High schools

Wake County Schools may add more volleyball teams

tstevens@newsobserver.comApril 17, 2014 

Several Wake County schools may add an additional junior varsity volleyball team this fall if system superintendent Jim Merrill’s proposed budget is accepted.

The Wake system has tracked the number of students cut during tryouts in various sports in recent years and learned that many schools had enough players to field an additional volleyball team.

A second junior varsity volleyball team would increase female participation in interscholastic competition.

A federal discrimination complaint was filed against the system and was settled in June 2012 with an agreement to look at expanding high school athletic opportunities for female students.

The National Women’s Law Center filed a complaint against Wake and 11 other U.S. school systems in November 2010. Wake’s voluntary agreement contains no admission of discrimination by Wake or finding of fault by federal officials.

The proposed budget also includes coaches for junior varsity boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams, one coach for boys’ and girls’ indoor track teams and a coach for stunt, a new sport. Stunt is similar to competitive cheerleading but has rules, regulations and schedules that probably will allow it to be considered a sport by federal officials. Stunt would not have a support function, and participants would not serve as traditional cheerleaders at games.

Person tennis: Hannah Mattson, who played No. 1 on the Person High girls’ tennis team last fall, has committed to Averett University, located in Danville, Va. She will be a part of new coach Felix Mann’s first recruiting class at Averett. Mattson was 27-10 overall in singles and doubles and helped the Rockets to a 20-6 season.

Millbrook gem: Millbrook climbed to 7-0 in the Cap Eight 4A Conference baseball race Wednesday when Chris Scott tossed a five-inning one-hitter in an 11-0 win against Enloe. Scott struck out nine and walked three.

Millbrook coach Austin James said the team has played well this season.

“We’ve focused on having good at-bats,” James said. “We want to put the other pitcher under pressure. We’ve done a pretty good job of manufacturing some runs.”

Apex football: Apex senior football players Austin Burke and Jason Lockamy recently committed to Guilford College and Cleveland (Ohio) Case Western Reserve University, respectively.

Burke was a three-year letterman at linebacker. He led the team in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks in 2013. Lockamy was a starter at defensive end.

“Both young men are great ambassadors of Apex football,” Apex coach Joe Kilby said. “They are good football players and solid performers in the classroom and community.”

Bojangles’ track: A record 56 teams are expected to compete Saturday in the annual Bojangles’ Apex Lions Relays at Apex High. The track and field competition begins at 9 a.m. with the 6,400 relay. The 1,600 relay at 3:40 p.m. is the final event.

The girls 4x100, which features Winston-Salem Parkland (47 seconds), Wakefield (47.9) and Southeast Raleigh (48.1), could be a highlight, along with the boys’ 100 with Broughton’s Therius Styles (10.74) and Cary’s James House (10.78).

The Knightdale boys are among the favorites in the 4x100 relay, 4x200 relay and 4x400 relay. The Knights’ Kimani Hoffman is one of the best triple jumpers in the state.

Concussion videos: The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council are sponsoring a video contest to highlight the effects of concussions. The call for 60-second public service announcements is open to children and young adults ages 13 to 22. Videos must be submitted by May 30. Go to http://www.iom.edu/playitsafe for details.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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