseason skill development sessions and completing the staff is a high priority.

He succeeded David Hackney, who resigned to go into administration. Hackney’s last Pirates team finished 8-4 behind the explosive running of Joel Evans and a veteran offensive line.

“We graduate six of the linemen and Evans,” Howell said. “I think we may have to do some different things offensively. We’ll probably look the Pistol (formation) some.”

Howell played for coach Steve Logan at East Carolina as a 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive lineman. He coached at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M for three years before coaching at Southern Durham High and Durham Hillside High. He has been at Riverside three years as a special education instructor with an emphasis on math.

Hines moves up: The 247 Sports online recruiting site has pushed Garner junior running back Nyheim Hines to the No. 2 all-purpose running back prospect in the country for the Class of 2015. At 5-foot-9 and 181 pounds, Hines has risen steadily in the recruiting rankings this spring after his performances in various workouts.

Hines rushed for 3,149 yards yards and 50 touchdowns in 2013. He had 613 yards in receptions and scored a total of 60 touchdowns for the 10-4 Trojans.

“He has really been impressive this spring during his workouts,” said Garner coach Thurman Leach. “Nyheim still has his head on right and isn’t resting on his laurels. He is working to improve and get better. I think it is going to be fun to watch him play in the fall. I want to see what he is going to do next.”

247 Sports has Princeton’s Johnny Frazier listed as the No. 1 running back prospect in the country and Wake Forest High’s Bryce Love is listed as the No. 12 all-purpose back in the country.

Cleveland’s Sterling Johnson is the No. 7 strong side defensive end prospect in the country.

Ravens improving: Ravenscroft boys’ lacrosse coach Sandy Kapatos said defensive improvement has been a key in the Ravens’ four-match winning streak. The Ravens (6-2) lost to Cardinal Gibbons 16-4 in the second game of the season and fell to Charlotte Latin 10-8 in the fourth game.

Since then, they have not allowed more than five goals in a match.

“We have really improved on the defensive end,” Kapatos said. “We graduated four seniors in back from last year’s team and we have some juniors and sophomores who are getting experience.

“We are better at stopping the attack and getting the ball out of our end and moving upfield. That has helped our productivity.”

Kapatos said the team has responded well to a difficult schedule. “We’ve played the toughest schedule in the state according to the rankings,” he said. “The idea is to be playing your best at the end of the season.”

Kapatos praised the play of attacker McLean Voelkel and midfielder Jamie Herakovich.

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