Wake Forest has a new sports hall of fame and is accepting nominations until Dec. 15. The inaugural class will be inducted on Jan. 31 at halftime of a boys basketball game against Heritage. A banquet will be in May.
All classes will be honored by having their picture, names and year inducted in the Lindsey Gymnasium lobby, named after former basketball coach Larry Lindsey. The individual pictures of each inductee will be included in one large frame for that year.
Athletics director Mike Joyner said in a statement that he envisions where “somebody can walk into our gym lobby to a basketball game, or a wrestling match or a volleyball game or our new sport of stunt and see the rich history of Cougar athletics. Rather than having to piece together a history from several trophy cases, people can see honored the famous people who have meant so much to our program.”
Wake Forest High dates back to the 1930s and later became Wake Forest-Rolesville before the creation of the Rolesville High returned the school to its old name.
NCHSAA girls tennis
In the state’s toughest first-round match, three-time defending 4A champion Panther Creek (16-2) upended three-time Cap-8 Conference champ Sanderson (15-2) 5-1 Tuesday. Now it gets even tougher: The Catamounts will face Southwest Wake Athletic Conference champ Green Hope, the only team it has lost two to this season, in Tuesday’s second round.
Green Hope (17-1) downed Rolesville 5-1 to end the Rams’ first playoff appearance.
“It feels great to get this win over a very good Sanderson team,” said Panther Creek No. 1 seed Amanda Cyr. “We know we have Green Hope next, and we know they beat us twice. A point here, or a point there and it could have swung the other way. ... It’s mental. We know we can win, we’ve just got to be ready to play.”
Full first-round results are on the scoreboard page.
N&O area teams will be competing in 10 NCHSAA cross country regionals on Saturday.
The 4A and 1A Midwest are at the site of the following week’s state championships, the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville.
WakeMed Park in Cary will host the 4A, 2A and 1A Mideast.
The 4A East is at South View High, the 3A Mideast at Northwood, the 3A East at Red Oak Cross County Course near Northern Nash High, the 2A East at Washington High and the 1A East will be at Manteo High.
The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association cross country championships are Friday at Hagan-Stone Park just south of Greensboro, with 1A and 2A races starting at 10 a.m. and the 3A races at 2 p.m.
Other championships are Saturday.
Wayne Country Day and Greenfield School will play at Greenfield for the 1A boys soccer title at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, while North Raleigh Christian visits High Point’s Wesleyan Christian for the 3A title at 3 p.m.
Wayne Country Day, Kerr-Vance Academy, St. David’s and Cary Academy have all advanced to the girls tennis championships at Campbell University. St. David’s faces Cape Fear Academy from Wilmington for the 2A title at 10 a.m., Cary Academy will take on Charlotte Country Day in 3A at 2 p.m. and Kerr-Vance and Wayne Country Day will play for the 1A crown at 4 p.m.
Volleyball’s semifinals are Friday with Kerr-Vance and Wayne Christian (1A) and host North Raleigh Christian (3A) still alive.
Leesville Road needed a win after press time Wednesday to repeat the Cap-8 4A Conference boys soccer title. The Pride had a shot thanks to a 2-0 win Monday against Millbrook (17-3-1, 10-2-1).
Leesville (15-6-1, 11-2) has been red-hot after dropping four nonconference games early.
“Before we didn’t trust each other,” said senior Gabe Oliveira, who scored one of the two goals. “I feel like now we can pass it to whoever and say, ‘Take it, I trust you.’ That’s a team when you can trust each other.”
In the Northern Carolina 2A, Bunn’s Brian Husinko scored with just 2 minutes, 15 seconds left at N.C. School of Science and Math on Monday to win 3-2 and stake a claim to the conference crown. NCSSM (12-4-2, 11-1-1) nearly had an answer 20 seconds later, but the goal was waved off for an offside call. The Wildcats (17-0-2, 12-0-1) and Unicorns closed out the season Wednesday.
Other conference champs include: Green Hope (Southwest Wake 4A), Chapel Hill (Big 8 3A), Hunt (Big East 3A) and Raleigh Charter (North Central Athletic 1A).
Pinecrest will not win a conference title for the first time since 1995. Richmond County topped the Patriots in the Southeastern 4A this year.
Youth national titles
Two youth club teams won national titles this summer.
The NC 2000 State Wars hockey team – with high school players from Apex, Cary, Holly Springs, Wake Forest and Raleigh – beat teams from the U.S. and Canada in the State Wars Hockey tournament in Fort Wayne, Ind. It is the first AAA gold medal for the state in the tournament’s 12-year history.
In boys soccer, the CASL U13 Academy Juniors won the national title in Frisco, Texas, in July. It is just the third CASL team to win a national championship.
East Chapel Hill baseball coach Phil Woodell is helping host clinics with Ole School Baseball this fall and winter. The clinics are at East Chapel Hill on Nov. 19, Faith Christian Rocky Mount on Dec. 10 and Cary Academy on Jan. 14.
The clinics are designed for players 10-15 years old, and emphasis will be placed on fundamentals. The cost is $75 and lunch will be provided.
Go to oleschoolbaseball.com for more info or to sign up.