Another weekend and Ravenscroft senior Ryen Frazier does something else amazing.
Frazier, the New Balance Nationals Indoor girls’ champion in the 3,200 meters this spring, posted the fastest outdoors 3,200 time in the nation by a high school girl Saturday during the Raleigh Relays.
Frazier’s 10 minutes, 5.44 seconds is a career best. Among North Carolina high school girls, only older sister Wesley Frazier, a former Ravenscroft runner who ran 9:57.70 in 2013, and Julie Shea of Cardinal Gibbons, who had a then-national high school record 10:00.00 in 1979, have ever gone faster, according to ncpreptrack.com.
Green Hope’s Elly Henes was runner-up in the 3,200 with a 10:32.97, which is the third-fastest time in the country this year and which puts her among the all-time top 10 in the state, according to ncpreptrack.com.
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Leesville Road coach: Leesville Road High is going out of state to bring in its football coach, Brad Wilson of Westminister (Md.) High.
Wilson had an 11-year record of 71-48 at Westminister and led his team into the Maryland playoffs five times. His team lost in double overtime in the 2005 championship and reached the state semifinals in 2012.
His teams are known for their spread offense with four wide receivers and a lone running back.
Wilson’s quarterback threw a state-record 63 touchdowns in 2013, according to the Baltimore Sun, and one of his quarterbacks had 6,229 career passing yards.
Richmond County change: Paul Hoggard, who built an 88-19-1 football record in eight seasons at Richmond County High, has been named as the head coach at Edenton Holmes High.
Hoggard was coach at Richmond from 2007 to 2014, and his Raiders won the 4AA state championship in 2008.
He is a native of Bertie County and always planned to coach in the region at some point. He has been a teacher for 27 years.
“There are several reasons for the change,” Hoggard said. “I’ve always planned to get back to Albemarle Sound and coach. Plus my brother, who had always been in the area to help my mother and father, unexpectedly died. I want to be closer to home to help my parents some.
“Plus John Holmes has a tremendous football tradition. I am going to a place where they have had a successful football program.”
Holmes finished 11-3 in 2014, losing to Clinton in the third round of the playoffs. The Aces had gone 9-4 in 2013, 11-1 in 2012 and 11-1 in 2011.
“I’m not slowing down, just changing locations,” Hoggard said. “I am just as excited about coaching high school football as I have ever been.”
Hoggard also is serving on the N.C. High School Athletic Association board of directors.
“That experience has been eye-opening,” he said. “From a distance, decisions can look so easy. But when you get involved and start having to look at things from the statewide perspective, you can see there are tough decisions. I have really enjoyed being on the board. It is quite a challenge.”
Smith entertains: Fayetteville Trinity Christian’s Dennis Smith Jr., the N.C. Gatorade boys’ basketball player of the year, was expecting visits Monday from North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams and Kansas coach Bill Self.
Smith, who is 6-foot-2, is ranked among the nation’s best junior basketball players and might be the top point guard recruit in the country.
Smith tweeted, “Got coach Roy Williams and Bill Self coming in today. Should be interesting.”
Hole-in-one: Ravenscroft senior Zachary Chapman scored his first hole last week during a match against Ravenscroft. He hit a 9-iron on the 153-yard, No. 11 Carolina Country Club. He finished with an 80.
Recruiting: Allie Cutler of Broughton has signed to play soccer at Furman. A 5-8 senior, she is a keeper and has helped the Caps to three consecutive state playoff appearances. She was the team most valuable player in 2014.
C.J. Boleware of Raleigh, who attends Cheshire Academy in Connecticut, has received a scholarship to play football at Hobart, an NCAA Division III program in Geneva, N.Y. Boleware is a defensive back.