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High school notebook: Panther Creek, Middle Creek get new volleyball coaches

tstevens@newsobserver.comJuly 2, 2014 

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A former professional volleyball player and a former Miss North Carolina are taking the head volleyball coaching positions at Panther Creek and Middle Creek.

Holly Fong, who played professional volleyball in England, is headed to Panther Creek while Adrienne Core, the Mustangs junior varsity coach and Miss North Carolina 2010, is taking the Middle Creek job.

Fong went to Sebastopol (Calif.) El Molino High School and played volleyball collegiately as a setter at High Point University and at the University of Memphis. She currently is a coach with the Chapel Hill Area Volleyball Club. Previously, she coached at the Orlando (Fla.) Volleyball Academy.

“Her contacts in the volleyball circles have amazing things to say about her as a coach and a person,” said Catamounts athletics director L.J. Hepp. “Although she played volleyball at the highest of levels, when she looks back, she values her high school experience above the others. She has a strong desire to recreate those positive high school experiences for our volleyball athletes at Panther Creek.”

Core graduated from Erwin Triton High School where she lettered in volleyball, basketball, and softball. She got her undergraduate and graduate degrees at N.C. State. She was a preliminary talent winner in Miss America with a clogging performance.

“I had more success earlier in basketball, but I never loved it as much as I did volleyball,” Core said. “I have a passion for the game.”

Shoomee second: Lee County junior Muk Shoomee was the golf match play runner-up in the N.C. Junior Girls’ Championship last weekend at the Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro.

Grace Yatawara, a rising junior at Salisbury High, claimed a 3 and 2 victory.

The match was even after nine holes, but Yatawara won Nos. 10, 11 and 13 to take a three up lead. Shoomee birdied No. 14 , but Yatawara won No. 15 with a par. The players tied on No. 16 to give Yatawara a three-hole lead with two holes remaining.

Shoomee won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A girls golf championship last fall.

ECH coach: Ray Hartsfield, the East Chapel Hill boys basketball coach, said Wednesday that the Wildcats hope to name a new head football coach before the week is out. Jon Sherman resigned this spring after the club was 3-8 in his only season as head coach.

Hillside basketball: Crasten Davis, the Durham Hillside boys basketball coach for the past three years, will not be back on the bench for the Hornets next season. He had a 55-27 overall record including a 16-12 mark in 2013-14 and a 21-8 record in 2012-13.

Basketball transfers: High Point Wesleyan was the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A boys basketball champion in 2013 and looks just as strong this season with the expected return of 6-foot-9 Harry Giles and a pair of key transfers.

Kwe Parker, a 6-foot-2 guard with ACC offers, is expected to transfer from Fayetteville Trinity Christian to Wesleyan to play for Coach Keith Gatlin.

Junior point guard Brandon Childress, the son of former Wake Forest University standout Randolph Childress, is expected to move from East Forsyth to Wesleyan as well.

W.E. Warnock contributed to this story.

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