Franklinton High freshman Brayton Haws was one of 60 race car drivers from across the country invited to run the Denny Hamlin Charity Race at South Boston Speedway in Virginia.
The 24th annual late-model race, benefiting the Denny Hamlin Cystic Fibrosis Research Lab at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University, will be Thursday before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Richmond International Raceway.
Three-time event winner Kyle Busch will also compete.
Rams no-hitter leads to first win: Rolesville freshman Cameron Allen pitched a no-hitter April 11 against Southeast Raleigh to lead the Rams to the first-year program to its first win.
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Allen struck out eight batters and walked four in the five-inning, 10-0 victory.
Sophomore infielder Dean Pulley led the Rams on offense with two hits and an RBI. Freshmen Bradley Krueger and James Bullock each batted in two runs.
Rolesville (1-10, 1-5 GNRC) consists of 13 freshmen and four sophomores. Southeast Raleigh hasn’t won a game this season.
Caps finish third: Cap Eight boys golf leader Broughton finished third at the 8th annual Tarheel Youth Golf Association N.C. High School Invitational at Treyburn Country Club in Durham last week.
Defending NCHSAA 4A champion Pinecrest placed first with a team score of 302, one point ahead of the Cannon School. Broughton finished with 304 points, tied with Asheville’s Christ School.
Leesville Road’s Doc Redman shot a 73 to place sixth individually while Broughton’s Harrison Rhoades tied for seventh at 74 and Stephen Saleeby tied for 10th at 75. The top individual scorer was Christ School’s Jonathan Rector at 69 on the par 72 course.
Leesville Road (329) placed ninth in team scores, followed by Millbrook (331). St. David’s was 12th with 340.
Sanderson Hall: The Sanderson High Athletics Hall of Fame has named its 2014 class. The group will be inducted in September during a luncheon at North Ridge Country Club.
The class includes: former gymnastics coach Jennie Adams (five state titles, 1974-1987); LeBaron Caruthers (football and track standout; 1972 graduate); Sparky Cullen (North Carolina soccer player of the year, 1986); Diane Ross Dean (volleyball, basketball and softball, 1982); Coach Bill Harrington (boys’ basketball, 1968-1986); John Haskins (football and basketball, 1976) and Steve Rackley (basketball and baseball, 1973).
In addition, the 1988 and 1989 boys’ soccer teams will be inducted. The 1988 team finished 20-2-3 and won the Spartans’ ninth NCHSAA boys’ soccer title. The 1989 team was 23-1 and won the school’s 10th state soccer crown.
Moo-mentum: Ronnie Peoples, the former baseball coach at Enloe and Wake Forest High, is making a comeback of sorts. Peoples is returning to the field because he was asked by Tommy Moore, the athletic director at Rolesville High, who taught and coached with Peoples when they were both at Enloe.
Peoples’ new job is cow boy.
Rolesville High opened this year and needs activity buses. Peoples is helping with a Cow Patty Bingo event on Saturday, May 10. The football field will be divided into one-yard square sections. Each section is $5.
A cow is turned loose on the field and whichever square receives the cow’s special attention wins its owner $500. The event begins at 11 a.m., and the cow will be turned onto the field at 2 p.m.
Area players get NCCA game nod: Ten area players have been selected to play in the 2014 North Carolina Coaches Association East-West high school all-star boys’ soccer game in Greensboro. The game is scheduled for July 22 at the UNC Greensboro Soccer Stadium.
The East team will be coached by Millbrook’s Matt Edwards.
Michael Clemmons and Ryan Turner, both of N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A runner-up Sanderson, were named to the squad.
Other area players are Chris Zappia of Leesville Road, Salvador Hernandez of Millbrook and Chase Rhode of Cardinal Gibbons.
The girls’ team will be announced this spring.
The NCCA presents all-star games in boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball and baseball in conjunction with its annual convention in July. The NCCA event is the second-largest high school coaching clinic in the country.
Mize to Wingate: North Raleigh Christian Academy senior Jacob Mize has signed a letter of intent to play football at Wingate University. Mize, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound lineman from Knightdale, finished the 10-game regular season of his senior year at NRCA with 45 tackles and a fumble recovery. He was named to the Big East Independent Conference All-Conference teams in 2012 and 2013 (first team), and was named to the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Division II All-State football team in 2013.
Neuse Middle undefeated again: Neuse Christian Academy’s middle-school girls basketball program went undefeated for the second straight year competing within the Triangle Middle School Conference. Led by eighth-grade captain Mack Wilder, who scored 705 career points while averaging seven steals and six assists per game, the Lady Lions went 32-0 over the past two seasons. Fellow captains Kaitlyn Martin and Kayla Cook were also key contributors.