The executive committee of the N.C. High School Athletic Association is expected to appoint a search committee to recommend to the schools a candidate to replace Davis Whitfield as the NCHSAA commissioner.
The process will be different than it was when Whitfield was named to succeed Charlie Adams in 2010.
The NCHSAA was a part of the University of North Carolina system then and the system’s extension service led the search team. The bulk of the people on the search committee had close ties to high school athletics and Whitfield was a great selection, but the UNC system established guidelines for the search.
The NCHSAA is a nonprofit corporation now and the executive committee is expected to set the qualifications for applicants.
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Whitfield, 44, resigned to become the chief operating officer of the National Federation of State High School Associations. His resignation is effective June 30 and he will assume his new duties July 1.
“There are still a lot of irons in the fire here,” Whitfield said. “My focus will continue to be on North Carolina. There is a lot to done here. I’m not thinking about my new job.”
The NCHSAA is negotiating a new television contract and is in the midst of developing a new process to align its schools into conferences.
Pride upends Caps: Leesville Road beat Broughton at its own game Tuesday night as the Pride played outstanding defense and controlled the ball in a 58-51 boys’ basketball victory.
Broughton (16-2) is No. 1 in The News & Observer rankings. Leesville Road is 10-9.
“We’re a young team that has been getting better every game,” said Leesville Road coach Russ Frazier. “We have been up and down some this season as we’ve gotten experience.”
The Pride starts three juniors and two sophomores, but the team responded like veterans after falling behind Broughton 21-9 in the first quarter. Leesville Road built a nine-point lead during the third quarter and closed out the win with strong defense, free throws and timely baskets.
“Broughton had a lot of one-and-dones,” Frazier said, referring to one missed shot on a possession. “We rebounded really well and limited their offensive rebounds. And we did a good job on defense.”
Leesville Road sophomore point guard Alex Hunter did not have a turnover. He scored nine points, made six assists, had five steals and collected five rebounds. Sophomore Jonathan Mebane scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds. Junior Ben Zemonek added 15 points and 10 rebounds.
“We’re sitting in third place in the Cap (Eight 4A),” Frazier said. “We’ve been trying to get over the hump of Millbrook and Broughton, so this was a big win for us. We’re a young team and we’re going to be around for a while. We are not a flash in the pan.”
Broughton will be at home Friday against No. 2 Millbrook.
Coaches leaving: Smithfield-Selma boys’ basketball coach James Robinson and Princeton football coach Derrick Minor are stepping down.
Minor, who led Princeton to a 26-15 record during his three years as coach, is resigning to become the football coach at Rockingham County High.
“The school will be 30 minutes away from my kids’ grandparents and my family. This will be sort of a homecoming for us,” Minor said.
Three Johnston County high school football head-coaching positions are open. Smithfield-Selma and Corinth Holders are expected to name coaches soon.
Interim coach Matt Cuddington guided Smithfield-Selma to a 62-52 win Tuesday against South Johnston. Robinson, who has been the Spartans’ coach since 2010, has been battling back problems since November. Cuddington has been a Spartans’ assistant coach since 2011.
Boyd leads Apex: Junior Ian Boyd, the only full-time returning starter returning from Apex’s 2014 state 4A boys’ basketball team, scored his 1,000th point last month and his 1,200th Tuesday during a 66-55 victory over Fuquay-Varina.
Boyd had 23 points Tuesday and now has 1,221 career points. The school record is 1,773 by 2014 graduate T.J. Evans.
“Ian is the only freshman starter that I’ve ever had,” said Apex coach David Neal. “He is having a great season and a great career.”
Bugg wins honor: Logan Bugg of Cardinal Gibbons won the NCHSAA Performance of the Week award for boys after scoring 38 points in an 83-74 basketball loss to Orange. He made 10 of 16 3-point attempts.
He followed that effort with 35 points Tuesday in an 81-61 victory over Pittsboro Northwood. He made nine of 13 3-point attempts in that game.
Riverside defends: The Durham Riverside girls, No. 2 behind Southeast Raleigh in The N&O rankings, beat Northern Durham 42-6 Tuesday. The Knights scored one point in the second and third quarters.
Riverside is 4-1 in the PAC-6 4A and 15-2 overall after forfeiting a 54-38 win against Green Hope. A Pirates player participated in the junior varsity and varsity games that night.
The Pirates will be at home Tuesday against league leader Durham Hillside (15-2, 5-0). Northern Durham fell to 5-13 and 1-4.
D. Clay Best and J. Mike Blake contributed to this story.