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High Schools: Miami joins Alabama in quest for Millbrook defensive end

tstevens@newsobserver.comApril 22, 2014 

Millbrook defensive end Kengera Daniel had a memorable week as he picked up scholarship offers from Miami, Boston College and Appalachian State. A 6-foot-5, 240-pound junior, he already had offers from Alabama, Wake Forest and East Carolina.

Daniel had 85 tackles, 42 tackles for losses, 13 sacks and one interception during the Wildcats’ 10-4 season. Rivals.com has Daniel listed as top 20 in the country at his position.

“The colleges really love his versatility,” said Scout.com’s Michael Clark. “He can line up in a down position or as a stand up defense. He is long and lean and can put on a lot of weight. He is really athletic.”

Clark said it was surprising that Daniel hadn’t picked up more in-state offers, but he expects them to come flowing in.

“If you’ve got offers from Alabama and Miami, that is going to get a lot of attention,” Clark said.

Millbrook was third in scoring defense among 4A teams in the area in 2013, allowing 17.2 points per game. Millbrook lost to Wake Forest 27-24 in the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4AA playoffs.

Daniel is a part of a highly recruited group of high school juniors in the area.

Johnny Frasier of Princeton is the No. 1 running back prospect and Nyheim Hines of Garner is the No. 2 all-purpose running back in the country, according to 247sports.com. Wake Forest running back Bryce Love is third at his position, according to Rivals.com. Cleveland defensive tackle Sterling Johnson also rates as a four-star recruit.

Top quarterback: Middle Creek coach Mike Castellano expects big things from quarterback Brant Grisel this fall.

“I will go on record saying he is the best QB in the state,” Castellano said.

The Mustangs were 12-3 in 2013 with Grisel (6-3, 215 pounds) throwing for 3,385 yards and 35 touchdowns. Middle Creek lost to Wake Forest 24-23 in the NCHSAA 4AA semifinals.

All-American: Cary’s Azura Stevens was named to the MaxPrep’s girls’ All-America basketball team. Stevens was selected to the fourth of the five-player squads.

Stevens, who is 6-4, averaged 29.6 points and 18.1 rebounds per game for the Imps (21-4).

She has been invited to tryouts for the U19 USA girls’ basketball team in Colorado next month.

Hitting streak stopped: Fayetteville Cape Fear’s Haley Cashwell had her softball hitting streak stopped after 22 consecutive hits. She went from March 16 to April 9 without making an out.

There are six players in NCHSAA history who have documented streaks of hitting safely in 10 or more consecutive at-bats.

Penn Relays: Cardinal Gibbons distance runner Mary Grace Doggett has been accepted into the 3,000-meter race in the Penn Relays track and field invitational. The meet is scheduled for April 25-27 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.

North Raleigh Christian golf: The Knights finished fifth in the Palmetto High School tournament last weekend at Sea Trail Golf Plantation in Sunset Beach.

Toby Webb Award: Wendy Gaines of Triton and Mike Gainey of Rocky Mount were named the NCHSAA’s Toby Webb Coach of the Year Award winners.

Gaines has coached volleyball for 25 years, including 18 at Triton. Her teams have won more than 400 matches during her tenure at the Harnett County school.

Gainey has been the Rocky Mount coach in boys’ basketball since 1997 and has served as athletics director since 1999. He led teams to state championships in 2010 and 2012.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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