Rolesville assistant JeVar Bransome was named Franklinton’s head football coach during Monday’s Franklin County Board of Education meeting.
This will be Bransome’s first head coaching position, but he has accumulated experience as an assistant at Hillside and Rolesville. He was a member of the staff when Hillside won the N.C. High School Athletic Association state 4A championship in 2010. For the past three seasons, Bransome has helped build the fledgling gridiron program at Rolesville.
Bransome inherits a Red Rams team that went 5-7 last season while reaching the opening round of the 2A playoffs, where Franklinton was defeated at East Duplin.
Bransome becomes the eighth football coach at Franklinton since 1996.
He replaces Jeremy Buck, who won a conference title in his first year in 2012 and was 30-18 overall. He led the Red Rams to the playoffs in all four seasons.
Apex Friendship lacrosse: Jamie Sliwa, who led the Jordan boys’ lacrosse program from 2004-14 and spent the past two seasons at Northern Durham, has been hired as the Apex Friendship head coach. Previous Patriots coach Scott Olive will stay on as an assistant at Friendship, which won one game in its first season.
Northern assistant Gordon Galloway has been promoted to head coach.
Long way for a win: Chatham Central, 15 miles southwest of Pittsboro, is used to being in the 1A West for playoff purposes, but Tuesday’s trip was particularly long. The Bears went 200 miles – almost four hours – to play Mitchell County for a 2-1 upset win.
No-hitters: Triton’s Logan Bender threw a no-hitter to upset Lee County 3-0 in the first round of the NCHSAA playoffs while D.H. Conley’s Phillip Sanderson, a Louisville recruit and likely MLB Draft pick, struck out 14 in a no-hit, 4-0 win against Rolesville.
But no one had a better first round than Orange’s Bryse Wilson, the North Carolina recruit who threw a perfect game on 71 pitches in a 2-0 victory against Eastern Wayne.
Home run count: Orange’s Mia Davidson hit three home runs against Fike in a 20-1 first-round win of the 3A softball playoffs on Tuesday, giving her 18 on the year. She needs one more to tie the state single-season record and two more to tie the career record.
NCISAA playoffs: The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association playoffs begin Saturday in most sports, though baseball started Tuesday. Earning No. 1 seeds were: Cary Academy boys’ tennis (3A), Greenville’s Oakwood School baseball (1A), Ravenscroft boys’ lacrosse (Div. I), Grace Christian Sanford girls’ soccer (1A), St. David’s girls’ soccer (2A), Cary Academy girls’ soccer (3A) and Erwin’s Cape Fear Christian softball (1A).
J. Mike Blake contributed.