Jim Freeman, one of the state’s most successful high school volleyball coaches while at Cardinal Gibbons High in Raleigh, is the new head volleyball coach at Broughton High.
Freeman coached Gibbons to six N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state championships and six more in the N.C. High School Athletic Association. He led teams to the championship game in 12 consecutive seasons.
He left Gibbons to coach volleyball at Barton College in Wilson before going to the NCISAA’s Saint Mary’s.
“There are wonderful people at Saint Mary’s, really exceptionally good people,” Freeman said. “But the opportunity to coach at Broughton was too good to pass up.
“The Cap Eight is an extremely good 4A conference and the competition is exciting. I already know several of the girls who were on the team in the past and I look forward to coaching them.”
Wakefield, a member of the Cap Eight 4A, won the NCHSAA title in 2013.
Freeman had a 426-111 career high school coaching record before going to Saint Mary’s. His Saint Mary’s teams had 13-14 and 12-13 records.
Tennis playoffs: The first round of the NCHSAA 4A girls’ dual-team tennis playoffs in the East were lopsided.
In six of the seven matches that had been completed by Sunday, the winning team didn’t drop a match. The higher seed won between 6-0 and 9-0. Wilmington Hoggard was the only exception, dropping one singles match to Panther Creek.
The competition is expected to be much closer in Tuesday’s second round. The highlight match pairs East Chapel Hill (20-1) against Wakefield (19-0). They play at 3:30 p.m. at Wakefield.
Green Hope (15-2) plays at undefeated Clayton (15-0).
Durham Jordan (18-9), which plays at Millbrook, pulled a first-round surprise, blasting previously undefeated Fayetteville Cape Fear, 6-0.
Individual tennis: The NCHSAA individual tennis championships traditionally have been played on Saturday, but this year’s finals are on Friday. The 1A and 2A finals will be at the Cary Tennis Center. The 3A is at the Burlington Parks and Recreation Center and the 4A is at Millbrook Exchange in Raleigh.
Rick Strunk, an assistant commissioner of the NCHSAA, said facility conflicts forced the change.
Signings: Jalen Jones, a 6-foot-5 North Raleigh Christian basketball forward, recently signed with Howard University. He averaged 15 points and 7.2 rebounds.
Millbrook’s Kira Buss and Cameron Ruffin recently signed to play girls’ lacrosse at Guilford and Meredith, respectively.
Girls’ basketball reunion: The Garner High girls’ basketball players from the 1950s will hold a reunion on Saturday, May 17 at the Garner Lion’s Club. All the players from th 1949-50 to the 1958-59 seasons are invited. Contact Barbara Kelly, 919-624-0216.