Tevin Hester of Granville Central High and Lindsay Simpson of Franklin High were named the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s male and female athletes of the year Thursday during the association’s annual meeting.
Rushing for 1,247 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns for Granville Central’s football team last fall, Hester averaged 18.5 points per game in basketball and also competed in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. He was the New Balance Indoor National champion in the 60-meter dash this spring and set a meet record while winning the NCHSAA 55-meter sprint this spring.
He has signed with Clemson to run track.
“This is something that will last a lifetime,” Hester said. “I know that there are lots of great high school athletes in the state, and to win this is a tremendous honor.”
Simpson was a four-year starter in volleyball who averaged 5.7 kills per game and finished with 1,208 kills and 1,605 assists in her career.
She finished her basketball career with 2,693 points and averaged 27.6 points per game last season. She has signed with Western Carolina to play basketball.
The superintendent, or someone designated by the superintendent, will assign each of the students from schools that don’t have athletics to a school that does.
“I’m guessing that each of the academies, which won’t have athletics, will be assigned to a nearby school,” said Bobby Guthrie, the Wake County senior administrator for athletics.
The Wake County team defeated the Dallas Spartans 8-4 and the Waukesha (Wis.) Saints 19-4 to push its record to 20-3 on the season.
Otherwise, it was sweep for the area conferences with Apex topping Fayetteville Sanford 6-3; Broughton beating Southern Pines Pinecrest 8-1; Wakefield ousting Wilmington Hoggard 5-1; Garner beating Fayetteville Britt 5-1; and Green Hope topping Richmond County 5-0.
Durham Jordan, the PAC-6’s top seed, beat Lumberton, but East Chapel Hill, No. 2 in the PAC-6, was eliminated by Wilmington Laney 5-4.
The dual-team tournament continued Tuesday.
“Due to recent circumstances with my family and several other factors, I have come to the conclusion that this is the best route for my future,” Joyner said. “I have enjoyed my time as athletic director at our school but feel it is best for me to go in a different direction.”
Joyner cited the long hours involved with the job as another reason for his decision.
“My son (Zach) is now 10 years old, so I also need to step away and be with him and my wife (Cindy) more,” Joyner said. “My son is involved in three sports, and I simply cannot be in two places at once when we have something here and he is playing somewhere else.
“I am not sure that this is a job someone can do for 25-30 years anymore with all you have to deal with.”
Smithfield-Selma will move from the Greater Neuse 4A Conference to a 3A league in the next N.C. High School Athletic Association alignment that begins in the fall of 2013.
The Shrine coaches saw about 900 players – 205 in Asheville, 315 in Mebane, 215 at South Johnston High and 150 in Charlotte.
“It was really good to see the kids in person,” Smith said. “I know there are an awful lot of combines now, but the Shrine combines gave us a chance to start knowing the kids a little bit.”
The N.C. State recruit ran a 4:48.11 at the Penn Relays and posted 5:16.94 and 11:00.28 in the league championships.
The Wakefield girls were fourth in the 4x100 (46.86) and fifth in the 4x400 (3:51.88) in the Championship of America races in Philadelphia. The 4x100 time was the second fastest ever by a North Carolina high school girls team. Wakefield ran five seconds faster in qualifying for the 4x400 than it did in the finals.
The recipients alternate annually between a female athlete and a male baseball player.
Kornegay is a four-year varsity player in three sports at North Duplin, including football, basketball and baseball. He is president of the senior class at North Duplin, serves on the Student Council and is a member of the Beta Club. He has also tutored at-risk elementary children in his community.